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  • Obama chides Putin on Ukraine rebels as experts work at MH17 site

    US President Barack Obama has told Russia's leader of his "deep concerns" about Moscow's increased support for separatists in Ukraine as international experts finally gathered more remains at the crash site of downed flight MH17. In a telephone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday…

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  • NATO must respond to Russia: Cameron

    NATO must rethink its long-term relationship with Russia and strengthen the alliance's ability to respond quickly to any threat, Prime Minister David Cameron said Saturday. NATO needs to sustain a "robust" defensive presence in eastern Europe, Cameron wrote in a letter to the alliance's Secretary…

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  • U.S. plans to train, arm Ukraine national guard in 2015

    The Obama administration has notified Congress of its plans to train and arm the Ukrainian national guard next year, the Pentagon said on Friday, as Washington continues to intensify its response to Moscow's support for rebels in eastern Ukraine. "The Defense Department and State Department have…

    Reuters
  • NATO must change to better repel Russian threat: UK's Cameron

    By Andrew Osborn and William James LONDON (Reuters) - NATO must overhaul itself to be able to better defend its members from a potential Russian military threat, British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Saturday, He said the U.S.-led Atlantic alliance had to rethink its ties with Moscow…

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  • Obama, Putin discuss Ukraine, missile treaty

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Capping a week of aggressive action against Russia, President Barack Obama pressed Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday for a diplomatic path out of Ukraine's struggle with Moscow-backed pro-Russian separatists. Putin countered by calling U.S. and European economic sanctions…

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  • S&P 500 has its worst week in 2 years

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks fell for a second day Friday, adding to the massive sell-off the day before and giving the market its worst week in two years.

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  • Unclear whether sanctions can influence Russia

    No one doubts the latest EU and US economic sanctions on Russia will inflict significant costs, but whether they can force Moscow to reverse course in Ukraine is a completely different question. The United States has been making life difficult for Cuba for more than 50 years but its communist…

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  • Latin America comes out in force against Israel

    Latin America's leaders are among the most vehement in condemning Israel's Gaza offensive -- labelling the Jewish state "terrorist", recalling ambassadors, and offering near-unanimous, unwavering support to Palestinians. "I can't remember another similar situation where (all the countries in the…

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  • Putin says world should draw lessons from WWI

    President Vladimir Putin on Friday slammed political ambitions that he said threatened peace in Europe as he paid tribute to Russian soldiers who died during World War I. In a deeply symbolic speech mixing the past with the present, the Russian leader said the 1914-1918 war should be seen as a…

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  • Ukraine: Body parts retrieved at jet crash site

    HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) — Wearing gloves and carrying blue plastic buckets, international investigators finally began gathering up body parts and victims' belongings Friday in the fields where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 came down.

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  • US markets retreat for a second day

    NEW YORK (AP) — There was no reprieve for investors Friday as the U.S. stock market retreated for a second day. The Standard & Poor's 500 index was on pace for its worst week since April. The market had been down even more at midday but recovered much of its loss in afternoon trading.

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  • Iran opens first state-run alcohol rehab center

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has opened the country's first, state-run rehab and treatment center for alcoholism, an Iranian semi-official news agency reported on Friday.

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  • UK general: Ukraine crisis holds lessons for NATO

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Russian meddling in Ukraine has shown that NATO needs a more responsive quick-reaction force that could be deployed in the event Moscow made aggressive military threats against a NATO nation, the alliance's No. 2 general said Friday.

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  • Ten killed in clashes between Azeris, ethnic Armenians

    By Hasmik Mkrtchyan and Nailia Bagirova BAKU/YEREVAN (Reuters) - At least 10 people were killed in skirmishes between Azeri government forces and ethnic Armenian separatists controlling the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh enclave of Azerbaijan, officials from both sides said on Friday. The recurring…

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  • With vote for Chrysler merger, Fiat looks abroad

    TURIN, Italy (AP) — Fiat shareholders voted Friday overwhelmingly in favor of a merger with Chrysler that has been five years in the works and will shift the 115-year-old carmaker's center of gravity abroad.

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  • 8 countries bid for 2015 Euro basket tournament

    MUNICH (AP) — Eight countries have submitted bids to host the 2015 European basketball championship that was taken away from Ukraine.

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  • Ukraine, Russia spar over soccer in Crimea

    MOSCOW (AP) — Five months after the annexation of Crimea, Russia and Ukraine are now squabbling over soccer clubs in the region.

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  • Obama, Putin talk about Ukraine in phone call: White House

    President Barack Obama voiced deep concerns to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday about Russia's increased support for separatists in eastern Ukraine during a telephone conversation, the White House said. It was the first conversation between the two leaders since July 17, the day when a…

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  • Collateral damage: How Iran sanctions fears hurt humanitarian trade

    By Jonathan Saul and Parisa Hafezi LONDON/ANKARA (Reuters) - It should have been a routine delivery of vegetable oil to Iran for making margarine; The sanctions regime, imposed by the United States and European Union over Tehran's nuclear program, permits trade in humanitarian goods such as food…

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  • Ugandan court invalidates anti-gay law

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A Ugandan court on Friday invalidated an anti-gay bill signed into law earlier this year, pleasing activists and watchdog groups who called the measure draconian and wanted it repealed.

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