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Weather stalls search for AirAsia black boxes
Jan01

Weather stalls search for AirAsia black boxes

Indonesian officers arrive at an Indonesian Navy vessel KRI Bung Tomo at sea on January 1, 2015. Indonesian searchers promised an “all-out effort” to locate bodies from AirAsia Flight QZ8501 as international investigators joined the hunt for the ill-fated plane. (AFP Photo/Adek Berry) Surabaya, Indonesia, Reuters—Heavy seas stopped divers...

Beach parties, fireworks: World rings in new year
Dec31

Beach parties, fireworks: World rings in new year

Fireworks explode over the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge during New Years Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia, on January 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith) After a turbulent year marred by terror woes, Ebola outbreaks and a horrific series of airline disasters, many could be forgiven for saying good riddance to 2014 and gratefully ringing...

US to station 150 armored vehicles in Europe
Dec30

US to station 150 armored vehicles in Europe

Paratroopers of the US Army enter a helicopter at the training area in Grafenwöhr, Germany, on February 10, 2014. (EPA/Armin Weigel) Brussels, Reuters—The United States plans by the end of next year to station around 150 tanks and armored vehicles in Europe for use by US forces training in Europe as part of the US response to the Ukraine crisis,...

Bodies, debris from missing AirAsia plane pulled from sea off Indonesia
Dec30

Bodies, debris from missing AirAsia plane pulled from sea off Indonesia

Family members of passengers onboard missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 react to the news that bodies and debris were found off the coast of Borneo island, while they wait at the airport in Surabaya, Indonesia, on December 30, 2014. (Reuters/Beawiharta) Jakarta, Reuters—Indonesian rescuers searching for a missing AirAsia plane carrying 162 people...

Indonesia says missing AirAsia plane could be at ‘bottom of sea’
Dec29

Indonesia says missing AirAsia plane could be at ‘bottom of sea’

One of the relatives of a passenger on the AirAsia flight QZ8501 wipes tears as she awaits the latest news on the search of the missing jetliner at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, Monday, Dec. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Trisnadi Marjan) Jakarta, Reuters—A missing AirAsia jet carrying 162 people could be at the bottom of...

AirAsia flight carrying 162 people goes missing in Southeast Asia: officials
Dec28

AirAsia flight carrying 162 people goes missing in Southeast Asia: officials

An Indonesia AirAsia Airbus A320-200 passenger prepares to land at Sukarno-Hatta airport in Tangerang on the outskirts of Jakarta in this January 30, 2013 file picture. (Reuters/Enny Nuraheni/files) Jakarta, Reuters—Indonesia’s air force was searching for an AirAsia plane carrying 162 people that went missing on Sunday after the pilots...

Kiev and rebels begin mass prisoner exchange
Dec26

Kiev and rebels begin mass prisoner exchange

Pro-Russian rebels (L) hand Ukrainian prisoners of war to their mothers in Luhansk, Ukraine, 26 December 2014. (EPA/Yuriy Streltsov) Kiev, Reuters—Kiev and pro-Russian separatists began an exchange of hundreds of prisoners of war on Friday, a state security service source said, part of a 12-point peace plan. The agreement to swap 125 Ukrainian...

Opinion: Obama’s second term surprises
Dec26

Opinion: Obama’s second term surprises

Just before his second election win, President Barack Obama was caught by a surreptitiously live microphone whispering confidences in the ears of the then Russian President Dmitri Medvedev. The gist of the whisper, later broadcast by eavesdroppers in the US media, was an Obama promise to be “more flexible” in his second term in office. We may...

Russia says NATO turning Ukraine into ‘frontline of confrontation’
Dec24

Russia says NATO turning Ukraine into ‘frontline of confrontation’

Parliamentary deputies applaud after a renouncing of Ukraine’s “non-aligned” status during a session of a parliament in Kiev, December 23, 2014. (Reuters/Alex Kuzmin) Moscow, Reuters—Russia said on Wednesday NATO was turning Ukraine into a “frontline of confrontation” and threatened to sever remaining ties with the Atlantic military...

Opinion: Media Wars
Dec24

Opinion: Media Wars

The media wars in the Arab world that erupted before and after the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings are well-known to ordinary people who switch between Arab and international news channels in order to familiarize themselves with the different points of view or angles of coverage. Viewers have become experts on how this or that TV channel addresses...

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