• Russia says to supply coal, electricity to Ukraine

    MOSCOW/KIEV (Reuters) - Russia has agreed on a new deal to supply coal and electricity to Ukraine, which is struggling with a lack of raw fuel for power plants due to a separatist conflict in the industrial east, Russian officials said on Saturday. The move comes a day after Kiev said it would…

  • China, Vietnam to address maritime disputes without using 'megaphone diplomacy': Xinhua

    SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Senior Chinese and Vietnamese officials have agreed to settle their maritime disputes without resorting to "megaphone diplomacy", the official Xinhua news service said on Saturday. The agency's report follows a meeting in Hanoi on Friday between Chinese political advisor Yu…

  • Swedish centre-left make deal with opposition, call off snap vote

    By Daniel Dickson and Johan Sennero STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden's mainstream parties reached a deal on Saturday that will allow the minority centre-left government to remain in office and sideline the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats, who hold the balance of power in parliament. Sweden's normally…

  • Facebook apologizes for 'Year in Review,' Twitter sees 'war on Christmas'

    Does it ever feel like Facebook is doing its desperate best to keep you engaged? Urging you to connect with new “friends,” play online games, watch puppy videos, follow “trends” (like actor Patrick Stewart reacting to a singing Christmas hat).

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  • Woman gives birth on Philadelphia train: Kids are born in the darndest places

    There are few better Christmas gifts than a holiday baby. The parents of one bundle of joy were caught off-guard when their baby boy decided to make his first appearance in the world on an subway train in Philadelphia.

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  • Sen. Bernie Sanders to run for president? A Ross Perot of the left, perhaps

    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) of Vermont has announced that he will wait until March to decide how much of an annoyance to Hillary Rodham Clinton he wants to be.

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  • Erasing borders of the mind

    Despite President Obama’s new effort to warm relations with Cuba, tourism from the US to that Caribbean island nation is still banned, a policy that only Congress can change.

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  • Israeli court orders state to raze West Bank outpost

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's supreme court has ordered Israeli authorities to demolish one of the oldest and most contentious Jewish settlement outposts in the West Bank.

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  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

    During the week that was in Latin America, Mexico underwent its latest spasm of violence as students, politicians and police eyed each other from opposite sides while 43 missing students failed to reappear alive or dead.

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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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  • Egypt reduces sentences in same-sex wedding case

    CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian appeals court has reduced the sentences of eight men convicted on charges of "inciting debauchery" for taking part in an alleged same-sex wedding party from three years to one year in prison.

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  • Ukraine says Crimea transport halt temporary

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A Ukrainian security official said Saturday that the suspension of transport connections with Crimea is expected to be only a temporary measure.

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  • After turbulent 2014, next year may be no calmer

    By Peter Apps NEW YORK (Reuters) - From financial crisis in Russia to cyber warfare with North Korea, 2014 has generated new flashpoints right into its final days, setting 2015 up to be just as turbulent.     Almost all of the major confrontations, such as the battle with Islamic State militants,…

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  • Wanted Islamic extremist leader surrenders in Somalia

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Somali intelligence official says a leader with the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, who has a $3 million bounty on his head, surrendered in Somalia.

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  • Snow flurries blanket Britain, cause power shortages

    London (AFP) - Overnight flurries left much of Britain blanketed in snow on Saturday, causing power shortages and delays at airports.

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  • Top Asian News at 1:30 p.m. GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has compared President Barack Obama to a monkey and blamed the U.S. for shutting down its Internet amid the hacking row over the movie "The Interview." The North has denied involvement in a crippling cyberattack on Sony Pictures, but has expressed fury over the…

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  • Madagascar's former president under house arrest

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Madagascar's former president has been moved to house arrest in the capital Antananarivo, following months of detention, according to a representative on Saturday.

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  • Lukashenko names new PM, central bank head

    MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The authoritarian president of Belarus has replaced his prime minister, the head of the national bank and an array of other top officials as the country weathers economic troubles.

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  • Syria says ready to discuss Russian plan to end the crisis

    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria said on Saturday it is willing to participate in "preliminary consultations" in Moscow aimed at restarting peace talks next year to end its civil war. "Syria is ready to participate in preliminary consultations in Moscow in order to meet the aspirations of Syrians to find a…

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