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The U.S. Capitol building is seen before U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address in front of the U.S. Congress in WashingtonAs 2014 draws to a close, Yahoo News writers look back at some of the biggest political stories of the year.

2014-12-29 07:00:44 -0700

Family members of passengers onboard missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 cry at a waiting area in Juanda International Airport, SurabayaBy Gayatri Suroyo and Fergus Jensen SURABAYA, Indonesia/JAKARTA (Reuters) - A missing AirAsia jet carrying 162 people could be at the bottom of the sea after it was presumed to have crashed off the Indonesian coast, an official said on Monday, as countries around Asia sent ships and planes to help in the search. The Indonesia AirAsia plane, an Airbus A320-200, disappeared after its pilot failed to get permission to fly higher to avoid bad weather during a flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore on Sunday. ...

2014-12-29 08:16:34 -0700

Passengers and crew of the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic, that caught fire in the Adriatic Sea, disembark from a ship in the harbor of Bari, southern Italy, Monday, Dec. 29, 2014. A ferry carrying nearly 500 people caught fire off the Greek island of Corfu early Sunday, trapping passengers on the top decks as gale-force winds and choppy seas hampered the evacuation. Greek and Italian rescue helicopters and vessels struggled to reach the stricken ferry, with nearby merchant ships lining up to form a wall against the raging gusts. (AP Photo/Gaetano Lo Porto)BARI, Italy (AP) -- Helicopters defied high winds and stormy seas Monday to evacuate hundreds of passengers and staff from Greek ferry that caught fire off Albania. Five people died and survivors told of a frantic rush to escape the flames and pelting rain.

2014-12-29 04:09:01 -0700