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Ukraine peace deal falters as rebels show no sign of surrender

KIEV/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine - An agreement reached last week to avert wider conflict in Ukraine was faltering as the new week began, with pro-Moscow separatist gunmen showing no sign of surrendering government buildings they have seized. | Video

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Syria calls presidential vote, defying Assad's opponents

BEIRUT - Syria set a presidential election for June 3 on Monday, preparing the ground for leader Bashar al-Assad to defy widespread opposition and extend his grip on power days after he said the war was turning in his favor.

World, Syria, United Nations 8:30am EDT

AstraZeneca cancer pipeline seen as draw for Pfizer

LONDON - Pfizer may come back to bid for British drug company AstraZeneca after its reported 60 billion pound ($101 billion) takeover approach was rejected, since a deal could make sense for the U.S. pharmaceuticals giant as it seeks to build up its cancer franchise.

Cyclone threatens to disrupt search for missing Malaysian plane

PERTH, Australia - A tropical cyclone was threatening to hamper the search for a missing Malaysian jetliner in a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean on Monday, as a submarine drone neared the end of its mission scouring the sea bed with still no sign of wreckage. | Video

Japan PM makes offering to Yasukuni Shrine, angers China, South Korea

TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sent a ritual offering to the Yasukuni Shrine, seen by critics as a symbol of Japan's past militarism, angering both South Korea and China on Monday and putting regional ties under further strain. | Video

World, Japan, South Korea, China 9:39am EDT

Air strikes kill dozens in Syria's Aleppo: monitor group

BEIRUT - Dozens of people have been killed in air strikes on the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, a monitoring group said on Monday, including at least 29 people in a single neighborhood.

Syria, World 9:49am EDT

Iran says it is drafting complete account of past nuclear work

DUBAI - Iran said on Monday it was drafting a comprehensive account of its nuclear activities, but did not indicate whether this would be made available to help the final diplomatic push to resolve a decade-old dispute with the West over the program.