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Hundreds await evacuation from smoke-filled Greek ferry
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- More than 200 freezing passengers and crew remained trapped on a burning ferry and adrift in rough seas between Italy and Albania early Monday after enduring a second night of smoke, frigid temperatures and gale-force winds awaiting evacuation after fire broke out. At least one person died and two were injured in the risky rescue operation.... 12/29/2014 6:10 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 that is still missing after it disappeared nine months ago.... 12/29/2014 5:50 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

Scaffold collapse at Beijing school kills 10
BEIJING (AP) -- A scaffolding collapse at a Beijing high school Monday morning killed 10 people and injured four, Chinese state media reported.... 12/29/2014 4:54 AM

Indonesian official: Prospects bleak for missing jet
SURABAYA, Indonesia (AP) -- Search planes and ships from several countries on Monday were scouring Indonesian waters over which an AirAsia jet carrying 162 people disappeared, and more than a day into the region's latest aviation mystery, officials doubted there could be anything but a tragic ending.... 12/29/2014 4:51 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

Saudi: Salaries will not be cut to curb spending
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia is not planning to trim public salaries, wages and allowances, state-run media reported Sunday, just days after an earlier government statement said efforts were being made to reduce such expenditures in the face of a nearly $39 billion deficit that is largely due to falling oil prices.... 12/28/2014 8:35 PM

Libya FM: Extremists seek to capture oil resources
CAIRO (AP) -- Libya's foreign minister said Sunday that extremist groups are making a renewed push to seize oil resources, after an assault on eastern terminals set storage tanks ablaze, sending massive clouds of black smoke into the sky.... 12/28/2014 7:07 PM

Spiritual leader of African Hebrew Israelites dies
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The spiritual leader of the African Hebrew Israelites, a movement that believes some black Americans are the descendants of an ancient Israelite tribe, has died in the southern Israeli town where he brought his followers four decades ago, the polygamous vegan group said Sunday.... 12/28/2014 6:43 PM

Egypt: Biblical epic 'Exodus' banned over errors
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt on Sunday said it banned Ridley Scott's biblical epic "Exodus: Gods & Kings" because the Hollywood blockbuster distorts Egypt's history and presents a "racist" image of Jews.... 12/28/2014 6:22 PM

Turkish cargo ship sinks in Adriatic, 2 dead, 4 missing
ROME (AP) -- A Turkish cargo ship collided with another merchant vessel and sank near a foggy Italian port in the northern Adriatic on Sunday, killing two crew members and leaving four others missing in cold, rough seas, officials said.... 12/28/2014 4:59 PM