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Indonesia halts search for missing AirAsia plane as night falls

JAKARTA - Indonesia called off until first light a search for an AirAsia plane carrying 162 people from Indonesia's Surabaya to Singapore, which went missing on Sunday just after pilots requested a change in course to avoid bad weather. | Video

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

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.

World, Cuba 1:46am EST

Russia must influence separatists to end Ukraine crisis, says Merkel

BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel appealed to the Russian government on Sunday to use its influence on separatists in eastern Ukraine to implement a ceasefire plan agreed in Minsk in September aimed at ending the conflict.

World, Russia 7:15am EST

Anti-Arab group poses legal, political dilemma for Israel

JERUSALEM - A far-right Israeli group that agitates against Arabs in the name of religion and national security is forcing the Jewish state into a legal and political balancing act as it tries to contain sectarian violence.

World, Israel 4:46am EST

ECB's Weidmann says German 2015 growth may be better than expected

BERLIN - Growth in Germany, Europe's biggest economy, could be better than expected next year and the situation in Europe is not as bad as many people think, the president of Germany's Bundesbank told a newspaper on Sunday.

5:38am EST

North Korea blames U.S. for Internet outages, calls Obama 'monkey'

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

Tech, World, North Korea 2:40am EST
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Angry police shun NYC mayor at funeral for slain officer

NEW YORK - Tens of thousands of police from cities across the United States filled a New York City church and nearby streets on Saturday 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. | Video

Iranian general killed by sniper bullet in embattled Iraqi city

DUBAI - A sniper killed an Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander who was training Iraqi troops and Shi'ite militia fighting Islamic State (IS) militants in the Iraqi city of Samarra, official Iranian media reported on Sunday.