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Ukraine president says cease-fire deal agreed
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- The office of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says he and Russian President Vladimir Putin have reached agreement on a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine....
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At NATO, goal is to curb Russia but not provoke it
NEWPORT, Wales (AP) -- The heady "we won the Cold War" days are over. When President Obama and other NATO leaders assemble here Thursday for a key summit meeting, their No. 1 goal will be an old and familiar one: protecting vulnerable alliance members from Russia, without goading the Kremlin into military action....
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Obama aims to show solidarity with Baltics
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) -- President Barack Obama will stand shoulder to shoulder with Baltic leaders Wednesday in a show of solidarity with NATO allies who fear they could be the next target of Russia's aggression....
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UK team unlocking secrets of North Korea volcano
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- More than a thousand years ago, a huge volcano straddling the border between North Korea and China was the site of one of the biggest eruptions in human history, blanketing eastern Asia in its ash. But unlike other major volcanos around the world, the remote and politically sensitive Mount Paektu remains almost a complete mystery to foreign scientists who have - until recently - been unable to conduct on-site studies....
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Second Syria beheading raises stakes for US
BEIRUT (AP) -- Islamic State extremists have released a video purportedly showing the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warned President Barack Obama that continuing airstrikes against the group in Iraq will be met with the killing of more Western captives....
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5 women named to Japan's Cabinet, tying past high
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's prime minister picked five women for his Cabinet Wednesday, matching the past record and sending the strongest message yet about his determination to revive the economy by getting women on board as workers and leaders....
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Russian photojournalist killed in eastern Ukraine
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's state-owned RIA Novosti news agency says one of its photojournalists has died in eastern Ukraine....
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News Guide: Thailand's surrogacy scandals and laws
BANGKOK (AP) -- A string of recent scandals has lifted a lid on Thailand's largely unregulated commercial surrogacy industry, which has been around for over a decade. Here's a look at the controversies, some of the ethical dilemmas they have raised and the Thai military government's new draft law that is expected to outlaw the business of surrogacy....
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China's top leaders remember victory over Japan
BEIJING (AP) -- President Xi Jinping tended to huge bouquets and gunners fired salutes Wednesday as China commemorated Japan's World War II surrender in a campaign to remind the world of Tokyo's historical aggression amid tense ties between the countries....
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Lebanon army confirms identity of beheaded soldier
BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanon's military says it has identified the remains of a soldier beheaded by Islamic militants....
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