A Changi Airport staff holds up a sign to direct possible next-of-kins of passengers of AirAsia flight QZ 8501 from Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore, at Changi Airport in Singapore December 28, 2014.  REUTERS/Edgar Su

AirAsia flight from Indonesia to Singapore goes missing

JAKARTA - An AirAsia flight with 162 people on board lost contact with air traffic control after the pilots asked to change course to avoid bad weather during a flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore, Indonesian officials said.  Full Article 

In U.S.-Cuba prisoner swap, mystery surrounds the unnamed 53 1:46am EST

HAVANA - 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.

 New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and wife Chirlane McCray walk past a sea of policemen while arriving for the funeral services of New York Police Department (NYPD) officer Rafael Ramos in the Queens borough of New York December 27, 2014. REUTERS/MIKE SEGAR

Thousands gather for slain NY officer's funeral

NEW YORK - Tens of thousands of police from cities across the United States filled a New York City church and nearby streets for the funeral of one of two policemen shot by a man who said he was avenging the killing of unarmed black men by police.  Full Article | Video 

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 

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 

A fighter jet flies above as Ukrainian soldiers sit on an armoured personnel carrier in Kramatorsk, in eastern Ukraine April 16, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

After turbulent 2014, next year looks as stormy

From financial crisis in Russia to cyber warfare with North Korea, 2014 has generated new flashpoints right into its final days, setting 2015 up to be just as turbulent.  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 

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 

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Tight security as NATO Afghan war ends

Security is tight on the streets of Kabul ahead of a ceremony to mark the end of NATO combat missions in Afghanistan. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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