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Ukraine's Poroshenko talks tough ahead of meetings with Merkel, Putin

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KIEV - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday he would call on Russian President Vladimir Putin to rein in pro-Russian separatists when the two men meet next week and told the Kremlin chief he had "a strong country, a strong army" behind him. | Video

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Ukraine border guards begin checks on Russian aid trucks

BORDER CROSSING POINT DONETSK Russia - Ukrainian border guards began on Thursday to inspect a Russian truck convoy carrying aid earmarked for humanitarian relief in eastern Ukraine that has been stranded at the frontier between the two former Soviet republics for nearly a week.

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Ukraine's Poroshenko talks tough ahead of meetings with Merkel, Putin

KIEV - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday he would call on Russian President Vladimir Putin to rein in pro-Russian separatists when the two men meet next week and told the Kremlin chief he had "a strong country, a strong army" behind him.

Rossi to make F1 debut in place of Chilton

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS Belgium - American Alexander Rossi will make his Formula One debut for Marussia at this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix after the hard-up team sidelined Britain's Max Chilton for unspecified contractual reasons.

UPDATE 2-Motor racing-Rossi to make F1 debut in place of Chilton

* Chilton is second driver to be replaced for Spa (Adds Chilton statement, background)

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Ukraine border guards begin checks on Russian aid trucks

BORDER CROSSING POINT DONETSK Russia - Ukrainian border guards began on Thursday to inspect a Russian truck convoy carrying aid earmarked for humanitarian relief in eastern Ukraine that has been stranded at the frontier between the two former Soviet republics for nearly a week.

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Ukraine's Poroshenko says will urge rebel withdrawal at meeting with Putin

KIEV - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday he would call on Russian President Vladimir Putin to take action for pro-Russian separatists to be withdrawn from Ukraine when the two men meet next week, his website said.

EU should stick to measures against Russia: Czech minister

PRAGUE - The European Union should stick to targeted sanctions imposed on Russia over the Ukraine crisis despite Moscow responding with sanctions that are hurting Europe's economy, the Czech foreign minister said on Thursday.

EU should stick to measures against Russia - Czech minister

PRAGUE - The European Union should stick to targeted sanctions imposed on Russia over the Ukraine crisis despite Moscow responding with sanctions that are hurting Europe's economy, the Czech foreign minister said on Thursday.

Ukraine's Poroshenko says will urge rebel withdrawal at meeting with Putin

KIEV - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday he would call on Russian President Vladimir Putin to take action for pro-Russian separatists to be withdrawn from Ukraine when the two men meet next week, his website said.

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Israeli air strike kills three Hamas commanders in Gaza

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israel killed three senior Hamas commanders in the Gaza Strip in an air strike on Thursday and said it would continue to target the group's armed leadership after a ceasefire failed. | Video