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Three dead in east Ukraine, Putin warns of 'abyss'

MARIUPOL, Ukraine/MOSCOW - Separatists attacked a Ukrainian national guard base overnight and Kiev said three of them were killed, the worst bloodshed yet in a 10-day pro-Russian uprising, accompanied by tough words from Vladimir Putin that overshadowed crisis talks. | Video

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Search for Malaysia jet refocuses on drone scans of sea floor

PERTH, Australia - Footage taken by a deep-sea drone should determine sooner than previously thought whether a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean is the final resting place of a missing Malaysian jetliner, Australian search authorities said on Thursday.

Russia's South Stream pipeline splits EU energy policy

LONDON - Russia's South Stream gas pipeline is splitting European Union energy policy as EU leaders look to block the project while some member states see it as a solution to supply disruptions via Ukraine.

Russia 12:09pm EDT

Turkish ruling party wants Erdogan presidential bid: officials

ANKARA - Turkey's ruling party would overwhelmingly back Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's candidacy in the nation's first direct presidential election, senior officials said on Thursday, a move his opponents fear would feed his autocratic instincts.

Turkey 11:30am EDT

India passes halfway mark in election with Hindu nationalists gaining strength

BANGALORE - India called a quarter of its 815 million voters to polls on Thursday, the biggest day of its staggered election, in areas ranging from Himalayan passes to a southern IT hub and western sugarcane farms.

10:17am EDT

Iraqi Kurds entrench political faultline with Syria border ditch

ARBIL, Iraq - Iraqi Kurds are digging a 17-km (10-mile) trench on their border with Syria, reinforcing a political faultline between the two rival parties that dominate on either side of the frontier.

Syria, Iraq 11:29am EDT

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