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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 with 162 people on board that went missing on Sunday after pilots asked to change course to avoid bad weather during a flight from Indonesia's Surabaya city to Singapore. | 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.

Cuba 1:46am EST

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.

10:42am 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.

Russia 7:15am EST

Ex-minister blames Merkel for rise of anti-immigrant groups

BERLIN - A former cabinet minister and member of Angela Merkel's conservative bloc blamed Germany's chancellor on Sunday for steering a course that has strengthened the eurosceptic AfD party and a new anti-immigrant grass-roots movement.

Germany 10:45am EST

Hamas bars Gaza youths bereaved in war from visiting Israel

ISRAEL-GAZA BORDER - Hamas authorities in the Gaza Strip prevented on Sunday a group of Palestinian children who lost parents in the July-August war with Israel from making a rare goodwill visit to the Jewish state, organizers of the trip said.

Israel 8:12am EST

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