• Sony's 'Interview' draws U.S. moviegoers who trumpet free speech

    By Luc Cohen and Alicia Avila NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "The Interview," the Sony Pictures film about a fictional plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, opened in more than 300 movie theaters across the United States on Christmas Day, drawing many sell-out audiences and…

  • Prosecutors won't indict former Tepco executives over Fukushima disaster: media

    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese prosecutors will likely decide again not to indict three former Tokyo Electric Power Co executives over their handling of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, media reported on Friday, but a rarely used citizen's panel could still force an indictment. The Tokyo District…

  • Father asks Islamic State to treat captured pilot son as 'guest'

    AMMAN (Reuters) - The father of a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State fighters after his plane crashed in Syria said he did not consider his son a hostage and called on his captors to treat him as a "guest". Jordan is one of several Arab countries participating in the U.S.-led military…

  • Christmas in Bethlehem: For Palestinian Christians, a time of needed hope

    Palestinian worshipers were welcomed this Sunday to the Bethlehem Christmas Lutheran Church, nestled just off a narrow cobblestone road, with the words of St. Paul:

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  • Ecuador lures back its diaspora with social spending and opportunity

    Last April, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa took his weekly radio show "Enlace Cuidadano" on the road to the Italian city of Genoa. He wasn't there for the salami.

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  • Hillary Clinton leads Chris Christie in New Jersey. Sign for 2016?

    In a hypothetical general election matchup Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton would crush Republican Chris Christie in his home state of New Jersey, according to a new Rutgers-Eagleton poll.

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  • In Obama's Christmas stocking, a bit of good news

    Shave ice and twice-cooked short ribs aren’t the only things President Obama is savoring on his family vacation in Hawaii this Christmas.

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  • 10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

    Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.

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  • Prayers and tears as Asia mourns tsunami dead 10 years on

    Prayers, tears and solemn visits to mass graves marked commemorations Friday across tsunami-hit nations for the 220,000 people who perished when giant waves decimated coastal areas of the Indian Ocean a decade ago. On December 26, 2004 a 9.3-magnitude earthquake off Indonesia's western tip…

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  • India's brass bands struggle amid changing tastes

    NEW DELHI (AP) — The wedding season is in full swing in India, marking what should be the busiest time of year for the traditional brass bands that lead raucous processions announcing the arrival of the bridegroom to the neighborhood.

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  • Sony film mess reflects gadgets-entertainment gap

    TOKYO (AP) — Sony's iconic gadgetry and the star appeal of Hollywood may have appeared to be a perfect match when the electronics giant bought Columbia Pictures in 1989. A quarter century later, it's apparent that Sony Corp. has not attained the magic synergy it was hoping for.

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  • SKorea, US and Japan to share intel on North Korea

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea, the U.S. and Japan will sign their first-ever trilateral intelligence-sharing pact next week to better cope with North Korea's increasing nuclear and missile threats, Seoul officials said Friday.

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  • Comanche first out of Sydney Harbour in annual Hobart race

    SYDNEY (AP) — American entry Comanche took the lead after an impressive start and was the first to leave Sydney Harbour in the annual Sydney to Hobart yacht race Friday.

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  • Top Asian News at 7:00 a.m. GMT

    KHAO LAK, Thailand (AP) — Crying onlookers took part in beachside memorials and religious services 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. The devastating…

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  • NBA Capsules

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Russell Westbrook scored 34 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the San Antonio Spurs 114-106 on Thursday in a rematch of last season's Western Conference Finals.

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  • Australia 259-5 at stumps on day 1 of 3rd test vs India

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Steven Smith scored his fourth half century of the series to anchor Australia to 259-5 at stumps on the opening day of the third test against India on Friday.

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  • US missile strikes kill 7 militants in NW Pakistan

    DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected U.S. drone fired missiles at two compounds in the North Waziristan tribal region killing at least seven alleged militants.

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