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Ukraine, Russia, EU agree to natural gas supply deal

BRUSSELS - Ukraine, Russia and the European Union signed a deal on Thursday that will see Moscow resume vital supplies of gas to its ex-Soviet neighbor over the winter in return for payments funded in part by Kiev's Western creditors.

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Australian minister visits Fiji amid diplomatic thaw

SYDNEY - Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on Friday took a major step toward resetting frayed relations with the South Pacific nation of Fiji, becoming her country's most senior diplomat to visit since a military coup eight years ago.

Australia 1:37am EDT

Obama urges progress in Myanmar ahead of rare roundtable

YANGON - U.S. President Barack Obama urged Myanmar's government to make every effort to conclude a national ceasefire and protect the rights of minorities, just hours before the country's president and the military chief met opposition political parties and ethnic minority groups.

Myanmar 12:04am EDT

Beijing bans Halloween costumes on subway ahead of APEC

BEIJING - Beijing police have warned people they face arrest for wearing Halloween fancy dress on the subway as it may cause crowds to gather and create "trouble", a state-run newspaper said on Friday, unveiling a list of APEC summit-related restrictions.

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Special Report: Tsunami evacuees caught in $30 billion Japan money trap

ISHINOMAKI Japan - Thirty billion dollars in funding for roads, bridges and thousands of new homes in areas devastated by the tsunami in Japan three and a half years ago is still languishing unspent in the bank. That means Keiko Abe is heading into a fourth winter of sub-zero temperatures in a cramped, temporary dwelling that is succumbing to the elements.

Myanmar calls meeting of political, military heavyweights

YANGON - Myanmar's president and powerful military chief will hold an unprecedented high-level meeting on Friday with major political parties and ethnic minority groups as cracks widen in the fledgling democracy ahead of an election next year.

Myanmar 30 Oct 2014

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