AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Asia
The image of a woman escaping from a Sydney cafe where a gunman had taken 18 people hostage captured the terrifying drama that shook Australia last week. The siege ended 16 hours later when police stormed the cafe to free the captives, two of whom were killed along with the gunman, an Iranian-born,self-styled cleric with a lengthy criminal history.
Spain: Princess Cristina to be tried for fraud
MADRID (AP) — A Spanish judge on Monday ordered the king's sister, Princess Cristina, to be tried along with her husband on charges of tax fraud — making her the first member of the country's royal family to face charges in court since the royalty was restored in 1975.
10 years after tsunami, victim's mom learns body wasn't lost
SEINT PAING, Myanmar (AP) — Of all the moments to chase a dream, May Aye Nwe chose the morning of Dec. 26, 2004.
France raises number of car rampage injured to 13
PARIS (AP) — France's top security official has raised the number of people injured by a rampaging driver to 13, and is cautioning against jumping to conclusions about the attack.
Abandoned asbestos mines still a hazard in India
RORO VILLAGE, India (AP) — Asbestos waste spills in a gray gash down the flank of a lush green hill above tribal villages in eastern India. Three decades after the mines were abandoned, nothing has been done to remove the enormous, hazardous piles of broken rocks and powdery dust left behind.
AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East
In the Middle East and the wider region this past week, Taliban gunmen attacked a school in Peshawer, Pakistan, killing 148 people —most of them children — in what was one of the country's deadliest attacks in years. In the days that followed, families buried the victims of the massacre, residents eld vigils and the nation mourned its loss.
US mulls putting NKorea on terrorism sponsor list
HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism as Washington decides how to respond to what he calls an "act of cybervandalism," not one of war, against a movie company.
China opposes cyberattacks, doesn't name N. Korea
BEIJING (AP) — China told the U.S. that it is against cyberattacks and opposes any nation or individual launching such attacks from a third country, but did not directly condemn the Sony hackings that Washington has blamed on North Korea, China's foreign ministry said Monday.
Russian minister talks up the ruble
MOSCOW (AP) — A senior Russian minister said on Monday he's expecting the ruble to extend its recent gains and said the government is not planning to introduce currency controls on Russian companies.
Zimbabwe's president fires more cabinet members
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's government says the president has fired two cabinet ministers believed to be loyal to the ousted vice president, while thousands of civil servants have not been paid Christmas bonuses.
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