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Russian-backed separatists enter southeast Ukraine town

KIEV - Separatists backed by Russian soldiers have entered the town of Novoazovsk in southeastern Ukraine, a pro-government militia fighter said on Thursday.

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Doctor dies of Ebola in Nigeria's oil hub Port Harcourt

LAGOS - A doctor in Nigeria's oil industry hub of Port Harcourt has died from Ebola fever, after he was infected by man linked to the first case in Africa's most populous country, the Health Ministry said on Thursday.

Health, Africa 5:05am EDT

Thai court dismisses murder charges against former PM, deputy

BANGKOK - A Thai criminal court on Thursday threw out charges of murder and abuse of power faced by a former prime minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva, and his then deputy over a deadly crackdown on street protesters in 2010.

Thailand 3:24am EDT

HK anti-graft agency raids home of media tycoon critical of Beijing

HONG KONG - Anti-corruption officers in Hong Kong on Thursday raided the home of Jimmy Lai, a media magnate and outspoken critic of Beijing who has supported pro-democracy activists through his publications and with donations.

5:02am EDT

France says Libya needs 'exceptional' U.N. support

PARIS - French President Francois Hollande on Thursday called on the United Nations to organize "exceptional" support for Libyan authorities to restore order there because there was a risk the country could fall into chaos.

Libya, United Nations 3:58am EDT

China says 'no change' in policy on improving ties with Japan

SHANGHAI/BEIJING - China on Thursday rejected remarks by former Japanese prime minister Yasuo Fukuda that Beijing had expressed willingness to improve ties between Asia's two biggest economies, and said there was "no change" in its policy on Tokyo.

Japan 5:13am EDT

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