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Russian pranksters posing as Ukraine president-elect trick France's Macron

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MOSCOW Russian pranksters posing as Ukrainian president-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy tricked French President Emmanuel Macron into a hoax phone call after Sunday's Ukrainian presidential vote.

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Russia offers passports to east Ukraine, president-elect decries 'aggressor state' 12:57pm EDT

ST PETERSBURG, Russia/KIEV Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday signed an order simplifying the procedure for obtaining a Russian passport for residents of separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine, prompting calls for more international sanctions from Kiev.

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Ukraine's outgoing and new presidents denounce Russia over east Ukraine passports 12:57pm EDT

KIEV Ukraine's outgoing leader and president-elect separately issued statements on Wednesday denouncing Russia as an occupying force in eastern Ukraine, after Moscow moved to simplify the procedure for Donbass residents to get Russian passports.

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Peace, honesty and cheap gas: Ukraine's new leader shoulders high expectations 11:55am EDT

KIEV When the Ukrainian president played by actor Volodymyr Zelenskiy faces a corrupt parliament in his TV comedy, he fantasizes about blasting them all away with two submachine guns.

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Putin: we don't want to cause problems for new Ukraine president 11:02am EDT

ST PETERSBURG, Russia President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday it was unacceptable that residents of Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions had no rights, but he said Moscow did not want to create problems for the new Ukrainian leadership.

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North Korea's Kim arrives for summit with Russia's Putin 10:26am EDT

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in the Russian city of Vladivostok on Wednesday for a summit he is likely to use to seek support from President Vladimir Putin while Pyongyang's nuclear talks with Washington are in limbo. | Video

Kiev denounces Russian move to ease citizenship for east Ukraine residents 9:54am EDT

KIEV Ukraine's Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin on Wednesday denounced a Russian move to simplify procedures for residents in separatist-held eastern Ukraine to obtain Russian passports.

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China shows off new destroyer as Xi views naval parade 7:36am EDT

QINGDAO, China China showed off the first of its new generation of guided missile destroyers on Tuesday as President Xi Jinping reviewed a major naval parade through mist and rain to mark 70 years since the founding of China's navy. | Video

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Five challenges for Ukraine's new president 5:59am EDT

LONDON Ukraine has entered uncharted political waters by choosing Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a comedian with no previous political experience and few detailed policies, as its new president.

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UK's May assures Ukraine's new president of continued support Apr 23 2019

LONDON Prime Minister Theresa May told Ukraine's President-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy in a congratulatory call on Tuesday that Britain would continue to support his country's sovereignty and territorial integrity, her office said.

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Picture emerges of well-to-do young bombers behind Sri Lankan carnage

COLOMBO Details began to emerge in Sri Lanka on Wednesday of a band of nine, well-educated Islamist suicide bombers, including a woman, from well-to-do families who slaughtered 359 people in Easter Sunday bomb attacks. | Video