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U.S., allies conduct 12 air strikes against Islamic State: Task Force

WASHINGTON - The United States and its allies carried out 12 air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria on Saturday, the Combined Joint Task Force said.

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Greek PM repeats call to avoid snap election

ATHENS - Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras urged lawmakers on Saturday to prevent the uncertainty of a snap general election by ensuring that a president is elected in a key vote in parliament next week.

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After turbulent 2014, next year may be no calmer

NEW YORK - 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.

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China's trade growth seen falling short of target in 2014

SHANGHAI - China's trade will grow 3.5 percent in 2014, implying the country will fall short of a current 7.5 percent official growth target, according to a report on the Ministry of Commerce's website that was subsequently revised to remove the numbers.

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China's November industrial profits suffer sharpest fall in 27 months

SHANGHAI - Chinese industrial profits dropped 4.2 percent in November to 676.12 billion yuan ($108.85 billion), official data showed on Saturday, the biggest annual decline since August 2012 as the economy hit major unexpected headwinds in the second half.

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Russia says to supply coal, electricity to Ukraine

MOSCOW/KIEV - Russia has agreed on a new deal to supply coal and electricity to Ukraine, which is struggling with a lack of raw fuel for power plants due to a separatist conflict in the industrial east, Russian officials said on Saturday.

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Thousands gather for slain New York police officer's funeral

NEW YORK - Tens of thousands of police and other mourners filled a New York City church and nearby streets for the funeral on Saturday of one of two police officers shot dead by a man who said he was avenging the killing of unarmed black men by police. | Video

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China, Vietnam to address maritime disputes without using 'megaphone diplomacy:' Xinhua

SHANGHAI - Senior Chinese and Vietnamese officials have agreed to settle their maritime disputes without resorting to "megaphone diplomacy", the official Xinhua news service said on Saturday.