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  • In crowded skies, lost plane's request for new path denied

    SURABAYA, Indonesia (AP) — The plane sought permission to climb above threatening clouds. Air traffic control couldn't say yes immediately — there was no room. Six other commercial airliners were crowding the surrounding airspace, forcing AirAsia Flight 8501 to remain at a lower altitude.

    Associated Press55 mins ago
  • US stocks edge higher amid hopes for China growth

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks were barely higher in early trading Monday as Wall Street winds down the year in this holiday-shortened week. European shares fell as Greece headed for early elections that could endanger its bailout program.

    Associated Press59 mins ago
  • AirAsia's brash CEO in spotlight after jet disappears

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — His airline empire began, Tony Fernandes likes to say, with the purchase of a bankrupt company for less than a dollar. Now, after years of growth that made him the king of Asian budget travel, the flamboyant Malaysian businessman is facing the horror of the…

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  • Chinese access to Gmail cut, regulators blamed

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese access to Google Inc.'s email service has been blocked amid government efforts to limit or possibly ban access to the U.S. company's services, which are popular among Chinese who seek to avoid government monitoring.

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  • Another Malaysia-linked plane disappearance spooks air travelers

    By Al-Zaquan Amer Hamzah and Rujun Shen KUALA LUMPUR/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - What appears to be a third air disaster involving a Malaysian carrier in less than a year has further dented confidence in the country's aviation industry and spooked air travelers across the region. A plane belonging to…

  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Asia

    Vivid and terrifying memories were recalled at ceremonies marking the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami that left nearly a quarter-million people dead in one of modern history's worst natural disasters. Weeping survivors and others took part in beachside memorials and religious services…

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  • Stakes high for Indonesia as aviation safety in spotlight again

    By Siva Govindasamy JAKARTA (Reuters) - The disappearance of an Indonesia AirAsia passenger jet comes at a sensitive time for Jakarta's aviation authorities, as they strive to improve the country's safety reputation to match its status as one of the airline industry's fastest growing markets. The…

  • 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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  • 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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  • Missing AirAsia jet Indonesia's latest air woe

    The disappearance of an AirAsia jet en route from Indonesia to Singapore on Sunday is the latest of many recent air incidents for Indonesia. The sprawling archipelago nation of 250 million people is one of Asia's most rapidly expanding airline markets, but is struggling to provide enough qualified…

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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…

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  • 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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  • India 462-8 at stumps on day 3 chasing Australia's 530

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia's Nathan Lyon and Ryan Harris each claimed two vital late wickets to leave India on 462-8 at stumps on day three of the third test, after Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane shared a 262-run partnership on Sunday.

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