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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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China tells U.S. to reduce or halt 'close surveillance' patrols

BEIJING - China on Thursday urged the United States to cut back on, or even stop, its close surveillance of the Asian giant using patrol aircraft, if it seriously seeks to repair damaged bilateral ties.

World, China 6:57am EDT

PM Tusk in Pole position 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.

World, Turkey 9:44am EDT

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.

Israel, U.S. 8:54am EDT
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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.

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France's Hollande says Assad no ally in fight against Islamic State

PARIS - French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday opposition forces fighting Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq should get more Western support but ruled out seeing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as an ally.