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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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New NATO chief: better ties with Russia possible

  BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO’s new secretary-general on Wednesday struck a more conciliatory tone on Russia, saying there is now a chance for improved relations between Moscow and the West. “We see opportunity in the cease-fire that has now been established in the eastern Ukraine,” Jens Stoltenberg said. On the day he took office, Stoltenberg [...]

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New Polish premier wants more US military presence

  WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s new prime minister says she will seek a greater U.S. military presence in Poland because the conflict in neighboring Ukraine has made Poland’s security and the U.S.-Polish relationship even more important. Speaking Wednesday at her inauguration, Ewa Kopacz promised to take a “pragmatic” approach to Ukraine but said she [...]

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Ukraine president sure that peace is on the way

  KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s leader said Thursday that “the most dangerous part of the war” has passed and that the conflict with pro-Russia separatists in the country’s east is on the wane. Artillery fire, however, still rang out in the region’s largest city. In a news conference in Kiev outlining a six-year plan [...]

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British hostage appears in new video

  BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group on Thursday released a video showing a British journalist who says he is a prisoner of the extremists. In a slick, three-minute video shot with three cameras, John Cantlie, a photojournalist, said he worked for publications including The Sunday Times, The Sun and The Sunday Telegraph and [...]

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