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Indonesia says presumes missing AirAsia plane crashed in Java Sea

JAKARTA - A missing AirAsia plane carrying 162 people is presumed to have crashed off the Indonesian coast, an official said on Monday, as countries in the region offered to help Jakarta in the search and recovery effort. | Video

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Ukraine's parliament approves 2015 budget

KIEV - Ukraine's parliament backed a budget for 2015 on Monday that it had been under pressure to approve to secure the next tranche of financial aid under a $17 billion International Monetary Fund loan package, the Interfax news agency reported. | Video

IMF 11:02pm EST

Hopes dim Egypt to release Australian Al Jazeera journalist soon

SYDNEY - Hopes are fading for the release of Australian journalist Peter Greste, who has been in jail in Egypt for a year, after Cairo sent mixed signals about his case, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said on Monday.

China looking at deal with U.S. to recover dirty assets

BEIJING - China is looking at signing an agreement with the United States to target assets illegally taken out of China by corrupt officials, a newspaper said on Monday, as the government tightens the screws in its anti-graft battle.

China 10:58pm EST

U.S.-led forces launch 13 air strikes in Syria, Iraq

WASHINGTON - U.S.-led forces on Sunday conducted eight air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria and five strikes on IS targets in Iraq, the U.S. military said in a statement.

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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 7:33pm EST

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