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Ukraine accuses Russia of launching invasion

KIEV - Ukraine accused Russia on Thursday of mounting an invasion in the southeast of the country in support of pro-Moscow separatist rebels.

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Italy's Renzi aims to lay down marker with justice, school reform

ROME - Prime Minister Matteo Renzi returned from holiday this week with his customary vim, tweeting that he was back at work on a new plan to speed up Italy's sluggish justice system, reform its schools and spur investment.

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Sinai militant group says it beheaded four Egyptians

CAIRO - A Sinai-based militant group said on Thursday it had beheaded four Egyptians, accusing them of providing Israel with intelligence for an airstrike that killed three of its fighters.

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Telecom rivals battle for Vivendi's Brazil broadband unit

PARIS/MILAN - The battle over Brazil's telecoms market intensified on Thursday as European competitors Telecom Italia and Telefonica made rival offers for Vivendi's Brazilian broadband business GVT.

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Pakistan on tenterhooks as protesters gear up for 'decisive day'

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan slipped deeper into crisis on Thursday after talks between the government and the opposition failed and protesters prepared for what their leaders declared would be a "deciding day" in their bid to bring down the prime minister.

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U.S. National Security Council aware of reports that second American killed in Syria

WASHINGTON - The U.S. National Security Council on Wednesday said it was aware of media reports that a second American associated with Islamic State militant fighters had been killed in Syria, but it could not confirm the death.

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Russia sees chance to lift Iran sanctions through international talks

MOSCOW - Russia said on Thursday the possibility of lifting sanctions on Iran had emerged thanks to international talks on Tehran's nuclear program and urged all countries involved to show political will to reach a deal.