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Ukraine, rebels hold fresh peace talks as fighting rages in east

MINSK/KIEV - A new round of peace talks got under way involving Ukraine and separatists on Saturday, even as fighting between Kiev government forces and the Russian-backed rebels raged in Ukraine's east, claiming civilian and military lives.

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Panama kicks out ex-Colombian spy chief to face charges at home

PANAMA CITY - Panama on Saturday expelled a former Colombian intelligence chief, Maria del Pilar Hurtado, to face charges at home of illegally intercepting phone calls from opposition Colombian lawmakers.

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Italy elects senior judge Sergio Mattarella as president

ROME - Italian lawmakers elected Sergio Mattarella, a constitutional court judge and veteran center-left politician, as president on Saturday, handing a welcome political victory to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

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Macedonian opposition leader charged with plot to seize power

SKOPJE - Macedonia's chief opposition leader was charged by police on Saturday with conspiring with a foreign intelligence service to topple the government.

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U.S. reports 27 more strikes against Islamic State

WASHINGTON - The United States and its allies carried out 27 air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria since early Friday, the Combined Joint Task Force leading the operation reported on Saturday.

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Egyptian court bans Hamas' armed wing, lists as terrorist organization

CAIRO - An Egyptian court on Saturday banned the armed wing of Palestinian group Hamas and listed it as a terrorist organization, a ruling in keeping with a systematic crackdown on Islamists by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

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Ode to the range: Cowboys take to prose to celebrate U.S. West

ELKO, Nev. - When long-time bronc rider Paul Zarzyski needed to rest his aching bones after an adrenaline-charged stint on torquing horseflesh, he often turned to the last thing most people would associate with cowboy life: writing poetry.

Plastics factory fire kills 13 people in Bangladesh capital

DHAKA - At least 13 people including two women were killed when a fire swept through a plastics factory in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka on Saturday, police said.