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Ukraine peace talks aborted as civilians die in east

DONETSK, Ukraine/MINSK - Civilians were killed on both sides in heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine on Friday, while an attempt to reopen peace talks in neighboring Belarus was aborted before it began.

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Mexico tests DNA of babies who survived blast in search for parents

MEXICO CITY - Plunged into chaos just hours after entering this world, nine babies found alive after a gas blast in a Mexican maternity hospital underwent DNA tests on Friday in a bid to reunite them with their parents.

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Syria battle between al Qaeda and Western-backed group spreads

BEIRUT - Fighting between the Syrian arm of al Qaeda and Western-backed rebels in northern Syria spread from Aleppo province into neighboring Idlib on Friday, the rebel group and an organization monitoring the civil war said. | Video

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Turmoil at congress of Germany party swiping votes from Merkel

BREMEN, Germany - The congress of a eurosceptic German party that is stealing votes from Angela Merkel's conservatives got off to a turbulent start on Friday, with delegates in the Alternative for Germany (AfD) squabbling over the agenda and debate rules.

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Canada security bill provides new powers to combat terror

RICHMOND HILL, Ontario - New anti-terror legislation in Canada would make it a crime to call for attacks on the country and give a much larger role to the government's main spy agency.

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Greece says will not cooperate with "troika" or seek aid extension

ATHENS - Greece's new leftist government opened talks on its bailout with European partners on Friday by flatly refusing to extend the program or to cooperate with the international inspectors overseeing it. | Video

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