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Deadly clashes rage in east Ukraine after peace talks fail

KIEV/DONETSK, Ukraine - Fighting raged in eastern Ukraine on Sunday as pro-Russian separatists used artillery fire to try to dislodge government forces from a strategic rail hub after peace talks collapsed. | Video

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Major snowstorm hits Chicago, heads toward New England

KANSAS CITY - A major winter storm swept through parts of the Midwest on Sunday, dumping more than a foot (30 cm) of snow in Chicago area before tracking toward New England, a region still reeling from a powerful blizzard that struck only days ago.

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Egypt frees Al Jazeera journalist Greste, two others still held

CAIRO - Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste was released from a Cairo jail on Sunday and left Egypt after 400 days in prison on charges that included aiding a terrorist group, security officials said. | Video

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Bombs at luxury mall rattle tense Bangkok

BANGKOK - Two pipe bombs exploded outside a luxury shopping mall in Bangkok on Sunday in an attack which Thai police said was aimed at raising tension in a city living under martial law.

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Exclusive: Some charities to refuse money from U.S. financier accused in sex case

NEW YORK - Some charities that have received money from U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein said they are reviewing their relationships with him or will decline to accept any future gifts from him in the wake of recent allegations he forced an underage girl to have sex with Britain's Prince Andrew and other powerful men.

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Pro-democracy protesters back in Hong Kong, no violence

HONG KONG - Thousands of pro-democracy protesters returned to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday in the first large-scale rally since demonstrations rocked the global financial hub late last year. | Video

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Workers strike for new pact at nine U.S. oil, chemical plants

HOUSTON - Union workers took to picket lines on Sunday after strikes were called at nine U.S. refineries and chemical plants in a bid to pressure oil companies to agree to a new national contract covering workers at 63 plants.