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Ukraine peace talks aborted as civilians die in east

DONETSK, Ukraine/MINSK - Civilians were killed on both sides in heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine on Friday, while an attempt to reopen peace talks in neighboring Belarus was aborted before it began.

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Air strikes alone not enough to defeat Islamic State: NATO chief

BRUSSELS - Air strikes alone will not be enough to defeat Islamic State militants and greater Western help in building up Iraqi security forces could also play a role, the head of NATO said on Friday.

Iraq 12:31pm EST

U.S. drone strategy in trouble as Yemeni al Qaeda gathers support

SANAA - Schoolboy Mohammed Taeiman died this week on a remote Yemeni road, a casualty of a U.S. drone campaign against the local branch of al Qaeda that seems to be sliding into disarray.

Yemen 9:31am EST

Greece says will not cooperate with 'troika' or seek aid extension

ATHENS - The new leftwing government in Athens opened negotiations on its bailout package with European partners on Friday by flatly rejecting the expected extension of the program and the international inspectors overseeing it.

1:28pm EST

Argentina's Fernandez dents credibility by playing victim

BUENOS AIRES - President Cristina Fernandez hunkered down in her presidential residence for a week before speaking about the mysterious death of a state prosecutor who claimed she sought to whitewash Iran's alleged involvement in a 1994 bomb attack on Argentine soil.

11:38am EST

U.S. to work closely with Greece to resolve differences: White House spokesman

WASHINGTON - The United States will continue working closely with the new government in Greece and other European leaders to resolve differences that could improve Greece's economy, a White House spokesman said Friday.

1:27pm EST

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