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China offers to help electricity-starved Nepal
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- China said Friday that it would help Nepal develop its power industry to alleviate severe electricity outages that can last up to 12 hours a day in the Himalayan nation, where Beijing is trying to increase influence and investment.... 12/26/2014 12:33 PM

Chinese leaders reiterate support for HK leader
BEIJING (AP) -- China's leaders underscored their support for Hong Kong's unpopular leader as he visited Beijing on Friday in the wake of pro-democracy protests in the southern Chinese city.... 12/26/2014 12:09 PM

Sri Lanka mudslides kill 9
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- At least nine people have been killed in mudslides triggered by heavy rains in the central hills of Sri Lanka.... 12/26/2014 12:07 PM

Israeli court orders state to raze West Bank outpost
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's supreme court has ordered Israeli authorities to demolish one of the oldest and most contentious Jewish settlement outposts in the West Bank.... 12/26/2014 11:54 AM

3 SKorea workers die at nuke plant construction site
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Three South Korean workers died Friday after apparently inhaling toxic gas at a construction site for a nuclear plant being built by South Korea's monopoly nuclear power company, which has come under recent threats by hackers, a company official said.... 12/26/2014 11:51 AM

Russia's ruble ends 5-day rally, drops 4 percent
MOSCOW (AP) -- The Russian currency has ended its five-day rally and declined 4 percent as the markets remain jittery over the outlook of the Russian economy.... 12/26/2014 11:45 AM

Asia marks 10 years since Indian Ocean tsunami
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) -- Crying onlookers took part in beachside memorials and religious services 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 11:31 AM

Comanche leads late on first day of Sydney-Hobart
SYDNEY (AP) -- American super maxi Comanche held the lead in the Sydney to Hobart late on the first day after an impressive start to the annual ocean race to the island state of Tasmania.... 12/26/2014 11:16 AM

Malaysia PM cuts short holiday to deal with floods
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Friday he was cutting short his U.S. vacation to deal with the worst floods in the country in decades that have killed five people and displaced more than 100,000.... 12/26/2014 11:15 AM

Turkish teen accused of insulting Erdogan freed from custody
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- A teenager was released from custody on Friday after his arrest for allegedly insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan caused uproar in the country.... 12/26/2014 10:56 AM

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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- A Turkish teenager arrested for allegedly insulting the president has been released.... 12/26/2014 10:33 AM

S. Korean official arrested over nut rage incident
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korean prosecutors on Friday arrested a government official who allegedly leaked information about an investigation into former Korean Air Lines executive Cho Hyun-ah, who forced a flight to return over a bag of macadamia nuts.... 12/26/2014 10:15 AM

Azerbaijan's station raided by police
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) -- A radio station funded by the U.S. government says its office in Azerbaijan's capital of Baku has been raided by prosecutors who claim to have a court decision to shut it down.... 12/26/2014 10:12 AM

Japan stimulus mulled as inflation, output weaken
TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning about 3.5 trillion yen ($29 billion) in fresh stimulus, including subsidies and job-creating programs, to help pull the world's third-largest economy out of recession.... 12/26/2014 9:50 AM

Talks on Ukraine settlement break down
MINSK, Belarus (AP) -- The foreign ministry of Belarus, which has been hosting Ukraine peace talks, says the much-anticipated round of negotiations on Friday has been scrapped.... 12/26/2014 9:39 AM

SKorea, US, Japan to share intel on North Korea
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea, the U.S. and Japan will sign their first joint intelligence-sharing pact next week to better cope with North Korea's increasing nuclear and missile threats, officials said Friday.... 12/26/2014 9:16 AM

Activists launch condom campaign against Russian opposition
MOSCOW (AP) -- Pro-Kremlin activists are distributing condoms on the streets of Moscow with the images of opposition leaders whom they blame for the collapse of the Russian currency.... 12/26/2014 8:44 AM

US missile strikes kill 7 militants in NW Pakistan
DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) -- A suspected U.S. drone fired missiles at two compounds in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region Friday, killing at least seven alleged militants, while security forces killed the alleged planner of the deadly recent attack on a school, Pakistani officials said.... 12/26/2014 8:30 AM

Shares mostly higher in quiet holiday trading
TOKYO (AP) -- Shares were mostly higher in quiet trading Friday, as most markets in the region and across the globe were closed for the Christmas holiday. China's Shanghai Composite Index extended gains in the second day of a rebound from this week's earlier sell-off.... 12/26/2014 8:25 AM

Sony film mess reflects gadgets-entertainment gap
TOKYO (AP) -- Sony's iconic gadgetry and the star appeal of Hollywood may have appeared to be a perfect match when the electronics giant bought Columbia Pictures in 1989. A quarter century later, it's apparent that Sony Corp. has not attained the magic synergy it was hoping for.... 12/26/2014 7:53 AM