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  • Dutch, Australian police in fresh bid for MH17 site access

    Dutch and Australian police will make a fresh attempt on Monday to reach the crash site of Malaysian flight MH17 in insurgent-held east Ukraine, after heavy fighting nearby scuppered their previous effort. The continuing unrest has also led Dutch authorities, who are leading a probe into the…

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  • China says may have citizens fighting in Iraq

    By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - Muslim extremists from China's far western region of Xinjiang have gone to the Middle East for training and some may have crossed into Iraq to participate in the upsurge of violence there, China's special envoy for the Middle East said on Monday. China has…

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  • US exports help Germany increase coal, pollution

    LUENEN, Germany (AP) — One of Germany's newest coal-fired power plants rises here from the banks of a 100-year-old canal that once shipped coal mined from the Ruhr Valley to the world.

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  • Australian police to renew bid to access Ukraine crash site

    A joint Australian-Dutch probe team will renew efforts on Monday to gain access to the crash site of a Malaysian airliner in eastern Ukraine, Australian Federal Police said, after fierce fighting kept them away the previous day. Evidence could be lost if fighting continued, said Deputy…

  • Kerry to woo Modi's India, but quick progress unlikely

    By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visits India this week as Washington tries to revitalize ties it sees as a counterbalance to China's rising power, but rapid progress is unlikely, despite the reformist reputation of India's new leader. The visit by…

  • Russia accuses US of hindering OSCE in Ukraine

    Russia accused the United States of hindering the OSCE's work in Ukraine, as fighting raged around the crash site of flight MH17 and the Netherlands scrapped plans for an armed international mission to secure the area. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in a telephone conversation, asked US Secretary…

  • Chinese history-maker Ji looking forward to break from cycling

    Chinese rider Ji Cheng said he wants to get away from cycling for a while after completing the Tour de France.

  • Fighting intensifies near MH17 disaster site

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian armed forces mounted a major onslaught against pro-Russian separatist fighters Sunday in an attempt to gain control over the area where a Malaysia Airlines plane was downed earlier this month.

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  • EU, US seek Putin Achilles' heel on Ukraine

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Months after Russia annexed Crimea and stepped up support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, Europe and the United States are still searching for a way to persuade Russian President Vladimir Putin to change course.

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  • Langer romps to record Senior British Open victory

    Germany's Bernard Langer won the Senior British Open by a whopping 13 shots on Sunday at Royal Porthcawl, Wales, as he set a new record winning margin in a major at a senior event. The 56-year-old, who won the Masters in 1985 and 1993, shot four rounds in the 60s to finish 18 under, and left…

  • Thousands march in French city of Marseille in support of Israel

    Thousands took to the streets of Marseille in the south of France on Sunday to show their support for Israel, the first such demonstration in the country since the start of the recent fighting in Gaza, organizers said. "We are here to show our solidarity with Israel, which has been attacked and…

  • Key World War I battle re-enacted in Poland

    SZKOTOWO, Poland (AP) — About 200 history enthusiasts from across Europe have gathered on a hilly area in Poland to reconstruct the Battle of Tannenberg, an engagement between the Russian and German Empires in the first days of World War I.

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  • Peace before economy for Russia sanctions, German Fin Min tells paper

    Germans must put peace before economic considerations and accept tougher sanctions against Russia if necessary, Germany's finance minister told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper on Sunday. The European Union reached an outline agreement on Friday to impose the first economic sanctions on Moscow since…

  • German vice chancellor: press Russian oligarchs

    BERLIN (AP) — Europe should take aim at rich businesspeople who support Russia's government as it increases pressure on Moscow over its actions in Ukraine, Germany's vice chancellor said Sunday.

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  • Fighting intensifies near MH17 crash site

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian armed forces mounted a major onslaught against pro-Russian separatist fighters Sunday in an attempt to gain control over the area where a Malaysia Airlines plane was downed earlier this month.

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  • Wrecked Costa Concordia enters Italian port to be scrapped

    Ship horns blared Sunday as the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner limped into the Italian port of Genoa to be scrapped two and a half years after it capsized in a tragedy that claimed 32 lives. The hulking vessel about twice the size of the Titanic was towed into port after a four-day, 280…

  • Unarmed Aussie police to help secure Ukraine site

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Unarmed Australian police will be sent to the site in rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine where the Malaysian airliner came down as part of a Dutch-led police force to secure the area and help recover victims' remains, Australia's prime minister said Sunday.

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  • Ukraine blames rebels for not allowing access to crash site

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said on Sunday rebels had prevented international experts from reaching the site where a Malaysian passenger plane crashed in eastern Ukraine. "Terrorists back to their normal outrageous practice: they don't allow OSCE (the Organization…

  • Police visit to MH17 disaster site canceled

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — A team of international police officers that had planned to start searching for evidence and the remaining bodies at the site of the Malaysian plane disaster in eastern Ukraine canceled their trip Sunday after receiving reports of fighting in the area.

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  • Malaysia: Rebels to let police secure MH17 site

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia said Sunday that it would send dozens of police to the Malaysian airliner's crash site in eastern Ukraine after pro-Russia separatists agreed to allow international police personnel to provide protection for investigators.

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