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Ukraine forces kill up to five rebels, Russia starts drill near border

SLAVIANSK, Ukraine/ST PETERSBURG, Russia - Ukrainian forces killed up to five pro-Moscow rebels on Thursday as they closed in on the separatists' military stronghold in the east and Russia launched army drills near the border in response, raising fears its troops would invade. | Video

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Obama reaffirms commitment to Japan on tour of Asia allies

TOKYO - U.S. President Barack Obama assured ally Japan on Thursday that Washington was committed to its defense, including of tiny isles at the heart of a row with China, but denied he had drawn any new "red line" and urged peaceful dialogue over the islands. | Video

Politics, Japan, China 9:12am EDT

Boy and girl on Korean ferry drowned with life jackets tied together

SEOUL - A boy and girl trapped in a sinking South Korean ferry with hundreds of other high school students tied their life jacket cords together, a diver who recovered their bodies said, presumably so they wouldn't float apart. | Video

South Korea, 7:12am EDT

Nine killed as poll violence hits restive Indian regions

NEW DELHI - Nine police and poll officials were killed in India in two attacks on Thursday, one in a region hit by a Maoist insurgency and the other in Kashmir, the mainly-Muslim region where many voters are boycotting a general election.

2:33pm EDT

Exclusive: EU considers ban on deals with banks in Crimea

BRUSSELS - The European Union may ban transactions with financial institutions in Crimea as part of its response to the annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula by Russia last month, an EU document obtained by Reuters showed.

Russia 9:33am EDT

Angry Muslims in Central African Republic call for partition

BAMBARI, Central African Republic - In this dusty town at the heart of the Central African Republic, many angry Muslims advocate a simple solution to the threat of religious violence from Christian militias terrorizing the country's south: partition.

Africa 2:06pm EDT

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