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Knife-wielding attacker slashes face of U.S. ambassador in South Korea

SEOUL - U.S. ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert underwent two-and-a-half hours of surgery after he was slashed in the face by a Korean nationalist in an attack at a breakfast forum in Seoul on Thursday to discuss Korean reunification. | Video

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Ukraine military says one soldier killed in past 24 hours in east

KIEV - One Ukrainian serviceman was killed and another wounded in fighting with pro-Russian separatists in east Ukraine, military spokesman Vladislav Seleznyov said on Thursday, as Kiev accused rebels of repeated violations of a ceasefire deal.

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Japan, China to hold first security talks in four years

TOKYO - Japanese and Chinese officials will hold their first security talks in four years in Tokyo later this month, Japan's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday, the latest sign of a possible improvement in ties strained by a territorial dispute.

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U.S. says North Korea nuclear and missile work 'of great concern'

WASHINGTON/VIENNA - The United States said on Wednesday that North Korea's nuclear program and the increased range and precision of its missiles were of great concern, a day after the isolated Asian country said it had the power to deter a U.S. nuclear threat with a pre-emptive strike if necessary.

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Warplanes hit Tripoli airport before U.N. talks start

TRIPOLI - Warplanes from Libya's internationally recognized government carried out air strikes on a Tripoli airport, a security official said on Thursday, just hours before United Nations-backed peace talks were due to start in Morocco.

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U.S. Syria strategy falters with collapse of rebel group

ISTANBUL/BEIRUT - The Hazzm movement was once central to a covert CIA operation to arm Syrian rebels, but the group's collapse last week underlines the failure of efforts to unify Arab and Western support for mainstream insurgents fighting the Syrian military.

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