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Ukraine forces, separatists fight first serious battles in months

KIEV - Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists on Wednesday fought their first serious battles in months and Ukraine's defense minister said an attempt by rebels to take the eastern town of Maryinka had been thwarted. | Video

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Haiti election council under fire for barring top presidential hopeful

PORT-AU-PRINCE - Haiti's presidential campaign is barely under way and election officials are already under fire for barring the candidacy of former prime minister Laurent Lamothe, who hoped to succeed his former boss, President Michel Martelly.

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Iran nuclear talks resume at expert level in Vienna

WASHINGTON - Talks among officials from world powers on curbing Iran's controversial nuclear program resumed in Vienna on Wednesday, and the Iranian delegation will join the negotiations on Thursday, U.S. and European Union officials said.

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U.S. tells Okinawa governor new base 'fundamental' to security

WASHINGTON - U.S. officials told the governor of Okinawa on Wednesday that a U.S. troop presence on the Japanese island, which he opposes, is fundamental to the U.S. commitment to defend Japan.

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Rockets fired from Gaza at southern Israel

JERUSALEM - Three rockets were fired at Israel from Gaza, police said on Wednesday, after warning sirens were heard in Israeli towns near the border.

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Venezuelan opposition politicians continue partial hunger strike

CARACAS - Two Venezuelan opposition politicians on partial hunger-strike in jail are losing weight, but maintaining their demands including the release of fellow imprisoned anti-government activists, their supporters said on Wednesday.

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