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Japan stimulus mulled as inflation, output weaken
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning about 3.5 trillion yen ($29 billion) in fresh stimulus, including subsidies and job creating programs, to help pull the economy out of recession.... 12/26/2014 8:04 AM

Sony film mess reflects gadgets-entertainment gap
TOKYO (AP) -- Sony's iconic gadgetry and the star appeal of Hollywood may have appeared to be a perfect match when the electronics giant bought Columbia Pictures in 1989. A quarter century later, it's apparent that Sony Corp. has not attained the magic synergy it was hoping for.... 12/26/2014 7:53 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 7:34 AM

India's brass bands struggle amid changing tastes
NEW DELHI (AP) -- The wedding season is in full swing in India, marking what should be the busiest time of year for the traditional brass bands that lead raucous processions announcing the arrival of the bridegroom to the neighborhood.... 12/26/2014 7:16 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 7:05 AM

Comanche first out of Sydney Harbour in annual Hobart race
SYDNEY (AP) -- American entry Comanche took the lead after an impressive start and was the first to leave Sydney Harbour in the annual Sydney to Hobart yacht race Friday.... 12/26/2014 7:04 AM

US missile strikes kill 7 militants in NW Pakistan
DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected U.S. drone fired missiles at two compounds in the North Waziristan tribal region killing at least seven alleged militants.... 12/26/2014 6:44 AM

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

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

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

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

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