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Separatists fly Russian flag over Ukrainian armored vehicles

KRAMATORSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine - Separatists flew the Russian flag on armored vehicles taken from the Ukrainian army on Wednesday, humiliating a Kiev government operation to recapture eastern towns controlled by pro-Moscow partisans.

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Brazil's Rousseff looks weak, but so do her election rivals

SAO PAULO - With Brazil's economy struggling, a scandal at its state-run oil company and nearly three-quarters of voters saying they want change from their government, President Dilma Rousseff looks vulnerable in her bid for re-election this October.

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Ocean floor search for missing Malaysia plane cut short again

PERTH, Australia - The search for a Malaysia Airlines jetliner deep in the Indian Ocean was again cut short on Wednesday when technical problems forced a U.S. Navy underwater drone to surface without finding anything, officials said.

Pakistani Taliban end ceasefire with government but say talks still on

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan - The Pakistani Taliban have formally ended a 40-day ceasefire but are still open to talks with the government, a spokesman said on Wednesday.

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Abductors of Nigerian schoolgirls pretended to be soldiers: witness

MAIDUGURI/ABUJA - Islamist rebels duped dozens of Nigerian schoolgirls into thinking they were soldiers come to evacuate them before abducting between 50 and 100 in their latest anti-government raid, officials said on Wednesday.

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India's Modi says committed to no first use of nuclear weapons

NEW DELHI - India prime ministerial frontrunner Narendra Modi said he was committed to a policy of no first use of nuclear weapons, seeking to assuage concern after his Hindu nationalist BJP party vowed to revise the nuclear doctrine if elected to power.

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