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Kiev, rebels exchange POWs; trains, buses to Crimea suspended

KIEV - Ukraine's government and pro-Russian separatists on Friday exchanged hundreds of prisoners of war while Kiev said it would suspend all train and bus service to Crimea, effectively creating a transportation blockade to and from the region.

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Japan says close to deal with South Korea and U.S. on North Korea defense

TOKYO - Japan, the United States and South Korea are close to reaching a deal on sharing and safeguarding sensitive information on North Korea's missile and nuclear programs, Japan's Defence Ministry said on Friday.

Colombia's FARC rebels free soldier captured during attack

BOGOTA - Colombia's Marxist FARC rebels have freed a soldier captured during an attack on a military patrol last week in which five other troops were killed, the group said on Friday.

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In Cuba's sea of classic cars, the truly valuable are elusive

HAVANA - Luis Abel Bango spent seven years searching for his dream car, a 1957 Chevy Bel Air. He finally found it on Cuba's far western tip, buying it off the original owner for $7,000.

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UK's Labour faces wipe-out in Scotland despite change of leader: poll

LONDON - Britain's opposition Labour Party could suffer a wipe-out in Scotland in a UK-wide parliamentary election in May, scuppering its overall chances of supplanting Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives, a poll suggested on Friday.

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Russia's new military doctrine names NATO as key risk

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a new military doctrine, naming NATO expansion among key external risks, the Kremlin said on Friday, days after Ukraine made fresh steps to join the Atlantic military alliance.

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