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Crisis deepens as Ukraine says Russian troops back rebel advance

KIEV - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday that Russian forces had entered his country and the military conflict was worsening after Russian-backed separatists swept into a key town in the east.

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U.N. says 'not possible' to finish Afghan vote audit by September 2

KABUL - Afghanistan's U.N. representative told President Hamid Karzai on Thursday that the audit of a disputed election would not be finished by Sept. 2, when Karzai had hoped to see a new leader inaugurated.

Iraq and Syria pose Saudi dilemma - failed states or Iran proxies

RIYADH/DUBAI - With militant Islamists gaining the upper hand in Syria's rebel movement and grabbing big tracts of Western Iraq, Saudi Arabia's ruling family faces an increasingly uncomfortable dilemma.

Pakistan's Khan looks isolated as crisis reaches crossroads

ISLAMABAD - Pakistani opposition politician Imran Khan appeared isolated in his struggle to bring down the prime minister on Thursday after a fellow protest leader announced he was ready to allow thousands of anti-government demonstrators to go home.

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PM Tusk in Pole position for top EU job: sources

BRUSSELS/PARIS - Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has emerged as clear favorite for the key post of president of the European Council when EU leaders meet for a special summit on Saturday, several sources familiar with the selection process said.

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Turkey's Erdogan sworn in as president, consolidates power

ANKARA - Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in as Turkey's president on Thursday, cementing his position as its most powerful leader of recent times in a step opponents fear heralds more authoritarian rule and widening religious influence in public life.

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