A boy stands near a list of passengers onboard AirAsia flight QZ8501 as he looks for his aunt's name at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya December 29, 2014. REUTERS/Beawiharta

AirAsia plane may be at 'bottom of sea'

JAKARTA - A missing AirAsia jet carrying 162 people could be at the bottom of the sea after it was presumed to have crashed off the Indonesian coast, an official said.  Full Article 

Greece heads to election after PM Samaras loses vote on president 9:17am EST

ATHENS - Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras announced plans for an early general election next month after parliament rejected his candidate for president on Monday, throwing the country's international bailout into doubt.

A man walks past the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad's Sadr City, in this August 7, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Wissm al-Okili/Files

Their nation in pieces, Iraqis ponder future

SALAHUDDIN PROVINCE, Iraq - The new Iraq is being forged block by block, house by house, often outside sight of the government.   Full Article 

A computer user poses in front of a Google search page in this photo illustration taken in Brussels May 30, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Great Firewall behind China's Gmail block?

BEIJING - Google's Gmail was blocked in China after months of disruptions to the world's biggest email service, with an anti-censorship advocate suggesting the Great Firewall was to blame.  Full Article 

Police salute during the playing of the U.S. National Anthem outside the Christ Tabernacle Church at the start of the funeral service for slain New York Police Department (NYPD) officer Rafael Ramos in the Queens borough of New York December 27, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Look beyond race issues: NYC commissioner

NEW YORK - Tensions between New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the police are rooted in issues that go beyond racial relations, the police commissioner said, a day after the funeral of one of the two officers slain a week ago in their patrol car.  Full Article 

A vendor sells apples for between 60-150 rubles per kilogram at the city market in St. Petersburg April 5, 2012. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

As sanctions bite, Putin ally gets into apples

ABINSK, Russia – When Russia recently banned imports of some foreign fruit and other foods, it was seen as retaliation against Western sanctions. The move has also been an opportunity for an old friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin.  Full Coverage 

ROME/ATHENS - Five people died in a car ferry that caught fire off the coast of Greece. Rescue teams are working to save another 22 still stranded on board more than a day after the blaze started.   Full Article | Video 

Search resumes for AirAsia plane

Search planes and ships resume the hunt for AirAsia Indonesia flight QZ8501, which went missing over the Java Sea with 162 people on board. Sarah Toms 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