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  • Deadly gun attack in eastern Ukraine shakes fragile Geneva accord

    By Aleksandar Vasovic and Alissa de Carbonnel SLAVIANSK/YENAKIEVO, Ukraine (Reuters) - At least three people were killed in a gunfight in the early hours of Sunday near a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russian separatists, shaking an already fragile international accord that was designed to…

    Reuters
  • Much at stake in last ACL preliminaries

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — With so many spots still up for grabs in the knockout rounds and so many clubs in contention, the Asian Champions League is raising its profile with an intensely tight competition.

    Associated Press
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  • Asian stocks mixed after holiday weekend

    BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks were mixed Monday in light trading after Japan reported a jump in its trade deficit and investors looked ahead to economic data this week from China and Korea.

    Associated Press
  • US lawmakers call for tighter sanctions on Russia

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two members of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee called Sunday for tougher Western sanctions against Russia to include its petrochemical and banking industries and warned that Moscow thus far has ignored U.S. and European efforts to persuade it to back off its…

    Associated Press
  • Lawmakers call for tighter sanctions on Russia

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee called Sunday for beefing up western sanctions against Russia to include its petrochemical and banking industries and warned that Moscow thus far has ignored United States and European efforts to persuade it to back off its…

    Associated Press
  • Liverpool closes in on Premier League title

    LONDON (AP) — Liverpool secured a return to the Champions League on Sunday — but there's a much bigger prize just around the corner.

    Associated Press
  • Guardiola, Mourinho back in Madrid for CL semis

    Madrid will be the center of the football world this week when Real Madrid hosts Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid welcomes Chelsea in the Champions League semifinals.

    Associated Press
  • Ahead of vote, Syria's Assad visits seized village

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's embattled president marked Easter with a tour Sunday of an ancient Christian village recently recaptured by his forces, an important symbolic prize for his government ahead of coming presidential elections he appears poised to contest.

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  • Everton overwhelms Man United in 2-0 win

    LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Everton ensured a miserable return to Goodison Park for former manager David Moyes by overwhelming Manchester United in a 2-0 win to keep pace with Arsenal in the race for Champions League qualification on Sunday.

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  • French journalists arrive home after Syria hostage ordeal

    Four French journalists taken hostage in Syria were reunited with family and colleagues on Sunday in an emotional homecoming after 10 months in captivity during which they were chained together and held in dingy basements. "It was a long haul, but we never lost hope," said radio reporter Didier…

    AFP
  • Automakers unveil China-focused models in Beijing

    BEIJING (AP) — Ford Motor Co. on Sunday unveiled a new Escort sedan designed in China for global sale at a Beijing auto show that highlighted the growing influence of Chinese tastes on the industry.

    Associated Press
  • 4 French journalists home after long Syrian ordeal

    PARIS (AP) — Four French journalists kidnapped and held for 10 months in Syria returned home Sunday to joyful families, a presidential welcome and questions about how France managed to obtain their freedom from Islamic extremists.

    Associated Press
  • Russia 'outraged' as east Ukraine shootout shatters Easter truce

    Slavyansk (Ukraine) (AFP) - A deadly gunfight in a town in restive east Ukraine on Sunday shattered a fragile Easter truce, with Russia declaring it was "outraged" at the return to violence in the crisis-hit former Soviet republic. Locals, it said, had found the attackers' cars containing weapons,…

    AFP
  • France has 'information' Assad regime using chemical weapons: Hollande

    France has "information" but no firm proof that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime is still using chemical weapons, President Francois Hollande said Sunday. "We have a few elements of information but I do not have the proof," Hollande said in a radio interview after he was asked about…

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  • Joyful homecoming for four French journalists after Syria captivity

    By Sunaina Karkarey VILLACOUBLAY AIRBASE, France (Reuters) - Four French journalists held captive in Syria for more than 10 months returned home to France on Sunday, freshly shaved and beaming, where they were met at an airbase by President Francois Hollande, their families and friends. Nicolas…

    Reuters
  • 4 French journalists back home after Syria ordeal

    PARIS (AP) — Four French journalists kidnapped and held for 10 months in Syria returned home on Sunday to joyful families awaiting them at a military airport outside Paris.

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  • Easter war of words breaks out between Ukraine and Russia

    Politics overshadowed Easter observances in Kiev and Moscow, with the Orthodox religious leaders in each capital trading barbs over the crisis in Ukraine -- while the US reportedly prepared to send ground forces to neighbouring Poland. Patriarch Filaret thundered to the faithful in pro-West Kiev…

    AFP
  • US weighing military exercises in Eastern Europe

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is considering deploying about 150 soldiers for military exercises to begin in Poland and Estonia in the next few weeks, a Western official said Saturday. The exercises would follow Russia's buildup of forces near its border with Ukraine and its annexation last…

    Associated Press
  • Germany's Steinmeier urges focus on de-escalation with Russia, not sanctions

    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said he wished as much emphasis would be placed on preventing an escalation of tensions with Russia over Ukraine as there is at the moment in threatening economic sanctions. In an interview to appear in Germany's Bild am Sonntag newspaper on Sunday,…

    Reuters
  • Vela's injury-time goal snatches win for Sociedad

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Carlos Vela skillfully chested down a long pass before firing in Real Sociedad's injury-time winner to snatch a dramatic 2-1 win at home over Espanyol in the Spanish league on Saturday.

    Associated Press
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