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Ukraine peace talks aborted as civilians die in east

DONETSK, Ukraine/MINSK - Civilians were killed on both sides in heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine on Friday, while an attempt to reopen peace talks in neighboring Belarus was aborted before it began.

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Argentina's Fernandez dents credibility by playing victim

BUENOS AIRES - President Cristina Fernandez hunkered down in her presidential residence for a week before speaking about the mysterious death of a state prosecutor who claimed she sought to whitewash Iran's alleged involvement in a 1994 bomb attack on Argentine soil.

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Syria battle between al Qaeda and Western-backed group spreads

BEIRUT - Fighting between the Syrian arm of al Qaeda and Western-backed rebels in northern Syria spread from Aleppo province into neighboring Idlib on Friday, the rebel group and an organization monitoring the civil war said.

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Japan, Jordan seek news on fate of Islamic State captives

AMMAN/TOKYO - Japan and Jordan scrambled on Friday to find out what had happened to two of their nationals being held by Islamic State, after a deadline passed for the release of a would-be suicide bomber being held on death row in Amman. | Video

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Hezbollah: we don't want war with Israel but do not fear it

BEIRUT - The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah said on Friday his group did not want war with Israel but was ready for one, and reserved the right to respond to Israeli attacks any time, anywhere.

World, Israel, Lebanon 3:24pm EST

Chevron's profit beats as chemical sales offset cheap oil

WILLISTON, N.D. - Chevron Corp , the second-largest U.S. oil producer, reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit on Friday as sales of chemicals, lubricants and other refined products helped offset plunging crude prices .

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U.S. proposes effort to analyze DNA from 1 million people

WASHINGTON - The United States has proposed analyzing genetic information from more than 1 million American volunteers as part of a new initiative to understand human disease and develop medicines targeted to an individual's genetic make-up.

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

ATHENS - Greece's new leftist government opened talks on its bailout with European partners on Friday by flatly refusing to extend the program or to cooperate with the international inspectors overseeing it. | Video