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AirAsia flight carrying 155 people from Indonesia to Singapore missing: officials

JAKARTA - An AirAsia flight carrying 155 people from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore lost contact with air traffic control on Sunday, officials in the region and the budget carrier said.

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Syria ready to discuss Russia peace plan talks, opposition dismissive

BEIRUT/CAIRO - Syria said on Saturday it was willing to participate in "preliminary consultations" in Moscow aimed at restarting talks next year to end its civil war but the Western-backed opposition dismissed the initiative. | Video

Syria 27 Dec 2014

Kiev, rebels exchange POWs; trains, buses to Crimea suspended

KIEV - Ukraine's government and pro-Russian separatists on Friday exchanged hundreds of prisoners of war while Kiev said it would suspend all train and bus service to Crimea, effectively creating a transportation blockade to and from the region. | Video

Russia 27 Dec 2014

Greek PM urges lawmakers to avoid snap election

ATHENS - Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras warned lawmakers on Saturday against the snap election that will be called if he loses a key presidential vote in parliament next week, but said he was confident of winning if Greeks did go to the polls.

Greece 27 Dec 2014

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.

Russia, North Korea 27 Dec 2014

Man who tried to kill Pope John Paul II puts roses on his tomb

VATICAN CITY - The man who tried to kill former Pope John Paul II 33 years ago showed up at the Vatican on Saturday to put white roses on his tomb and said he wanted to meet Pope Francis.

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