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Ukraine rebels say government forces pushed back near Donetsk

KIEV/MOSCOW - Ukrainian separatists said on Tuesday they had pushed government troops out of two districts on the outskirts of their main stronghold Donetsk and their aim was to expand their control to the entire region.

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Ex-KGB spy Litvinenko told UK police Putin ordered his death

LONDON - Ex-KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko, who died three months after drinking tea poisoned with a radioactive isotope, told British police that Russian President Vladimir Putin was personally behind his killing, an inquiry heard on Tuesday.

Russia 1:23pm EST

Renzi-Berlusconi pact under fire as Italian vote reform progresses

ROME - Italy's Senate approved Matteo Renzi's electoral reforms on Tuesday, giving the prime minister a boost as he faces criticism from the left of his party over his pact with Silvio Berlusconi.

Italy 1:26pm EST

Tears, chants as rebel child soldiers are freed in South Sudan

GUMURUK, South Sudan (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The teenage rebel soldiers watched as their comrades handed over their assault rifles and stripped off their oversized khaki uniforms with the red, black and green South Sudan flag emblazoned on the right shoulder.

United Nations 1:54pm EST

Police, protesters fight running battles in Kosovo

PRISTINA - Riot police fought running battles with protesters hurling rocks and petrol bombs in Kosovo's capital Pristina on Tuesday in the worst unrest since the former Serbian province seceded in 2008.

United Nations 1:38pm EST

Nigeria will not delay elections: commission

ABUJA - The head of Nigeria's electoral commission said on Tuesday the country will hold a presidential election as scheduled on Feb. 14, rejecting a call from one of the president's advisors to delay them.

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