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Ukraine, rebels hold fresh peace talks as fighting rages in east

MINSK/KIEV - A new round of peace talks got under way involving Ukraine and separatists on Saturday, even as fighting between Kiev government forces and the Russian-backed rebels raged in Ukraine's east, claiming civilian and military lives.

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Italy elects senior judge Sergio Mattarella as president

ROME - Italian lawmakers elected Sergio Mattarella, a constitutional court judge and veteran center-left politician, as president on Saturday, handing a welcome political victory to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

Italy 8:49am EST

Rouhani accuses Iranian hardliners of 'cheering on' other side in atom talks

DUBAI - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, growing frustrated with hardline resistance to a nuclear deal with the West, accused opponents on Saturday of effectively "cheering on" the other side in Tehran's grueling negotiations with world powers.

Davos 11:13am EST

Macedonian opposition leader charged with plot to seize power

SKOPJE - Macedonia's chief opposition leader was charged by police on Saturday with conspiring with a foreign intelligence service to topple the government.

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U.S. reports 27 more strikes against Islamic State

WASHINGTON - The United States and its allies carried out 27 air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria since early Friday, the Combined Joint Task Force leading the operation reported on Saturday.

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Palestinians in Syria cut off from aid once more: U.N.

BEIRUT - Tens of thousands of longtime Palestinian refugees in a camp on the outskirts of the Syrian capital have been cut off from United Nations emergency aid for nearly two months by armed groups that are preventing access, a U.N. official said.

United Nations, Syria 12:07pm EST

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