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Thursday 03/05/2015
Ukraine blockade of rebel territory fosters resentment

KURAKHOVE, Ukraine (AP) — Tears welled up in Vera Pavliy's eyes as she stood outside the bank, looking as if she had just gotten lost. The 76-year-old was stuck behind the battle lines in the east Ukraine town of Kurakhove with no money and no way to get home.

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Missing persons committee apologizes for remains mix-up

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A committee charged with uncovering the fate missing Cypriots has apologized to a family for giving them bone fragments that didn't belong to their loved one.

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South Africa to investigate spy allegations

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The South African government said Thursday that it is investigating allegations, posted on a website, that the state ombudsman and opposition figures spied for the U.S.

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Egypt's el-Sissi replaces interior minister in reshuffle

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi reshuffled his Cabinet on Thursday, replacing the powerful minister in charge of the nation's police along with six other ministers, state television reported.

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Insurgent attacks in Iraqi capital kill at least 11 people

BAGHDAD (AP) — Insurgents unleashed a series of attacks mostly targeting civilian areas in and around the Iraqi capital on Thursday, killing at least 11 people, as Islamic State militants in the country's north set oil wells ablaze in an attempt to slow government forces battling to reclaim territory.

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Burkina Faso allows family to exhume grave of Thomas Sankara

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso's interim government has authorized the exhumation of the supposed grave of assassinated revolutionary leader Thomas Sankara.

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Last Ebola patient is released in Liberia

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia released its last Ebola patient, a 58-year old teacher, from a treatment center on Thursday, beginning its countdown to being declared Ebola free.

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Poland: Stronger Ukraine army can decrease conflict

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Strengthening Ukraine's army and supplying it with weapons could prevent an escalation of the conflict and would serve Europe's interests, a top Polish security official said Thursday.

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Thai court sentences 'Red Shirts' to jail for 2009 rioting

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai court sentenced 15 members of the "Red Shirt" political movement to four years in prison on Thursday for inciting rioting that disrupted an important regional conference in 2009, news reports said.

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Russian policeman gets 15-year sentence for spying for US

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian police officer was convicted Thursday on charges of spying for the United States — using a cache disguised as a rock — and sentenced to 15 years in prison. It was the latest in a host of spy cases amid rising Russia-West tensions over Ukraine.

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Russia launches military drills in the southwest

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's military on Thursday launched maneuvers of air defense forces in the southwest of the country, the latest in a series of frequent drills amid tensions with the West.

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So late Solange holds up Paris Fashion Week

PARIS (AP) — Solange Knowles had top fashion editors grumpily peering at their watches at Carven's morning show — sauntering in 30 minutes late Thursday.

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EU urges Russia to forget old gas contract with Ukraine

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is concerned that Russia might want to enforce its old gas contract with Ukraine once their current arrangement runs out, saying it could contravene Moscow's peace obligations.

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Europe swamped with crush of migrants arriving by land, sea

MADRID (AP) — The European Union is immersed in a full-fledged migration crisis.

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Attack on US envoy part of S.Korea's violent protest history

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A knife attack Thursday that injured the U.S. ambassador to South Korea is the latest act of political violence in a deeply divided country where some protesters portray their causes as matters of life and death.

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US draft urges UN to condemn use of chlorine in Syria

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States has circulated a draft resolution in the U.N. Security Council that condemns the use of toxic chemicals such as chlorine in Syria without assigning blame, while threatening militarily enforced action in the case of further violations.

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UK report: Spy agencies should seek female recruits online

LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers say the country's intelligence agencies, which inspired James Bond, aren't doing enough to promote real-life Jane Bonds.

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Dying wish comes true: Dutch woman with ALS sees Rembrandts

AMSTERDAM (AP) — A Dutch charity has granted a terminally ill woman's dying wish, wheeling her into Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum on a special bed for a private viewing of an immensely popular exhibition of Rembrandt paintings.

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South Africa to investigate spy allegations

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The South African government says it is investigating allegations, posted on a website, that the state ombudsman and opposition figures spied for the U.S.

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NATO, Russia exchange barbs reminiscent of Cold War days

RIGA, Latvia (AP) — NATO and Russia are exchanging heated language reminiscent of Cold War days with accusations of sinister geopolitical plotting and human rights abuses flying across an increasingly deep divide.

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