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  • Indonesia says missing AirAsia plane could be at 'bottom of sea'

    By Fergus Jensen and Siva Govindasamy JAKARTA (Reuters) - A missing AirAsia jet carrying 162 people could be at the bottom of the sea after it was presumed to have crashed off the Indonesian coast, an official said on Monday, as countries around Asia sent ships and planes to help in the search…

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  • Q&A on what might have happened to AirAsia flight

    NEW YORK (AP) — Rescue crews are searching Indonesian waters for AirAsia Indonesia Flight 8501, which disappeared Sunday with 162 passengers and crew onboard. The plane was flying from Surabaya, Indonesia's second-largest city, and was about halfway to its destination, Singapore, when it vanished…

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  • 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.

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  • Key developments in disappearance of AirAsia jet

    An AirAsia jet with 162 people on board disappeared Sunday while flying from western Indonesia to Singapore on a scheduled two-hour flight. Here's a look at the key developments:

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  • Mexico calls for larger, more diverse U.N. Security Council

    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico on Sunday called for an overhaul of the United Nations Security Council, envisaging more member countries across a wider geographical swathe, as the government steps up efforts to raise its profile on the global stage. Tasked with maintaining global peace, the U.N.…

  • Indonesia set to resume search for missing AirAsia plane, relatives wait

    By Eveline Danubrata and Michael Taylor JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia was set to resume at first light the search for an AirAsia plane carrying 162 people from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore, which went missing on Sunday just after the pilot requested a change in course to avoid bad…

  • Missing flight is 3rd Malaysia-linked incident

    The disappearance Sunday of AirAsia Flight 8501 was the third air incident this year involving Malaysia, where budget carrier AirAsia in based. Here's a look at the two other disasters, as well as the latest missing flight, which went missing with 162 people aboard less than an hour after taking…

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  • AirAsia faces biggest crisis as jet goes missing

    By Anshuman Daga and Praveen Menon SINGAPORE/KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - AirAsia was built up from two planes in 2001 to an airline industry titan that operates more than 180 jets in just over a decade but now faces its biggest ever challenge. A dream run for the airline and its flamboyant boss, Tony…

  • British national missing on AirAsia jet

    London (AFP) - A British national was on board the AirAsia plane carrying 162 people that went missing in bad weather Sunday en route from Indonesia to Singapore, the Foreign Office confirmed.

  • Kohli thanks Aussie backchat for career-high 169

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — India's Virat Kohli says Australia's on-field sledging and attempted intimidation sparked his career-high innings of 169 on the third day of the third test Sunday.

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  • US 'disturbed' at Azerbaijan raiding Radio Liberty

    Azerbaijan has raided and closed the local offices of a US-funded radio station in a move that has left Washington "deeply disturbed" and raised concerns about the treatment of non-state media in the tightly-controlled Caucasus nation. The offices of Radio Azadliq in the capital Baku were sealed…

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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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  • In 2014, US economy began shaky, finished strong

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy flexed its old muscles in 2014.

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  • Oil tanks in Libya terminal ablaze after firefight

    Three storage tanks at one of Libya's main oil terminals were ablaze on Friday after being hit by a rocket during fighting between Islamists and pro-government forces, officials said. The rocket was fired on Thursday by militiamen from Fajr Libya (Libya Dawn), a coalition of Islamist fighters. …

  • Candles, prayers and tears as Asia mourns tsunami dead 10 years on

    Tearful mourners lit candles on Friday to remember the 220,000 people who died a decade ago when tsunami waves devastated coastal areas along the Indian Ocean, in one of the worst natural disasters in human history. On December 26, 2004 a 9.3-magnitude earthquake off Indonesia's western tip…

  • Asia remembers devastating 2004 tsunami with tears and prayers

    By Gayatri Suroyo BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (Reuters) - Survivors of Asia's 2004 tsunami and relatives of its 226,000 victims cried and prayed as they gathered along Indian Ocean shorelines on Friday for memorials to mark the 10th anniversary of a disaster that still leaves an indelible mark on the…

  • Image of Asia: 40-day winter in Jammu-Kashmir

    In this photo by Channi Anand, passengers at a train station in Jammu keep warm as freezing temperatures hit the northern Indian region. The 40-day harsh winter period, known in Jammu and Kashmir as "chillai kalan," started this week until the end of January. It brought below-freezing temperatures…

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