• Ukraine's parliament approves austerity laws needed for draft budget

    KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's parliament backed on Sunday the final reading of laws that will simplify tax legislation and impose additional duties on imports, improving the chances a 2015 budget will be approved soon as required by the country's Western backers. Voting was delayed as deputies debated…

  • Greece faces crucial vote that could trigger election

    By Renee Maltezou ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras faces a vote in parliament on Monday that will decide whether the country goes to snap elections that could bring the leftwing Syriza party to power and derail an international bailout. In the most hotly contested vote for…

  • U.S.-led forces launch 13 air strikes in Syria, Iraq

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S.-led forces on Sunday conducted eight air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria and five strikes on IS targets in Iraq, the U.S. military said in a statement. In Syria, air strikes centered on the town of Kobani near the Turkish border, the Combined Joint Task…

  • Neil deGrasse Tyson lights up Twitter, Facebook. War on Christmas?

    Neil deGrasse Tyson is a very smart guy. Astrophysicist and cosmologist with degrees from Harvard and Columbia. Director of the Hayden Planetarium. Research associate at the American Museum of Natural History. Writer of best-sellers. Radio and TV host.

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  • 10 ways the world changed in 2014

    Lots happened in 2014. The news was a daily parade of discrete events. Here are some, picked (almost) at random: Afghan opium production hit a record high, calling into question government control outside Kabul. More investment cash flowed out of China than in, showing how important Beijing has…

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  • Electronic eavesdropping: NSA reports on its privacy violations

    The National Security Agency has a lot to keep track of – all those electronic communications and other signals, mostly innocuous but some of which are critical to national security, collectively known as “signals intelligence” or SIGINT.

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  • NFL Game of the Week: Carolina Panthers vs. Atlanta Falcons

    As always, the final week of the NFL season is jam-packed with exciting games and complicated playoff scenarios. In the 2014 iteration, three games will decide division champions as the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons, and Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh…

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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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  • Key developments in disappearance of AirAsia jet

    An AirAsia jet with 162 people on board disappeared Sunday while flying from western Indonesia to Singapore on a scheduled two-hour flight. Here's a look at the key developments:

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  • In U.S.-Cuba prisoner swap, mystery surrounds the unnamed 53

    By Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba's most prominent dissidents say they have been kept in the dark by U.S. officials over a list of 53 political prisoners who will be released from jail as part of a deal to end decades of hostility between the United States and Cuba. For years, dissident…

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  • 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…

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  • India out fir 465 on day 4 of 3rd test against Australia

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Mitchell Johnson claimed two quick wickets to end India's first innings at 465 and trailing Australia by 65 on the fourth day of the third test Monday.

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  • Top Asian News at 12:00 a.m. GMT

    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. First Admiral Sigit Setiayana, the Naval Aviation Center commander at the Surabaya air force base,…

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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.

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  • Indonesian official says search resumes for passenger jet that went missing 24 hours ago

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian official says search resumes for passenger jet that went missing 24 hours ago.

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  • Malaria killing thousands more than Ebola in West Africa

    GUECKEDOU, Guinea (AP) — West Africa's fight to contain Ebola has hampered the campaign against malaria, a preventable and treatable disease that is claiming many thousands more lives than the dreaded virus.

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  • Scrumhalf Nick Phipps to stay in Australian rugby

    SYDNEY (AP) — Scrumhalf Nick Phipps has signed a two-year contract extension with the Australian Rugby Union which will keep him with the Wallabies and New South Wales Waratahs until the end of 2017.

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