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  • Q&A on what might have happened to AirAsia flight

    NEW YORK (AP) — Rescue crews are searching Indonesian waters for AirAsia Indonesia Flight 8501, which disappeared Sunday with 162 passengers and crew onboard. The plane was flying from Surabaya, Indonesia’s second-largest city, and was…

  • Missing AirAsia jet Indonesia’s latest air woe

    The disappearance of an AirAsia jet en route from Indonesia to Singapore on Sunday is the latest of many recent air incidents for Indonesia. The sprawling archipelago nation of 250 million people is one of…

  • Key developments in disappearance of AirAsia jet

    An AirAsia jet with 162 people on board disappeared Sunday while flying from western Indonesia to Singapore on a scheduled two-hour flight. Here’s a look at the key developments. __ Air Asia Flight 8501 takes…

  • Jet carrying 162 lost over stormy Indonesian waters

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Aircraft and ships that spent several hours searching Indonesian waters turned up no sign of an AirAsia plane that disappeared Sunday with 162 people on board in airspace possibly thick with…

  • Missing flight is 3rd Malaysia-linked incident

    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…

  • US, NATO mark end of mission to Afghanistan

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United States and NATO formally ended their war in Afghanistan on Sunday with a ceremony at their military headquarters in Kabul as the insurgency they fought for 13 years remains…

  • Indonesia: Air search for missing AirAsia jet suspended for night; some boats still looking

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia: Air search for missing AirAsia jet suspended for night; some boats still looking.

  • Sri Lanka’s largest Muslim party leaves gov’t

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s largest Muslim political party on Sunday defected from President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s camp to support the opposition candidate in next month’s presidential election. With Sunday’s announcement Sri Lanka Muslim…

  • 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. Rifaqat Hussain says gunmen killed Luqman Shahzad on Sunday as…

  • 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…

  • Japan’s Abe unleashes stimulus plan to spur growth

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Cabinet approved 3.5 trillion yen ($29 billion) in fresh stimulus Saturday for the ailing economy, pledging to get growth back on track and restore the country’s precarious public finances. Prime Minister…

  • China jails 4 for 2013 fatal fire at poultry plant

    BEIJING (AP) — Two fire chiefs and two poultry farm bosses have been convicted and sentenced to prison terms of up to nine years in relation to a fire at a plant in northeastern China…

  • Pakistani army says airstrikes, troops kill 39 militants

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani warplanes and ground forces killed 39 militants as part of an ongoing operation in a volatile tribal region near the Afghan border, the Pakistani military said. The airstrikes were carried out…

  • Agonizing, lonely search for missing kids in China

    BEIJING (AP) — In the grainy video, Zhang Xiuhong can see her daughter ride her bike down a country road on her way to school one spring afternoon six years ago. In the next shot,…

  • US stocks close higher, extending gains for the week

    Wall Street’s “Santa Claus” rally kept delivering gifts a day after Christmas. The Dow Jones industrial average, Standard & Poor’s 500 index and the Russell 2000 index of small-company stocks closed at all-time highs on…