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Russian President Vladimir Putin smiles during a live video link with members of Russian Geographical Society expedition to the Southern Pole in Moscow's Kremlin, Russia on Friday, Dec. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service)

New Russian military doctrine says NATO top threat

- Associated Press

Russia named NATO’s military buildup near its border as the main military threat and raised the possibility of using precision conventional weapons as a “strategic deterrent,” according to the nation’s new military doctrine signed by President Vladimir Putin Friday.

Acehnese women visit the Tsunami Museum in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, the worst-hit region of the 2004 tsunami. (Associated Press)

Indonesia has iffy peace 10 years after tsunami

- The Washington Times

Lina Herlina was 19 years old when the massive coffee-colored wall of water came grinding up from the sea to wipe scores of houses and buildings clean off their foundations and kill more than half of this city’s population in a matter of minutes.

In this Saturday, May 4, 2013 file photo, thousands of Roman Catholics take part in a Rosary Procession at Knock Shrine, Ireland. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison, File)

Pregnant woman taken off life support in Ireland

- Associated Press

A brain-dead pregnant woman was taken off life support Friday after a court ruled that her 18-week-old fetus was doomed to die — a case that exposed fear and confusion among doctors over how to apply Ireland’s strict ban on abortion in an age of medical innovation.

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In this photo taken on Nov. 20, 2014, a loader stacks logs at the Malheur Lumber Co. mill in John Day, Ore. The mill was on the verge of closing in 2012, but timber interests and conservation groups overcame decades of fighting to compromise on logging projects that also reduced the danger of wildfire on the Malheur National Forest. The timber produced has allowed the mill to add another shift, and the national forests has hired 40 more people to work on projects. (AP Photo/Jeff Barnard)

Conservationists, loggers team up on forest health

- Associated Press

Logs are piled high in the yard of the Malheur Lumber Co. mill in this small town in northeastern Oregon, ready to be sawed into lumber. Steam pours out of the stacks. Trucks loaded with logs roll in.

Sudan steps up pressure on UN as it reviews Darfur force

- Associated Press

Sudan's government is stepping up pressure on the United Nations as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon prepares recommendations on the future of a joint U.N.-African Union peacekeeping force in the country's violence-wracked Darfur region.

A Pakistani woman who was displaced with her family from Pakistan's tribal areas carries firewood home during a sandstorm in a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Dec. 26, 2014.  (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

U.S. missile strikes kill 7 militants in NW Pakistan

- Associated Press

A suspected U.S. drone fired missiles at two compounds in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region Friday, killing at least seven alleged militants, while security forces killed the alleged planner of the deadly recent attack on a school, Pakistani officials said.

This undated publicity photo released by Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. shows Navy SEALs seen through the greenish glow of night vision goggles, as they prepare to breach a locked door in Osama Bin Laden's compound in Columbia Pictures' hyper-realistic new action thriller from director Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty." (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc., Jonathan Olley)

CIA's harsh interrogation tactics crucial in bin Laden capture

- The Washington Times

Senate Democrats' argument that harsh CIA interrogations played no role in finding Osama bin Laden revolves in crucial ways around the life of Hassan Ghul, who turned out to be the most informative biographer of Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti, who eventually led the CIA to bin Laden's home address in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

FILE - This Nov. 30, 2014 image made from video released by Loujain al-Hathloul, shows her driving towards the United Arab Emirates - Saudi Arabia border before her arrest on Dec. 1, 2014, in Saudi Arabia. Two Saudi women, including al-Hathloul, detained for nearly a month after violating the kingdom's female driving ban have been referred Thuesday, Dec. 25, 2014 to a court established to try terrorism cases on charges related to comments they made on social media. (AP Photo/Loujain al-Hathloul, File)

Saudi women drivers sent to terrorism court

- Associated Press

Two Saudi women detained for nearly a month in defiance of a ban on females driving were referred on Thursday to a court established to try terrorism cases, several people close to the defendants said.