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Ukrainian presidential candidates trade insults in rowdy stadium debate

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KIEV The two men vying to be Ukraine's next president traded insults in a raucous debate on Friday in front of thousands of supporters before an election that could put a comedian with no political experience in charge of a country at war.

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Putin ally to Ukraine's probable new leader: Reconcile with Moscow and get territory back Apr 19 2019

KIEV Ukraine's new president could regain control over the separatist-controlled east of his country within months and get cheap gas and major investment from Russia if he repairs ties with Moscow, the Kremlin's closest ally in Ukraine said.

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Comedian Zelenskiy keeps Ukraine presidential poll lead Apr 19 2019

KIEV Comic actor Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a political novice who plays a fictional president in a popular TV series, has kept his lead in Ukraine's presidential election race, according to an opinion poll published on Thursday. | Video

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Turkey pins hopes on Trump to avoid sanctions over Russia missile deal Apr 19 2019

ANKARA/WASHINGTON Turkey's hopes of avoiding punishing U.S. sanctions over its purchase of a Russian air defense system appear increasingly pinned on intervention from Donald Trump, but the president has little leeway to counter Ankara's many critics in Washington.

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Ukrainian leader's re-election drive to win the army vote stutters Apr 17 2019

NOVOLUHANSKE, Ukraine Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko thought he could rely for his re-election in part on the votes of soldiers who have spent years fighting pro-Russian separatists. But a visit to the frontline found low morale and little enthusiasm for him.

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Ukraine says it captured Russian military intelligence hit squad Apr 17 2019

KIEV Ukraine's security service SBU said on Wednesday it had captured a Russian military intelligence hit squad responsible for the attempted murder of a Ukrainian military spy in the run-up to a presidential election on Sunday.

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Hungry for change, Ukrainians set to elect comedian as next president Apr 17 2019

KIEV Ukrainians fed up with entrenched corruption and hungry for change are likely to elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a comedian with no previous political experience, as their next president in a run-off vote on Sunday.

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Mutual friends and borrowed cars: how Ukraine's would-be leader is linked to tycoon Apr 16 2019

KIEV Volodymyr Zelenskiy, front runner to be the next Ukrainian president, has connections to one of the country's wealthiest tycoons that are undermining his image as an insurgent who will sweep aside the powerful moneyed elite. | Video

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Comedian Zelenskiy would win second round of Ukraine vote, poll shows Apr 16 2019

KIEV The presidential candidate and comic actor Volodymyr Zelenskiy is likely to win Ukraine's presidential election, according to an opinion poll published on Tuesday.

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Poroshenko 2.0: Ukraine leader reboots campaign ahead of presidential run-off Apr 16 2019

PARIS/KIEV Flanked by rock musicians wearing yellow overalls and black t-shirts with skulls on them, Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko pumped his fist, danced to the music and waved to supporters outside a soccer stadium in Kiev on Sunday.

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U.S. arrests former Marine connected to North Korea embassy raid in Spain

WASHINGTON U.S. authorities have arrested a former U.S. Marine who is a member of a group that allegedly raided the North Korean embassy in Madrid in February and stole electronics, two sources familiar with the arrest said on Friday.