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Surrender talks set with separatists in Ukraine as standoff lasts into Easter

DONETSK/KIEV - A senior mediator from Europe's OSCE security body is due to start negotiating the surrender of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine on Sunday, although hopes for a rapid end to the crisis are limited. | Video

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U.N. peace envoy criticizes Israeli Easter security in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM - Israeli police refused to let the U.N.'s peace envoy to the Middle East, other diplomats and a crowd of Palestinians pass through a barricade to attend a pre-Easter ritual in the Jerusalem church that Christians revere as the burial site of Jesus, the U.N. official said on Saturday.

Italy, Israel, Norway 6:28pm EDT

High stakes as restive Benghazi votes in Libyan local polls

BENGHAZI - Libyan voters went to the polls on Saturday to elect municipal council members in 15 cities, including Benghazi, the country's second city, which is seeking greater autonomy for the eastern seaboard region.

Libya 3:32pm EDT

Sudanese militants kill two, kidnap three at oil field

CAIRO - Armed militants killed two security staff and kidnapped a Chinese, an Algerian and a Sudanese worker in an attack on an oil field in Sudan's West Kordofan state, army spokesman Al-Sawarmi Khalid Sa'ad said on Saturday.

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Iran slams U.S. justice verdict on Manhattan skyscraper

DUBAI - Iran on Saturday criticized a U.S. government move to seize a Manhattan skyscraper owned largely by a foundation that promotes its language and Islamic culture, saying this violated the right to religious freedom in the United States.

Davos, United Nations 4:20pm EDT

Kidnapped Uzbek doctor freed in northern Yemen: local official

SANAA - An Uzbek doctor kidnapped in northern Yemen last week has been freed, a provincial official said on Saturday.

Yemen 3:44pm EDT

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