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Japan says close to deal with South Korea and U.S. on North Korea defense

TOKYO - Japan, the United States and South Korea are close to reaching a deal on sharing and safeguarding sensitive information on North Korea's missile and nuclear programs, Japan's Defence Ministry said on Friday.

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On Christmas visit with troops, Obama lauds end of Afghanistan mission

KANOEHE BAY, Hawaii - One week before the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan draws to a close, President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, thanked American troops on Thursday during a Christmas Day visit to Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kanoehe Bay.

Politics, U.S., Afghanistan 12:25am EST

Russia says Kiev's move to join NATO dangerous for Europe

MOSCOW - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Ukraine's pursuit of NATO membership posed a danger to European security and that the West was using Kiev's bid to join the Atlantic alliance as a way to fuel confrontation between Russia and Ukraine.

World, Russia 25 Dec 2014

Japan inflation slows and output slips, keep BOJ under pressure

TOKYO - Japanese annual core consumer inflation slowed for a fourth straight month in November due largely to sliding oil prices, highlighting the challenges the central bank faces in achieving its 2 percent inflation target.

25 Dec 2014

Former President George H.W. Bush spends Christmas in hospital

- Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush remained hospitalized on Thursday near his home in Houston after experiencing shortness of breath this week, and was in "great spirits," his spokesman said.

U.S., Politics 25 Dec 2014

Two more NY men arrested for threatening police

- Two more men have been arrested for threatening New York police, including one who called the precinct headquarters of two officers killed as they sat in their patrol car and asked to speak to one of them, a police spokesman said on Thursday.

25 Dec 2014