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After a year, journalists jailed in Egypt seek end to ordeal
CAIRO (AP) -- A year after three Al-Jazeera English journalists were arrested in Egypt, they and their families are pleading for justice and an end to their ordeal.... 12/29/2014 12:25 PM

Stocks mixed amid China growth hopes, Greece woes
BEIJING (AP) -- Global stocks were mixed on Monday after a report said China will change banking rules, apparently to boost lending and economic growth, while oil prices rebounded. European shares underperformed as Greece was headed for early elections that could endanger its bailout program.... 12/29/2014 12:13 PM

Afghan official says 4 soldiers killed in south
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan official says four soldiers have been killed while repelling a Taliban attack on an army checkpoint in a volatile region of the southern Helmand province.... 12/29/2014 12:03 PM

Greece heads for early election, stoking financial concerns
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece will hold early national elections on Jan. 25, stoking concerns over the future of the country's financial bailout, after lawmakers failed to elect a new president in a third and final round of voting Monday.... 12/29/2014 11:54 AM

Iraq: Suicide attack on funeral kills 15
BAGHDAD (AP) -- A suicide bomber struck a funeral north of the Iraqi capital on Monday, killing at least 15 mourners, a government official said.... 12/29/2014 11:51 AM

Unclear whether oil, objects found in sea linked to lost jet
SURABAYA, Indonesia (AP) -- An Indonesian helicopter searching for the missing AirAsia jetliner saw two oily spots in the water Monday, and an Australian search plane spotted objects elsewhere in the Java Sea, but it was too early to know whether either was connected to the aircraft and its 162 passengers and crew.... 12/29/2014 11:46 AM

Amid rescues, dozens still on burning Greek ferry
BARI, Italy (AP) -- Helicopters defied high winds, stormy seas and darkness Monday to pluck hundreds of passengers from a Greek ferry that caught fire off Albania, as survivors told of a frantic rush to escape the flames and pelting rain. Five people died and dozens remained trapped on board a day after the fire broke out.... 12/29/2014 11:41 AM

Strong earthquake shakes southern Philippines
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A strong earthquake shook parts of the southern and central Philippines on Monday, frightening people but causing no serious damage or injuries, officials said.... 12/29/2014 11:30 AM

Iran holds funeral for general killed in Iraq
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran held a funeral on Monday for a senior Revolutionary Guard commander who was killed during a battle against the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq.... 12/29/2014 11:23 AM

AP NewsAlert
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek Prime Minister Samaras says early general elections to be held Jan 25.... 12/29/2014 11:15 AM

Russian ruble drops 7 percent as economy shrinks
MOSCOW (AP) -- The Russian currency extended its losses on Monday after a report showed the economy has started shrinking in annual terms for the first time since 2009 as the country is buffeted by falling oil prices and Western sanctions.... 12/29/2014 10:51 AM

Traffic to Gmail from China cut, regulators suspected
BEIJING (AP) -- Connections to Google Inc.'s popular email service have been blocked in China amid efforts by the government to limit access to the company's services.... 12/29/2014 10:30 AM

Liberia reports dozens of new Ebola cases along border
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Authorities in Liberia say there have been dozens of new Ebola cases erupting along the border with Sierra Leone.... 12/29/2014 10:21 AM

Suicide bombers attack Syria gas facilities
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- A Syrian official says two suicide attackers have targeted separate natural gas facilities in the central province of Homs, killing eight people.... 12/29/2014 10:16 AM

Allianz says it's lead insurer for AirAsia plane
BERLIN (AP) -- Allianz says it is the lead insurance firm for the AirAsia jetliner that went missing off Indonesia with 162 people on board.... 12/29/2014 10:00 AM

S. Korea officials face punishment over 'nut rage'
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Four South Korean officials will be punished for improper conduct during an investigation into a former Korean Air Lines executive who forced a flight to return over a bag of macadamia nuts, the Transport Ministry said Monday.... 12/29/2014 9:44 AM

Differences between MH370 and AirAsia incidents
SINGAPORE (AP) -- The disappearance of an AirAsia passenger jet soon after takeoff inevitably brings back memories of the mystery behind Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared nearly 10 months ago and is yet to be found.... 12/29/2014 9:38 AM

Afghans fleeing war now face brutal winter
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Thousands of Afghans are pouring into makeshift camps in the capital where they face a harsh winter as the Taliban return to areas once cleared by foreign forces, who this week are marking the end of their combat mission.... 12/29/2014 9:14 AM

Scaffold collapse at top Beijing school kills 10
BEIJING (AP) -- A scaffolding collapse at one of Beijing's most prestigious high schools on Monday killed 10 construction workers and injured four others, officials said.... 12/29/2014 8:37 AM

Honduras kids see better life on soccer field
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) -- The project that Luis Lopez created a year ago on a dusty soccer field in a rough neighborhood of Tegucigalpa is doing well.... 12/29/2014 5:04 AM