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Ukraine peace talks aborted as civilians die in east

DONETSK, Ukraine/MINSK - Civilians were killed on both sides in heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine on Friday, while an attempt to reopen peace talks in neighboring Belarus was aborted before it began.

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Aviation leaders seek new safety mandate after deadly 2014

MONTREAL - Aviation leaders will try to secure a mandate to implement new safety standards when they meet next week after a string of high-profile accidents around the world made 2014 the deadliest year for commercial airlines in almost a decade.

Syria battle between al Qaeda and Western-backed group spreads

BEIRUT - Fighting between the Syrian arm of al Qaeda and Western-backed rebels in northern Syria spread from Aleppo province into neighboring Idlib on Friday, the rebel group and an organization monitoring the civil war said. | Video

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Japan, Jordan seek news on fate of Islamic State captives

AMMAN/TOKYO - Japan and Jordan scrambled on Friday to find out what had happened to two of their nationals being held by Islamic State, after a deadline passed for the release of a would-be suicide bomber being held on death row in Amman. | Video

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Hezbollah: we don't want war with Israel but do not fear it

BEIRUT - The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah said on Friday his group did not want war with Israel but was ready for one, and reserved the right to respond to Israeli attacks any time, anywhere.

World, Israel, Lebanon 3:24pm EST

Chevron's profit beats as chemical sales offset cheap oil

WILLISTON, N.D. - Chevron Corp , the second-largest U.S. oil producer, reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit on Friday as sales of chemicals, lubricants and other refined products helped offset plunging crude prices .

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Defense in Etan Patz murder trial in New York attacks confession

NEW YORK - Mental illness sparked a false confession by the accused killer of Etan Patz and the real suspect in the 1979 disappearance of the boy in New York City is another man - a convicted child molester - a defense attorney told the jury on Friday.

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Mexico tests DNA of babies who survived blast in search for parents

MEXICO CITY - Plunged into chaos just hours after entering this world, nine babies found alive after a gas blast in a Mexican maternity hospital underwent DNA tests on Friday in a bid to reunite them with their parents.