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Ukraine seeks to join NATO; defiant Putin compares Kiev to Nazis

LAKE SELIGER Russia/KIEV - Ukraine called on Friday for full membership in NATO, its strongest plea yet for Western military help, after accusing Russia of sending in armored columns that have driven back its forces on behalf of pro-Moscow rebels. | Video

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Exclusive: Bitcoin promoter to plead guilty to unlicensed money transmission

NEW YORK - Bitcoin entrepreneur Charlie Shrem has reached a plea deal to resolve U.S. charges that he engaged in a scheme to sell over $1 million of the digital currency to users of illicit online marketplace Silk Road, his lawyer said Friday.

29 Aug 2014

Silva widens lead ahead of Brazil presidential election

BRASILIA - Environmentalist Marina Silva has widened her lead over President Dilma Rousseff to 10 percentage points in what could be a likely runoff in Brazil's October election, a survey by polling firm Datafolha showed on Friday.

World, Brazil 29 Aug 2014

U.S. judge halts major part of Texas law restricting abortions

AUSTIN Texas - A U.S. judge struck down parts of a law restricting abortions in Texas, saying in a decision on Friday that a provision requiring clinics to have certain hospital-like settings for surgeries was unconstitutional.

29 Aug 2014

Ebola outbreak reaches Senegal, riots break out in Guinea

DAKAR/CONAKRY - The West African state of Senegal became the fifth country to be hit by the world's worst Ebola outbreak on Friday, while riots broke out in neighboring Guinea's remote southeast where infection rates are rising fast. | Video

World, Africa, Health 29 Aug 2014
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Saudi king warns of terrorism threat to U.S., Europe

DOHA - Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah said terrorism would soon spread to Europe and the United States unless it is quickly dealt with in the Middle East, the Saudi state news agency reported late on Friday.