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Missing jet likely at bottom of sea, officials say

Hope for survivors dwindled as the second day of the search for an AirAsia jetliner drew to a close with no clear signs of what happened to it or where it lies.

    Five dead in Adriatic ferry fire amid dramatic rescue

    Victims of a ferry fire are hoisted off the smoking ferry by helicopter and transferred to safety.

    Greek impasse forces elections and fears of euro crisis return

    Greece’s election set for Jan. 5 after the opponents of austerity blocked the selection of a new president.

    Differences between MH370 and AirAsia incidents

    The disappearance of an AirAsia jet soon after takeoff inevitably brings back memories of the mystery behind Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

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    The man behind AirAsia: Flamboyant CEO Tony Fernandes

    The man behind AirAsia: Flamboyant CEO Tony Fernandes

    Southeast Asia’s Richard Branson managed to turn the airline around. Now he faces his first major crisis.

    NATO formally ends combat mission in Afghanistan

    NATO formally ends combat mission in Afghanistan

    Ceremony marks the end of the combat role in Afghanistan for the U.S.-led coalition.

    Short on soldiers, Syrian regime imposes harsh measures

    Short on soldiers, Syrian regime imposes harsh measures

    Assad government triggers an angry response with arrests and a crackdown to fill out the army.

    World Digest: Dec. 28, 2014

    Boko Haram attacks towns, military camp in Cameroon; senior Iranian commander killed in Iraq fighting.

    Pakistan intensifies the crackdown on militants

    Pakistan intensifies the crackdown on militants

    Amid changing public opinion, authorities are now taking exceptional steps to rein in extremists with a major operation.

    Euro crisis could see comeback as radical leftists poised to make history

    Euro crisis could see comeback as radical leftists poised to make history

    A Monday vote in the Greek Parliament is expected to bring down the pro-austerity government.

    Islamist surrenders to Somali authorities

    Islamist surrenders to Somali authorities

    Al-Shabab leader was one of seven that the United States put a bounty on for their capture.

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    Foreign fighters flow to Syria

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    Refuge: Stories from the Syrian exodus

    Refugees from Syria’s civil war are remaking the political, economic and religious landscape in the Mideast.

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    Fire erupts on ferry near Italy and Greece

    A recovery effort was underway after a fire broke out on the lower deck of a ferry in the Adriatic Sea, trapping hundreds.

    Crews search for missing AirAsia plane

    Dozens of ships and aircraft widened their search in the Java Sea for a Singapore-bound jet with 162 people aboard.

    The year in images

    Some of the most intriguing news photos from 2014.

    Iraqi refugees prepare for winter

    More than 1.3 million Iraqis have been displaced this year into a region crushed under the weight of the Syrian refugee crisis.

    Best news photos of the week

    A look at some of our favorite images of the week.

    Day in photos

    Snow play, a cold-weather swim, tsunami victims remembered, a robot cook in China and more.

    Remembering Indian Ocean tsunami victims

    Ten years later, coastal communities commemorate the anniversary of the devastating event.

    Christmas celebrations around the world

    From Beijing to Berlin, revelers decked the halls.

    A decade later, images of Indonesian tsunami continue to haunt

    An earthquake and tsunami in 2004 would claim thousands of lives in the region.

    Day in photos

    Christmas and Hanukkah celebrations, N.Y.C. police officers remembered, Mississippi tornado and more.

    Treating Ebola in rural Liberia

    The village of Quewein, without electricity or clean water, and others like it pose new challenges in the campaign to stop the virus.

    Caring for Iran’s unwanted dogs

    More than 500 dogs find care at the Vafa Animal Shelter, which is the country’s only licensed animal refuge.

    Life in North Korea

    From rural villages to the bustling capital of Pyongyang, a rare peek into the highly isolated country.

    Day in photos

    St. Paul’s choristers, Hanukkah and Christmas celebrations, Japanese Emperor Akihito’s birthday and more.

    Christmas shopping in Baghdad

    The Mansour Mall has given the city’s residents a refuge from the daily bloodshed on their streets.

    Animal views

    Fun and fascinating creatures from around the world.