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The disappearance Sunday of AirAsia Flight 8501 was the third air incident this year involving Malaysia, where budget carrier AirAsia in based. Here's a look at the two other disasters, as well as the latest missing flight, which went missing with 162 people aboard less than an hour after taking off from Surabaya, Indonesia, for Singapore.
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AirAsia plane with 162 on board missing in Indonesia

By Ali Kotarumalos and Margie Mason, Associated Press  |  posted Dec 28th - 2:10am
In the third air incident connected to Malaysia this year, an AirAsia plane with 162 people on board disappeared Sunday while flying over the Java Sea after taking off from Indonesia's second-largest city for Singapore.
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Greece: Ferry ordered evacuated after fire

The Associated Press  |  posted Dec 28th - 2:00am
A ferry carrying 466 people caught fire in gale-force winds off the Greek island of Corfu early Sunday, forcing authorities to order an evacuation.
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Pakistan: Gunmen kill man from targeted minority sect

The Associated Press  |  posted Dec 28th - 12:40am
A Pakistani police officer says unknown gunmen have shot dead a young man from a targeted religious minority community in eastern Pakistan.
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Afghan police lead insurgent fight at high cost

By Lynne O'Donnell, Associated Press  |  posted Dec 27th - 11:40pm
When brothers Amir and Mosha Jan joined Afghanistan's police two years ago they believed that their patriotic duty was more important than obeying their father, who did not want his only sons joining the ranks of a police force on the front lines of the war against the Taliban.
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TV: AirAsia plane with 162 on board reported missing on the way from Indonesia to Singapore

The Associated Press  |  posted Dec 27th - 8:41pm
TV: AirAsia plane with 162 on board reported missing on the way from Indonesia to Singapore.
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Argentina's president suffers fractured ankle

The Associated Press  |  posted Dec 27th - 5:30pm
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez has suffered a fracture in her left ankle, the latest in a series of health setbacks.
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Report: Pilot errors led to presidential plane crash in '04

The Associated Press  |  posted Dec 27th - 3:30pm
A second probe into the plane crash that killed Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski a decade ago has conclusively decided that pilot error was to blame.
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2 people arrested in Ottawa mall shooting released

The Associated Press  |  posted Dec 27th - 2:10pm
Two people arrested in connection with a Boxing Day shooting at a shopping mall in Ottawa have been released without being charged.
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Gunmen kill policeman in Egypt

The Associated Press  |  posted Dec 27th - 12:30pm
Gunmen on a motorcycle shot and killed an Egyptian policeman and wounded a second who were guarding banks in a busy commercial district of the capital Cairo on Saturday, Egypt's state news agency said.
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Snow, ice sweep Europe, stranding drivers

The Associated Press  |  posted Dec 27th - 11:31am
Snow and icy weather swept through parts of Europe on Saturday, stranding drivers overnight and leaving thousands of homes without power in Britain.
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Egypt reduces sentences in same-sex wedding case

By Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  posted Dec 27th - 10:51am
An Egyptian appeals court on Saturday upheld the conviction of eight men for "inciting debauchery" for appearing in an alleged same-sex wedding video, but reduced their sentences from three to one year in prison, a court official said.
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Former soccer star George Weah wins Liberian Senate race

By Jonathan Paye-Layleh, Associated Press  |  posted Dec 27th - 10:51am
Former soccer star George Weah has won a seat in the Liberian Senate by coming out ahead of the president's son, according to Liberia's election commission.
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Wanted extremist leader surrenders in Somalia

By Abdi Guled, Associated Press  |  posted Dec 27th - 10:30am
A leader with the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, who had a $3 million bounty on his head, surrendered in Somalia, a Somali intelligence official said Saturday.
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Syria 'ready to participate' in Moscow peace talks

By Albert Aji and Diaa Hadid, Associated Press  |  posted Dec 27th - 10:21am
Syrian state-run TV said Saturday that the government is prepared to take part in peace talks hosted by Russia next month, but the unnamed foreign ministry official it cited suggested the scope of the negotiations would be limited to "preliminary" talks meant to pave the way for a conference in Syria itself.
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Ukraine says Crimea transport halt temporary

The Associated Press  |  posted Dec 27th - 8:40am
Ukraine's suspension of transport connections with the Russia-annexed Crimean Peninsula is expected to be only a temporary measure, a Ukrainian security official said Saturday.
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South Africa: Man drowns as large wave hits Durban beach

By Lynsey Chutel, Associated Press  |  posted Dec 27th - 8:31am
A man drowned when an unusually large wave hit a Durban beach in South Africa, emergency services said Saturday.
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Polish poet, translator Stanislaw Baranczak dies

By Monika Scislowska, Associated Press  |  posted Dec 27th - 8:21am
Poland's outstanding poet, translator and dissident and a former Harvard lecturer Stanislaw Baranczak has died at his U.S. home, Poland's leading daily Gazeta Wyborcza said. He was 68.
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Official: Islamic extremist leader with $3 million bounty on his head surrenders in Somalia

The Associated Press  |  posted Dec 27th - 6:40am
Official: Islamic extremist leader with $3 million bounty on his head surrenders in Somalia.
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Madagascar's former president under house arrest

By Lynsey Chutel, Associated Press  |  posted Dec 27th - 6:30am
Madagascar's former president has been moved to house arrest in the capital Antananarivo, following months of detention, according to a representative on Saturday.
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Turkey: 2 killed in clashes between rival Kurdish groups

The Associated Press  |  posted Dec 27th - 6:10am
Turkish authorities say a group of Kurdish youths have clashed with supporters of a Kurdish Islamist party in southeast Turkey. Two people were killed.
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Pilot recalls last flight to Cyprus airport

By Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  posted Dec 27th - 4:11am
Capt. Adamos Marneros gazed with foreboding at the dots on the radar screen of his passenger jet as it prepared for landing on Cyprus.
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Pakistani army says airstrikes, troops kill 39 militants

By Zarar Khan, Associated Press  |  posted Dec 27th - 12:21am
Pakistani warplanes and ground forces killed 39 militants as part of an ongoing operation in a volatile tribal region near the Afghan border, the Pakistani military said.
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