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Greece: Fire breaks out on ferry in choppy seas

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A ferry carrying nearly 500 people caught fire off the Greek island of Corfu early Sunday, trapping passengers on the top decks as gale-force winds and choppy seas hampered the evacuation.

Greece: Fire breaks out on ferry in choppy seas

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A ferry carrying nearly 500 people caught fire off the Greek island of Corfu early Sunday, trapping passengers on the top decks as gale-force winds and choppy seas hampered the evacuation.

Key developments in disappearance of AirAsia jet

An AirAsia jet with 162 people on board disappeared Sunday while flying from Indonesia's second-largest city to Singapore on a scheduled two-hour flight. Here is a look at the key developments.

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East

Across the Middle East this week, it was a somber Christmas for many in the region — especially in northern Iraq, where worshippers gathered far from home because they were displaced by the Islamic State group's summer blitz. Baghdad's Christians worshipped in the very same church that came under siege a few years ago by an earlier incarnation of the IS group.

US, NATO to mark end of mission to Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United States and NATO will mark the formal end of the war in Afghanistan on Sunday with a ceremony at their military headquarters in Kabul as the insurgency they fought for 13 years remains as ferocious and deadly as at any time since the 2001 invasion that unseated the Taliban regime following the Sept. 11 attacks.

Ukraine nuke plant unit taken offline

MOSCOW (AP) — One unit of Ukraine's Zaporozhiya nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe, has been taken offline because of generator problems.

Missing flight is 3rd Malaysia-linked incident

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — 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.

AirAsia plane with 162 on board missing in Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — 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.

Pakistan: Gunmen kill man from targeted minority sect

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani police officer says unknown gunmen have shot dead a young man from a targeted religious minority community in eastern Pakistan.

Afghan police lead insurgent fight at high cost

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — 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.

Report: Pilot errors led to presidential plane crash in '04

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — 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.

2 people arrested in Ottawa mall shooting released

OTTAWA (AP) — Two people arrested in connection with a Boxing Day shooting at a shopping mall in Ottawa have been released without being charged.

John Paul II gunman lays flowers at Vatican tomb

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Turkish gunman who shot and wounded John Paul II in 1981 laid white flowers Saturday on the saint's tomb in St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican officials said.

US mission in Havana to become embassy amid thaw

HAVANA (AP) — A half-century after Washington severed relations with Cuba, the United States' seven-story mission looms over Havana's seaside Malecon boulevard as the largest diplomatic outpost in the country.

Gunmen kill policeman in Egypt

CAIRO (AP) — 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.

Bahrain police summon Shiite opposition leader

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — The leader of Bahrain's largest Shiite opposition group says he has been summoned for questioning by the Interior Ministry.

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