Crisis deepens as Ukraine says Russian troops back rebel advance

KIEV - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday that Russian forces had entered his country and the military conflict was worsening after Russian-backed separatists swept into a key town in the east.

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Polish PM Tusk favorite for top EU job: sources

BRUSSELS/PARIS - Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has emerged as clear favorite for the key post of president of the European Council when EU leaders meet for a special summit on Saturday, several sources familiar with the selection process said.

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Turkey's Erdogan sworn in as president, consolidates power

ANKARA - Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in as Turkey's president on Thursday, cementing his position as its most powerful leader of recent times in a step opponents fear heralds more authoritarian rule and widening religious influence in public life.

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Israelis search Jerusalem forest for missing American student

JERUSALEM - Israeli police and volunteers searched a forest on the southern edge of Jerusalem on Thursday for a 23-year-old American student who went missing last week while out for a hike.

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Egypt queries Mursi over documents 'leaked' to Al Jazeera: security sources

CAIRO - Egypt is investigating jailed ex-president Mohamed Mursi in connection with documents that judicial investigators say were leaked to the Qatar-based Al Jazeera satellite news channel, security sources said on Thursday.


For many Californians, cost of earthquake insurance outweighs the risks

NAPA Calif - During Sunday's 6.0 magnitude earthquake, some $75,000 worth of bottles of wine, rum and whiskey flew off the shelves of Aiyaz Masani's liquor store in Napa, California. He estimates about half his inventory was damaged, winding up in three-foot piles in the aisles.


Pakistan's Khan looks isolated as crisis reaches crossroads

ISLAMABAD - Pakistani opposition politician Imran Khan appeared isolated in his struggle to bring down the prime minister on Thursday after a fellow protest leader announced he was ready to allow thousands of anti-government demonstrators to go home.