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Knife-wielding attacker slashes face of U.S. ambassador in South Korea

SEOUL - U.S. ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert underwent two-and-a-half hours of surgery after he was slashed in the face by a Korean nationalist in an attack at a breakfast forum in Seoul on Thursday to discuss Korean reunification. | Video

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Ukraine military says one soldier killed in past 24 hours in east

KIEV - One Ukrainian soldier was killed and another wounded fighting pro-Russian separatists in the east, a military spokesman said on Thursday, as Kiev accused rebels of increasing violations of a ceasefire deal.

Russia 1:28pm EST

Saudi king aims for new Sunni bloc vs Iran and Islamic State

RIYADH/DOHA - Saudi Arabia is pushing for Sunni Muslim Middle East countries to set aside differences over political Islam and focus on what it sees as more urgent threats from Iran and Islamic State.

Saudi Arabia 1:37pm EST

Lesotho looks to hold on to peace after early elections

MASERU - South African deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa said Lesotho should form a government promptly after weekend polls and push ahead with constitutional and security reform to avoid a recurrence of instability.

Africa 3:00pm EST

Exclusive: Bar South Sudan leaders from transition - inquiry draft

UNITED NATIONS/ADDIS ABABA - A much-anticipated African Union inquiry calls for South Sudan's president and his rival to be barred from a transitional government and for the oil-producing country to effectively be placed under AU control, say sources and a draft of the report.

United Nations, Africa 2:11pm EST

Ukraine's coal pits: dangerous in peace time, deadlier in war

DONETSK, Ukraine - Ivan Lazarenko, one of those pulled out alive after an explosion at a mine near the frontline in rebel-held east Ukraine killed 33 workers, lay in hospital on Thursday, still unconscious and in bandages.

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