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As Ukraine forces gain in east, focus of German diplomacy shifts

BERLIN/KIEV - After months of ratcheting up pressure on Vladimir Putin, concern is mounting in Berlin and other European capitals that an emboldened Ukraine's military successes in the east are reducing the chances of a face-saving way out of the crisis for the Russian leader.

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Pakistani protest leader says talks with government suspended

ISLAMABAD - An opposition politician leading protesters trying to bring down Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said talks with the government were suspended on Thursday, as the continuing impasse raised fears for the nuclear-armed country's stability.

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Scottish nationalists seek to broaden independence debate beyond currency

EDINBURGH - With less than a month to go until Scotland votes on independence, nationalists are seeking to broaden the debate away from a difficult focus on what currency would be used after breaking from the United Kingdom.

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British Muslim calls for action on jihadi subculture after beheading video

LONDON/BAGHDAD - A senior British Muslim called on Thursday for action to tackle a jihadi sub-culture after an Islamic State video showed a suspected Briton beheading U.S. journalist James Foley held hostage in Syria. | Video

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One dead, one injured in New York boat explosion

- One person was killed and another was injured in a boat explosion at a New York marina fuel station, police said on Thursday.

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Exclusive: Militants, weapons transit Gaza tunnels despite Egyptian crackdown

AL-SARSOURIYA Egypt - A third of the houses on the main street of this Bedouin town near Egypt's border with Gaza look derelict, but inside they buzz with the activity of tunnel smugglers scrambling to survive a security crackdown by the Egyptian army.