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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 carrying 162 people from Indonesia's Surabaya to Singapore, which went missing on Sunday just after pilots requested a change in course to avoid bad weather. | 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

Crude bomb blast wounds two in India's high-tech capital

NEW DELHI - A crude bomb exploded outside a busy restaurant in India's high-tech capital of Bengaluru on Sunday, wounding two people, police said.

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