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Deaths shake Ukraine truce; Poroshenko wary of Russian threat

KIEV - Ukraine on Friday reported the first deaths in three days in east Ukraine and President Petro Poroshenko said Russia would pose a "military threat" even if a ceasefire holds. | Video

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China questions U.S. threat of U.N. sanctions on South Sudan

UNITED NATIONS - China on Friday questioned the logic behind a U.S. push to create a United Nations sanctions regime for South Sudan while warring parties there negotiate a power-sharing deal to end the conflict in the country, the world's newest state.

Teacher denies radicalizing Canadian teens headed to Syria

MONTREAL - A Muslim teacher once jailed by Canada as a security threat denied on Friday he had radicalized Canadian teens believed to have headed to Syria to fight with Islamic State, saying his school had only brief contact with one of the six students.

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American blogger killed in Bangladesh machete attack

DHAKA - Machete-wielding assailants hacked to death an American critic of religious extremism in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, in the latest of a series of attacks on writers who support freethinking values in the Muslim-majority nation.

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Iran, six powers to hold nuclear talks in Switzerland on March 5: EU

BRUSSELS - Senior officials from Iran and six powers negotiating with Tehran over its nuclear program will hold more talks in Montreux, Switzerland, on March 5, the European Union said on Friday.

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Mexico captures most wanted drug kingpin, 'La Tuta'

MEXICO CITY - Mexico has captured the most wanted drug lord in the country, Servando "La Tuta" Gomez, police said on Friday, delivering a boost to a government battered by gang violence. | Video

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