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

MINSK/KIEV - Ukrainian and Russian representatives and separatist envoys met in a new round of peace talks on Saturday as fighting between Kiev's forces and the Russian-backed rebels raged on in Ukraine's east, claiming more civilian and military lives. | Video

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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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Iraqi leaders, U.N. call for probe of alleged massacre

BAGHDAD - Iraq's prime minister blamed "outlaw criminals" on Saturday for alleged mass executions, following reports that dozens of civilians were killed by Shi'ite militias in Diyala province.