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Exclusive: Russia masses heavy firepower on border with Ukraine - witness

KHUTOR CHKALOVA, Russia - Russia's army is massing troops and hundreds of pieces of weaponry including mobile rocket launchers, tanks and artillery at a makeshift base near the border with Ukraine, a Reuters reporter saw this week.

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Britons to be asked in referendum to vote 'Yes' to stay in EU

LONDON - Britons will be asked to vote "yes" if they want to stay in the European Union when a referendum is held in the next two years, the government said on Thursday.

7:06pm EDT

Islamic State shoots dead 20 in Palmyra amphitheatre: monitor

BEIRUT - Islamic State militants shot dead around 20 men in an ancient amphitheatre in the Syrian city of Palmyra on Wednesday, accusing them of being government supporters, a group monitoring the conflict said.

5:57pm EDT

U.N. council urges end to impunity for attacks on journalists

UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday condemned the frequent attacks against journalists worldwide and demanded an end to the impunity enjoyed by those guilty of violent crimes against members of the press.

United Nations 7:19pm EDT

France warns Iran over nuclear deal as deadline nears

ANKARA/PARIS - France warned on Wednesday it was ready to block a final deal between Iran and the six major powers on Iran's nuclear program unless Tehran provided inspectors access to all installations, including military sites.

United Nations, France 4:57pm EDT

For Kremlin, a charity teaching science to kids is viewed as suspect

MOSCOW - A Russian law designed to stop civil society groups trying to stir rebellion against President Vladimir Putin's rule is having unforeseen side effects: it threatens to close down a foundation that helps gifted school children study science.

Russia 5:16pm EDT

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