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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian officials say six bodies from a missing airliner have been recovered from the Java Sea, confirming the worst fears about the fate of AirAsia flight 8501 and the 162 people on board. The bodies were found about 6 miles from the area of the plane's last communications with air-traffic control. Family at an Indonesian airport waiting room screamed and wailed uncontrollably at the news.
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A local mayor says rescue efforts are ongoing near an eastern Philippine city where voices are being heard from one of two vans buried by a landslide. That slide and others, along with flash floods, have left at least 29 people dead and 10 missing after a tropical storm slashed eastern and central islands.
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Freedom has been delayed for a main suspect in the 2008 Mumbai, India, terror attacks despite the granting of bail earlier this month. Pakistani police rearrested Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi in another case today, which is likely to delay his release by a few days. The judge at his bail hearing cited a lack of evidence. The Mumbai attacks killed 166 people.
JERUSALEM (AP) — A corruption probe in Israel is potentially shaking up the March elections. The probe has roped in 30 public figures and politicians linked to a powerful, hard-line party and appears to have tipped the scales toward Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The party, led by Israel's polarizing foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, has been a central player in Israel for over a decade. Lieberman has not been implicated in the latest probe.
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's animal of the year for 2015 has apparently finished its knitting and will be wearing the scarf it was working on when it last appeared a dozen years ago. The sheep is on postage stamps being used by millions of Japanese sending customary New Year's greeting cards decked with pine trees, cranes and other symbols of good luck. The annual animal is determined by the Asian Zodiac.