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AirAsia flight carrying 162 people goes missing in Southeast Asia – officials

JAKARTA, (Reuters) - Indonesia's air force was searching for an AirAsia plane carrying 162 people that went missing today after the pilots asked to change course to avoid bad weather during a flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore .

After turbulent 2014, next year may be no calmer

NEW YORK (Reuters) - From financial crisis in Russia to cyber warfare with North Korea, 2014 has generated new flashpoints right into its final days, setting 2015 up to be just as turbulent .

Among the year’s oddest stories, animal tales were top dogs

(Reuters) - It was the year of the family pet behaving badly: A dog got sick from eating dozens of socks and a puppy took the rap for driving the family car into a pond .

North Korea blames US for Internet outages, calls Obama ‘monkey’

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea called US President Barack Obama a “monkey” and blamed Washington yesterday for Internet outages it has experienced during a confrontation with the United States over the hacking of the film studio Sony Pictures .

Angry police shun NYC mayor at funeral for slain officer

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of police from cities across the United States filled a New York City church and nearby streets yesterday for the funeral of one of two policemen shot by a man who said he was avenging the killing of unarmed black men by police .

China’s trade growth seen falling short of target in 2014

(Reuters) - China’s trade will grow 3 .

Syria ready to discuss Russia peace plan talks, opposition dismissive

BEIRUT/CAIRO (Reuters) - Syria said yesterday 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 .

Swedish centre-left make deal with opposition, call off snap vote

STOCKHOLM, (Reuters) - Sweden's mainstream parties reached a deal on Saturday that will allow the minority centre-left government to remain in office and sideline the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats, who hold the balance of power in parliament .

Russia forecasts economic slump as bailed-out bank gets more funds

MOSCOW, (Reuters) - Slumping oil prices have put Russia’s economy on course for a sharp recession and double-digit inflation next year, government ministers said yesterday, as authorities scaled up a bailout for the first bank to succumb to this month’s rouble crisis .

Doubts deepen over Chinese-backed Nicaragua canal as work starts

MANAGUA, (Reuters) - When one of the poorest countries in the Americas and a little-known Chinese businessman said they planned to undertake one of the biggest engineering projects in history, few people took them seriously .

Ex-Ivory Coast first lady Gbagbo goes on trial over stolen election

Ex-Ivory Coast first lady Gbagbo goes on trial over stolen election

ABIDJAN, (Reuters) - Ivory Coast’s former first lady Simone Gbagbo went on trial in Abidjan yesterday for her alleged role in stealing an election her husband lost in 2010 and resisting efforts to dislodge him in a civil war that followed .

Some 1,250 migrants rescued in Mediterranean over Christmas

ROME, (Reuters) - Nearly 1,250 migrants have been rescued in the Mediterranean over the Christmas period and five bodies have been recovered, Italian officials said on Friday .

Iran expands “smart” Internet censorship

DUBAI, (Reuters) - 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 yesterday .

Fear and retribution in Xi’s corruption purge

Fear and retribution in Xi’s corruption purge

HONG KONG/BEIJING, (Reuters) - Chen Zhenggao, a member of the Communist Party’s elite Central Committee, clearly has enemies .

Russia to help large borrowers as S&P mulls junk rating

Russia to help large borrowers as S&P mulls junk rating

MOSCOW, (Reuters) - Russia’s central bank offered yesterday to help leading exporters refinance foreign debts next year, expected to be one of the toughest of President Vladimir Putin’s 15-year rule for the economy due to Western sanctions and a plunge in oil prices .

Police officer kills armed black man near Ferguson, Missouri

(Reuters) - A white policeman shot dead a black man brandishing a gun at a suburban St .

Sony puts ‘The Interview’ on YouTube, other digital platforms

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) - “The Interview,” the provocative comedy that triggered a devastating cyberattack on Sony Pictures, went straight to U .

Pope, on Christmas Eve, urges world to be open to God

VATICAN CITY, (Reuters) - Pope Francis ushered the world’s 1 .

Police shoot black teen at Missouri gas station

(Reuters) - An 18-year-old black man was shot and killed by police at a gas station late on Tuesday in a St .

A decade of Western aid in Afghanistan – mission unsustainable?

KABUL, (Reuters) - Afghanistan has new roads, sections of which many deem too dangerous to use .

Dow ends above 18k for first time on strong GDP report

NEW YORK, (Reuters) - U .

UN says Libya rivals agree ‘in  principle’ to peace talks

UN says Libya rivals agree ‘in principle’ to peace talks

UNITED NATIONS, (Reuters) - The United Nations informed the Security Council yesterday that rival factions in Libya have agreed “in principle” to hold a new round of peace talks aimed at ending the escalating political crisis early in the new year .

Atlanta baggage handler charged with helping smuggle guns onto flight

ATLANTA, (Reuters) - A Delta Air Lines baggage handler has been charged with helping another man smuggle 18 handguns onto a flight from Atlanta to New York City, in a scheme that prosecutors said ran for years and also involved assault weapons .

In plot reversal, Sony sends ‘The Interview’ to 200 theatres

LOS ANGELES/WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - Sony Pictures will allow “The Interview” to play in more than 200 U .

Tanzania suspends senior energy official over graft claims

Tanzania suspends senior energy official over graft claims

DAR ES SALAAM, (Reuters) - Tanzanian President Jakaya Kiwete’s office suspended a senior energy ministry official on Tuesday, the third political casualty of a corruption scandal that has rocked the east African nation .

Internet outage seen in North Korea amid US hacking dispute

WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) - North Korea, at the centre of a confrontation with the United States over the hacking of Sony pictures, itself experienced Internet outages yesterday, a US company that monitors Internet infrastructure said .

Nicaragua announces start of China-backed canal to rival Panama

MANAGUA (Reuters) - Nicaragua yesterday announced the start of work on a $50 billion shipping canal, an infrastructure project backed by China that aims to rival Panama’s waterway and revitalize the economy of the second-poorest country in the Americas .

US rights groups want special prosecutor to probe CIA tactics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - US civil rights groups yesterday called on the US Justice Department to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the CIA’s use of torture and other extreme measures during interrogations .

Veteran Essebsi wins Tunisia’s  first free presidential vote

Veteran Essebsi wins Tunisia’s first free presidential vote

TUNIS (Reuters) - Veteran Tunisian politician Beji Caid Essebsi won the country’s first free presidential election in the final step of a transition to democracy after an uprising that ousted autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011 .

Spain's Princess Cristina to stand trial on tax fraud charges

Spain’s Princess Cristina to stand trial on tax fraud charges

MADRID, (Reuters) - Cristina de Borbon, sister of Spain's King Felipe VI, will stand trial on charges of tax fraud, the first Spanish royal to face prosecution in court .

Police officers’ slaying raises pressure on New York mayor

Police officers’ slaying raises pressure on New York mayor

NEW YORK, (Reuters) - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio faced the biggest crisis of his political career yesterday after a gunman killed two police officers in an attack intended to avenge recent police killings of unarmed black men in the United States .

Obama says Sony hack not an act of war

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - U .

Health minister named as Haiti’s new interim prime minister

PORT-AU-PRINCE, (Reuters) - Haitian Health Minister Florence Duperval Guillaume was named interim prime minister yesterday to replace Laurent Lamothe, who resigned a week ago following several weeks of protests .

India Hindu group to press ahead on conversions in challenge to PM Modi

NEW DELHI, (Reuters) - The head of India’s most powerful Hindu group vowed to press ahead with a campaign to convert Muslims and Christians to Hinduism, stoking a sensitive debate that has stalled parliament and threatened the prime minister’s economic reform agenda .

Young Cuban-American groups emerge as Obama allies

Young Cuban-American groups emerge as Obama allies

MIAMI, (Reuters) - For a handful of Cuban-Americans, President Barack Obama’s new Cuba policy wasn’t much of a shocker .

Gunman kills two New York police officers in possible revenge attack

NEW YORK, (Reuters) - A gunman shot dead two New York City police officers and then killed himself, police said, after a social media post indicated he may having been seeking revenge for the death of an unarmed black man during an arrest attempt .

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