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Exclusive: Russia masses heavy firepower on border with Ukraine - witness

KHUTOR CHKALOVA, Russia - Russia's army is massing troops and hundreds of pieces of weaponry including mobile rocket launchers, tanks and artillery at a makeshift base near the border with Ukraine, a Reuters reporter saw this week.

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Queen Elizabeth sets in motion Britain's EU referendum plan

LONDON - Britain's Queen Elizabeth set in motion on Wednesday the new government's plans for an in-out referendum on staying in the European Union, but left open questions about when it will be and what changes to the EU the government wants beforehand. | Video

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Islamic State shoots dead 20 in Palmyra amphitheatre: monitor

BEIRUT - Islamic State militants shot dead around 20 men in an ancient amphitheatre in the Syrian city of Palmyra on Wednesday, accusing them of being government supporters, a group monitoring the conflict said.

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France warns Iran over nuclear deal as deadline nears

ANKARA/PARIS - France warned on Wednesday it was ready to block a final deal between Iran and the six major powers on Iran's nuclear program unless Tehran provided inspectors access to all installations, including military sites.

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For Kremlin, a charity teaching science to kids is viewed as suspect

MOSCOW - A Russian law designed to stop civil society groups trying to stir rebellion against President Vladimir Putin's rule is having unforeseen side effects: it threatens to close down a foundation that helps gifted school children study science.

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Germany's Angela Merkel again tops Forbes most powerful women list

NEW YORK - German Chancellor Angela Merkel topped the Forbes list of the world's 100 most powerful women for the fifth consecutive year, edging past U.S. presidential candidate Hilary Clinton, who came in second in the 2015 annual ranking. | Video

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