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  • Monkey gives first aid to electrocuted friend

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Onlookers at a train station in northern India watched in awe as a monkey came to the rescue of an injured friend — resuscitating another monkey that had been electrocuted and…

  • Text of pope’s Christmas Day message

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Here is the official Vatican English-language translation of Pope Francis’ “Urbi et Orbi’ Christmas Day message, which he delivered in Italian from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica on Thursday:…

  • Official: Gunmen attack AU base in Somalia

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Somali official says gunmen have attacked the African Union base in Mogadishu. Mohamed Abdi, a policeman at the capital’s airport, which shares a fence with the AU base, said Thursday…

  • Somali official: Gunfire, explosions heard as militants attack African Union base in Mogadishu

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Somali official: Gunfire, explosions heard as militants attack African Union base in Mogadishu.

  • Father of pilot captured by IS pleads for release

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The father of a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State militants in Syria has pleaded for his son’s release. Safi Yousef al-Kaseasbeh, speaking to reporters in the Jordanian capital Amman on…

  • Image of Asia: Sunny Christmas on Sydney beach

    In this photo by Rick Rycroft, British traveler Dabriella Quayle rides the waves while celebrating Christmas Day at Bondi Beach in Sydney. Sunny weather and temperatures of 28 degrees Celsius (82.4 Fahrenheit) brought out locals…

  • UK body warns drone owners: Fly safely, or you’ll be fined

    LONDON (AP) — Got a nifty little drone for Christmas? If so, fly it carefully. Especially if you are in Britain. The country’s civil aviation authority on Thursday issued a warning that people who fly…

  • Citigroup to sell Japan retail bank unit to SMBC

    TOKYO (AP) — Citigroup has agreed to sell its retail banking business in Japan to Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. Citigroup said in a statement Thursday that the two sides have reached agreement on selling Citibank…

  • HK police arrest 12 pro-democracy protesters

    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police say they arrested 12 protesters who were blocking several roads in the Mong Kok neighborhood overnight Wednesday as pro-democracy demonstrators returned to the site hundreds had occupied for…

  • Death toll in violence in India’s northeast rises to 72

    SHAMUKJULI, India (AP) — Police says the death toll from rebel violence in remote northeastern India has risen to 72 with the recovery of more bodies from abandoned villages. S.N. Singh, a police official in…

  • AP PHOTOS: Fresh donkey milk for sale on streets of Chile

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Ricardo Alegria is a different sort of milk man. For a quarter century or more, he and his brother Marco have led donkeys through the streets of Chile’s capital, milking them…

  • Pope celebrates Christmas Eve Mass and calls Iraqi refugees

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis celebrated Christmas Eve with a late-night Mass Wednesday in St. Peter’s Basilica and a phone call to some Iraqi refugees forced to flee their homes by Muslim militants. Francis…

  • China tightens church control ahead of Christmas

    BEIJING (AP) — Two days before Christmas, members of a rural Christian congregation in the eastern city of Wenzhou welded some pieces of metal into a cross and hoisted it onto the top of their…

  • Spain: New king says corruption must be eliminated

    MADRID (AP) — Spain’s new King Felipe VI insisted in his first Christmas Eve speech Wednesday that seemingly endless examples of corruption across the country incensing voters must be stamped out. He did not mention…

  • Faithful flock to Bethlehem for Christmas

    BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Several thousand Christian pilgrims on Wednesday flocked to the biblical town of Bethlehem for Christmas Eve celebrations at the traditional birthplace of Jesus, lifting spirits after a year of conflict…