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Ukraine rebels say they are poised to recapture Donetsk airport

BRUSSELS/DONETSK Ukraine - EU officials proposed sanctions on Tuesday to starve Russian firms of cash as punishment for Moscow's role in Ukraine, where rebels said they were storming Donetsk airport, potentially their biggest prize since turning the war's tide last week. | Video

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Japan's Abe to co-opt rival, draft more women in cabinet reshuffle

TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to co-opt a rival and draft more women to spruce up his image while keeping key ministers when he reshuffles his cabinet on Wednesday, a rejig dictated more by political dynamics than policy matters.

Japan 3:22pm EDT

Judge orders immediate release from Spanish jail of ill British boy's parents

MADRID - A Spanish judge has ordered the immediate release from custody of two British parents detained in Madrid for taking their seriously ill child out of hospital, a court source said on Tuesday, speeding a reunion with their five-year-old son.

Spain 3:26pm EDT

Dutchman praised for MH17 crash handling in race for top EU job

AMSTERDAM - Frans Timmermans, the Netherlands' nominee to join the European Commission, is an experienced Brussels hand who represents his country's last best hope of securing a top job in the European Union's executive.

United Nations 3:39pm EDT

Syrian forces escalate assault on rebel-held Damascus district

BEIRUT - Syrian forces carried out their fiercest assault on the rebel stronghold of Jobar in Damascus since the start of the three-year war, conducting at least 27 air strikes on Tuesday and killing a child, according to activists and rights groups.

Syria 12:15pm EDT

African leaders seek fund to fight militant groups

NAIROBI - African leaders proposed on Tuesday creating a special fund to combat Islamist militant groups growing in strength from Kenya to Nigeria.

Africa 1:58pm EDT

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