Ukraine Gains Against Rebels as Diplomacy Intensifies

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img Ukraine’s armed forces said they continue to push back separatists in fighting in the country’s east ahead of a possible face-to-face meeting of the Russian and Ukrainian leaders next week.

Soldiers from Ukraine’s National Guard captured the city of Ilovaysk, leading separatists to counter-attack using tanks and artillery, the National Guard said in a statement today on its website. Nine Ukrai

Russian Aid Convoy Without Consent Deemed Invasion by Ukraine

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img Trucks carrying humanitarian aid from Russia crossed the border into Ukraine, which said the move amounted to an invasion as the convoy moved without its consent.

Russia is invading under the cover of the aid trucks, Valentyn Nalyvaychenko, the head of Ukraine’s security council, said on TV5. More than 150 trucks entered the country without a Red Cross escort through a border checkpoint in a r

Nixon Sends Missouri National Guard Into Ferguson

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img Missouri Governor Jay Nixon ordered the state National Guard to restore peace after a third straight night of violence in the St. Louis suburb rocked by protests over the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer.

Nixon’s decision came after organized groups attacked police officers with firearms and gasoline bombs last night, leading police to fire a barrage of tear gas into th

U.S. police come under gunfire, arrest 31 in Missouri racial unrest

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img U.S. police said early on Tuesday they came under heavy gunfire and arrested 31 people during another night of racially charged protests in Ferguson, Missouri, sparked by the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman 10 days ago.

Demonstrations, mostly peaceful but with spasms of violence by smaller groups, have flared since Michael Brown, 18, was shot dead while walking

Ferguson at Turning Point After Night of Relative Calm

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img The city of Ferguson, Missouri, returned to relative calm after successive nights of violence in what police said marked a turning point in the protests that followed the shooting dead of an unarmed black teenager.

Officers dispersed protesters in Ferguson last night without using tear gas for the first time in four days, Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol told reporters ea

Maliki Resigns as Iraq's Prime Minister to Make Way for Abadi

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img Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said he has agreed to leave office and clear the way for his designated successor to take over.

The move ends a political impasse and may enable Prime Minister-designate Haidar al-Abadi to pull together a more inclusive government better able to counter Islamist militants advancing in the country’s north, and to heal sectarian and ethnic rifts threatening t

Ukraine accuses Russia of cynicism over convoy; death toll rises sharply

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img Ukraine denounced Russia's dispatch of a humanitarian aid convoy now advancing towards the border as an act of unbounded cynicism serving pro-Russian separatists, and the UN said the death toll in fighting had doubled in the last two weeks to over 2,000.

Kiev said the trucks would not be allowed to pass.

"First they send tanks, Grad missiles and bandits who fire on Ukrainians and then they

Russia sends big aid convoy to Ukraine, West sounds warnings

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img A Russian convoy carrying food, water and other aid set off on Tuesday for eastern Ukraine, where government forces are closing in on pro-Russian rebels, but Kiev said it would not allow the vehicles to cross onto its territory.

Kiev and Western governments warned Moscow against any attempt to turn the operation into a military intervention by stealth in a region facing a humanitarian crisis a

Maliki Bid to Block Successor Escalates Crisis in Iraq

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img Iraq’s political crisis deepened as embattled Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki refused to hand power to designated successor Haidar al-Abadi, and soldiers and militiamen fanned out across the capital, Baghdad.

In a late-night address on state TV yesterday, Maliki called Abadi’s appointment by President Fouad Masoum “legally worthless” and defied pressure from some fellow Shiite political figures

Maliki digs in as U.S. pushes for new Iraqi government

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img Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki was battling to keep his job on Monday, deploying forces across Baghdad as erstwhile allies nominated a replacement and the United States warned him not to block popular demands for change.

With Sunni fighters from the Islamic State making new gains over Kurdish forces north of the capital, the United States hopes a consensus government can stem bloodshed th

U.S. Carries Out Airstrikes Against Islamist Militants in Iraq

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img American warplanes struck against militants from Islamic State in Iraq, pulling the U.S. back into a conflict three years after its last combat troops left.

Two U.S. fighter jets struck an artillery position used by the militants to attack Kurdish forces defending their regional capital Erbil, where U.S. diplomats and some military personnel are based, Rear Admiral John Kirby, a Pentagon spoke

U.S. strikes northern Iraq

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img U.S. President Barack Obama authorised air strikes on Iraq to protect Christians and prevent "genocide" of tens of thousands of members of an ancient sect sheltering on a desert mountaintop from Islamic State fighters threatening to exterminate them.

In Baghdad, where politicians have been paralysed by infighting while the state falls apart, the top Shi'ite cleric all but ordered Prime Ministe

How scams and shakedowns brought Ukraine to its knees

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img Late last year, Ukraine’s consumer protection agency began filing lawsuits against Foxtrot, the country’s largest electronics retailer. By early March, Foxtrot faced at least 231 separate suits that demanded fines totaling more than $150 million.

Many of the suits accused the company of minor violations of Ukraine’s labeling law – such as not placing a "quality seal" on tiny memory cards and w

Israel Says Tunnel Mission Complete as Cease-Fire Starts

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img Israel pulled the last of its troops back to just outside the Gaza Strip today as a three-day truce agreement halted fighting in the Hamas-run territory.

Under the Egyptian-brokered accord, the latest effort to end four weeks of fighting, hostilities ceased at 8 a.m. local time. Israel said it was withdrawing its soldiers as the stated aim of the ground offensive -- the destruction of tunnels

Ebola Drug Made From Tobacco Plant Saves U.S. Aid Workers

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img A tiny San Diego-based company provided an experimental Ebola treatment for two Americans infected with the deadly virus in Liberia. The biotechnology drug, produced with tobacco plants, appears to be working.

In an unusual twist of expedited drug access, Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc., which has nine employees, released its experimental ZMapp drug, until now only tested on infected animals, for

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