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  • Passenger ferry evacuated after fire breaks out off Greece

    By Renee Maltezou ATHENS (Reuters) - An international rescue effort was under way in high winds after a car ferry carrying 466 passengers and crew caught fire while sailing from Greece to Italy and its captain ordered its evacuation, officials said on Sunday. Passengers who telephoned Greek…

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  • Strict sharia forces gays into hiding in Indonesia's Aceh

    By Gayatri Suroyo and Charlotte Greenfield BANDA ACEH, Indonesia/JAKARTA (Reuters) - Overwhelmed by fear, members of the main gay rights group in the Indonesian town of Banda Aceh started burning piles of documents outside their headquarters in late October, worried that the sharia police would…

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  • U.S., allies conduct 12 air strikes against Islamic State: Task Force

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and its allies carried out 12 air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria on Saturday, the Combined Joint Task Force said. Six strikes near the Syrian town of Kobani on the Turkish border destroyed Islamic State buildings, fighting…

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  • North Korea's Internet down again. US spooks at work?

    North Korea’s web connection to the rest of the world – always sketchy and limited at best – went on the blink again Saturday. Most North Koreans wouldn’t have noticed, of course. But for the elite few who are connected, they lost Internet and 3G mobile network service for several hours.

    Christian Science Monitor
  • NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos: 'He loved God and he loved humanity'

    His family, his church, and the police force in which he served. These were the pillars of life for slain New York Police Officer Rafael Ramos, remembered at his wake Friday night and funeral Saturday morning.

    Christian Science Monitor
  • 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).

    Christian Science Monitor
  • 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.

    Christian Science Monitor
  • 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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  • 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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  • Top Asian News at 8:30 a.m. GMT

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — In the third air incident connected to Malaysia this year, an AirAsia plane with 162 people on board went missing on Sunday while flying over the Java Sea after taking off from a provincial city in Indonesia for Singapore. The two countries immediately launched a search…

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  • Wellington beats Western Sydney 1-0 in A-League

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Western Sydney's winless start in Australia's A-League stretched to 10 matches when they lost 1-0 at Wellington.

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  • Greece: Ferry ordered evacuated after fire

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A fire broke out on the car deck of a ferry carrying 466 people from Greece to Italy early Sunday, forcing authorities to order an evacuation.

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  • US, NATO to mark end of mission to Afghanistan

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United States and NATO will mark the formal end of the war in Afghanistan on Sunday with a ceremony at their military headquarters in Kabul as the insurgency they fought for 13 years remains as ferocious and deadly as at any time since the 2001 invasion that unseated…

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  • Croatia votes to elect president amid economy woes

    ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia's liberal president faces pressure from a conservative challenger in an election held amid widespread discontent over economic woes in the European Union's newest member.

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  • Pakistan: Gunmen kill man from targeted minority sect

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani police officer says unknown gunmen have shot dead a young man from a targeted religious minority community in eastern Pakistan.

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  • Sri Lanka's largest Muslim party defects gov't

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's largest Muslim political party on Sunday defected President Mahinda Rajapaksa to support the opposition candidate in the January presidential election.

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  • Wild Oats XI takes line honors in Sydney-Hobart race

    HOBART, Australia (AP) — Wild Oats XI took line honors in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race for a record eighth time on Sunday, holding out a late challenge from American super-maxi Comanche in its big race debut.

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