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Dec 29, 2014

Yemen general escapes deadly blast blamed on al-Qaida

A Yemeni general escaped unscathed on Sunday in a bombing that killed his driver in the southern city of Aden, one of his bodyguards told AFP. “Gen. Farej al-Atiqi, commander of the 31st armored battalion, was unhurt when a device that had been hidden ...

Dec 29, 2014

U.S. ready to assist in search for missing AirAsia jet

The United States said Sunday that it was ready to help search for an AirAsia plane that disappeared while traveling from Indonesia to Singapore, but that so far it had not been asked. The State Department said it was aware of the search and ...

Six feared dead after merchant ships collide off Italy

Dec 29, 2014

Six feared dead after merchant ships collide off Italy

Two people drowned and four were missing at sea and feared dead after two merchant ships collided in rough seas off the Italian coast on Sunday, Italian officials said. A Turkish ship with 11 crew members sank after the collision with a vessel carrying ...

Aviation's white-knuckle year closes with flying colors

Dec 28, 2014

Aviation's white-knuckle year closes with flying colors

If you weren’t already nervous about flying, that may have changed in 2014, a year that stirred our deepest fears about modern jet travel despite shaping up as one of the safest in aviation history. The tragic dramas surrounding Malaysia Airlines, in particular, played ...

Dec 28, 2014

Top news of 2014 left public grasping for answers

by Adam Geller

More than nine months after searchers began scouring the seas for a Malaysia Airlines jetliner that vanished with 239 people aboard, the catastrophe defies resolution. The long hunt for clues to Flight MH370′s fate set the tone for many of the headlines that defined ...

Iran tests suicide drone in major military drill

Dec 28, 2014

Iran tests suicide drone in major military drill

Iran’s army said Saturday it has deployed a suicide drone for the first time in massive ongoing military drills near the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the Persian Gulf. Gen. Ahmad Reza Pourdastan, the army’s chief commander of ground forces, described ...

Dec 28, 2014

H.K. woman critically ill with H7N9 virus

Hong Kong hospitals raised alert levels Sunday, as a woman diagnosed with the deadly H7N9 avian flu virus was in a critical condition. The 68-year-old woman was hospitalized on Dec. 25 after returning from the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen almost two weeks earlier, ...

Sweden can't avoid debate on immigration, analysts say

Dec 28, 2014

Sweden can't avoid debate on immigration, analysts say

Sweden may have narrowly avoided snap elections that would have been dominated by a debate on immigration, but with asylum seekers arriving in record numbers the issue is unlikely to stay off the agenda for long, analysts say. The Sweden Democrats, a far-right party ...