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Ukraine forces kill up to five rebels; Russia starts drill near border

SLAVIANSK, Ukraine/ST PETERSBURG, Russia - U krainian forces killed up to five pro-Moscow rebels on Thursday as they closed in on the separatists' military stronghold in the east, and Russia launched army drills near the border in response, raising fears its troops would invade. | Video

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U.S. official says MH370 search likely to last for years 6:36am BST

SYDNEY/PERTH, Australia - The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is likely to drag on for years, a senior U.S. defence official said on Friday, as an underwater search for any trace of the plane's wreckage off west Australia appeared to have failed.

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Israel suspends peace talks after Palestinian unity bid 24 Apr 2014

JERUSALEM - Israel on Thursday suspended U.S.-sponsored peace talks with the Palestinians in response to President Mahmoud Abbas's unexpected unity pact with the rival Islamist Hamas group.

Witnesses in U.S. Army hearing call 2007 Iraq shootings unjustified 3:35am BST

TACOMA, Washington - Two former U.S. soldiers testifying at the pre-trial hearing of a one-time comrade charged with killing two unarmed Iraqi boys said on Thursday that the 2007 shootings were unjustified.

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China labour activist freed, says will still help strikers 6:26am BST

SHANGHAI - A Chinese labour activist has been freed after being detained for more than two days by security agents who he says tried to convince him not to make contact with workers involved in China's biggest strike in years.

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Obama warns North Korea on nuclear test - South Korean media 4:46am BST

SEOUL - U.S. President Barack Obama warned North Korea on Friday against conducting another nuclear test, saying that it would draw a firm international response.

UPDATE 2-European Factors to Watch-Ukraine worries seen denting shares

LONDON, April 25 - European equity futures edged lower on Friday, with worries over an escalation in tensions in Ukraine set to dent stock markets, which had been buoyed earlier this week by corporate takeover activity.