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Fighting rages in eastern Ukraine, 15 soldiers killed

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Fighting rages in eastern Ukraine, 15 soldiers killed
Fighting raged in eastern Ukraine on Saturday as pro-Russian separatists sought to tighten the circle around government forces clinging on to a rail center, with 15 Ukrainian soldiers killed in the past 24 hours. Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said separatists were keeping up intense pressure on Debaltseve, a major rail and road junction north-east of the big city of Donetsk, as well as on the neighboring town of Vuhlehirsk. "The toughest situation is in the Vuhlehirsk area where the terrorists ... more

Fighting rages in eastern Ukraine, 15 soldiers killed

published about 1 hour ago
KIEV (Reuters) - Fighting raged in eastern Ukraine on Saturday as pro-Russian separatists sought to tighten the circle around government forces clinging on to a rail center, with 15 Ukrainian soldiers killed in the past 24 hours.

France and Morocco to resume judicial cooperation: French government

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PARIS (Reuters) - France and Morocco will resume their judicial and legal cooperation, the French justice ministry said in a statement on Saturday. Morocco had suspended cooperation agreements in protest at an attempt by French authorities to question the head of Morocco's domestic intelligence service over torture allegations while he was visiting Paris a year ago. (Reporting by Geert De Clercq; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)

Most Chicagoans want to eliminate or cut back Emanuel red light program

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Most Chicagoans want to eliminate or cut back Emanuel red light program
Nearly three in four Chicago voters believe Mayor Rahm Emanuel should eliminate or reduce the city's troubled and scandal-plagued red light camera ticketing program, a new Chicago Tribune poll has found.

Boko Haram Killing Spree, Ballot Chaos Threaten Election

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Boko Haram Killing Spree, Ballot Chaos Threaten Election
Boko Haram violence coupled with administrative chaos threatens to leave millions of Nigerians unable to vote in the country's general election.


Serena Williams wins 19th Grand Slam title

Wins Australian Open for the sixth time

Italy elects senior judge Sergio Mattarella as president

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ROME (Reuters) - Italian lawmakers elected Sergio Mattarella, a constitutional court judge and veteran center-left politician, as president on Saturday, handing a welcome political victory ... more

New York crackdown on hookah bars generates some blowback

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New York crackdown on hookah bars generates some blowback
Finding refuge from the bitter cold that settled over New York City one recent evening, Uriel Israelov, 21, enjoyed a smoke with friends in a ... more

ECB Deputy Denies Germany Delayed QE

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The European Central Bank’s decision to launch a program of large-scale government bond purchases wasn’t delayed by opposition from Germany, ECB Vice President Vitor Constancio ... more

Fighting rages in eastern Ukraine, 15 soldiers killed

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KIEV (Reuters) - Fighting raged in eastern Ukraine on Saturday as pro-Russian separatists sought to tighten the circle around government forces clinging on to a ... more
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Ice climber scales frozen Niagara Falls - video

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Professional ice climber Will Gadd becomes first person ever to scale an ice wall at the Niagara Falls. Gadd says he had to do it ... more

Where next for Simon Rattle?

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In 2018, he steps down as conductor of the world’s greatest orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic. What then? Ahead of Rattle’s London residency, his biographer Nicholas ... more

Get set go: stunning stage designs from around the world – in pictures

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Take a look at another collection of the groundbreaking sets created by contemporary designers featured in World Scenography 1990-2005 by Eric Fielding and Peter McKinnon. ... more

Reduced benefit cap would 'force large families out of the south-east'

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Tory plans to reduce benefit cap to £23,000 a year would leave large families on benefits unable to afford rent and facing relocation elsewhere in ... more

Angela Merkel must accept that her austerity policy is now in tatters

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Syriza’s victory in Greece has produced an unambiguous defeat for the German chancellor and her strategy for sustaining the euroNot long ago, German politicians and ... more
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German Ex-President von Weizsäcker Dies

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Former German President Richard von Weizsäcker, who was in office during the unification of East and West Germany in 1990, has died at the age ... more

Greek Banks May Lose ECB Credit

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The European Central Bank will stop lending to Greek banks if there is no agreement that will keep the country’s bailout program in force, an ... more

ECB Deputy Denies Germany Delayed QE

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The European Central Bank’s decision to launch a program of large-scale government bond purchases wasn’t delayed by opposition from Germany, ECB Vice President Vitor Constancio ... more

Stig Bergling, a Cold War Spy Known for His Escape, Dies at 77

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Stig Bergling, a Cold War Spy Known for His Escape, Dies at 77
Mr. Bergling, sentenced to life in prison in 1979 for selling military secrets to the Soviet Union, fled from custody during a conjugal visit with ... more

Yves Chauvin, Chemist Sharing Nobel Prize, Dies at 84

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Yves Chauvin, Chemist Sharing Nobel Prize, Dies at 84
Mr. Chauvin helped unlock the secret of “green chemistry” to produce less hazardous waste in manufacturing.

Super Bowl Weekend May Bring Mountain Climbing to New Heights

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Super Bowl Weekend May Bring  Mountain Climbing to New Heights
As visitors converge on Phoenix for the Super Bowl and the Phoenix Open golf tournament, locals expect extra foot traffic on Camelback Mountain, a popular ... more

As Uighurs Flee, China Sees Jihad Risk

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As Uighurs Flee, China Sees Jihad Risk
Hundreds, possibly thousands, of Uighurs have fled China for havens like Turkey via an Asian “underground railway.” Beijing worries some will become militants.

IPO Sizzles as Shake Shack Tests Big Chains

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IPO Sizzles as Shake Shack Tests Big Chains
Shares of fast-casual chain Shake Shack, rocketed up 119% on their first day of trading from their initial public offering price of $21 each, ending ... more

Loyalist Forsakes Gandhis’ Fraying Party

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Loyalist Forsakes Gandhis’ Fraying Party
Jayanthi Natarajan, breaking from the Indian National Congress, accused Sonia Gandhi and her son of making her a scapegoat for their government’s failings.

Meet One of New York City's First Deaf Uber Drivers

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Meet One of New York City's First Deaf Uber Drivers
Pin Lu is one of the city’s first deaf Uber drivers. Many initially convey surprise when they discover he can’t hear, but he said being ... more

With Oil Revenue Dropping, Mexico Announces Budget Cuts

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The government said it would cut $8.3 billion, sharply reducing the budget of the state oil company and effectively canceling a bullet train project at ... more

Haitians Are Swept Up as Bahamas Tightens Immigration Rules

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Haitians Are Swept Up as Bahamas Tightens Immigration Rules
Even children born there will need student permits and passports with residency stamps — a policy human rights groups say unfairly targets Haitians.

The Bahamas Tightens Immigration

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The Bahamas Tightens Immigration
Raids on places where Haitians live have swept up hundreds of people since a new policy took effect, requiring everyone to hold a passport.

Canada Seeks to Strengthen Spy Agency After Attacks

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Canada Seeks to Strengthen Spy Agency After Attacks
Prime Minister Stephen Harper introduced legislation that would greatly expand the role of the spy service, allowing courts to remove online postings and increasing police ... more

World Briefing: Venezuela: Military Says It Downed Plane Near Aruba

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Venezuela’s defense minister said Friday that Venezuelan military aircraft had shot down a small plane that crashed a day earlier in the waters near the ... more

Survivors of 1998 U.S. Embassy Bombings Can Testify in Trial, Judge Rules

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Lawyers representing Khaled al-Fawwaz had argued that testimony from victims of the bombings would add nothing more than “dramatics” and “emotions” to the proceedings.

World Briefing: Zimbabwe’s President Is Appointed Chairman of African Union

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President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, one of Africa’s most divisive figures, was appointed to the rotating chairmanship of the African Union by the organization’s leaders ... more

News Analysis: A Strained Alliance: Obama-Netanyahu Rift Grew Over Years

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News Analysis: A Strained Alliance: Obama-Netanyahu Rift Grew Over Years
The diplomatic break touched off by Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to negotiate an address to Congress without first telling President Obama reflects their fundamentally different world ... more

World Briefing: Belgium: 4 Suspects Detained in Antiterrorism Sweep

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Belgian authorities have detained four suspects during an antiterrorism sweep linked to the recruitment of potential jihadis to go fight in Syria, officials said Friday.

ISIS Launches Surprise Attack on Kirkuk, Killing Top Kurdish Commander

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ISIS Launches Surprise Attack on Kirkuk, Killing Top Kurdish Commander
The assault was repelled but it underscored the ability and audacity of the Islamic State, the extremist group that straddles parts of Iraq and Syria.

Italy elects senior judge Sergio Mattarella as president

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ROME (Reuters) - Italian lawmakers elected Sergio Mattarella, a constitutional court judge and veteran center-left politician, as president on Saturday, handing a welcome political victory ... more

Fighting rages in eastern Ukraine, 15 soldiers killed

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KIEV (Reuters) - Fighting raged in eastern Ukraine on Saturday as pro-Russian separatists sought to tighten the circle around government forces clinging on to a ... more

Former German president Richard von Weizsaecker dies aged 94

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Former German president Richard von Weizsaecker dies aged 94
Berlin (AFP) - Former German president Richard von Weizsacker, hailed for his moral leadership in post-war Germany, has died, the president's office said Saturday. He ... more

Greece says will not cooperate with 'troika' or seek aid extension

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ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's new leftist government opened talks on its bailout with European partners on Friday by flatly refusing to extend the program or ... more

Two die as Muslim protesters clash with police in Afghan capital: witnesses

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Kabul (Reuters) - Two people were killed when violence broke out at an anti-Charlie Hebdo protest in the Afghan capital on Saturday, according to witnesses, ... more