• Chinese leadership offers support for Hong Kong leader

    BEIJING (Reuters) - China's central government fully approves of the leadership of Hong Kong's chief executive Leung Chun-ying and the work of the territory's government which has shown itself "unafraid of challenges", Premier Li Keqiang said on Friday. The former British colony was roiled recently…

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  • Two U.S. drone strikes kill seven militants in Pakistan

    DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (Reuters) - Two suspected U.S. drones fired missiles at militant hideouts in northwest Pakistan on Friday killing at least seven fighters, Pakistani intelligence officials said. The attacks took place in the same area where the Pakistani army has been mounting an…

  • Russia says Kiev's move to join NATO dangerous for Europe

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Ukraine's pursuit of NATO membership posed a danger to European security and that the West was using Kiev's bid to join the Atlantic alliance as a way to fuel confrontation between Russia and Ukraine. The Kiev parliament's renunciation…

  • 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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  • Mourinho tells Chelsea: 'Put on Christmas show'

    London (AFP) - Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho wants his players to show the world why they are currently on top of the Premier League table when they host West Ham United on Friday.

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  • Turkish teen accused of insulting Erdogan freed from custody

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A teenager was released from custody on Friday after his arrest for allegedly insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan caused uproar in the country.

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  • Wenger backs Mertesacker ahead of QPR visit

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has defended under-fire centre-back Per Mertesacker ahead of his side's Premier League home game with Queens Park Rangers on Friday. Mertesacker was criticised after apparently ducking beneath the ball to allow Martin Skrtel to net a 97th-minute equaliser for…

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  • Liverpool's Rodgers targets Burnley bounce

    Burnley (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is confident his side can still go on to enjoy a successful season as they go in search of some Christmas cheer at Burnley on Friday.

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  • Lampard hope lights Man City's striker gloom

    West Bromwich (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Manchester City's attacking injury problems remain ahead of Friday's trip to West Bromwich Albion, but manager Manuel Pellegrini expects better news concerning on-loan midfielder Frank Lampard before 2015 arrives.

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  • Tank at Libya's Es Sider oil port hit by rocket still on fire: official

    TUNIS (Reuters) - Libya is only producing oil from its operations in Brega, Sarir and the country's offshore fields, an oil ministry official said on Thursday. The official also said a tank at the eastern Es Sider oil port that had been hit by a rocket was still on fire. The port stopped working…

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  • A Turkish teenager arrested for allegedly insulting the president has been released

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish teenager arrested for allegedly insulting the president has been released.

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  • Top Asian News at 11:00 a.m. GMT

    BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (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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  • Turkey frees teen arrested for 'insulting' Erdogan: reports

    A Turkish court on Friday ordered the release of a 16-year-old high school student arrested for "insulting" President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, following an outcry over his detention. The boy, Mehmet Emin Altunses, was released following a complaint by his lawyer over his arrest in the central city of…

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  • 3 SKorea workers die at nuke plant construction site

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Three South Korean workers have died after apparently inhaling toxic gas at a construction site for a new nuclear plant.

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