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Ukraine peace talks aborted as civilians die in east

DONETSK, Ukraine/MINSK - Civilians were killed on both sides in heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine on Friday, while an attempt to reopen peace talks in neighboring Belarus was aborted before it began. | Video

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Japan, Jordan seek news on fate of Islamic State captives

AMMAN/TOKYO - Japan and Jordan scrambled on Friday to find out what had happened to two of their nationals being held by Islamic State, after a deadline passed for the release of a would-be suicide bomber being held on death row in Amman. | Video

Japan 30 Jan 2015

Mexico tests DNA of babies who survived blast in search for parents

MEXICO CITY - Plunged into chaos just hours after entering this world, nine babies found alive after a gas blast in a Mexican maternity hospital underwent DNA tests on Friday in a bid to reunite them with their parents.

30 Jan 2015

Exclusive: U.N. support for Congo campaign against Rwanda rebels in doubt over abuses

UNITED NATIONS/KINSHASA - United Nations support for a planned military operation against Rwandan rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo could be in doubt because Congo named a general accused of rights abuses to head the offensive, diplomats and officials said on Friday.

United Nations, Congo, Africa 30 Jan 2015

Greece says will not cooperate with "troika" or seek aid extension

ATHENS - Greece's new leftist government opened talks on its bailout with European partners on Friday by flatly refusing to extend the program or to cooperate with the international inspectors overseeing it. | Video

30 Jan 2015

Syria battle between al Qaeda and Western-backed group spreads

BEIRUT - Fighting between the Syrian arm of al Qaeda and Western-backed rebels in northern Syria spread from Aleppo province into neighboring Idlib on Friday, the rebel group and an organization monitoring the civil war said. | Video

Syria 30 Jan 2015

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