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Kiev and rebels to exchange hundreds of prisoners soon: security service

KIEV - Kiev and pro-Russian separatists will exchange hundreds of prisoners soon, an aide to the head of Ukraine's SBU state security service said on Friday, as the military reported a slight increase in rebel attacks.

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Iran expands 'smart' Internet censorship

DUBAI - Iran is to expand what it calls "smart filtering" of the Internet, a policy of censoring undesirable content on websites without banning them completely, as it used to, the government said on Friday.

Tech, Media, Davos 9:51am EST

Asia remembers devastating 2004 tsunami with tears and prayers

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia - Survivors of Asia's 2004 tsunami and relatives of its 226,000 victims cried and prayed as they gathered along Indian Ocean shorelines on Friday for memorials to mark the 10th anniversary of a disaster that still leaves an indelible mark on the region. | Video

Erdogan tells Europe to stop criticizing Turkey

ISTANBUL - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan slammed European countries on Friday for criticizing deteriorating press freedom in Turkey and said they should instead try to find a solution for what he said was increasing Islamophobia in the continent.

Turkey 10:56am EST

Fire at storage tank at Libya's Es Sider port has spread to more oil tanks: officials

TRIPOLI - A fire at an oil storage tank at Libya's Es Sider port has spread to two more tanks after a rocket hit the country's biggest terminal during clashes between forces allied to competing governments, officials said on Friday.

Libya 9:03am EST

Hundreds of civilians killed in Libya fighting as crisis deepens: U.N.

GENEVA - (This version of the Dec. 23 story removes reference in paragraph five to ambulance after official U.N. correction)

United Nations 9:10am EST

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