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

TOKYO/DONETSK, Ukraine - 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. | Video

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U.N. Security Council members considering South Sudan sanctions 10:23am BST

UNITED NATIONS - U.N. Security Council members are considering sanctions on South Sudan's warring parties, envoys said, after U.N. peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous demanded "serious consequences" be imposed to force an end to the violence.

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India's BJP eyes gains in south, east to cut clout of regional queens 8:54am BST

CHENNAI, India - India's opposition Bharatiya Janata Party was set to make gains in two big states in the south and east that began voting on Thursday in the sixth phase of a mammoth general election that could help it build a stable majority in parliament.

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Wage talks resume as South Africa platinum strike marks 13th week 8:25am BST

JOHANNESBURG - Marathon talks aimed at ending a crippling three-month strike in South Africa's platinum sector were to resume on Thursday after the world's top producers and union AMCU spent two days haggling over an offer tabled last week by the companies.

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Three foreigners killed in attack in Afghan hospital - security sources 10:06am BST

KABUL - Three foreigners were killed on Thursday when a security guard opened fire at an international hospital in the Afghan capital, Kabul, security sources said, in the latest of a series of attacks against foreign civilians.

Pakistan fighter jets target militant hideouts near Afghan border 6:03am BST

ISLAMABAD - Pakistani fighter jets pounded suspected militant hideouts near the Afghan border on Thursday in response to a spate of attacks around the country, the army said, in the first aerial operation against Taliban insurgents in two months.

M&A, upbeat results help European stocks resume rally

LONDON, April 24 - European shares resumed their rise on Thursday, boosted by mergers and acquisitions activity and upbeat updates from electrical gear maker Schneider Electric and oil services group Technip among others.