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North Korean websites back online after shutdown

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Key North Korean websites are back online after an hours-long shutdown that comes amid heightened tensions with the U.S. over Pyongyang's alleged hacking attack on Sony Pictures....

Human rights in spotlight after US-Cuba deal

HAVANA (AP) -- To many exiles and their allies, President Raul Castro is a brutal dictator who locks up dissenters in gulag-like jails, snuffs out political discourse and condemns his people to socialist poverty....

Christmas 1914: The day even WWI showed humanity

PLOEGSTEERT, Belgium (AP) -- With British and German forces separated only by a no-man's land littered with fallen comrades, sounds of a German Christmas carol suddenly drifted across the frigid air: "Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht" ("Silent Night, Holy Night")....

Christmas 1914: The day even WWI showed humanity

PLOEGSTEERT, Belgium (AP) -- With British and German forces separated only by a no-man's land littered with fallen comrades, sounds of a German Christmas carol suddenly drifted across the frigid air: "Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht" ("Silent Night, Holy Night")....

Liberia holds Senate vote amid Ebola fears

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Health workers manned polling stations across Liberia on Saturday as voters cast their ballots in a twice-delayed Senate election that has been criticized for its potential to spread the deadly Ebola disease....

Iraq's Shiite fighters desert over shortages

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Abu Murtada al-Moussawi answered the call last summer from Iraq's top Shiite cleric to help save the country from the Islamic State group, but after less than three months on the front lines he and several friends returned home because they had run out of food....

Iraq's Shiite fighters desert over shortages

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Abu Murtada al-Moussawi answered the call last summer from Iraq's top Shiite cleric to help save the country from the Islamic State group, but after less than three months on the front lines he and several friends returned home because they had run out of food....

Tour agents: North Korea may soon lift Ebola restrictions

TOKYO (AP) -- North Korea, never a country to take the threat of foreign invasion lightly, has been under virtual lockdown since October to keep the Ebola virus from crossing its borders. But two leading travel agencies that specialize in the small but growing North Korea market say they have confirmed the North may be ready to open up its doors again soon....

Tour agents: North Korea may soon lift Ebola restrictions

TOKYO (AP) -- North Korea, never a country to take the threat of foreign invasion lightly, has been under virtual lockdown since October to keep the Ebola virus from crossing its borders. But two leading travel agencies that specialize in the small but growing North Korea market say they have confirmed the North may be ready to open up its doors again soon....

2004 tsunami: A crying boy with a piece of bread

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 fourth of their stories, which are being published daily through Dec. 26....