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  • Merkel says tightening Ukraine-Russian border is key to peace deal

    By Natalia Zinets and Richard Balmforth KIEV (Reuters) - - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday the standoff over Ukraine could be solved but only if control was tightened over the Ukraine-Russia border across which, the West alleges, Russia has been funnelling arms to help a separatist rebellion. Merkel was visiting Kiev as a prelude to a meeting next week between the Russian and Ukrainian leaders that diplomats say is the best chance in months of a peace deal in eastern Ukraine, where government forces are fighting pro-Moscow rebels. NATO has alleged Russia's military is active inside Ukraine helping the rebels, and Moscow angered Kiev and its Western allies by sending an aid convoy into Ukraine against Kiev's wishes.

  • Germany's vice-chancellor backs 'federalization' in Ukraine

    Germany's vice chancellor has spoken out for a "federalization" of Ukraine once fighting between Ukrainian and Russian separatist forces in the eastern part of the country has ended. Chancellor Angela Merkel said, however, that Sigmar Gabriel meant decentralisation. His comments raised eyebrows because of his use of the word federalization, which is a sensitive term in Ukraine. In an interview with the Welt am Sonntag newspaper released on the same day that Merkel visited Kiev for talks on ending the crisis, Gabriel said the priority was to stop a direct military confrontation between Ukraine and Russia.

  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Pledge $1 Million to DonorsChoose
    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Pledge $1 Million to DonorsChoose

    She's a philanthropist, mother and half of the world's most generous couple. Melinda Gates and her husband, Bill, have tackled numerous global issues through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Since the foundation's inception in 2000, they have given over $30 billion dollars to fight disease, prevent the spread of HIV and foster agricultural development.

  • Ferguson residents struggling with daily life
    Ferguson residents struggling with daily life

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Life in this working-class St. Louis suburb of modest brick homes and low-rise apartments hasn't been the same since Angelia Dickens' son tearfully told her, "The police shot a boy."

  • Police: Mother shoots son inside Germantown home, son charged
    Police: Mother shoots son inside Germantown home, son charged

    Authorities say a son will be charged after his mother shot him inside her Germantown home in Philadelphia.

  • New go-to career for New England's young: Farming
    New go-to career for New England's young: Farming

    CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — Farming is hip in New England.

  • Israeli airstrike collapses Gaza apartment tower
    Israeli airstrike collapses Gaza apartment tower

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Witnesses say an Israeli airstrike has collapsed a 12-story apartment tower in central Gaza City.

  • Emails show Walker recall election campaign push
    Emails show Walker recall election campaign push

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Newly released court documents include excerpts from emails showing that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's recall election campaign team told him to instruct donors to give to a key conservative group that would run ads for Walker and distribute money to other conservative groups backing him.

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