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Islamic State captures Jordanian pilot after warplane crashes in Syria

AMMAN - Islamic State fighters took a Jordanian pilot prisoner after his warplane came down in northeast Syria on Wednesday, the first captive taken from the U.S.-led coalition battling the jihadi group.

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India's military hunts rebels after deadly attacks in remote state

GUWAHATI, India - India deployed military helicopters to hunt down tribal militants in the northeastern state of Assam on Thursday after rebels killed 75 people this week, the deadliest in the remote area in years.

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Thai leader cites China as positive example in year-end message

BANGKOK - Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha cited China as a good example of economic development in a year-end speech to government officials seven months after he seized power in a military coup.

China, Thailand 12:31am EST

Suicide bomber kills 33 people south of Baghdad

BAGHDAD - A suicide bomber killed 33 people and wounded 55 others in Madaen, about 25 km (15 miles) south of Baghdad, on Wednesday, Iraqi police and medical officials said.

24 Dec 2014

Out of tragedy, fortune for Sri Lankan tsunami village

SEENIGAMA, Sri Lanka - As towering waves came crashing into the southern coast of Sri Lanka on Dec. 26, 2004, Kushil Gunasekera gathered up his children and they ran for their lives to a nearby temple, the highest point they could find.

24 Dec 2014

Afghan women's cricket crushed by threats, bombs and tradition

KABUL - The story of Afghan cricket is a rare bright spot in the troubled country's recent past, full of unlikely successes and glory that have helped unify a divided nation. Unless you're a woman player.

Afghanistan 24 Dec 2014

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