Indonesia says missing AirAsia plane could be at 'bottom of sea'

SURABAYA, Indonesia/JAKARTA - A missing AirAsia jet carrying 162 people could be at the bottom of the sea after it was presumed to have crashed off the Indonesian coast, an official said on Monday, as countries around Asia sent ships and planes to help in the search. | Video

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Oil rises to $60 per barrel, Libya fire supports

LONDON - Brent crude oil rose to around $60 per barrel on Monday, supported by concerns about disruption to output from Libya, but a global supply glut kept prices nearly 50 percent off their peak for the year.

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Taliban declare 'defeat' of U.S., allies in Afghanistan

KABUL - Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan on Monday declared the "defeat" of the U.S. and its allies in the 13-year-old war, a day after the coalition officially marked the end of its combat mission.

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Israeli troops kill Palestinian throwing rocks in West Bank: army

JERUSALEM - Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian who had been hurling rocks at cars on a highway in the occupied West Bank on Monday, a military spokeswoman said.

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China's Xi calls for tighter ideological control in universities

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Virgin Atlantic plane lands safely at UK airport after fault

LONDON - A Virgin Atlantic passenger plane safely carried out a "non-standard" landing at London's Gatwick airport on Monday after a landing gear problem, with television pictures showing the plane intact and stationary on the runway.