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Indonesia says missing AirAsia plane could be at 'bottom of sea'

SURABAYA, Indonesia/JAKARTA - A missing AirAsia jet carrying 162 people could be at the bottom of the sea after it was presumed to have crashed off the Indonesian coast, an official said on Monday, as countries around Asia sent ships and planes to help in the search. | Video

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Taliban declare 'defeat' of U.S., allies in Afghanistan

KABUL - Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan on Monday declared the "defeat" of the U.S. and its allies in the 13-year-old war, a day after the coalition officially marked the end of its combat mission.

Afghanistan 7:50am EST

Israeli troops kill Palestinian throwing rocks in West Bank: army

JERUSALEM - Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian who had been hurling rocks at cars on a highway in the occupied West Bank on Monday, a military spokeswoman said.

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Bomber kills 11 Shi'ite pilgrims north of Baghdad: police

BAGHDAD - A suicide bomber killed 11 people and wounded 23 others when he detonated explosives in a crowd of Shi'ite pilgrims walking north of Baghdad to the shrine city of Samarra, police and medical officials said.

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Ukraine's Poroshenko says to meet Putin, Merkel, Hollande on January 15

KIEV - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Monday he would meet with French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russia's Vladimir Putin on Jan. 15.

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China's Xi calls for tighter ideological control in universities

BEIJING - Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for greater "ideological guidance" in China's universities and urged the study of Marxism, state media reported on Monday, as the country tightens control on Western ideology.

China 7:20am EST

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