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Deaths shake Ukraine truce, Poroshenko wary of Russia threat

KIEV - Ukraine on Friday reported the first deaths in three days in east Ukraine, denting hopes a ceasefire will hold, and President Petro Poroshenko said Russia would pose a "military threat" even if the truce is solid.

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Cameron says Britain will do what it can to track down 'Jihadi John'

LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday Britain would do everything it could to track down those who committed appalling crimes against British citizens, but declined to comment on the naming of "Jihadi John" killer as Mohammed Emwazi.

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Atheist U.S. blogger killed in machete attack in Bangladesh

DHAKA - Machete-wielding assailants hacked to death a blogger in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, in the latest of a series of attacks on writers who support free thinking values in the Muslim-majority nation.

5:39am EST

Hong Kong woman jailed for six years for abusing Indonesian maid

HONG KONG - A Hong Kong mother of two who punched her maids, beat them with mops and threatened to kill their relatives was jailed for six years on Friday in a case that triggered outrage and exposed the plight of millions of domestic helpers across Asia. | Video

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Islamic State must keep expanding to survive: financial report

WASHINGTON - International investigators said on Friday that in order for the Islamic State to remain financially viable it would have to further expand territory it controls in Iraq and Syria and take over more resources.

Syria, Iraq 5:09am EST

Two Japan ministers latest to deny illegal funding

TOKYO - Two Japanese ministers denied wrongdoing on Friday after media said they appeared to have received improper funding, the latest embarrassment for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, three of whose ministers have quit over scandals since October.

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