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Ukraine forces kill up to five rebels, Russia starts drill near border

SLAVIANSK, Ukraine/ST PETERSBURG, Russia - Ukrainian forces killed up to five pro-Moscow rebels on Thursday as they closed in on the separatists' military stronghold in the east, and Russia launched army drills near the border in response, raising fears its troops would invade. | Video

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Obama reaffirms commitment to Japan on tour of Asia allies

TOKYO - U.S. President Barack Obama assured ally Japan on Thursday that Washington was committed to its defense, including of tiny isles at the heart of a row with China, but denied he had drawn any new "red line" and urged peaceful dialogue over the islands. | Video

Politics, Japan, China 9:12am EDT

Former U.S. test site sues nuclear nations for disarmament failure

WASHINGTON - The tiny Pacific republic of the Marshall Islands, scene of massive U.S. nuclear tests in the 1950s, sued the United States and eight other nuclear-armed nations on Thursday, accusing them of failing in their obligation to negotiate nuclear disarmament.

5:22pm EDT

Iran dismisses U.S. criticism of its election to U.N. NGO committee

UNITED NATIONS - Iran on Thursday rejected U.S. criticism of its election to the United Nations' committee on non-governmental organizations (NGOs), saying Washington's rebuke came from "baseless accusations" and violated the spirit of cooperation needed at the world body.

United Nations 3:37pm EDT

Boy and girl on Korean ferry drowned with life jackets tied together

SEOUL - A boy and girl trapped in a sinking South Korean ferry with hundreds of other high school students tied their life jacket cords together, a diver who recovered their bodies said, presumably so they wouldn't float apart. | Video

South Korea, 7:12am EDT

Panama presidential candidates battle for top spot in final polls

PANAMA CITY - Panamanians can expect a tight finish when they go to the polls to elect their next president, according to two polls published on Thursday, the last allowed before next week's vote.

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