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Police officer mourned...Asian countries remember deadly tsunami...Turkish teen accused of insulting president

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 26, 2014 at 4:50 a.m.



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NEW YORK (AP) — A wake is being held this afternoon for one of two New York City police officers killed in an ambush on a Brooklyn street last weekend. Mourners will gather at a church in Queens to pay their respects to Officer Rafael Ramos. His funeral will be held Saturday.

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — Ten years ago today, a 9.1-magnitude earthquake set off a powerful tsunami that left about a quarter of a million people dead in Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and other countries around the Indian Ocean rim. Today, Indonesian's vice president led a prayer ceremony in Banda Aceh (BAHN'-duh AH'-cheh), the capital of Aceh province. More than 170,000 people died in Indonesia alone.

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Today's much-anticipated round of Ukraine peace talks has been scrapped. The foreign ministry of Belarus (BEHL'-uh-roos), which has been hosting the talks, hasn't given a reason. The opening round was held Wednesday, a day after Ukraine's decision to drop its non-aligned status, which added a new element of tension to attempts to resolve the crisis in the country.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Three South Korean workers died today after apparently inhaling toxic gas at a construction site for a new nuclear plant. A spokesman for Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co. says the victims were working at the construction site in the southeastern city of Ulsan when they fell unconscious and were taken to a hospital. The company has yet to determine the cause of the accident, although the leaking of nitrogen is suspected.

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish teen has been released from custody after his arrest for allegedly insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (REH'-jehp TY'-ihp UR'-doh-wahn) caused uproar in the country. The 16-year old was taken away from his school and jailed Wednesday for making a speech during a student protest in which he reportedly said Erdogan was regarded as the "thieving owner of the illegal palace." It was a reference to a government corruption scandal as well as a controversial 1,150-room palace Erdogan inaugurated in October.

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