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Ukrainian judge frees Saakashvili from detention

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KIEV Ukrainian opposition figure Mikheil Saakashvili was freed from detention on Monday, after a Ukrainian judge turned down the prosecutors' request to place him under house arrest - the latest twist in his dramatic standoff with the authorities.

Emirates and flydubai resume operating some flights over Iraq 9:33am EST

DUBAI Emirates and flydubai have resumed using Iraqi airspace for flights to other countries, the Middle East airlines said on Monday, two days after Iraq declared victory in its years-long fight against Islamic state.

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Thousands of Saakashvili supporters stage protest against Ukraine president 5:17am EST

KIEV Several thousand people marched through central Kiev on Sunday to protest against the detention of Ukrainian opposition figure Mikheil Saakashvili and call for the impeachment of President Petro Poroshenko.

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Russia says it is fully committed to nuclear missile pact Dec 09 2017

MOSCOW Russia said on Saturday it was fully committed to a Cold War-era pact with the United States banning intermediate-range cruise missiles, a day after Washington accused Moscow of violating the treaty.

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Protesters gather in Kiev after police recapture ex-Georgia leader Saakashvili Dec 08 2017

KIEV Ukrainian police recaptured the former president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili on Friday, prompting further protests in central Kiev by his supporters who freed him from police custody earlier this week.

U.S. presses Russia to comply with nuclear missile treaty Dec 08 2017

WASHINGTON The United States is reviewing military options, including new intermediate-range cruise missile systems, in response to what it says is Russia's ongoing violation of a Cold War-era pact banning such missiles, the State Department said on Friday.

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Criticism of Ukraine's language law justified: rights body Dec 08 2017

KIEV Ukraine's neighbors have a right to criticize a new Ukrainian law banning schools from teaching in minority languages beyond primary school level, a leading European rights watchdog said on Friday.

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Ukraine president denies hampering anti-corruption efforts Dec 08 2017

VILNIUS/KIEV Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko denied on Friday interfering with the work of law enforcement bodies investigating corruption and he urged such agencies to refrain from playing politics.

U.N. aviation agency not eyeing 'no-fly' zone around North Korea: sources Dec 08 2017

MONTREAL The United Nations aviation agency is not considering the creation of a "no-fly" zone around North Korea because the direction of Pyongyang's tests are not predictable, two sources familiar with the organization's thinking said on Thursday.

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IMF's Lagarde tells Ukraine president to speed up reforms Dec 08 2017

KIEV The head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, said she had a constructive phone call with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko late on Thursday in which she urged him to speed up the fight against corruption.

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EU tells Netanyahu it rejects Trump's Jerusalem move

BRUSSELS/CAIRO Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took his case to Europe to ask allies to join the United States in recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but met a firm rebuff from EU foreign ministers who saw the move as a blow against the peace process. | Video