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Separatists fly Russian flag over Ukrainian armored vehicles

KRAMATORSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine - Separatists flew the Russian flag on armored vehicles taken from the Ukrainian army on Wednesday, humiliating a Kiev government operation to recapture eastern towns controlled by pro-Moscow partisans.

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Over 280 missing after South Korean ferry capsizes

JINDO, South Korea - More than 280 people, many of them students from the same high school, were missing after a ferry capsized off South Korea on Wednesday, in what could be the country's biggest maritime disaster in over 20 years. | Video

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Mt. Gox set to liquidate as court denies rehabilitation

- Mt. Gox, once the world's biggest bitcoin exchange, is likely to be liquidated after a Tokyo court dismissed the company's bid to resuscitate its business, the court-appointed administrator said on Wednesday.

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Iran expects next payment under nuclear deal, signaling compliance

VIENNA/DUBAI - Iran expects to get a fifth installment this week of previously blocked overseas funds, a senior official was quoted as saying, a payment that would confirm Tehran's compliance with an interim deal with world powers to curb its nuclear program.

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Brazil's Rousseff looks weak, but so do her election rivals

SAO PAULO - With Brazil's economy struggling, a scandal at its state-run oil company and nearly three-quarters of voters saying they want change from their government, President Dilma Rousseff looks vulnerable in her bid for re-election this October.

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Ocean floor search for missing Malaysia plane cut short again

PERTH, Australia - The search for a Malaysia Airlines jetliner deep in the Indian Ocean was again cut short on Wednesday when technical problems forced a U.S. Navy underwater drone to surface without finding anything, officials said.

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Obama to announce $600 million U.S. job-training initiative

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will announce an initiative on Wednesday to devote $600 million to address a central challenge of today's economy: How to train workers for skills they need for jobs that are open but hard to fill.