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Breakthrough hopes dented as Ukraine accuses Russia of new incursion

KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine - Ukraine accused Russia of launching a new military incursion across its eastern border on Wednesday, as hopes quickly faded that Tuesday's talks between their two presidents might mark a turning point in a five-month-old crisis. | Video

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Shambolic election campaign leaves Indonesia's president-elect much to prove

JAKARTA - When he was nominated in March as a candidate for Indonesia's presidential election, polls showed Joko "Jokowi" Widodo had a 30-point lead over the man who would become his main challenger, former army general Prabowo Subianto. 

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Islamic State executes soldiers, takes hostages at Syria base: social media

BEIRUT - Islamic State militants have executed Syrian army soldiers and are holding a group hostage after capturing an air base in northeast Syria at the weekend, pictures posted on social media by supporters showed on Wednesday. | Video

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New Brazil poll shows Silva beating Rousseff in runoff

BRASILIA - Environmentalist Marina Silva would handily beat President Dilma Rousseff if Brazil's October election goes to a runoff, a poll showed on Wednesday, an outcome that seemed unimaginable just a few weeks ago and one that would put an end to 12 years of Workers' Party rule.

World, Brazil 5:14pm EDT

Immigration could set stage for big U.S. budget showdown

WASHINGTON - Conservatives in the U.S. Congress who object to President Barack Obama's immigration policies are threatening to tie a must-pass budget bill to the issue, making for a possible showdown in September and raising the specter of a government shutdown.

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Police presence drawing down in Ferguson, Missouri

ST. LOUIS - Authorities on Wednesday disbanded what had been a command center in Ferguson, Missouri, for law enforcement responding to sometimes violent protests over the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer.

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Islamic State commits war crimes, Syrian govt using poison gas: U.N.

GENEVA - The United Nations accused Islamic State insurgents on Wednesday of committing war crimes including amputations and public executions, sometimes in the presence of children, and said it believed Damascus had used chlorine gas in combating its enemies.