- More purges may follow execution in North Korea
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — The execution of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's uncle brought a swift and violent end to a man long considered the country's second most powerful figure. But while Jang Song Thaek is now gone, the fallout from his purge is not over.
- American missing in Iran was on unapproved mission
WASHINGTON (AP) — In March 2007, retired FBI agent Robert Levinson flew to Kish Island, an Iranian resort awash with tourists, smugglers and organized crime figures. Days later, after an arranged meeting with an admitted killer, he checked out of his hotel, slipped into a taxi and vanished. For years, the U.S. has publicly described him as a private citizen who traveled to the tiny Persian Gulf island on private business.
- House GOP conservatives help propel budget bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — After a sweeping vote by conservative Republicans controlling the House and President Barack Obama's Democratic allies, a bipartisan budget pact is in the hands of the Senate, where it will encounter stronger but probably futile resistance from Republicans.
- New drug, study method show breast cancer promise
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A novel way to speed the testing of cancer drugs and quickly separate winners from duds has yielded its first big result: an experimental medicine that shows promise against a hard-to-treat form of breast cancer.
- Rare storm leaves Jerusalem snowed in
JERUSALEM (AP) — A powerful winter storm left Jerusalem covered in snow on Friday, forcing police to block access to and from the city as a cold snap drove some Israelis to seek treatment from emergency medics.
- Hawaii survivor: Plane lost power, then glided
HONOLULU (AP) — The crash of a small plane off the Hawaiian island of Molokai was calm, orderly and none of the passengers seemed to be very distressed or have any major injuries, said a passenger who swam to shore.
- Militant rise galvanizes Assad's camp in Syria war
DAMACUS, Syria (AP) — Ahmed Luay's second-eldest son, a soldier in the Syrian army, fell in battle with rebels just over a month ago. Three more of his sons are still on the front lines in the Damascus suburbs. Luay insists he's prepared to sacrifice them all in what he says is a war against a terrorist invasion.
- S. Africa investigates sign interpreter
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The South African government said Friday it is aware of reports that the bogus sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela's memorial once faced a murder charge, and said he is being investigated.
- AP PHOTOS: Signs of global devotion to Mandela
Nelson Mandela became a hero around the world, as shown by the number of streets, schools, bridges and restaurants named for the South African leader. Here's a look at how Mandela has been honored in cities including London, Paris, New York, New Delhi, Montreal and Oakland.
- Venezuelan inflation spoils Christmas tradition
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Freshly greased plantain leaves, a kitchen splattered with corn meal, and festive music accompanied by generous amounts of alcohol all make up one of Venezuela's most-enduring Christmas traditions: the gathering of family to prepare a corn dough tamale known as the hallaca.