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Turkish teen accused of insulting Erdogan freed from custody

A high school student who was jailed for allegedly insulting Turkey's president was released from custody on Friday after his arrest caused uproar in the country. The 16-year-old boy was arrested on Wednesday, a day after he took part in a small left-wing student rally commemorating the death of a ...

Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla sprinkles flowers during a ceremony commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami at a mass grave in Aceh Besar, Aceh province, Indonesia, Friday, Dec. 26, 2014. The devastating Dec. 26, 2004 tsunami struck a dozen countries around the Indian Ocean rim, killing 230,000 people, most of them in Aceh. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

Asia marks 10 years since Indian Ocean tsunami

Crying onlookers took part in beachside memorials and religious services across Asia on Friday to mark the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami that left more than a quarter million people dead in one of modern history's worst natural disasters. The devastating Dec. 26, 2004, tsunami struck a dozen ...

Israeli police: Palestinian stabs 2 border policemen

A Palestinian man on Friday stabbed two Israeli paramilitary border policemen at the entrance to Jerusalem's Old City, injuring them lightly, Israeli police said. The attacker stabbed an officer in the neck, and in an ensuing struggle with border police, stabbed another officer in the arm and fled, said police ...

A man walks along the Boulevard Ring in downtown Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 with a currency exchange office sign in a window. Russia’s central bank made another move Wednesday to shore up the battered ruble, offering hard currency loans to companies and banks to help them service their debts. The bank said that borrowers could put their debt obligations as collateral against the loans. It’s a major relief for the nation‘s companies and banks, who can’t tap foreign capital markets to refinance their loans because of Western sanctions.  (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Russia's ruble ends 5-day rally, drops 4 percent

The Russian currency on Friday ended its five-day rally and declined 4 percent as the markets remain jittery over the outlook of the Russian economy. The ruble has been the worst performing currency this year along with the Ukrainian hryvnia, having lost nearly half of its value against the dollar. ...

Coalition strike kills 3 armed Afghan villagers

An airstrike by U.S.-led coalition forces on Friday killed three Afghan villagers who were "heavily armed" but not part of the Taliban insurgency, an Afghan official said. The governor of eastern Logar province, Neyaz Mohammad Amiri, said that the coalition had told local authorities that the dead were Taliban insurgents, ...

Transit officers help mother deliver baby on train

A pair of Philadelphia transit police officers rushed onto a downtown subway train on Christmas and helped make a special delivery: a baby boy. Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority Sgt. Daniel Caban and Officer Darrell James joined the delivery-in-progress shortly before 6 p.m. Thursday at the 15th and Market streets station. ...

FILE - This combination made from photos provided by the New York Police Department shows officers Rafael Ramos, left, and Wenjian Liu. Authorities say Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who vowed online to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner, ambushed Ramos and Liu in a patrol car Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, and fatally shot them in broad daylight before running to a subway station and killing himself. The killing of the officers highlighted shortcomings in the warning systems that were used. (AP Photo/New York Police Department, File)

Wake to be held for 1 of 2 slain NYPD officers

Mourners will gather Friday at a Queens church for the wake of a New York Police Department officer who was killed along with his partner in an ambush shooting. Officer Rafael Ramos will be remembered Friday afternoon at Christ Tabernacle Church, in the Glendale section of Queens, where he was ...

Journalists pose for their colleague in Radio Free Europe headquarters in Baku, Azerbaijan Friday, Dec. 26, 2014. The radio station funded by the U.S. government says its office in Azerbaijan's capital of Baku has been raided by prosecutors who claim to have a court decision to shut it down. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty on Friday quoted the director of its Azerbaijani service saying that the office has been locked down since early morning by prosecutors and armed police. (AP Photo/Aziz Karimov)

Azerbaijan's station raided by police

A radio station funded by the U.S. government says its office in Azerbaijan's capital of Baku has been raided by prosecutors who claim to have a court decision to shut it down. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty quoted the director of its Azerbaijani service saying that the office has been locked ...

Talks on Ukraine settlement break down

The foreign ministry of Belarus, which has been hosting Ukraine peace talks, says the much-anticipated round of negotiations on Friday has been scrapped. Ministry spokesman Dmitry Mironchik told The Associated Press that the talks broke down but did not give a reason. The opening round was held on Wednesday, one ...

Activists launch condom campaign against Russian opposition

Pro-Kremlin activists are distributing condoms on the streets of Moscow with the images of opposition leaders whom they blame for the collapse of the Russian currency. The LifeNews TV channel late Thursday showed activists handing out condoms with pictures of Alexei Navalny, tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky and others on the packets. ...

US missile strikes kill 7 militants in NW Pakistan

A suspected U.S. drone fired missiles at two compounds in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region Friday, killing at least seven alleged militants, while security forces killed the alleged planner of the deadly recent attack on a school, Pakistani officials said. Four intelligence officials said the early morning strikes hit the ...

FILE - This Dec. 16, 2014, file photo, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a town hall meeting in Ames, Iowa. Sanders says he’ll decide by March whether to launch a 2016 presidential campaign. He says if he does, it won’t just be to nudge the debate to the left. Sanders, a socialist, tells The Associated Press he won’t get into the race unless he thinks he can win. At a time of increasing wealth inequality, a populist message of taking on “the billionaire class” might resonate, he says. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Sanders: I'll decide on presidential run by March

Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders says he'll decide by March whether to launch a 2016 presidential campaign and, if so, whether he'll seek the Democratic nomination. Either way, Sanders says he wouldn't run just to nudge the debate to the left. "I don't want to do it unless I can ...

Factors shaping 2016 presidential race

Key factors as the 2016 presidential race begins to take shape: ___ DEMOCRATS' ELECTORAL COLLEGE BASELINE: Democrats have won the same group of states worth 242 electoral votes for every election since 1992. A Democratic nominee who holds those states and adds Florida (29 electoral votes) wins, no matter what ...

Democrats optimistic on 2016 presidential chances

Republicans crowed in 2004 that freshly re-elected President George W. Bush had established a "permanent governing majority" for the GOP. Eight years later, Democrats were touting the enduring power of the "Obama coalition" to keep their party in the White House. But Democrats couldn't sustain that coalition for this year's ...

Key developments in case of 2 slain NYPD officers

Two New York Police Department officers were ambushed last weekend by Ismaaiyl Brinsley after he had made threatening posts online, including references to high-profile cases of white police officers killing unarmed black men and a vow to put "wings on pigs." After shooting the officers, Brinsley ran into a Brooklyn ...

In this Dec. 9, 2014 photo, Jordan Buck, left, and Dylan Hulett review parts of a dissected fetal pig at Adrian College in Adrian, Mich. The small, private Michigan college has got a deal for you: Make at least $37,000 a year after graduating or else the school will pay all or part of your loan. Adrian College has taken out an insurance policy costing about $1,100 on each student starting with this year’s freshmen. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

College sees small, big benefits with loan promise

When it came time to pick a college, Abby Slusher leaned toward a private school near her southeastern Michigan home for the small campus and class sizes. Her mother pushed Adrian College for another reason: A new program guaranteeing every graduate would make more than $37,000, or get some or ...

A Coast Guard patrol boat guards the beach as President Barack Obama and the first family visit a beach at Bellows Air Force Base in Waimanalo, Hawaii Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, during the Obama family vacation. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

On Christmas, Obama marks end of Afghan combat

President Barack Obama marked the end of more than a decade of combat in Afghanistan by paying tribute to America's military, telling troops on Christmas Day that their sacrifices have allowed for a more peaceful, prosperous world to emerge out of the ashes of 9/11. At an oceanfront Marine Corps ...

In this Dec, 14, 2014 photo, Adina Bar-Shalom attends a Shas party news conference in Bnei Brak near Tel Aviv, Israel. In the background is a photo of her late father rabbi Ovadia Yosef, a long time spiritual leader of the Shas party. (AP Photo/Shlomi Cohen) ISRAEL OUT

Israel's ultra-Orthodox mull bigger role for women

A struggle for women's rights is brewing within Israel's deeply conservative ultra-Orthodox community, where women, largely shut out of politics, are beginning to demand greater representation in the country's parliament. More than 20 percent of Israeli lawmakers are female, but not one woman serves from the country's two ultra-Orthodox, or ...

Unruly passenger forces Delta plane to land in Albuquerque

Authorities say a disruptive passenger forced a Delta Air Lines flight from Atlanta to Los Angeles to land at the Albuquerque International Sunport between 6 and 7 p.m. Thursday. Airport spokesman Daniel Jiron told the Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/1HJ84bv) that Sunport police arrested the passenger, who was traveling on Delta Flight ...

In this Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014 photo, a shopper walks on the logo of Sony's PlayStation 4 at an electronics store in Tokyo. Sony's online PlayStation store and Microsoft's Xbox site suffered disruptions to users on Christmas Day in the latest possible cyber-attacks on the companies. The PlayStation Store Twitter feed said Friday, Dec. 26 that some users were having trouble logging into its network. It said engineers were investigating. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Sony says online PlayStation disrupted

Sony's online PlayStation store and Microsoft's Xbox site suffered disruptions to users on Christmas Day in the latest possible cyber-attacks on the companies. The PlayStation Store Twitter feed said Friday that some users were having trouble logging into its network. It said engineers were investigating. A notice on Microsoft's Xbox ...

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