Donna Salvaggio (L) and a woman who gave her name as Reverend Jordan hug at a makeshift memorial at the site where two police officers were shot in the head in the Brooklyn borough of New York, December 21, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

NYC mayor calls for protest pause after police killings

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio sought to ease tensions with the police force on Monday, calling for a suspension of protests against the use of excessive force until after the funerals of two officers killed by a gunman over the weekend.  Full Article 

Asia pauses after Wall Street peak, dollar stands tall 8:39pm EST

SYDNEY - A holiday lull settled over Asian markets on Tuesday after Wall Street closed at historic highs while oil prices suffered a stinging setback after Saudi Arabia quashed all thought of curbing supply.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (C) gives field guidance during his visit to the Korean April 26 Cartoon Film Studio in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang November 27, 2014. REUTERS/KCNA

N.Korea has Internet outage; hacking eyed

WASHINGTON/BEIJING - North Korea, at the center of a confrontation with the United States over the hacking of Sony pictures, itself experienced Internet outages, a U.S. company that monitors Internet infrastructure said.  Full Article 

Incoming U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell  (R-KY) walks on Capitol Hill in Washington, December 3, 2014. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

McConnell opposes Obama on Cuba

WASHINGTON - Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said he opposed U.S. President Barack Obama's plans to normalize relations with Cuba, and spoke of steps lawmakers could take to try to rein in the new policy.  Full Article 

China's President Xi Jinping applauds during the Australia-China state and provincial leaders forum, also attended by Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott, in Sydney November 19, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Reed

China's year of missed opportunities

Two years into the leadership of President Xi Jinping, there’s little sign of the country opening, relaxing and rebalancing as outsiders expected. That likely won't change in 2015.  Commentary 

Flooding in January 2013 prompted the government to push forward with a multibillion plan to build a giant new seawall and other defenses against rising waters as the city continues to sink. REUTERS/Enny Nuraheni

In Jakarta, that sinking feeling is all too real

In the Indonesian capital, subsiding land leaves the government no option but to spend tens of billions of dollars on reinforcing its ramshackle defenses.  Full Coverage | Video 

A rose which was thrown into the waters of the Andaman Sea to mark the one-year Indian Ocean tsunami anniversary lies near foot prints in Khao Lak, located in Thailand's Phang Nga province, nearly 110 km (68 miles) north of the resort island of Phuket in this December 26, 2005 file photo. REUTERS/Adrees Latif/Files

Ten years on, tsunami warning system falters

BANGKOK - In April 2012, Indonesia's Banda Aceh, the city worst hit by the tsunami that killed at least 226,000 people ten years ago, received a terrifying reminder of how unprepared it was for the next disaster.  Full Article 

Airbus's company logo is pictured at the Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, December 4, 2014.  REUTERS/ Regis Duvignau

The inside story of the new Airbus A350 jet

PARIS - Ten years ago, the boss of Qatar Airways, who takes his first new A350 jet this week, warned Airbus it was flying off course.  Full Article 

Pope Francis calls gossip sickness of "cowards"

Pope Francis uses his annual Christmas meeting with Vatican's top administrators to issue warning on gossip calling it "the sickness of the cowards." Gavino Garay reports.