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Pro-Russian protesters, who are demanding broader autonomy from Kiev and closer ties to Moscow, block Ukrainian tanks in Kramatorsk, eastern Ukraine, on Wednesday.

Russia cites economic fallout from Crimea annexation

MOSCOW — Russia's economy has been hit hard by the turmoil in neighboring Ukraine, Kremlin officials said Wednesday, as pro-Russia separatists battled to take over more...

WASHINGTON -- President Obama accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of supporting "non-state militias" in southern and eastern Ukraine in...

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s drug and corruption crackdown intensified this week with the arrests of the reputed second in command of the...

RAMALLAH, West Bank – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told Israeli lawmakers on Wednesday that it was still possible to...

Iran is fulfilling its commitments under a November agreement with six foreign powers to convert or dilute its stockpile of medium-enriched uranium,...

Ingrained cheating pervades India's education system

Ingrained cheating pervades India's education system

Under intense pressure, some students cheat in covert or bold ways to score well on all-important nationwide exams.

In Syria, a shrinking city struggles on between terrifying air raids

In Syria, a shrinking city struggles on between terrifying air raids

Syrians in rebel-held areas have borne near-daily attacks, enduring President Bashar Assad's military might with a resilience bordering on stubborn fatalism.

CRISIS IN SYRIA

Syria fighting leaves Maaloula, a historic Christian town, in ruins

Syria fighting leaves Maaloula, a historic Christian town, in ruins

MAALOULA, Syria — From the debris-strewn front garden of the Safir Hotel, Syrian military commanders barked orders to troops taking cover in the...

BRAZIL & SOUTH AMERICA

Deep in Brazil's jungle, host city poses wild challenge for World Cup

Deep in Brazil's jungle, host city poses wild challenge for World Cup

MANAUS, Brazil — In the 1960s, Brazil's military rulers decided they had to populate the Amazon or risk losing control over the vast, isolated...

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Russian economy hit by Ukraine fallout; 0% growth in 2014 possible

Russian economy hit by Ukraine fallout; 0% growth in 2014 possible

Russia's economy has been hit hard by the Ukraine crisis, prompting finance officials to cut growth forecasts for this year to near...

Afghanistan official shot, another kidnapped in Kabul

Afghanistan official shot, another kidnapped in Kabul

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Two security incidents within 24 hours involving Afghan government officials have taken some of the glimmer off of...

Ingrained cheating pervades India's education system

Ingrained cheating pervades India's education system

Under intense pressure, some students in India cheat in covert or bold ways to score well on all-important nationwide exams.

Nearly 300 missing after South Korea ferry sinks

Nearly 300 missing after South Korea ferry sinks

SEOUL -- The dramatic capsizing of a ferry stunned South Korea on Wednesday as rescuers raced to save 459 people aboard the vessel off the...

Iraq closes notorious Abu Ghraib prison because of security concerns

Iraq closes notorious Abu Ghraib prison because of security concerns

Iraq’s Ministry of Justice announced Tuesday that it would close the facility formerly known as Abu Ghraib prison, the site of an...

Vigilantes to disarm in Mexico's Michoacan state

Vigilantes to disarm in Mexico's Michoacan state

MEXICO CITY — The Mexican government has set a date for the so-called self-defense militias in the troubled western...

Nigerian militants abduct dozens of schoolgirls

Nigerian militants abduct dozens of schoolgirls

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Dozens of Nigerian schoolgirls were loaded into vehicles by armed militants and driven off in the...

Russia condemns Ukrainian troops' move to oust armed separatists

Russia condemns Ukrainian troops' move to oust armed separatists

MOSCOW -- Ukraine's interim government on Tuesday made good on threats to move against pro-Russia separatists occupying eastern cities,&...

Prosecutor wraps up grueling cross-examination of Oscar Pistorius

Prosecutor wraps up grueling cross-examination of Oscar Pistorius

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Hours before South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius fatally shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, she...

Dutch teen draws arrest, mockery for tweeting threat to American Airlines

Dutch teen draws arrest, mockery for tweeting threat to American Airlines

A 14-year-old Dutch girl, whose Twitter message to American Airlines was interpreted as a terrorist threat, has been freed after a brief...

Ex-Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi sentenced to community service

Ex-Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi sentenced to community service

ROME -- Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was ordered Tuesday to spend a year performing community service among the elderly...

Malaysia Airlines plane search goes underwater

Malaysia Airlines plane search goes underwater

BEIJING — Investigators looking for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 have put away their towed pinger locator and are about to call off...

U.N. rights chief deplores torture in war-plagued Syria

U.N. rights chief deplores torture in war-plagued Syria

The United Nations human rights chief condemned widespread torture by all sides in the Syrian conflict, citing examples such as that of a...

Pro-Russia police help foil Ukraine crackdown in east

Pro-Russia police help foil Ukraine crackdown in east

MOSCOW — Ukrainian police sympathetic to pro-Russia separatists occupying government buildings helped thwart a threatened crackdown...

Israeli man killed in West Bank shooting

Israeli man killed in West Bank shooting

RAMALLAH, West Bank – An Israeli man was killed and at least two people were injured Monday when civilian vehicles came under fire...

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Prosecutor attacks credibility of Oscar Pistorius expert witness

Russian economy hit by Ukraine fallout; 0% growth in 2014 possible

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