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Ukraine peace deal falters as rebels show no sign of surrender

KIEV/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine - An agreement reached last week to avert wider conflict in Ukraine was faltering as the new week began, with pro-Moscow separatist gunmen showing no sign of surrendering government buildings they have seized. | Video

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Putin playing the long game over Russian kin in Ukraine

MOSCOW - Russia's decision last week to sign a peace accord on Ukraine does not mean that the Kremlin is backing down, rather that President Vladimir Putin is prepared to be patient in pursuit of his ultimate objective.

World, Russia 3:42am EDT

Boston Marathon to feature second-largest field in race history

BOSTON - Some 36,000 athletes, including Kenyan and Ethiopian runners who are consistently ranked among the world's fastest, will run in the 118th Boston Marathon on Monday, putting the world-renown race back in the spotlight after it was marred by last year's bombing attack. | Video

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Clock ticking for Thai PM as court verdict nears

BANGKOK - A Thai court will decide this week whether to give embattled Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra more time to defend herself against charges of abuse of power, accusations that could bring her down, or whether to move swiftly to a verdict.

World, Thailand 6:54am EDT

At Mt. Gox bitcoin hub, 'geek' CEO sought both control and escape

TOKYO - In June 2011, when customers of now-bankrupt bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox agitated for proof that the Tokyo-based firm was still solvent after a hacking attack, CEO Mark Karpeles turned to the comedy science fiction novel "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy".

Tech, Media 5:04am EDT

Japan PM makes offering to Yasukuni Shrine, angers China, South Korea

TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sent a ritual offering to the Yasukuni Shrine, seen by critics as a symbol of Japan's past militarism, angering both South Korea and China on Monday and putting regional ties under further strain.

World, Japan, South Korea, China 6:20am EDT
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Marijuana fans pack 4/20 events in Colorado, Washington state

- Thousands of marijuana enthusiasts gathered in Colorado and Washington state over the weekend for an annual celebration of cannabis culture with rallies, concerts and trade shows in the first two U.S. states to legalize recreational marijuana.

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Syria announces presidential election on June 3

BEIRUT - Syria will hold a presidential election on June 3, the speaker of parliament said on Monday, setting a date for a vote likely to give President Bashar al-Assad a third term days after he said his forces were winning the country's civil war.