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Separatists take armored vehicles, humiliating Ukraine forces

KRAMATORSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine - Separatists flew the Russian flag on armored vehicles taken from the Ukrainian army on Wednesday, humiliating a Kiev government operation to recapture eastern towns controlled by pro-Moscow partisans. | Video

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Iranian negotiators reject hardline criticism of nuclear talks

ABU DHABI - Iranian hardliners stepped up criticism of Tehran's negotiations with world powers over its nuclear program on Wednesday, but negotiators defended the planned deal that could lead to an end to economic sanctions.

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Nigerian military says most of abducted schoolgirls freed, eight still missing

MAIDUGURI/ABUJA - Nigeria's military said on Wednesday its forces had freed most of the more than 100 teenage schoolgirls abducted by Islamist Boko Haram militants and were continuing the search for eight students still missing.

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Afghan women stand to be counted as West begins to disengage

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Framed by her blue shawl, the solemn, bespectacled face of Serena Faizi peers out from an election campaign poster at a Kandahar city roundabout, while Afghanistan approaches its own crossroads as Western troops prepare to go home.

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Nigerian military says most of abducted schoolgirls freed

ABUJA - Nigeria's military said on Wednesday its forces had freed most of the schoolgirls abducted by Islamist Boko Haram militants, and were continuing the search for eight students still missing.

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Ex-finance minister Vaz to face Nabiam in Guinea-Bissau presidential run-off

BISSAU - Guinea-Bissau's former finance minister, Jose Mario Vaz, will face Nuno Gomes Nabiam, an independent candidate, in a May 18 presidential run-off after no candidate secured a majority in the first round, the election commission said.

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