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Asia marks 10 years since Indian Ocean tsunami
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) -- Crying onlookers took part in beachside memorials and religious services across Asia on Friday to mark the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami that left more than a quarter million people dead in one of modern history's worst natural disasters....

Tsunami memory: Awash in misery, a reason for joy
Some 230,000 people were killed in the Indian Ocean tsunami set off by a magnitude 9.1 earthquake on Dec. 26, 2004. A dozen countries were hit, from Indonesia to India to Africa's east coast. Scores of Associated Press journalists covered the disaster, and as the 10th anniversary approached, the AP asked 10 of them to describe the images that have stuck with them the most. This is the last of their stories, which have been published daily since Dec. 17....

New Russian military doctrine says NATO top threat
MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin has signed a new military doctrine that describes NATO's military buildup near the Russian borders as the top military threat amid Russia-West tensions over Ukraine....

Israel's ultra-Orthodox mull bigger role for women
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A struggle for women's rights is brewing within Israel's deeply conservative ultra-Orthodox community, where women, largely shut out of politics, are beginning to demand greater representation in the country's parliament....

Kidnapped priest in Mexico found dead
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A third priest has been killed in the "hot lands" region of Mexico's southern Guerrero state....

Turkish teen accused of insulting Erdogan freed from custody
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- A high school student who was jailed for allegedly insulting Turkey's leader was released from custody on Friday after his arrest caused uproar and intensified fears that Turkey under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is lurching toward more authoritarian rule....

Conflicting reports of Ukraine prisoner exchange
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- A major exchange of war prisoners was embroiled in controversy Friday, with some reports saying it has been completed and others saying it had has been pushed back a day....

Ukraine cuts train and bus services to Crimea
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine has suspended train and bus services to the Russia-annexed Crimean Peninsula, citing security concerns....

Irish court: End life support for pregnant woman
DUBLIN (AP) -- Life support should be removed from a brain-dead pregnant woman because her living 18-week-old fetus can't survive to birth, Ireland's second-highest court ruled Friday in a case that reignited debate over the country's abortion ban....

Azerbaijan's station raided by police
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) -- A radio station funded by the U.S. government says its office in Azerbaijan's capital of Baku has been raided by prosecutors who claim to have a court decision to shut it down....

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World Video
Up to the Minute
Africa
Militants attack African Union base; 9 dead

Asia
9 killed, 10 missing in Sri Lanka mudslides

Europe
Turkish teen accused of insulting Erdogan freed from custody

Latin America/Caribbean
Kidnapped priest in Mexico found dead

Middle East
Israel: Palestinian stabs 2 border police


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