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Greece heads to early elections as presidential vote fails
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece is heading to early general elections after parliament failed to elect a new president for the country in a third and final round of voting on Monday.... 12/29/2014 10:42 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

Iraq: Suicide attack on funeral kills 10
BAGHDAD (AP) -- A suicide bomber struck a funeral north of Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 10 mourners, officials said.... 12/29/2014 10:13 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

Global stocks up as oil price rebounds
BEIJING (AP) -- Global stocks were mostly higher Monday after a report that China will change banking rules in an apparent effort to boost lending and economic growth, while oil prices rebounded.... 12/29/2014 9:51 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 9:44 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

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 9:42 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

Dozens still trapped on Greek ferry as 49 reach land
BARI, Italy (AP) -- Exhausted and cold but safe, a group of 49 people arrived at the Italian port of Bari Monday after they were rescued from a Greek ferry that caught fire in the Adriatic Sea. Some 150 people remained trapped on the smoke-filled vessel adrift in frigid temperatures and rough seas between Italy and Albania.... 12/29/2014 9:19 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

Russia's ruble declines by 7 percent
MOSCOW (AP) -- The Russian currency has extended its losses, declining by 7 percent as the economy shows the first signs of recession.... 12/29/2014 8:19 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

S. Korea offers talks with N. Korea over unification
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea on Monday proposed talks with North Korea to discuss what it calls a range of issues needed to prepare for the unification of the divided countries.... 12/29/2014 4:00 AM

3rd blogger detained in Vietnam in a month
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- Vietnamese police have detained a third blogger in a month in the latest crackdown on dissent in the communist country.... 12/29/2014 3:29 AM

1 dead, hundreds stranded in Greek ferry disaster
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Hundreds of passengers and crew endured a second night of smoke, frigid temperatures and gale-force winds as they waited to be evacuated from a burning ferry adrift early Monday in rough seas between Italy and Albania. At least one person died and two were injured in the risky rescue operation.... 12/29/2014 2:01 AM

US, NATO mark end of 13-year war in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The war in Afghanistan, fought for 13 bloody years and still raging, came to a formal end Sunday with a quiet flag-lowering ceremony in Kabul that marked the transition of the fighting from U.S.-led combat troops to the country's own security forces.... 12/28/2014 11:55 PM