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Russian troops giving 'backbone' to Ukraine rebels: NATO commander

KIEV - Russian forces are still operating in eastern Ukraine, providing the backbone of separatist rebels fighting the Kiev government, NATO's top military commander said on Wednesday after talks with Ukrainian leaders. | Video

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Venezuela to charge opposition leader over alleged plot to kill Maduro

CARACAS - Venezuelan opposition leader Maria Corina Machado will be charged next week with involvement in an alleged plot to kill President Nicolas Maduro, the state prosecutor's office said on Wednesday.

Venezuela, Africa 6:44pm EST

Exclusive: Poor and besieged, Myanmar's Rakhine join Rohingya exodus

MAUNGDAW, Myanmar - For years, tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslim boat people have fled this remote corner of western Myanmar for nearby countries. But another huge exodus has grabbed far fewer headlines.

Myanmar 4:42pm EST

Taiwan vote tests waters for pro-China government ahead of presidential polls

TAIPEI - Taiwan goes to the polls on Saturday to choose city mayors and local councillors in a vote that will show how much support the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) has lost with its pro-China stance less than two years before a presidential election.

China 8:02pm EST

Puerto Rico threatened with transit shutdown in political spat

- Puerto Rico's public transit system will shut down on Monday if lawmakers do not increase a tax on oil, the U.S. commonwealth's Government Development Bank said, accusing politicians of taking an "irresponsible" gamble on the island's economy.

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British lawmakers urge EU to stop Sri Lanka trade perks if UN probe not given access

LONDON - Leading British lawmakers urged the European Union on Thursday to remove preferential trade tariffs from Sri Lanka if it fails to address human rights concerns.

United Nations 7:06pm EST

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