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Russian troops giving 'backbone' to Ukraine rebels: NATO commander

KIEV - Russian forces are still operating in eastern Ukraine, providing the backbone of separatist rebels fighting the Kiev government, NATO's top military commander said on Wednesday after talks with Ukrainian leaders. | Video

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Same firm, new house: Mexico leader's conflict-of-interest storm grows

MEXICO CITY - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto faced fresh questions on Wednesday about his dealings with a company at the center of a conflict-of-interest scandal, after it emerged that he enjoyed rent-free use of a house belonging to the firm as a campaign office.

Mexico Election, Mexico 2:22pm EST

Stigma and isolation haunt South Korean families of convicted ferry crew

JINDO, South Korea - Im Young-ae and her husband, a crew member who survived the Sewol ferry disaster, had dreamed of a peaceful retirement by the sea until their lives were upended by the April tragedy.

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Argentine presidential aspirant Massa says would cut back state controls

TIGRE, Argentina - Sergio Massa, a frontrunner in Argentina's presidential election next year, said on Wednesday he would ensure the independence of the central bank and modify laws that have ramped up the role of the state in the country's stagnating economy.

Argentina 3:21pm EST

Catalonia moves closer to early election as dialogue hopes fade

MADRID - Catalonia's two main parties on Wednesday moved a step closer to calling a snap regional election they want to use as a proxy for a referendum on independence from Spain.

Spain 1:38pm EST

Spanish health minister resigns in kickback scandal

MADRID - Spain's Health Minister Ana Mato resigned on Wednesday after an investigating judge accused her of benefiting from a kickback scheme that has already damaged Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's People's Party (PP).

Spain 3:12pm EST

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