NEW YEAR'S EVE -- As the final hours of 2015 draw to a close, many are bidding a weary and wary adieu to a year marred by attacks that left nations reeling and nerves rattled. Still, most places are forging ahead with their celebrations as many refuse to let jitters ruin the joy of the holiday. SENT: 2,300 words, photos, video.
NEW YEAR'S EVE-TWO WORDS -- People around the world sum up 2015 in two words, and to do the same for their expectations for the coming year. SENT: 100 words, photos.
CHINA-TAIWAN -- China warns of a serious disruption of ties with Taiwan as the island's voters appear set to elect a new president with a far more skeptical view of dealings with Beijing. By Christopher Bodeen. SENT: 620 words, photos.
CHINA-AIRCRAFT CARRIER -- China says it is building its second aircraft carrier, this time entirely with domestic technology, in a leap in its naval development that is increasingly tipping the regional balance of power. By Christopher Bodeen. SENT: 490 words, photos.
BANGLADESH-BLOGGER KILLING -- A court in Bangladesh sentences two people to death and six others to prison for killing an atheist blogger in 2013, the first verdicts since suspected Islamist militants began targeting secular activists. SENT: 330 words, photos.
JAPAN-ELEMENT 113 -- A team of Japanese scientists has met the criteria for naming a new element, the synthetic highly radioactive element 113, more than a dozen years after they began working to create it. By Elaine Kurtenbach. SENT: 430 words, photos.
INDIA-AIR INDIA RAT -- An Air India plane flying to London is forced to return to Mumbai after passengers spotted a rat on board, the airline says. SENT: 240 words, photos.
JAPAN-TAKASHI MURAKAMI -- In the gentrified kitsch landscape Takashi Murakami depicts, 500 grotesque priests parade along dazzlingly colorful giant panels. The artist's zany ukiyoe-turned-manga world takes a spiritual, but uncompromising pop art, turn in addressing the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster. By Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 750 words, photos.
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