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NY Times World News

Pro-Russian Forces Relinquish Seized Building, Ukraine Says

The authorities said “civilian activists” had retaken a City Hall building in the southeast of the country, and that troops had seized a checkpoint near Slovyansk.

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Court Releases Japanese Ship Impounded by China

The seizure of the ship raised the prospect of China seeking compensation for claims stemming from its conflict with Japan before and during World War II.

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Obama Says Pact Obliges U.S. to Protect Japan in Islands Fight

While offering security assurances to Japan, President Obama did not take sides over who has sovereignty over islands that are also claimed by China.

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Britain Moves to Prevent Young People From Joining Syrian War

The campaign reflects growing concern in Europe that jihadists returning home from the conflict represent a “great danger.”

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Reuters World News

Obama poised for new sanctions on Russia if no progress on Ukraine

TOKYO/DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday he was poised to impose new sanctions on Moscow if it does not act fast to end an armed stand-off in Ukraine, but there was a first, tentative sign that pro-Russian separatists were ceding ground.

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U.S. official says Hamas-PLO government would prompt aid reassessment

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States would have to reconsider its assistance to the Palestinians if Islamist group Hamas and the Palestinian Liberation Organization form a government together, a senior U.S. administration official said on Thursday.

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Kashmiris shun polls as Modi challenges for power in India

ANANTNAG, India (Reuters) - Mohammad Amin Pandith, a smallholder and father-of-three from Indian-controlled Kashmir, was lured from his home at night by a man in army uniform, dragged along a potholed lane and shot in the back of the head.
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Boy and girl on Korean ferry tied life jackets together before they drowned

SEOUL (Reuters) - A boy and girl trapped in a sinking South Korean ferry with hundreds of other high school students tied their life jacket cords together, a diver who recovered their bodies said, presumably so they wouldn't float apart.

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