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Ukraine peace deal falters as rebels show no sign of surrender

KIEV/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine - An agreement reached last week to avert wider conflict in Ukraine was faltering as the new week began, with pro-Moscow separatist gunmen showing no sign of surrendering government buildings they have seized. | Video

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Former British PM Brown steps up bid to keep Scotland in UK

LONDON - Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is stepping up his efforts to stop Scotland leaving the United Kingdom as opinion polls show growing support for independence.

7:49am EDT

Gaza rockets hit south Israel, army strikes back: officials

GAZA - Seven rockets fired from the Gaza Strip landed in southern Israel during the Jewish Passover holiday on Monday, drawing retaliatory air strikes from the Israeli army, officials said, the first cross-border clash in several weeks.

Israel 7:54am EDT

Tunisian diplomat, in video message, urges government to negotiate with Libyan kidnappers

TRIPOLI/TUNIS - A Tunisian diplomat kidnapped in Libya pleaded with his government to negotiate with his Islamist captors, according to a video released by an Islamist group on Sunday evening.

Tunisia, Libya 6:40am EDT

Fire forces crew to abandon South Korean trawler off Sierra Leone coast

KENT, Sierra Leone - A fire on board a South Korean trawler fishing off the coast of Sierra Leone forced the crew to abandon ship, fleeing onto boats that came to their rescue, its captain told Reuters on Monday.

South Korea, Africa 7:52am EDT

Japan PM makes offering to Yasukuni Shrine, angers China, South Korea

TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sent a ritual offering to the Yasukuni Shrine, seen by critics as a symbol of Japan's past militarism, angering both South Korea and China on Monday and putting regional ties under further strain.

Japan, South Korea, China 6:20am EDT

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