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UN says Syria refugees top 3 million mark
GENEVA (AP) -- The civil war in Syria has forced a record 3 million people out of the country as more than a million people fled in the past year, the U.N. refugee agency said Friday....
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Russia's Putin urges release of Ukrainian soldiers
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Friday called on pro-Russian separatists to release Ukrainian soldiers who have been surrounded by the rebels in eastern Ukraine....
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Democracy battle: Beijing set to dismay Hong Kong
HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong's simmering summer of discontent gets even hotter Sunday when Beijing is expected to recommend restricting the first direct elections for the Chinese-controlled financial hub's leader, stepping up chances of a showdown with democracy groups....
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German economic fears growing but Merkel strong
BERLIN (AP) -- Ordinary Germans are spooked about the future. Businesses are starting to see black clouds on the horizon. And an economy that has been the envy of Europe is showing cracks, shrinking unexpectedly last quarter amid the conflict in Ukraine....
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Icelandic officials say eruption near Bardarbunga
REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) -- Iceland authorities say there's been a small fissure eruption near Bardarbunga volcano, but no volcanic ash has been detected by the radar system....
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Obama cautions against using force to solve crises
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Faced with deepening crises in the Middle East and Ukraine, President Barack Obama is putting the brakes on the notion that American military power can solve either conflict....
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Russian fund with US advisers eludes sanctions
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As President Barack Obama warns of stepped-up economic punishments against Russia for its military incursions inside Ukraine, U.S. sanctions have so far avoided one prominent financial institution: the $10 billion Russian Direct Investment Fund, which has partnered with brand-name American companies and whose advisers include top U.S. and European private equity executives....
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Russia replies to Canada's colorful map tweet
TORONTO (AP) -- It began with Canada tweeting some not-so-friendly travel tips for the Russian military: a map showing Russia and labeling Ukraine as "not Russia."...
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Malaysia Airlines to cut 6,000 staff in overhaul
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysia Airlines will cut 6,000 workers as part of a $1.9 billion overhaul announced Friday to revive its damaged brand after being hit by double passenger jet disasters....
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Jihadists kill dozens of captured Syrian soldiers
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Islamic State group killed more than 160 Syrian government troops seized in recent fighting, posting pictures Thursday of terrified young conscripts stripped down to their underwear before meeting their deaths in the arid Syrian countryside....
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