U.S., euro zone activity up; China decline slows


NEW YORK/LONDON - The U.S. manufacturing sector expanded in April and the euro zone private sector started the second quarter on its strongest footing since 2011, while the pace of decline in Chinese factory activity slowed, surveys showed on Wednesday.

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Ukraine's leaders say have U.S. backing to take on 'aggressors'


KIEV - Ukraine's government relaunched a security operation to crack down on pro-Russian armed groups after an Easter pause on Wednesday and said it had the backing of the United States. | Video

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Ukraine 'chocolate king' could win May 25 vote in first round: poll

KIEV - Ukrainian confectionery tycoon Petro Poroshenko has a chance of winning the May 25 presidential election in the first round, an opinion poll indicated on Wednesday.

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Russia says Kiev, U.S. distorting Ukraine Geneva accord

MOSCOW - Russia on Wednesday accused Kiev and the United States of distorting an agreement reached in Geneva last week to defuse the Ukraine crisis and of ignoring what it said were provocative actions by Ukrainian nationalists.

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U.S. factory activity expands in April, pace stalls


NEW YORK - The U.S. manufacturing sector expanded in April though the rate of growth was slightly lower than expected as inventories fell, but factory output growth hit its fastest pace in three years, an industry report showed on Wednesday.

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Russia says conducting military drill near Ukraine

MOSCOW - Russia on Wednesday conducted military exercises in its south-eastern Rostov region, which borders Ukraine, a spokesman for Russia's southern military district said.

Boeing posts higher adjusted profit, raises 2014 forecast


- Rising jet production helped Boeing Co post a 14 percent rise in adjusted net profit in the first quarter, beating estimates, and the company notched up its full-year forecast.

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'Murdered' Ukraine politician faced hostile mob, video shows


SLAVIANSK, Ukraine - The Ukrainian town councilor whose apparent torture and murder helped to prompt a threatened new government offensive in the east was mobbed by a hostile, pro-Russian crowd before he disappeared, a video of the incident shows.

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Obama reassures Japan, other allies on China as Asia trip begins


TOKYO - U.S. President Barack Obama has said Washington welcomes China's rise but that engagement with Beijing would not come at the expense of its Asian allies - as Chinese state media greeted his arrival in the region with a broadside accusing the United States of wanting to "cage" the emerging superpower. | Video

Russia says receives Brussels proposal on gas talks

MOSCOW - Russia has received a proposal from European Union Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger for a three-way meeting on gas between Russia, Ukraine and the European Commission, a spokeswoman at the Russian Energy Ministry said on Wednesday.

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Key retirements mean a changing of the guard next year in U.S. Congress

Regardless what voters decide in the November elections, there will be a major changing of the guard next year in the U.S. Congress as result of a number of key retirements.