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Ukraine begins artillery withdrawal, recognizing truce is holding

PARASKOVIYVKA/DONETSK, Ukraine - Ukrainian troops towed artillery away from the front line in the east on Thursday, a move that amounted to recognizing that a ceasefire meant to take effect on Feb. 15 was holding at last. | Video

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Lesotho prepares for early vote in bid to ease political crisis

MASERU - Feuding parties in Lesotho's ruling coalition will face off on Saturday in early national elections staged in a bid to restore stability six months after an attempted coup.

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Peru seeks extradition of Greenpeace activist over Nazca damage

LIMA - Peru is seeking the extradition of a Greenpeace activist from Argentina to face charges he damaged the country's iconic Nazca Lines during a widely criticized stunt last year, a court said on Thursday.

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China investors top U.S. list of 2013 national security reviews

WASHINGTON - Chinese investors faced more scrutiny from a U.S. national security watchdog than those from any other country in 2013, the Obama administration said on Thursday in a report.

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Russia's Khodorkovsky: Putin is a 'naked king' facing economic ruin

LONDON - Former Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky said on Thursday Vladimir Putin was a "naked king" presiding over an economy that will weaken further, eventually provoking a battle between rival clans in Moscow.

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Argentine judge throws out cover-up allegation against president

BUENOS AIRES - An Argentine judge on Thursday dismissed allegations that President Cristina Fernandez tried to cover up Iran's purported involvement in the deadly bombing of a Jewish center in 1994.

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