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Ukraine talks session scrapped...10th anniversary of tsunami...Saying goodbye to slain officer

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 26, 2014 at 3:40 a.m.



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MINSK, Belarus (AP) — A much-anticipated round of negotiations today involving representatives of Ukraine, Russia, pro-Russian rebels and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has been canceled. The foreign ministry of Belarus (BEHL'-uh-roos), which has been hosting the peace talks, didn't give a reason. The talks were to discuss issues including how to improve an often-violated cease-fire.

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — Onlookers cried as survivors, government officials, diplomats and families of victims gathered in Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India and elsewhere to remember more than a quarter-million people killed in a tsunami 10 years ago. Beachside memorials and religious services marked the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami that followed a magnitude 9.1 earthquake.

NEW YORK (AP) — There will be mourning and final farewells today and tomorrow for one of two New York Police Department officers killed in an ambush by a gunman who then killed himself. The wake for officer Rafael Ramos will be held today at a Queens church. The funeral is tomorrow. Arrangements for officer Wenjian Liu have yet to be announced.

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) — A top government official in Pakistan's Khyber tribal region says a militant commander named Saddam, who's believed to have planned a recent school massacre, is dead following a government security operation. His six accomplices were wounded and arrested. The attack killed 148 people, mostly children. Meanwhile, a suspected U.S. drone attack killed at least seven alleged militants in the North Waziristan tribal region.

TOKYO (AP) — McDonald's customers in Japan can supersize the fries again starting early next year. The company says it has resolved shortages due to labor disruptions on the U.S. West Coast. The fast-food giant began limiting customers to orders of small fries earlier this month. The company says on its website that air shipments and extra sea shipments from the U.S. East Coast did the trick.

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