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  • Ukraine fights 'foreign mercenaries' in its east, says president
    Ukraine fights 'foreign mercenaries' in its east, says president

    KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Saturday his country was not fighting a civil war in its east but was fighting "foreign mercenaries", hailing soldiers for forcing pro-Russian rebels out of several towns and cities. As fighting raged around the rebel strongholds of Donetsk and Luhansk, the Ukrainian leader awarded members of the newly formed National Guard with medals for service. "This is a real fight for the sovereignty of Ukraine, the territorial integrity of Ukraine, for the independence of Ukraine," said Poroshenko, wearing military camouflage. "It is not an internal conflict, it is Ukraine defending its territory from foreign mercenaries, from bandits and from terrorists," he told soldiers.

  • 'Avengers' unleash 'Ultron' footage at Comic-Con
    'Avengers' unleash 'Ultron' footage at Comic-Con

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Several members of "The Avengers" descended on Comic-Con on Saturday to debut the first footage from the upcoming superhero sequel.

  • Driver seriously injures woman during Zombie Walk
    Driver seriously injures woman during Zombie Walk

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A driver struck and seriously injured a woman while fleeing from angry members of the annual Zombie Walk held during Comic-Con, police said.

  • Wyoming Town for Sale Includes Home, Bar, and General Store, But It Has a Few Downsides
    Wyoming Town for Sale Includes Home, Bar, and General Store, But It Has a Few Downsides

    Your wish to own a town can be granted — if you have $1.5 million to spare. Welcome to Aladdin, Wyo. Population: 15. Yes, the town is named symbolically after the riches-seeker in the folktales of "Arabian Nights." Judy Brengle's husband had bought her the town as a gift after their kids left for college. It's now up for grabs, a la handwritten for-sale sign.

  • Gaza fighting abates as diplomatic tension flares

    By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Maayan Lubell GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel eased its assaults in the Gaza Strip and Palestinian rocket fire from the enclave declined sharply on Monday, the military said, with both the United States and United Nations calling for a durable ceasefire. As international pressure mounted to end a 21-day conflict in which more than 1,000 people have been killed, an Israeli military official said the army would only fire in response to attacks, adding that this would be for an "unlimited" period. Hamas said on Sunday it wanted a 24-hour truce to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which started on Monday. In the hours after its announcement, Gaza gradually fell quiet.

  • Vietnam's taste for cat leaves pets in peril
    Vietnam's taste for cat leaves pets in peril

    The enduring popularity of "little tiger" as a snack to accompany a beer in Vietnam means that cat owners live in constant fear of animal snatchers, despite an official ban. At an unassuming restaurant next to a carwash in central Hanoi, a cat is prepared for hungry clients: drowned, shaved and burned to remove all fur before being cut up and fried with garlic. "A lot of people eat cat meat. Vietnam has forbidden the consumption of cats in an effort to encourage their ownership and keep the capital's rat population under control.

  • Italy's wrecked cruise ship prepares to dock in Genoa
    Italy's wrecked cruise ship prepares to dock in Genoa

    The wrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner made its final approach Sunday to the Italian port of Genoa, where the mammoth carcass is being towed for scrap after its fatal capsize two and a half years ago. The once-luxury liner, which set off from its shipwreck site off Giglio island on Wednesday, arrived off the coast of Genoa overnight and weighed anchor around two nautical miles (3.6 kilometres) off shore. Civil protection agency chief Franco Gabrielli, on the portside to oversee the final stage of an unprecedented salvage project, told journalists a high wind was slowing the operation. Crowds of curious locals began gathering near the port on the outskirts of Genoa at first light, eager to see the remains of the battered ship, which crashed into rocks off Giglio island in January 2012 with 4,229 people on board in a disaster that claimed 32 livers.

  • SON-IN-LAW'S ABUSIVE FATHER MAKES FAMILY GATHERING PAINFUL

    DEAR ABBY: I adore my son-in-law, "Tom." He's a wonderful husband to our daughter. He's always inviting us to dinner along with his parents and family. We get along with them, but can't stand how they treat Tom. We have never seen parents treat their children the way they treat him -- especially the father. Tom is practically begging for his approval and attention on a daily basis. The last time we had dinner together, you could see the hurt and embarrassment on Tom's face after his father spoke to him. I desperately want to say something to the father, but I don't know if I should. ...

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