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Three dead in east Ukraine, Putin warns of 'abyss'

MARIUPOL, Ukraine - Separatists attacked a base of the Ukrainian national guard overnight and Kiev said three separatists were killed, the worst bloodshed yet in a 10-day pro-Russian uprising in east Ukraine, overshadowing crisis talks to resolve the conflict. | Video

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Turkish ruling party wants Erdogan presidential bid: officials

ANKARA - A majority of deputies in Turkey's ruling AK Party have voted in a secret ballot in favor of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan running in the country's first direct presidential election in August, senior party officials said on Thursday.

Turkey 6:25am EDT

Nigeria local authorities say most of abducted schoolgirls still missing

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria - Authorities in Nigeria's northeast Borno state denied on Thursday a statement by the armed forces which had said most of the more than 100 schoolgirls abducted by Islamist rebels had been freed in a military rescue operation.

Africa 7:32am EDT

Church must be open to sick, homeless, pope says on Holy Thursday

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis, starting four packed days of events culminating in Easter, said on Thursday the church must always be a refuge for the poor, the homeless and the sick.

Algeria's Bouteflika poised to win re-election

ALGIERS - Algerians voted on Thursday in an election President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is expected to win after 15 years in power, despite speaking only rarely in public since suffering a stroke in 2013.

7:07am EDT

Reporters charged with defamation remanded on bail in Thailand

PHUKET, Thailand - Two journalists were remanded on bail in Thailand on Thursday on charges of criminal defamation and other offences in connection with a story they published on the trafficking of Muslim minority Rohingya people from Myanmar.

Thailand, Myanmar 7:17am EDT

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