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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

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 9:30 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

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 9:12 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 8:50 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

India's brass bands struggle amid changing tastes
NEW DELHI (AP) -- The wedding season is in full swing in India, marking what should be the busiest time of year for the traditional brass bands that lead raucous processions announcing the arrival of the bridegroom to the neighborhood.... 12/26/2014 7:16 AM

Comanche first out of Sydney Harbour in annual Hobart race
SYDNEY (AP) -- American entry Comanche took the lead after an impressive start and was the first to leave Sydney Harbour in the annual Sydney to Hobart yacht race Friday.... 12/26/2014 7:04 AM

Asia marks 10 years since Indian Ocean tsunami
KHAO LAK, Thailand (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 6:37 AM

Israel's ultra-Orthodox mull bigger role for women
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A struggle for women's rights is brewing within Israel's deeply conservative ultra-Orthodox community, where women, largely shut out of politics, are beginning to demand greater representation in the country's parliament.... 12/26/2014 6:22 AM

Man drives into crowd of pedestrians in Beijing
BEIJING (AP) -- An elderly Chinese man drove his car through a crowd of pedestrians outside a popular Beijing sports stadium Friday morning, injuring eight people in what appeared to be a protest against an unfavorable court ruling, police said.... 12/26/2014 6:09 AM

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

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

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

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