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Ukraine, rebels hold fresh peace talks as fighting rages in east

MINSK/KIEV - A new round of peace talks got under way involving Ukraine and separatists on Saturday, even as fighting between Kiev government forces and the Russian-backed rebels raged in Ukraine's east, claiming civilian and military lives.

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Islamic State seizes oil facility in northern Iraq, 15 workers missing

KIRKUK, Iraq - Islamic State insurgents on Saturday seized a small crude oil station near the northern Iraqi city Kirkuk where 15 employees were working, and explosions in and around the capital Baghdad killed at least nine people. | Video

Iraq 7:50am EST

Australia state election bodes ill for Abbott government

PERTH - Australia’s opposition Labor party pulled off a huge electoral turnaround in a key state on Saturday, positioning it to oust the ruling Liberal-National party in a voter backlash that threatens the future of Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Australia, Tony Abbott 10:32am EST

Egyptian court bans Hamas' armed wing, lists as terrorist organization

CAIRO - An Egyptian court on Saturday banned the armed wing of the Palestinian group Hamas and listed it as a terrorist organization.

Egypt 10:47am EST

Bahrain revokes nationality of 72 on security grounds

MANAMA - The Bahraini government has revoked the nationality of 72 citizens for damaging national security, the state news agency BNA reported on Saturday.

Bahrain, Davos 9:13am EST

AirAsia captain left seat before jet lost control: sources

SINGAPORE/JAKARTA/PARIS - The captain of the AirAsia jet that crashed into the sea in December was out of his seat conducting an unusual procedure when his co-pilot apparently lost control, and by the time he returned it was too late to save the plane, two people familiar with the investigation said.

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