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  • AirAsia flight carrying 162 people from Indonesia to Singapore missing: officials

    By Chris Nusatya and Randy Fabi JAKARTA (Reuters) - An AirAsia flight with 162 people on board lost contact with air traffic control on Sunday after the pilots asked to change course to avoid bad weather during a flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore, Indonesian officials said.…

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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…

  • US stocks close higher, extending gains for the week

    Wall Street's "Santa Claus" rally kept delivering gifts a day after Christmas.

    Associated Press
  • 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.

    Associated Press
  • In 2014, US economy began shaky, finished strong

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

    Associated Press
  • 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…

  • 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…

    Associated Press
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  • Philippine rebels free 2 captive soldiers

    MARIHATAG, Philippines (AP) — Philippine communist rebels freed two soldiers after four months of captivity Friday as a goodwill gesture prior to a possible resumption of peace talks with the government.

    Associated Press
  • In Asia, 'The Interview' is watched illegally online, and panned

    SEOUL/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of people viewed illegal copies of "The Interview" in China and South Korea on Friday, just hours after the controversial movie on the fictional assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was released in the United States. Most viewers said…

  • Shares mostly higher in quiet holiday trading

    TOKYO (AP) — Shares were mostly higher in quiet trading Friday in Asia, as most markets in the region and across the globe were closed for Christmas holidays. China's Shanghai Composite Index extended gains in the second day of a rebound from this week's earlier sell-off.

    Associated Press
  • 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.

    Associated Press
  • Senior Chinese leader says Vietnam ties need 'correct path'

    BEIJING (Reuters) - China wants relations with Vietnam to proceed along a "correct path", a visiting senior Chinese leader said, vowing to improve mutual trust, amid tension between the neighbors over competing claims in the South China Sea. Yu Zhengsheng, who heads a largely ceremonial advisory…

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  • Image of Asia: Sunny Christmas on Sydney beach

    In this photo by Rick Rycroft, British traveler Dabriella Quayle rides the waves while celebrating Christmas Day at Bondi Beach in Sydney. Sunny weather and temperatures of 28 degrees Celsius (82.4 Fahrenheit) brought out locals and tourists to Australia's iconic beach, where lifesavers and many…

    Associated Press
  • Thai leader cites China as positive example in year-end message

    By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha cited China as a good example of economic development in a year-end speech to government officials seven months after he seized power in a military coup. Prayuth, a former army chief who led the coup, said Thais should…

  • Mexico wants to ban nets, save endangered porpoise

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities are proposing a $37 million plan to ban gillnet fishing in most of the upper Sea of Cortez to save the critically endangered vaquita marina, the world's smallest porpoise.

    Associated Press