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10th anniversary of tsunami is marked with tears

Jenny Brand, from Sweden, center, who had friends that were victims of the Asian tsunami, releases a lantern which symbolizes the releasing of spirits, amidst hundreds of others during a commemoration service to mark the 10th anniversary of the day this natural disaster happened,...
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Ukraine, pro-Russia rebels swap war prisoners

Ukrainian government army soldiers secure an area near the village of Debaltseve, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine Wednesday, Dec 24, 2014. Peace talks aimed at reaching a stable cease-fire in Ukraine between its government forces and pro-Russian armed groups began on Wednesday in...
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New Russian military doctrine says NATO top threat

Russian President Vladimir Putin smiles during a live video link with members of Russian Geographical Society expedition to the Southern Pole in Moscow’s Kremlin, Russia on Friday, Dec. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service) Russian...
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Third priest killed in dangerous southern Mexico

In this Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014 photo, a monument in honor of Mexico’s former President Lazaro Cardenas stands along a highway between Arcelia and Ciudad Altamirano on the state border of Guerrero and Michoacan, Mexico. The bishop of the diocese in Ciudad Altamirano said...
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Kidnapped priest in Mexico found dead

A view of the seminary in Ciudad Altamirano, Mexico, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. Rev. Gregorio Lopez Gorostieta disappeared after he was apparently kidnapped from this local seminary on Monday. His pickup truck was found later, abandoned, and the church has filed a crime report with...
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Turkish teen accused of insulting Erdogan freed from custody

In this Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014 photo provided by the Presidential Press Service, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a meeting at his new palace in Ankara, Turkey. Turkish media reports say a teenager was taken away from his school and detained by police for...
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Irish court: End life support for pregnant woman

FILE – In this Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 file photo, abortion rights activists hold candles and display pictures in memory of Savita Halappanavar, a 31-year-old Indian dentist who died of blood poisoning after being denied an abortion in a Dublin hospital, during a protest...
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Israel’s ultra-Orthodox mull bigger role for women

In this Dec, 14, 2014 photo, Adina Bar-Shalom attends a Shas party news conference in Bnei Brak near Tel Aviv, Israel. In the background is a photo of her late father rabbi Ovadia Yosef, a long time spiritual leader of the Shas party. (AP Photo/Shlomi Cohen) ISRAEL OUT In this...
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Asia marks 10 years since Indian Ocean tsunami

AAA Dec. 25, 2014 10:51 PM ETAsia marks 10 years since Indian Ocean tsunamiAP Tourists enjoy a quiet afternoon reading on the beach Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014 in Khao Lak, Thailand, which was not spared from massive destruction from the Asian tsunami 10 years ago. Dec. 26 marks the...
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Faithful flock to Bethlehem for Christmas

A Palestinian dressed as Santa Claus holds balloons at Manger Square, outside the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Christmas Eve Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Majdi...