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Putin expresses hope he won't have to send troops to Ukraine

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday rejected claims that Russian special forces are fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine, but recognized for the first time that the troops in unmarked uniforms who had overtaken Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula before its annexation by Moscow were Russian soldiers.

Militants launch attack on military base in northern Iraq, killing 10 soldiers, officials say

BAGHDAD - Militants launched a brazen attack on a military base in a restive area in northern Iraq on Thursday, killing at least 10 soldiers and wounding 12, officials said.

Ukraine: 3 pro-Russian militants killed, 13 injured after clashes at a Black Sea military base

MARIUPOL, Ukraine - The turmoil in Ukraine dominated the European landscape Thursday, as three protesters were killed in a clash in southern Ukraine, high-level talks were held in Geneva and Vladimir Putin weighed in on his neighbour's future for hours from Moscow.

World Wrestling Entertainment's stars in conservative Saudi Arabia for first live matches

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Pro wrestlers with the WWE, including John Cena and champion Randy Orton, are in Saudi Arabia for three days of matches in the capital, Riyadh.

Pistorius murder trial: Prosecutor undermines defence expert

PRETORIA, South Africa - The prosecution in Oscar Pistorius' murder trial on Thursday challenged the credibility of an expert witness for the defence, which was trying to show that the athlete killed his girlfriend by mistake.

India struggles to cope with deadly Maoist rebel attacks during weekslong general election

RAJNANDGAON, India - Indians cast ballots Thursday on the biggest day of voting in the country's weekslong general election, streaming into polling stations even in areas where leftist rebels threatened violence over the plight of India's marginalized and poor.

Aiming to de-escalate military tensions with Russia, US and Ukraine try carrot-stick approach

GENEVA - Ukraine is hoping to placate Russia and calm hostilities with its neighbour even as the U.S. prepares a new round of sanctions to punish Moscow for what it regards as fomenting unrest.

Street theatre shows visitors the human side of Mexico City's rough Tepito neighbourhood

MEXICO CITY - Few outsiders dare venture after dark into Tepito, a neighbourhood known as Mexico City's main clearinghouse for contraband ranging from guns and drugs to counterfeit sneakers.

Memorial service for 8-year-old fan who died of cancer set for Michigan State basketball arena

EAST LANSING, Mich. - An 8-year-old Michigan State basketball fan whose battle with cancer inspired the team's players, coaches and many more beyond the hardwood is to be honoured by thousands of her closest friends at a memorial service in East Lansing.

Big Flush II: Teen cited for urinating in city water; Portland to drain 38 million gallons

PORTLAND, Ore. - Call it the Big Flush 2, and this time the sequel promises to be much bigger than the original.

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