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Israeli official: Temporary truce possible

Posted: 12/30/2008 - There's word that Israel is considering suspending its Gaza air strikes to give Hamas militants a chance to halt their rocket attacks.

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Ukraine says it will pay off gas debt

Posted: 12/30/2008 - Ukraine's gas company Naftogaz says it will pay up to $2 billion to settle its debt for Russian gas imports and avoid a threatened cutoff of natural gas deliveries.

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Mexico calls off search for cruise passenger

Posted: 12/30/2008 - Mexican authorities have suspended their search for a Florida woman who apparently fell from a ship balcony during a Christmas week cruise.

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8 snowmobilers missing in Canadian avalanches

Posted: 12/29/2008 - Despite what's being described as "extreme" risk, rescuers are searching western Canada's backcountry for eight snowmobilers buried in avalanches.

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UN ambassador: Israel seeks to 'destroy' Hamas

Posted: 12/29/2008 - Israel's ambassador to the United Nations says the goal of the current offensive in the Gaza Strip is much broader than ending Palestinian rocket attacks. She says Israel wants to destroy Gaza's ruling Hamas movement.

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White House pleas for end to violence

Posted: 12/29/2008 - The White House is again urging Hamas to agree to a cease-fire with Israel as a first step in halting the current Israeli air assault on Gaza.

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Hamas: No truce before Israel stops attacks

Posted: 12/29/2008 - A senior exiled Hamas official is rejecting any talk of a new truce with Israel unless all attacks on Gaza cease and the border crossings are reopened.

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Prayers offered for tsunami victims

Posted: 12/26/2008 - The people who've gathered today to mark the fourth anniversary of a deadly tsunami have been celebrating the progress in rebuilding -- but also remembering the dead.

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Iran's Ahmadinejad to make UK Christmas broadcast

Posted: 12/24/2008 - Iran's president says if Jesus were on Earth today, he'd oppose "bullying, ill-tempered and expansionist powers." It's an apparent reference to the U.S. and its allies.

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Christmas Eve services come early in Baghdad

Posted: 12/24/2008 - It's a sign of the continued security concerns in Baghdad. The Christmas Eve Mass for the city's small Christian community began before dusk, instead of at the traditional midnight.

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Holy Land leader calls for peace

Posted: 12/23/2008 - The leader of the Catholic Church in the Holy Land is calling for Israelis and Palestinians to take steps toward peace.

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About 173 people trapped in mid-air

Posted: 12/23/2008 - Media reports say more than 170 people have been trapped for hours atop the world's tallest observation wheel in Singapore.

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