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Separatists say will allow 'trapped' Ukrainian forces to withdraw

MOSCOW/DONETSK Ukraine - Pro-Moscow rebels fighting in Ukraine said on Friday they would comply with a request from the Kremlin and open up a 'humanitarian corridor' to allow the withdrawal of Ukrainian troops they have encircled. | Video

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Turkey's new cabinet unlikely to spell major policy shift

ANKARA - Turkey's new Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, will announce his cabinet on Friday, a day after Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in as president, with the new government not expected to signal any major changes in policy direction.

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Macau to 're-elect' leader as democratic rumblings, mirroring Hong Kong, are stifled

HONG KONG - Macau chief executive Fernando Chui is widely expected to be "re-elected" on Sunday after the pro-China government stifled an unofficial referendum on democracy, taking a much harder line on the gambling hub than leaders have in neighboring Hong Kong.

China 1:27am EDT

Three admit to murder of prominent Tibetan religious leader in China: lawyer

BEIJING - Three Tibetans in China have pleaded guilty to involvement in the death of a prominent religious leader and two other people, a lawyer representing the victims' families said on Friday, in Tibet's most closely watched murder case in decades.

China 3:27am EDT

With eye on China, Japan defense planners seek spending boost

TOKYO - Japan's defense planners are seeking their biggest budget ever for the coming fiscal year to pay for stealth fighters, drones and a hi-tech submarine, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bolsters the military amid an intensifying rivalry with China.

Japan 28 Aug 2014

Australia seeks Thai help for Aussie couples, surrogate babies

BANGKOK - Australia urged Thailand on Friday to allow Australian couples with babies born by Thai surrogate mothers to return home with their children following a crackdown on commercial surrogacy that has left many couples in limbo.

Australia, Thailand 3:05am EDT

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