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Ukraine parliament approves new government

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s Parliament approved the formation of a new government Tuesday November. 2, 1014, bringing an end to weeks of behind-the-scenes political wrangling following an October election that ushered in a group of ardently pro-Western parties. The Cabinet approved by lawmakers will be headed Arseniy Yatsenyuk, 40, who has served as prime [...]

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US-China climate deal aims to prod others to act

  BEIJING (AP) — A groundbreaking agreement struck Wednesday by the United States and China puts the world’s two worst polluters on a faster track to curbing the heat-trapping gases blamed for global warming. With the clock ticking on a worldwide climate treaty, the two countries sought to move beyond their troubled history as environmental [...]

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AP Exclusive: Drone sightings up dramatically

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is getting near-daily reports — and sometimes two or three a day — of drones flying near airplanes and helicopters or close to airports without permission, federal and industry officials tell The Associated Press. It’s a sharp increase from just two years ago when such reports were still unusual. [...]

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AP Interview: Dissident forced to leave Vietnam

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — One of Vietnam’s most prominent dissidents said he was asked to sign a form seeking a pardon for spreading “propaganda against the state” before his release from prison last week, then forced onto a U.S.-bound flight with just the clothes on his body. Nguyen Van Hai, who blogged under the [...]

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Ukraine adopts law to purge government officials

  KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s president approved legislation Thursday to purge government bodies of officials linked to the rule of the country’s previous leader, Viktor Yanukovych. The law is aimed at restoring public trust in authorities and building “a new system of government in line with European standards,” President Petro Poroshenko’s office said in [...]

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UN says hundreds killed during Ukraine cease-fire

  KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — At least 331 deaths have been reported in eastern Ukraine since last month’s cease-fire deal between Russian-backed separatists and government troops, the United Nations said Wednesday. Hostilities are persisting in the main rebel-held city of Donetsk, as well as around the towns of Debaltseve and Schastye. Donetsk airport, the focus [...]

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Hong Kong protests fade; students vow to carry on

  HONG KONG (AP) — The students whose calls for democratic reforms sparked the most dramatic challenge to authorities since Hong Kong returned to Chinese control are vowing to keep up the fight. But as the numbers of protesters dwindle from tens of thousands into the hundreds, it is unclear what the past tumultuous week [...]

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101st Airborne soldiers heading to Liberia

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The commander of the Army’s 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, says a handful of his soldiers are already in Liberia, and more head there next week to build treatment centers and begin training medical personnel. Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky says his soldiers went through a two days of [...]

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Polls: Bulgaria’s center-right party leading vote

  SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Former Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said Sunday he was prepared to take “all risks” to form a government after exit polls indicated his party had finished far ahead of its rivals but well short of a majority in parliamentary elections. Borisov’s main rival, the Socialists, conceded as their spokesman, Atanas [...]

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Fighting rages around airport in eastern Ukraine

  DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian rebels pressed Friday to seize a key airport in eastern Ukraine despite fierce resistance by government forces. An AP reporter on Friday saw three rebel tanks firing their cannons at the main terminal of Donetsk airport, where government forces have holed up. Sniper shots rang around the area. Rebels [...]

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Latvia holds election with Ukraine on its mind

    RIGA, Latvia (AP) — The Ukraine crisis looms large over Latvia’s parliamentary election on Saturday as the Baltic country worries over how best to deal with resurgent neighbor Russia. Here’s a look at some of the key issues for the nation of 2 million: EMBRACE MOSCOW OR STEER CLEAR? Alarmed by Moscow’s intervention [...]

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