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East Ukraine separatists stay put despite diplomatic deal

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KIEV/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine - Armed pro-Russian separatists were still holding public buildings in eastern Ukraine on Friday, saying they needed more assurances about their security before they comply with an international deal ordering them to disarm. | Video

Obama: Ukraine diplomacy holds hope but sanctions ready

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said on Thursday that talks between Russia and Western powers aimed at ending tensions in Ukraine have potential but warned that the United States and its allies are prepared to impose more sanctions on Russia if the situation fails to improve.

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Kerry condemns anti-Semitic leaflet in eastern Ukraine

GENEVA - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry condemned as "grotesque" on Thursday the distribution of leaflets in eastern Ukraine that appeared to call on Jews to register with separatist, pro-Russian authorities.

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Kerry condemns anti-Semitic leaflet in eastern Ukraine

GENEVA - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry condemned as "grotesque" on Thursday the distribution of leaflets in eastern Ukraine that appeared to call on Jews to register with separatist, pro-Russian authorities.

World, 17 Apr 2014

Obama: Ukraine diplomacy holds hope but sanctions ready

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said on Thursday talks between Russia and Western powers aimed at ending tensions in Ukraine have potential but that the United States and its allies are prepared to impose more sanctions on Russia if the situation fails to improve.

World, 17 Apr 2014

Four-way talks call for end to Ukraine violence

GENEVA/MOSCOW - The United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union called after crisis talks on Thursday for an immediate halt to violence in Ukraine, where Western powers believe Russia is fomenting a pro-Russian separatist movement. | Video

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Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine not about to end sit-ins

DONETSK, Ukraine - Pro-Russian separatists occupying public buildings in eastern Ukraine reacted to an international accord to defuse the crisis on Thursday by saying they would not agree to leave the sites before other major conditions were met.

World, 17 Apr 2014

Putin says annexation of Crimea partly a response to NATO enlargement

MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said Russia had been forced to respond to NATO enlargement and that its annexation of Crimea, home to its Black Sea Fleet, was partly influenced by the Western military alliance's expansion into eastern Europe.

World, 17 Apr 2014

Ukraine says Putin destabilizing country, wants to wreck election

KIEV - Ukraine's prime minister on Thursday accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of building a terrorist network in Ukraine to destabilize it and wreck its presidential election next month.

World, 17 Apr 2014

Armed men put Putin on the air in eastern Ukraine

ANDRIYIVKA, Ukraine - Armed men took over a television tower in eastern Ukraine on Thursday and switched it to Russian channels playing an almost non-stop stream of sound-bites from a marathon TV phone-in by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

World, 17 Apr 2014
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South Korea ferry captain rushed back to bridge as ship listed-crewman

MOKPO/JINDO, South Korea - The captain of a South Korean ferry that capsized two days ago rushed back to the bridge after it started listing severely and tried in vain to right the vessel, one of the helmsmen on the ship said on Friday. | Video