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Russian-backed separatists enter southeast Ukraine town

KIEV - Separatists backed by Russian soldiers have entered the town of Novoazovsk in southeastern Ukraine, a pro-government militia fighter said on Thursday.

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U.S. National Security Council aware of reports that second American killed in Syria

WASHINGTON - The U.S. National Security Council on Wednesday said it was aware of media reports that a second American associated with Islamic State militant fighters had been killed in Syria, but it could not confirm the death.

Syria, U.S. 12:34am EDT

Exclusive: Microsoft CEO Nadella to visit China amid antitrust probe - source

BEIJING - Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella is set to visit China in late September, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday, as the Chinese government conducts an antitrust investigation into the world's largest software company.

Tech, Media, China 4:34am EDT

China says 'no change' in policy on improving ties with Japan

SHANGHAI/BEIJING - China on Thursday rejected remarks by former Japanese prime minister Yasuo Fukuda that Beijing had expressed willingness to improve ties between Asia's two biggest economies, and said there was "no change" in its policy on Tokyo.

World, Japan 5:13am EDT

FBI, Secret Service investigate reports of cyber attacks on U.S. banks

- The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation said it is investigating media reports that several U.S. financial firms have been victims of recent cyber attacks.

Tech, Cyber Crime 27 Aug 2014
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Santa Fe city council votes to decriminalizes marijuana

ALBUQUERQUE N.M. - Santa Fe on Wednesday became the latest U.S. city to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana, with lawmakers in the New Mexico capital voting to change local statutes rather than put the issue to a public ballot in November.

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Russia sees chance to lift Iran sanctions through international talks

MOSCOW - Russia said on Thursday the possibility of lifting sanctions on Iran had emerged thanks to international talks on Tehran's nuclear program and urged all countries involved to show political will to reach a deal.