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Surge in eastern fighting kills seven Ukrainian soldiers: official

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KIEV Ukraine said on Tuesday seven of its servicemen had been killed in the past 24 hours as a result of increased attacks by pro-Russian rebels, the highest reported daily casualty figure since August.

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Russia, Ukraine commit to Minsk accords in call with France, Germany 3:16am EDT

BERLIN The leaders of Russia and Ukraine discussed with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the French President preparations to hold elections in an eastern Ukrainian area hit by a pro-Russian insurrection, according to the german government.

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Slow response to past crashes could hinder EgyptAir search, experts say May 23 2016

PARIS/CAIRO Teams searching for the black box flight recorders of a missing EgyptAir jet that crashed with 66 people aboard face technical constraints that aviation experts increasingly blame on a slow regulatory response to earlier disasters.

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Lockerbie lawyer seeks $330 million from Putin, Russia for MH17 disaster May 23 2016

SYDNEY The U.S. aviation lawyer who won compensation for victims of the 1988 Lockerbie aircraft bombing and is now seeking $330 million from Russia for the downing of Malaysian Airlines MH17 in 2014, says Russian President Vladimir Putin must be held responsible.

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Who do you think you are kidding, Mr Johnson? May 22 2016

BRUSSELS As a former journalist who made his name by bashing Brussels but was sometimes accused of twisting the facts, Boris Johnson knows there's no easier way to hook readers than to lead with Hitler.

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Australian firm names Russia, Putin in MH17 compensation claim: report May 21 2016

MELBOURNE An Australian law firm has filed a compensation claim against Russia and President Vladimir Putin in the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of families of victims of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, shot down in 2014, media reported.

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Kazakh police break up anti-government protests May 21 2016

ALMATY/ASTANA Kazakh police broke up anti-government protests across the country on Saturday, detaining dozens of protesters and cordoning off the main squares of major cities. | Video

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EU ministers make it easier to suspend visa-free travel amid immigration worries May 20 2016

BRUSSELS European Union ministers on Friday backed making it easier and faster to suspend visa waiver with third countries and said relaxing travel rules for more states was not imminent amid deepening public concern about immigration into the bloc.

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Snubbed by West, Russia rolls out red carpet for Asian leaders May 20 2016

SOCHI, Russia The Kremlin has seized on the visit by southeast Asian leaders for a summit as an opportunity to show Russia still has friends on the international stage, despite being cold-shouldered by the West over the conflict in Ukraine.

G7 not about to welcome back Russia, German official says May 20 2016

BERLIN The Group of Seven (G7) leading industry nations are not about to readmit Russia to their club, a senior German government official said on Friday.

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Obama prods Vietnam on rights after activists stopped from meeting him

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam U.S. President Barack Obama chided Vietnam on political freedoms on Tuesday after critics of the communist-run government were prevented from meeting him in Hanoi, a discordant note on a trip otherwise steeped in words of amity between the former foes. | Video