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  • Top Asian News at 8:30 a.m. GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea called President Barack Obama "a monkey" and blamed the U.S. on Saturday for shutting down its Internet amid the hacking row over the comedy "The Interview." North Korea has denied involvement in a crippling cyberattack on Sony Pictures but has expressed fury…

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  • Toure close to fourth straight African award

    Johannesburg (AFP) - Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure moved closer to a record fourth consecutive African Footballer of the Year title on Friday when he was included in a three-man shortlist.

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  • Trade and tension at Europe's troubled African borders

    Hassan Ibrahim, both physically and mentally disabled, staggers on his weakened legs as he pushes two huge packs of contraband goods loaded on a wheelchair. He is one of thousands of Moroccans toiling for a living in the Spanish territories of Ceuta and Melilla -- two tiny specks of Europe at the…

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  • 10th anniversary of tsunami is marked with tears

    PERELIYA, Sri Lanka (AP) — A packed train in Sri Lanka that was swept off the tracks by waves as big as elephants. A boat patrolling off Thailand's shore hurled more than a mile inland. Streets in Indonesia turned into roaring rivers that carried people to their deaths.

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  • Uganda says it will pull troops out of South Sudan only if Juba secured

    By Aaron Maasho ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Uganda's president said on Friday he would pull troops out of South Sudan only if regional forces secured its capital Juba from rebel attack, as fighting in the world's newest state dragged on into a second year. Yoweri Museveni, who backed South Sudan's…

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  • Ebola death toll rises to 7,693: WHO

    The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in west Africa has risen to 7,693 out of 19,695 cases recorded, the World Health Organization said Friday. The previous toll released December 22 stood at 7,518 fatalities out of 19,340 infected in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. Sierra Leone, which has…

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  • Arrested Madagascar's ex-president Ravalomanana moved home

    Former president Marc Ravalomanana is being allowed to serve his house arrest at his own home, Madagascar's government said Friday. Ravalomanana, ousted in a 2009 coup, had been held under house arrest in the northern town of Antsiranana (also known as Diego Suarez) since returning from exile in…

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  • Top Asian News at 9:30 a.m. GMT

    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. The devastating…

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  • On Christmas, Obama marks end of Afghan combat

    KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (AP) — President Barack Obama marked the end of more than a decade of combat in Afghanistan by paying tribute to America's military, telling troops on Christmas Day that their sacrifices have allowed for a more peaceful, prosperous world to emerge out of the ashes of 9/11.

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  • Journalists share indelible memories, images from tsunami

    Some 230,000 people were killed in the Indian Ocean tsunami set off by a magnitude 9.1 earthquake on Dec. 26, 2004. A dozen countries were hit, from Indonesia to India to Africa's east coast. Scores of Associated Press journalists covered the disaster, and as the 10th anniversary approached, the AP…

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  • Asia marks 10 years since Indian Ocean tsunami

    KHAO LAK, Thailand (AP) — Beachside memorials and religious services were held 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.

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  • Pope condemns religious persecution in Christmas address

    Pope Francis on Thursday roundly condemned jihadist violence and the "brutal persecution" of religious minorities in a Christmas message to the world's 1.2 billion Catholics and millions of others. His second traditional "urbi et orbi" message (to the city and to the world) comes at the close of a…

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  • UK queen calls for harmony in Christmas message

    SANDRINGHAM, England (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II used her traditional Christmas broadcast Thursday to call for reconciliation throughout the United Kingdom and to praise medical workers fighting Ebola in Africa.

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  • Pope wishes Christmas hope and peace for Mideast

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — A somber Pope Francis steeped his Christmas message to the world Thursday in sadness for those with little cause for joy — abused children, refugees, hostages and others suffering from violence in the Middle East, Africa, Ukraine and elsewhere.

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  • Uganda takes on the chocolate market

    On a sprawling, lush cocoa plantation in Mukono outside the Ugandan capital Kampala, farmers have been sampling chocolate for the first time ever. "When we gave our farm manager the first product to taste his face was so amazing, he was saying 'really this is coming out from what we are doing?'"…

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  • 2004 tsunami: Children in mud, lone mosque in Aceh

    Some 230,000 people were killed in the Indian Ocean tsunami set off by a magnitude 9.1 earthquake on Dec. 26, 2004. A dozen countries were hit, from Indonesia to India to Africa's east coast. Scores of Associated Press journalists covered the disaster, and as the 10th anniversary approached, the AP…

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  • 13-year-old girl: My father gave me to Boko Haram

    KANO, Nigeria (AP) — A 13-year-old says her father gave her to Boko Haram extremists and that she was arrested after refusing to explode a suicide bomb in Kano, Nigeria's second largest city in the north.

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