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NATO ups military presence amid Russian threat
BRUSSELS (AP) -- NATO is strengthening its military footprint along its eastern border immediately in response to Russia's aggression in Ukraine, the alliance's chief said Wednesday....
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Ferry sinks off South Korea; 6 dead, 290 missing
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) -- Koo Bon-hee could see the exit. For half an hour, as the doomed ferry filled with water and listed severely on its side, the crew told passengers to wait for rescuers....
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Apology for UN refusal to stop Rwanda genocide
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The diplomat who was president of the U.N. Security Council in April 1994 apologized Wednesday for the council's refusal to recognize that genocide was taking place in Rwanda and for doing nothing to halt the slaughter of more than one million people....
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Pro-Russian insurgents seize armored vehicles
SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Pro-Russian insurgents commandeered six Ukrainian armored vehicles along with their crews and hoisted Russian flags over them Wednesday, dampening the central government's hopes of re-establishing control over restive eastern Ukraine....
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US readies sanctions on Russia, aid for Ukraine
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is preparing to ratchet up sanctions on Russia and boost assistance for the Ukrainian military in the coming days, U.S. officials said Wednesday, as Ukraine struggles to contain a pro-Russian uprising in its eastern cities....
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US: Russia facing diplomacy or new sanctions
GENEVA (AP) -- A senior U.S. official says high-stakes diplomatic meetings in Geneva on Thursday to try to ease burgeoning violence in eastern Ukraine will mark Kiev's final attempt to engage with Russia before the West hits Moscow with additional economic sanctions....
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Bosnians see victims excavated from mass grave
SEJKOVACA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) -- Denisa Hegic pulled her scarf around her nose to guard against the stench and drew back the plastic shroud. Shaking, she reached down to touch her mother's skull and caressed it....
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Geneva talks on Ukraine face steep hurdles
MOSCOW (AP) -- Thursday's high-level talks in Geneva on Ukraine come as the country's eastern regions are awash in turmoil and pro-Russian insurgents have seized police stations and government buildings in at least nine cities....
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Pistorius defense tries to rebuild case
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) -- Oscar Pistorius' lawyers tried to roll back the prosecution's momentum at his murder trial Wednesday following the star athlete's shaky testimony, presenting a forensic expert who quickly found his own credentials and findings sharply questioned....
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Romanian poet, dissident Nina Cassian dies
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Romanian poet and translator Nina Cassian, who obtained political asylum in the United States after the Communist-era secret police found her critical poems scribbled in a friend's diary, has died in New York City. She was 89....
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