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EU wins Greek backing to extend Russia sanctions, delays decision on new steps

BRUSSELS/KIEV - European Union foreign ministers extended existing sanctions against Russia on Thursday, holding off on tighter economic measures for now but winning the support of the new left-leaning government of Greece, whose position had been in doubt. | Video

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Exclusive: U.S. armed drone program in Yemen facing intelligence gaps

WASHINGTON - The United States is facing increasing difficulty acquiring intelligence needed to run its stealth drone program in Yemen, undermining a campaign against the most lethal branch of al Qaeda after Houthi rebels seized control of parts of the country’s security apparatus, U.S. officials say.

Yemen 5:23pm EST

Gas truck blast rocks Mexico hospital; two dead, 66 injured

MEXICO CITY - A gas truck explosion decimated large parts of a maternity hospital on the western edge of Mexico City on Thursday, killing one woman and a child and leaving dozens injured, Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said.

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Argentine investigator into Jewish center bombing buried

BUENOS AIRES - The Argentine prosecutor who died under mysterious circumstances the day before he was to testify in Congress about allegations against the president regarding an investigation into a 1994 bombing was buried on Thursday amid calls for justice.

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Wife of flogged Saudi blogger says his health is worsening

OTTAWA - The wife of a Saudi rights activist, sentenced last year to 1,000 lashes for criticizing the Kingdom's clerics in his blog, said on Thursday her husband's health had worsened after the first round of flogging and that he could not survive the full punishment.

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Saudi king orders payout to state employees, reshuffles cabinet

RIYADH - Saudi Arabia's new King Salman ordered a lavish payout to all state employees on Thursday and reshuffled some top government jobs while keeping in place the oil, foreign, finance, defense and interior ministers.

Saudi Arabia 3:55pm EST

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