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  • In spite of Asia advance, European stocks steady 19 Dec 2014 | 7:28 am

    Pedestrians are reflected on an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. Asian stocks rallied for a second day Friday after the Federal Reserve's reassurance it was in no hurry to hike interest rates. But shares of Sony Corp. dropped as a hacking scandal rocked its American movies unit. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)LONDON (AP) — European markets were largely subdued Friday, a day after a big rally in the wake of the U.S. Federal Reserve's reassurance it was in no hurry to hike interest rates. But shares of Sony Corp. dropped as a hacking scandal rocked its American movies unit.


  • Sri Lankan opposition pledges war crime inquiry 19 Dec 2014 | 6:06 am

    Sri Lankan main opposition presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena arrives to launch of his election manifesto in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. Sirisena said Friday that the country cannot be charged with war crimes in the International Criminal Court, but he will launch a domestic inquiry if he wins a January election. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's main opposition presidential candidate said Friday that the country cannot be charged with war crimes in the International Criminal Court, but he will launch a domestic inquiry if he wins a January election.


  • Image of Asia: Celebrating Hanukkah in Myanmar 19 Dec 2014 | 4:28 am

    In this Dec. 18, 2014 photo, local followers and visitor gather for Hanukkah celebration, a festival of lights, at the Jewish Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue in Yangon, Myanmar. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)In this photo by Khin Maung Win, members of a tiny Jewish community in Myanmar's largest city celebrate Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish holiday also known as the Festival of Lights. They were joined by visitors in Myanmar's only synagogue, the 118-year-old Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue. The Jews in predominantly-Buddhist Myanmar, also known as Burma, are descendants of 19th century migrants from Iraq, Europe and India. Before World War II, more than 2,500 Jews lived in Myanmar, and now only a few dozen remain. They are led by the patriarch of the community, Moses Samuels, who lit candles on a menorah this week together with a Myanmar politician, an Israeli representative and other guests.


  • 2004 tsunami: Horror of 'colorful mess' revealed 19 Dec 2014 | 1:19 am

    In this photo taken Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2004, Kusol Wetchakul offers prayers for the soul of his sister at dawn along the beach near Khao Lak, Thailand. Some 230,000 people were killed in the Indian Ocean tsunami set off by a magnitude 9.1 earthquake on Dec. 26, 2004. A dozen countries were hit, from Indonesia to India to Africa’s west coast. Scores of Associated Press journalists covered the disaster, and as the 10th anniversary approached, the AP asked several of them to describe the images that have stuck with them the most. (AP Photo/David Longstreath)Some 230,000 people were killed in the Indian Ocean tsunami set off by a magnitude 9.1 earthquake on Dec. 26, 2004. A dozen countries were hit, from Indonesia to India to Africa's east coast. Scores of Associated Press journalists covered the disaster, and as the 10th anniversary approached, the AP asked 10 of them to describe the images that have stuck with them the most. This is the third of their stories, which are being published daily through Dec. 26.


  • Hack attack spurs call for more NKorea sanctions 19 Dec 2014 | 12:56 am

    FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2014 file photo, a poster for the movie "The Interview" is carried away by a worker after being pulled from a display case at a Carmike Cinemas movie theater in Atlanta. Suspicions that North Korea was behind a destructive hacking attack against Sony pictures and a threat against movie theaters will intensify calls for a tougher US Steps to cuts its access to hard currency and declare it once more as a state sponsor of terrorism. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Suspicions that North Korea was behind a destructive hacking attack against Sony Pictures and a threat against movie theaters are intensifying calls for tougher U.S. steps to cut that country's access to hard currency and declare it once more as a state sponsor of terrorism.


  • Sides 'far apart' in US West Coast port negotiations 18 Dec 2014 | 10:24 pm

    FILE - This Nov. 6, 2014, file photo shows trucks lined up at the Port of Los Angeles in Los Angeles. Nearly six months after their contract expired, as West Coast sea ports struggle to handle billions of dollars of cargo, dockworkers and their employers are apparently still not close to a new deal.(AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — While West Coast seaports struggle to keep up with billions of dollars of cargo, dockworkers and their employers apparently aren't close to a new contract nearly six months after their old deal expired.


  • S Korea court orders dissolution of leftist party 18 Dec 2014 | 9:46 pm

    Supporters of the Unified Progressive Party shout slogans against constitutional court's verdict near the constitutional court in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. South Korea's constitutional court on Friday ordered the dissolution of the small leftist political party hounded by claims of pro-North Korea views. Critics say the decision could worsen already deep political divisions in a country once ruled by military dictators, and trigger a fierce debate on authorities' limits in restricting freedom of expression. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's constitutional court on Friday ordered the dissolution of a small leftist political party hounded by claims of pro-North Korea views, a move critics say exposes limits of freedom of expression in a country once ruled by military dictators.


  • China's top judge urges swift, severe sentences in Xinjiang 18 Dec 2014 | 9:14 pm

    Policemen patrol as a woman walks past in front of a court, where a trial of suspects of the Kunming railway station attack is taking place, in KunmingBEIJING (Reuters) - China must crack down "harshly and quickly" on cases involving terror attacks, national security and social stability in its restive region of Xinjiang, the country's top judge said, in comments likely to further worry rights groups and exiles. Resource-rich Xinjiang is strategically located on the borders of Central Asia, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, and China has shown no sign of loosening its control. ...


  • South Korea court orders breakup of left-wing party 18 Dec 2014 | 9:08 pm

    Lee Seok-Ki, lawmaker of opposition United Progressive Party, and other lawmakers of the party leave the main building of parliament in SeoulSEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's Constitutional Court ruled on Friday to disband a minority left-wing party accused of pro-North Korea activities that it said violated the basic principles of free democracy and stripped its five members of parliament of their seats. Eight of the court's nine judges sided with the majority opinion for the unprecedented decision that "there was an urgent need to remove the threat posed by the party to the basic order of democracy," the chief judge Park Han-chul said. ...


  • Guangzhou R&F names Getafe's Cosmin Contra coach 18 Dec 2014 | 8:48 pm

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese Super League club Guangzhou R&F says it has reached a deal with current Getafe manager Cosmin Contra for him to be their new coach.

Jyoti Basu: Longest serving Indian political figure, dies

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The former chief minister of Bengal died earlier today. Jyoti Basu was hospitalized with pneumonia and then put on a respirator following acute breathing difficulty. He was admitted to the hospital last Friday and while showing some improvement the first few days of his hosp…
 
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