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AirAsia flight carrying 162 people from Indonesia to Singapore missing: officials

JAKARTA - An AirAsia flight with 162 people on board lost contact with air traffic control on Sunday after the pilots asked to change course to avoid bad weather during a flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore, Indonesian officials said.

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U.S., allies conduct 12 air strikes against Islamic State: Task Force

WASHINGTON - The United States and its allies carried out 12 air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria on Saturday, the Combined Joint Task Force said.

27 Dec 2014

South Korea nuclear operator says cyberattacks continue, reactors safe

SEOUL - South Korea's nuclear power operator said on Sunday that cyberattacks on non-critical operations at the company's headquarters are continuing but the country's nuclear power plants are operating safely and are secure from attack.

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

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

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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