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 .
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 .
(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 .
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 .
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 .
(Reuters) - China’s trade will grow 3 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
HONG KONG/BEIJING, (Reuters) - Chen Zhenggao, a member of the Communist Party’s elite Central Committee, clearly has enemies .
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 .
(Reuters) - A white policeman shot dead a black man brandishing a gun at a suburban St .
LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) - “The Interview,” the provocative comedy that triggered a devastating cyberattack on Sony Pictures, went straight to U .
VATICAN CITY, (Reuters) - Pope Francis ushered the world’s 1 .
(Reuters) - An 18-year-old black man was shot and killed by police at a gas station late on Tuesday in a St .
KABUL, (Reuters) - Afghanistan has new roads, sections of which many deem too dangerous to use .
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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 .
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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 .
LOS ANGELES/WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - Sony Pictures will allow “The Interview” to play in more than 200 U .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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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 .
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 .
MIAMI, (Reuters) - For a handful of Cuban-Americans, President Barack Obama’s new Cuba policy wasn’t much of a shocker .
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 .