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Russia-backed rebels take over factories, mines in Ukraine
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian-backed rebels are taking over scores of factories and mines in eastern Ukraine, many of them belonging to a tycoon whose foundation has been the largest provider of humanitarian aid to a war-battered population....

Fillon stays in French presidential race despite summons
PARIS (AP) -- Conservative candidate Francois Fillon refused to quit France's roller-coaster presidential race Wednesday despite receiving a summons to face charges of getting his wife and children taxpayer-funded jobs in which they allegedly did no work....

Court: Norway didn't violate rights of mass murderer Breivik
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Norway did not violate the human rights of mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik by isolating him in jail, an appeals court ruled Wednesday, overturning a lower court ruling from last year....

Suspects charged with murder in airport nerve agent attack
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Their eyes red and heads bowed, two young women accused of smearing VX nerve agent on the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader were charged with murder Wednesday in a Malaysian court....

From LOL shirt to bulletproof vest, hit suspects go to court
TOKYO (AP) -- Because of a grainy security camera photo that went viral online, she is now known to many as the LOL assassin....

Taliban suicide attacks, shootout kill 16 in Afghan capital
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Near-simultaneous Taliban suicide bombings and an hours-long shootout with Afghan security forces left at least 16 people dead and over 100 wounded in Kabul on Wednesday - a stark reminder of the militants' ability to stage large-scale and complex attacks in the country's capital....

As South Sudan refugee flood continues, so do tales of abuse
PALORINYA, Uganda (AP) -- In the bushland of northern Uganda, a recently arrived refugee from South Sudan describes how soldiers back home detained and tortured him for two months for reading an article online....

Iraqi forces push toward Mosul government complex
MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- An Iraqi commander says his troops are within 800 meters (900 yards) of the main government complex in the northern city of Mosul, the capture of which would mark a symbolic victory against the Islamic State group....

UN panel alleges Aleppo war crimes; Syria talks inch forward
GENEVA (AP) -- A U.N. panel said Wednesday the evacuation of eastern Aleppo, after months of siege and aerial bombing by Russian and Syrian forces, was one of many war crimes committed by those fighting for control of the city....

Abuse survivor quits pope's panel over Vatican stonewall
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Frustrated by what she described as Vatican stonewalling, an Irish woman who was sexually abused by clergy quit her post Wednesday on a panel advising Pope Francis about how to protect minors from such abuse....

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