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Russian troops giving 'backbone' to Ukraine rebels: NATO commander

KIEV - Russian forces are still operating in eastern Ukraine, providing the backbone of separatist rebels fighting the Kiev government, NATO's top military commander said on Wednesday after talks with Ukrainian leaders. | Video

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British lawmakers urge EU to stop Sri Lanka trade perks if UN probe not given access

LONDON - Leading British lawmakers urged the European Union on Thursday to remove preferential trade tariffs from Sri Lanka if it fails to address human rights concerns.

United Nations 7:06pm EST

Same firm, new house: Mexico leader's conflict-of-interest storm grows

MEXICO CITY - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto faced fresh questions on Wednesday about his dealings with a company at the center of a conflict-of-interest scandal, after it emerged that he enjoyed rent-free use of a house belonging to the firm as a campaign office.

Mexico Election, Mexico 2:22pm EST

Venezuela to charge opposition leader over alleged plot to kill Maduro

CARACAS - Venezuelan opposition leader Maria Corina Machado will be charged next week with involvement in an alleged plot to kill President Nicolas Maduro, the state prosecutor's office said on Wednesday.

Venezuela, Africa 6:44pm EST

Stigma and isolation haunt South Korean families of convicted ferry crew

JINDO, South Korea - Im Young-ae and her husband, a crew member who survived the Sewol ferry disaster, had dreamed of a peaceful retirement by the sea until their lives were upended by the April tragedy.

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Argentine presidential aspirant Massa says would cut back state controls

TIGRE, Argentina - Sergio Massa, a frontrunner in Argentina's presidential election next year, said on Wednesday he would ensure the independence of the central bank and modify laws that have ramped up the role of the state in the country's stagnating economy.

Argentina 3:21pm EST

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