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  • Asia marks 10 years since Indian Ocean tsunami

    KHAO LAK, Thailand (AP) — Beachside memorials and religious services were planned across Asia to mark 10 years since the Indian Ocean tsunami slammed into a dozen nations and killed nearly a quarter million people.

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    ATLANTA (AP) — Sony's "The Interview" has been a hacking target, a punchline and a political lightning rod. Now, with its release online at the same time it debuts in theaters, it has a new role: a test for a new kind of movie release. "The Interview" stars Seth Rogen and James Franco as…

    Associated Press41 mins ago
  • Ebola expert calls for European anti-virus 'corps'

    London (AFP) - Europe will be "vulnerable" if it does not regard viruses as a "national security issue" like the United States, the microbiologist who discovered Ebola said in an interview published Friday.

  • 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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  • 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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    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — When Graeme Smith arrived in Afghanistan in 2005, he drove across the country from Kabul south to the Talban's former capital Kandahar on a newly paved road that cut travelling time from a bone-rattling 14 hours to just six. Today, 13 years after the U.S.-led invasion…

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  • International 'tragedy' on Europe's brutal African borders

    Just across the sea from the sunny tourist beaches of southern Spain where many Europeans spend their Christmas holidays, a violent crisis is intensifying on Europe's borders with Africa. Every week, hundreds of Africans try to scramble over the high fences that encircle Ceuta and Melilla, two…

  • US removes Gambia from trade agreement

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Activists have praised the U.S. government's decision to remove Gambia from a trade agreement in response to human rights abuses, including a law signed in October that imposes life imprisonment for some homosexual acts.

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  • Pope, on Christmas Eve, urges world to be open to God

    By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis ushered the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics into Christmas on Wednesday, urging them to allow God to enter their lives to help combat darkness and corruption. The 78-year-old Argentine pope led a solemn Christmas Eve Mass for thousands of…

  • Madagascar pardons five political prisoners after reconciliation

    Madagascar's President Hery Rajaonarimampianina on Wednesday pardoned five political prisoners who had got stiff prison sentences for allegedly plotting against his predecessor, who took power in a coup. The five men bore allegiance to former president Marc Ravalomanana and were accused of…

  • Auto industry acts globally _ except on recalls

    DETROIT (AP) — When it comes to making and selling cars, the auto industry thinks and acts globally: There is near-seamless coordination between parts suppliers, factories and dealerships.

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  • Sierra Leone bans Christmas parties amid Ebola

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Alice Marke and her family aren't celebrating Christmas the way they used to: The deadly Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone means no festive parties at the beach, no carolers singing at night.

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  • Fourth UN staff contracts Ebola in Liberia

    A fourth member of the UN mission in Liberia, the country hardest-hit by the Ebola epidemic, has been hospitalised after testing positive for the virus. "This is the fourth case of Ebola in the mission and UNMIL personnel continue to mourn the deaths of two colleagues who died from the disease…

  • S.Africa's Zuma denies hinting at getting fifth wife

    South African President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday denied media local reports that he has hinted he may be ready to take a fifth wife to accompany him through old age. In a statement titled "holiday legends", the presidency said a journalist from The Star, a leading newspaper, had "misunderstood" a…

  • Zimbabweans give new coins the cold shoulder

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Coins introduced by Zimbabwe's Reserve Bank earlier this month are receiving a cold reception from locals who are fearful this could be the first step to replacing the U.S dollar with the ruined Zimbabwean dollar.

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