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Ukraine forces kill up to five rebels, Putin warns of consequences

SLAVIANSK, Ukraine/ST PETERSBURG, Russia - Ukrainian forces killed up to five pro-Moscow separatists in the east of the country, the Interior Ministry said on Thursday, as Russian President Vladimir Putin warned of "consequences" if Kiev used the army against its own people. | Video

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Boy and girl on Korean ferry drowned with life jackets tied together

SEOUL - A boy and girl trapped in a sinking South Korean ferry with hundreds of other high school students tied their life jacket cords together, a diver who recovered their bodies said, presumably so they wouldn't float apart. | Video

South Korea, World 7:12am EDT

Three Americans killed in Kabul hospital attack

KABUL - Three Americans were killed on Thursday when a security guard opened fire at a Kabul hospital funded by a U.S. Christian charity, in the latest of a spate of attacks on foreign civilians in Afghanistan. | Video

Afghanistan, World 7:29am EDT

Historic canonization of two popes brings joy and controversy

VATICAN CITY - Two giants of Roman Catholicism in the 20th century will become saints on Sunday at an unprecedented twin canonization that has aroused both joy and controversy in the 1.2 billion member Church.

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Australia rules out link between debris and Malaysian plane

PERTH/MELBOURNE - Authorities ruled out any link between debris picked up on an Australian beach and a missing Malaysian jetliner on Thursday as a tropical cyclone again threatened to hamper a 26-nation air, surface and underwater search of the Indian Ocean.

U.S. official says Hamas-PLO government would prompt aid reassessment

WASHINGTON - The United States would have to reconsider its assistance to the Palestinians if Islamist group Hamas and the Palestinian Liberation Organization form a government together, a senior U.S. administration official said on Thursday.

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Justice Department's criminal division names new No. 2

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Justice has named Marshall Miller as the new No. 2 official in its criminal division, after a spate of departures thinned its top ranks, according to an internal memo obtained on Wednesday.

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Kashmiris shun polls as Modi challenges for power in India

ANANTNAG, India - Mohammad Amin Pandith, a smallholder and father-of-three from Indian-controlled Kashmir, was lured from his home at night by a man in army uniform, dragged along a potholed lane and shot in the back of the head.