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  • US stocks inch higher after a big two-day rally

    NEW YORK (AP) — Oil and gas companies led the stock market up Friday, helping the Standard & Poor's 500 index notch its second-best week this year.

    Associated Press
  • Pakistan executes militants and bombards tribal areas

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan hanged two convicted militants Friday in the country's first executions in years, while warplanes and ground forces pounded insurgent hideouts in a northwest region bordering Afghanistan — part of a stepped-up response to the Taliban slaughter of scores of schoolchildren.

    Associated Press
  • Sri Lankan opposition pledges war crime inquiry

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's main opposition presidential candidate said Friday that the country cannot be charged with war crimes in the International Criminal Court, but he will launch a domestic inquiry if he wins a January election.

    Associated Press
  • 2004 tsunami: Horror of 'colorful mess' revealed

    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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  • Hack attack spurs call for more NKorea sanctions

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Suspicions that North Korea was behind a destructive hacking attack against Sony Pictures and a threat against movie theaters are intensifying calls for tougher U.S. steps to cut that country's access to hard currency and declare it once more as a state sponsor of terrorism.

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  • Sides 'far apart' in US West Coast port negotiations

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — While West Coast seaports struggle to keep up with billions of dollars of cargo, dockworkers and their employers apparently aren't close to a new contract nearly six months after their old deal expired.

    Associated Press
  • China's top judge urges swift, severe sentences in Xinjiang

    BEIJING (Reuters) - China must crack down "harshly and quickly" on cases involving terror attacks, national security and social stability in its restive region of Xinjiang, the country's top judge said, in comments likely to further worry rights groups and exiles. Resource-rich Xinjiang is…

    Reuters
  • South Korea court orders breakup of left-wing party

    SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's Constitutional Court ruled on Friday to disband a minority left-wing party accused of pro-North Korea activities that it said violated the basic principles of free democracy and stripped its five members of parliament of their seats. Eight of the court's nine judges…

    Reuters
  • Guangzhou R&F names Getafe's Cosmin Contra coach

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese Super League club Guangzhou R&F says it has reached a deal with current Getafe manager Cosmin Contra for him to be their new coach.

    Associated Press
  • Japan, U.S. extend deadline for new Asian security guidelines

    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan and the United States on Friday extended by six months a deadline to revise guidelines for their security cooperation in order to give Tokyo a more prominent military role in East Asia. The delay beyond an initial year-end target is the result in part of a snap election that…

    Reuters
  • Rocket in French Guiana launches 4 satellites

    KOUROU, French Guiana (AP) — Arianespace has launched a rocket from French Guiana carrying four satellites that will expand telecommunications and Internet services in several continents.

    Associated Press
  • Digital dilemma: How will US respond to Sony hack?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The detective work blaming North Korea for the Sony hacker break-in appears so far to be largely circumstantial, The Associated Press has learned. The dramatic conclusion of a Korean role is based on subtle clues in the hacking tools left behind and the involvement of at least one…

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  • Rights group decries judges' sacking in Maldives

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — An international rights group on Thursday criticized the dismissal of two top judges in the Maldives, including the chief justice, calling it an assault on judicial independence.

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  • Tropical deforestation threatens global food production

    By Chris Arsenault ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Tropical deforestation in the southern hemisphere is accelerating global warming and threatening world food production by distorting rainfall patterns across Europe, China and the U.S. Midwest, a study released on Thursday said. By 2050,…

    Reuters
  • Two-speed labor system in Qatar for 2022 World Cup

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Men crammed together, dozens to a room, on bunk beds so close they can reach over and shake hands.

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  • Image of Asia: Manila zoo gets in Christmas mood

    In this photo by Bullit Marquez, an orangutan named "Pacquiao" and a zoo owner wear Santa costumes while posing for pictures in the Philippine capital, Manila. The orangutan is one of the main attractions in Manny Tangco's private animal collection in Manila's suburb of Malabon, which also includes…

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  • Putin says Russia's turn to Asia was planned long ago

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia's turn toward Asia was a long-planned move and that a new gas route to China would help both sides. At his annual end-of-year news conference, Putin said: "The gas contract with China was not made at a loss. Both sides will…

    Reuters
  • Asian Cup wide open after coaching changes

    With the start of the Asian Cup only weeks away, a wide-open tournament has become even more unpredictable after a rash of coach firings in recent months left many of the top teams in disarray.

    Associated Press