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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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IAEA says needs more money to monitor extended Iran nuclear deal

VIENNA - The U.N. atomic agency will need more funds from member states to help pay for its monitoring of an extended interim nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, it said on Wednesday.

United Nations 12:14pm EST

Hong Kong riot police clear protest site, arrest student leaders

HONG KONG - Hong Kong police on Wednesday cleared one of the largest protest sites that have choked the city for months, arresting scores of pro-democracy activists in a blow to those hoping to wrest greater political freedom from authorities in Beijing. | Video

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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

Exclusive: Poor and besieged, Myanmar's Rakhine join Rohingya exodus

MAUNGDAW, Myanmar - For years, tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslim boat people have fled this remote corner of western Myanmar for nearby countries. But another huge exodus has grabbed far fewer headlines. | Video

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Taiwan vote tests waters for pro-China government ahead of presidential polls

TAIPEI - Taiwan goes to the polls on Saturday to choose city mayors and local councillors in a vote that will show how much support the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) has lost with its pro-China stance less than two years before a presidential election.

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