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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 that is still missing after it disappeared nine months ago.... 12/29/2014 9:03 AM

S. Korean officials face punishment over nut rage incident
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea's Transport Ministry says four 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.... 12/29/2014 9:01 AM

Unclear whether oil, objects found in sea linked to lost jet
SURABAYA, Indonesia (AP) -- An Indonesian helicopter saw two oily spots in the search area for the missing AirAsia jetliner Monday, and an Australian search plane spotted objects hundreds of miles away, but it was too early to know whether either was connected to the aircraft and its 162 passengers and crew.... 12/29/2014 8:39 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

Iran holds funeral for general killed in Iraq
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- The funeral has been held for a senior commander in Iran's Revolutionary Guard who was killed during a battle against the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq.... 12/29/2014 8:24 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

160 still trapped on Greek ferry as 49 reach land
BARI, Italy (AP) -- A cargo ship with 49 people evacuated from a Greek ferry that caught fire in the Adriatic Sea arrived in the Italian port of Bari on Monday, the first big group to reach land. More than 160 people remained trapped on the smoke-filled vessel adrift in rough seas between Italy and Albania.... 12/29/2014 8:10 AM

AP NewsAlert
ROME (AP) -- Ship with 49 survivors of Greek ferry fire docks in Bari, 1st major group to reach land.... 12/29/2014 6:45 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 6:24 AM

New president or early election? Greece will find out Monday
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek lawmakers are voting Monday for a new president of the republic. But they could end up campaigning for reelection if the governing coalition's candidate fails to get a constitutionally required three-fifths majority.... 12/29/2014 5:06 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

Asian stocks up as oil price rebounds
BEIJING (AP) -- Asian stocks were mostly higher Monday after a report China will change banking rules in an apparent effort to boost lending and economic growth as oil prices rebounded.... 12/29/2014 4:31 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

Malaria killing thousands more than Ebola in West Africa
GUECKEDOU, Guinea (AP) -- West Africa's fight to contain Ebola has hampered the campaign against malaria, a preventable and treatable disease that is claiming many thousands more lives than the dreaded virus.... 12/28/2014 11:27 PM

Croatia presidency to be decided in runoff
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) -- The liberal incumbent and a conservative rival are heading for a showdown in a runoff presidential election in Croatia, according to the preliminary count of the Sunday poll, held amid severe economic woes in EU's newest member.... 12/28/2014 10:24 PM

Bahrain Shiite leader detained for questioning
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- A lawyer for the leader of Bahrain's largest Shiite opposition group said Sunday that Sheik Ali Salman is being held by the Interior Ministry, which is accusing him of inciting hatred against the government and calling for its overthrow by force.... 12/28/2014 8:42 PM

Palestinians pushing for UN vote on Israeli withdrawal
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Palestinians are pressing for a U.N. Security Council vote this week on a resolution that would call for an end to Israel's occupation within three years.... 12/28/2014 8:38 PM