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US, NATO to mark end of mission to Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The United States and NATO will mark the formal end of the war in Afghanistan on Sunday with a ceremony at their military headquarters in Kabul as the insurgency they fought for 13 years remains as ferocious and deadly as at any time since the 2001 invasion that unseated the Taliban regime following the Sept. 11 attacks.... 12/28/2014 8:12 AM

AirAsia plane with 162 on board missing in Indonesia
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- In the third air incident connected to Malaysia this year, an AirAsia plane with 162 people on board went missing on Sunday while flying over the Java Sea after taking off from a provincial city in Indonesia for Singapore.... 12/28/2014 7:40 AM

Greece: Ferry ordered evacuated after fire
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Authorities in Greece have ordered the evacuation of a ferry bound for Italy with 466 people on board after a fire broke out in the car deck.... 12/28/2014 7:36 AM

Pakistan: Gunmen kill man from targeted minority sect
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- A Pakistani police officer says unknown gunmen have shot dead a young man from a targeted religious minority community in eastern Pakistan.... 12/28/2014 7:35 AM

Afghan police lead insurgent fight at high cost
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- When brothers Amir and Mosha Jan joined Afghanistan's police two years ago they believed that their patriotic duty was more important than obeying their father, who did not want his only sons joining the ranks of a police force on the front lines of the war against the Taliban.... 12/28/2014 6:33 AM

Argentina's president suffers fractured ankle
BUENO AIRES (AP) -- Argentine President Cristina Fernandez has suffered a fracture in her left ankle, the latest in a series of health setbacks.... 12/28/2014 12:22 AM

Report: Pilot errors led to presidential plane crash in '04
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) -- A second probe into the plane crash that killed Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski a decade ago has conclusively decided that pilot error was to blame.... 12/27/2014 10:22 PM

2 people arrested in Ottawa mall shooting released
OTTAWA (AP) -- Two people arrested in connection with a Boxing Day shooting at a shopping mall in Ottawa have been released without being charged.... 12/27/2014 9:08 PM

Greek leftists won't run deficits, policymaker says
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A leftist Greek government won't run deficits, but will pursue fiscal consolidation, the main opposition party's chief economy policymaker said Saturday.... 12/27/2014 9:02 PM

John Paul II gunman lays flowers at Vatican tomb
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Turkish gunman who shot and wounded John Paul II in 1981 laid white flowers Saturday on the saint's tomb in St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican officials said.... 12/27/2014 8:45 PM

US mission in Havana to become embassy amid thaw
HAVANA (AP) -- A half-century after Washington severed relations with Cuba, the United States' seven-story mission looms over Havana's seaside Malecon boulevard as the largest diplomatic outpost in the country.... 12/27/2014 8:20 PM

Gunmen kill policeman in Egypt
CAIRO (AP) -- Gunmen on a motorcycle shot and killed an Egyptian policeman and wounded a second who were guarding banks in a busy commercial district of the capital Cairo on Saturday, Egypt's state news agency said.... 12/27/2014 7:22 PM

Bahrain police summon Shiite opposition leader
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- The leader of Bahrain's largest Shiite opposition group says he has been summoned for questioning by the Interior Ministry.... 12/27/2014 7:09 PM

Snow, ice sweep Europe, stranding drivers
LONDON (AP) -- Snow and icy weather swept through parts of Europe on Saturday, stranding drivers overnight and leaving thousands of homes without power in Britain.... 12/27/2014 6:29 PM

N. Korea uses racial slur against Obama over hack
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea blamed its recent Internet outage on the United States on Saturday and hurled racially charged insults at President Barack Obama over the hacking row involving the movie "The Interview."... 12/27/2014 6:22 PM

Egypt reduces sentences in same-sex wedding case
CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian appeals court on Saturday upheld the conviction of eight men for "inciting debauchery" for appearing in an alleged same-sex wedding video, but reduced their sentences from three to one year in prison, a court official said.... 12/27/2014 5:49 PM

Former soccer star George Weah wins Liberian Senate race
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Former soccer star George Weah has won a seat in the Liberian Senate by coming out ahead of the president's son, according to Liberia's election commission.... 12/27/2014 5:48 PM

Wanted extremist leader surrenders in Somalia
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- A leader with the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, who had a $3 million bounty on his head, surrendered in Somalia, a Somali intelligence official said Saturday.... 12/27/2014 5:26 PM

Syria 'ready to participate' in Moscow peace talks
DAMASCUS (AP) -- Syrian state-run TV said Saturday that the government is prepared to take part in peace talks hosted by Russia next month, but the unnamed foreign ministry official it cited suggested the scope of the negotiations would be limited to "preliminary" talks meant to pave the way for a conference in Syria itself.... 12/27/2014 5:21 PM

Ukraine says Crimea transport halt temporary
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's suspension of transport connections with the Russia-annexed Crimean Peninsula is expected to be only a temporary measure, a Ukrainian security official said Saturday.... 12/27/2014 3:32 PM