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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

SKorea, US and Japan to share intel on North Korea
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea, the U.S. and Japan will sign their first-ever trilateral intelligence-sharing pact next week to better cope with North Korea's increasing nuclear and missile threats, Seoul officials said Friday.... 12/26/2014 6:16 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

Shares mostly higher in quiet holiday trading
TOKYO (AP) -- Shares were mostly higher in quiet trading Friday in Asia, as most markets in the region and across the globe were closed for Christmas holidays. China's Shanghai Composite Index extended gains in the second day of a rebound from this week's earlier sell-off.... 12/26/2014 5:40 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

Comanche first out of Sydney Harbour in annual Hobart race
SYDNEY (AP) -- American super maxi Comanche took the lead at the start line and was the first to leave Sydney Harbour in the annual Sydney to Hobart yacht race Friday.... 12/26/2014 5:03 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

Japan inflation, industrial output weaken in Nov
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan says its inflation rate eased slightly in November as household spending dropped, hindering the government's effort to get the world's third-largest economy out of recession and back to sustainable growth.... 12/26/2014 12:48 AM

Militants attack African Union base; 9 dead
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Gunmen attacked the African Union's main base in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Thursday leading to an exchange of gunfire between militants and soldiers that killed at least nine people, including three soldiers, an official with the mission in Somalia said.... 12/26/2014 12:17 AM

Protesters in Mexico slam German weapons supplier
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Protesters in Mexico claim that German arms manufacturers exported rifles to a corrupt local police department implicated in the disappearance of 43 students.... 12/25/2014 8:57 PM

Detente spawns Cuban worry on US migration rights
HAVANA (AP) -- Like tens of thousands of Cubans, Gerardo Luis wants to get to the United States and he's suddenly worried that time may be running out.... 12/25/2014 7:01 PM

Israeli man, daughter wounded in West Bank attack
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's military says a young Israeli girl and her father were wounded in the West Bank when a firebomb was thrown at their car on a road near Palestinian villages.... 12/25/2014 6:08 PM

Saudi to dig into reserves for 2015 budget
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia's Cabinet on Thursday endorsed a 2015 budget that projects a slight increase in spending and a significant drop in revenues due to sliding oil prices, resulting in a nearly $39 billion deficit.... 12/25/2014 5:49 PM

Iraq seeks Turkish support in fight against IS
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Iraq and Turkey on Thursday discussed cooperation in countering the threat posed by the Islamic State group, including an Iraqi request for intelligence sharing and the possible delivery of Turkish arms to Iraqi forces, Iraq's prime minister said. ??... 12/25/2014 5:40 PM

AP PHOTOS: Fresh donkey milk for sale on streets of Chile
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Ricardo Alegria is a different sort of milk man. For a quarter century or more, he and his brother Marco have led donkeys through the streets of Chile's capital, milking them on the spot for customers.... 12/25/2014 5:29 PM