Family members of passengers on board AirAsia flight QZ 8501wait for information inside a crisis centre at Juanda Airport in Surabaya, East Java December 28, 2014 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. REUTERS/Antara Foto/Suryanto

Search for missing AirAsia flight halted as night falls

JAKARTA - Indonesia called off until first light a search for an AirAsia plane with 162 people on board that went missing after pilots asked to change course to avoid bad weather during a flight from Indonesia's Surabaya city to Singapore.  Full Article | Video 

U.S.-led forces launch 13 air strikes in Syria, Iraq 8:48am EST

WASHINGTON - 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.

A hand is silhouetted in front of a computer screen in this picture illustration taken in Berlin May 21, 2013. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

North Korea blames U.S. for Internet outages

SEOUL - North Korea called U.S. President Barack Obama a "monkey" and blamed Washington for Internet outages that it has experienced during a confrontation with the United States over the hacking of the film studio Sony Pictures.  Full Article 

Pope John Paul II listens during the celebration of the Vespers in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.  REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito

Man who shot Pope leaves roses on his tomb

VATICAN CITY - The man who tried to kill former Pope John Paul II 33 years ago showed up at the Vatican to put white roses on his tomb and said he wanted to meet Pope Francis.  Full Article 

The Sunshield test unit to be used on NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is stacked and expanded at a cleanroom in the Northrop Grumman facility in Redondo Beach, California, in this NASA handout picture released July 25, 2014.  REUTERS/NASA/Chris Gunn/Handout

NASA readies next phase of Hubble successor

What may not look impressive now is actually the next big technological advancement in space exploration. The James Webb Space Telescope "will pick up where Hubble leaves off."  Video 

A 1959 Chevrolet Impala car is parked in Havana December 23, 2014.     REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa

In Cuba's sea of classic cars, the gems are rare

HAVANA - Around 60,000 vintage cars have run on Cuba's roads since before the 1959 revolution led by Fidel Castro, but finding a collectible of value is a challenge.  Full Article 

The fingernails of a transgender person are seen as she applies nail polish at her office in Banda Aceh, December 25, 2014. REUTERS/BEAWIHARTA

Sharia forces gays into hiding in Indonesia

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia/JAKARTA - Overwhelmed by fear, members of the main gay rights group in the Indonesian town of Banda Aceh started burning piles of documents in late October, worried that the sharia police would raid them at any moment.  Full Article 

Port St. Lucie police officers display a captured 12-foot Burmese Python in this August 8, 2014 handout photo provided by the Port St. Lucie Police Department August 11, 2014.  REUTERS/Port St. Lucie Police Department/Handout via Reuters

Animals preside over year's oddest stories

NEW YORK - In a review of the oddest Reuters stories of 2014, it was the year of the family pet behaving badly: A dog got sick from eating dozens of socks and a puppy took the rap for driving the family car into a pond.  Full Article 

Empire State Building lit in blue to honor slain officers

New York's Empire State Building is lit up in blue to honor the two NYPD officers killed in Brooklyn last week. Mana Rabiee reports.

A demonstrator sits in front of a street fire during a demonstration following the grand jury decision in the Ferguson, Missouri shooting of Michael Brown, in Oakland, California November 25, 2014. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

The stories of 2014

Here's a collection of pictures that narrates its own stories - stories of compelling human drama, political upheaval, war and peace.  Full Coverage 

Adama Tarawallie reacts near her husband Ibrahim, 31, a suspected Ebola victim, as they wait to be transported from Devils Hole North, west of Freetown, Sierra Leone, December 17, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Fighting Ebola

Sierra Leone, neighbouring Guinea and Liberia are at the heart of the world's worst recorded outbreak of Ebola. Rates of infection are rising fastest in Sierra Leone, a country with nearly half the total Ebola cases.  Full Coverage 

A Bitcoin (virtual currency) paper wallet with QR codes and coins are seen in an illustration picture taken at La Maison du Bitcoin in Paris July 11, 2014. French police dismantled an illegal Bitcoin exchange and seized 388 virtual currency units worth some 200,000 euros ($272,800) in the first such operation in Europe a public prosecutor said on Monday.   REUTERS/Benoit Tessier (FRANCE - Tags: BUSINESS)

Bitcoin’s defects will hasten its demise

The leading crypto-currency’s economies of scale in mining and its transaction system’s vulnerability to subversion by a dominant miner make it unsound.  Full Article