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  • Search resumes for missing AirAsia passenger jet

    SURABAYA, Indonesia (AP) — The search for a missing AirAsia jet carrying 162 people that disappeared more than 24 hours ago on a flight from Indonesia to Singapore resumed with first light Monday.

    Associated Press36 mins ago
  • 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.…

  • 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…

    Associated Press8 mins ago
  • 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…

    Associated Press
  • 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…

    Associated Press
  • 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…

  • 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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  • 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…

  • 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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  • 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.

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  • 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…