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EU says it's ready for more Russia sanctions if necessary

RIGA - The European Union is ready to step up sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine conflict, but its priority is to bolster a fragile ceasefire agreed in Minsk, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Friday.

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Former China leader not implicated in aide's investigation, official says

BEIJING - Retired Chinese President Hu Jintao is not being implicated in a corruption probe into a former top aide, a senior government spokesman said on Friday, adding that the official was being investigated more over financial issues than political ones. | Video

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'Jihadi John' link deepens security unease in Kuwait

KUWAIT - Reports that Islamic State's most notorious executioner was born on their soil have stirred deep unease among Kuwaitis about the vulnerability of their country to wars in nearby Iraq and Syria in which some of their Arab allies have become combatants.

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South Korea police investigate U.S. ambassador attacker's visits to North

SEOUL - South Korean police said on Friday they are investigating possible links between a knife attack on the U.S. ambassador to Seoul and the assailant's multiple visits to North Korea, as they also sought to charge him with attempted murder. | Video

Kremlin critic Navalny, out of jail, vows to fight on

MOSCOW - Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny walked out of a Moscow detention center on Friday and promised that Russia's opposition will continue to challenge President Vladimir Putin, uncowed by last week's killing of prominent opposition figure Boris Nemtsov. | Video

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Bangladesh seizes $1.4 million in gold from North Korean diplomat

DHAKA - Bangladeshi customs officers caught a North Korean diplomat trying to smuggle an estimated $1.4 million worth of gold into the country, a senior official said on Friday.

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