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Ukraine launches 'gradual' operation, action limited

KRAMATORSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine - Ukrainian forces launched a "special operation" on Tuesday against separatist militia in the Russian-speaking East, authorities said, although aside from a landing by airborne troops the action was limited. | Video

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Israeli, Palestinian negotiators to meet on Wednesday, U.S. says

WASHINGTON - Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will meet on Wednesday to try to extend peace talks beyond an April 29 deadline, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday.

Israel 15 Apr 2014

Exclusive: U.N. should halt arms shipments via Ivory Coast after China breach - panel

ABIDJAN - United Nations experts have called for the world body to stop allowing arms for its Mali peacekeepers to be shipped through Ivory Coast after they said a load of military hardware sent by China violated the country's arms embargo.

China stresses need for stability at first meeting of new security council

(This story corrects Xi's comments in the eighth paragraph to clarify he meant building up China's military power to make the country rich)

China 15 Apr 2014

Australian state premier resigns over A$3,000 bottle of wine gift

SYDNEY - The premier of Australia's New South Wales state, Barry O'Farrell, resigned from his position on Wednesday after it was revealed that he had lied about accepting a A$3,000 ($2,800) bottle of wine as a gift.

Australia, Tony Abbott 15 Apr 2014

U.S., China in 'productive' talks after North Korea test threat

WASHINGTON - The United States and China have held "productive" talks on North Korea, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday, part of stepped up international diplomacy after Pyongyang warned of plans to conduct a new type of nuclear test.

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