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Sony says online PlayStation disrupted
TOKYO (AP) -- Sony's online PlayStation store and Microsoft's Xbox site suffered disruptions to users on Christmas Day in the latest possible cyber-attacks on the companies.... 12/26/2014 5:31 AM

Asia marks 10 years since Indian Ocean tsunami
KHAO LAK, Thailand (AP) -- Beachside memorials and religious services were held across Asia on Friday to mark the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami that left more than a quarter million people dead in one of modern history's worst natural disasters.... 12/26/2014 5:27 AM

Japan's McDonald's to put big fries back on menu
TOKYO (AP) -- Big fries are going back on the menu in Japan.... 12/26/2014 5:14 AM

Comanche first out of Sydney Harbour in annual Hobart race
SYDNEY (AP) -- American super maxi Comanche took the lead at the start line and was the first to leave Sydney Harbour in the annual Sydney to Hobart yacht race Friday.... 12/26/2014 5:03 AM

Protesters return to HK streets for 2nd night
HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong police arrested 37 people overnight Thursday as pro-democracy protesters returned to the city's streets for a second night demanding open nominations for the semi-autonomous city's chief executive, according to police.... 12/26/2014 3:30 AM

Shares mostly higher in quiet holiday trading
TOKYO (AP) -- Shares were mixed in Asia on Friday with most markets in the region and across the globe closed for Christmas holidays. Japan's benchmark edged lower after the government reported lackluster inflation, industrial production and household spending for November.... 12/26/2014 3:19 AM

Haiti political veteran nominated as next prime minister
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- A former mayor of Port-au-Prince and presidential candidate was nominated Thursday to be the next prime minister amid an ongoing standoff with parliament that has stalled legislative elections.... 12/26/2014 3:08 AM

Father of pilot captured by IS pleads for release
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- The father of a Jordanian pilot captured by the Islamic State group in Syria pleaded for his son's release on Thursday, asking the group to treat him well in captivity as a fellow Muslim.... 12/26/2014 2:31 AM

Police in Kosovo stop driver with explosives
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) -- Kosovo police say they have foiled an apparent attempt to detonate a car filled with explosive material in the capital Pristina.... 12/26/2014 1:38 AM

Japan inflation, industrial output weaken in Nov
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan says its inflation rate eased slightly in November as household spending dropped, hindering the government's effort to get the world's third-largest economy out of recession and back to sustainable growth.... 12/26/2014 12:48 AM

Militants attack African Union base; 9 dead
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Gunmen attacked the African Union's main base in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Thursday leading to an exchange of gunfire between militants and soldiers that killed at least nine people, including three soldiers, an official with the mission in Somalia said.... 12/26/2014 12:17 AM

Protesters in Mexico slam German weapons supplier
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Protesters in Mexico claim that German arms manufacturers exported rifles to a corrupt local police department implicated in the disappearance of 43 students.... 12/25/2014 8:57 PM

Detente spawns Cuban worry on US migration rights
HAVANA (AP) -- Like tens of thousands of Cubans, Gerardo Luis wants to get to the United States and he's suddenly worried that time may be running out.... 12/25/2014 7:01 PM

Israeli man, daughter wounded in West Bank attack
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's military says a young Israeli girl and her father were wounded in the West Bank when a firebomb was thrown at their car on a road near Palestinian villages.... 12/25/2014 6:08 PM

Saudi to dig into reserves for 2015 budget
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia's Cabinet on Thursday endorsed a 2015 budget that projects a slight increase in spending and a significant drop in revenues due to sliding oil prices, resulting in a nearly $39 billion deficit.... 12/25/2014 5:49 PM

Iraq seeks Turkish support in fight against IS
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Iraq and Turkey on Thursday discussed cooperation in countering the threat posed by the Islamic State group, including an Iraqi request for intelligence sharing and the possible delivery of Turkish arms to Iraqi forces, Iraq's prime minister said. ??... 12/25/2014 5:40 PM

AP PHOTOS: Fresh donkey milk for sale on streets of Chile
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Ricardo Alegria is a different sort of milk man. For a quarter century or more, he and his brother Marco have led donkeys through the streets of Chile's capital, milking them on the spot for customers.... 12/25/2014 5:29 PM

Saudi women drivers referred to terrorism court
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Two Saudi women detained for nearly a month in defiance of a ban on females driving were referred on Thursday to a court established to try terrorism cases, several people close to the defendants said.... 12/25/2014 5:19 PM

Russia offers support to North Korea amid Sony hack
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia on Thursday offered sympathy to North Korea amid the Sony hacking scandal, saying the movie that sparked the dispute was so scandalous that Pyongyang's anger was "quite understandable."... 12/25/2014 4:28 PM

Syrian peace talks set to take place in Moscow next month
MOSCOW (AP) -- Peace talks between the Syrian government and the opposition could be held in Moscow next month, Russia's Foreign Ministry said Thursday.... 12/25/2014 4:17 PM