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Germany protests 'unacceptable' ejection of Merkel party MP from Moscow

BERLIN - Germany protested to Russia on Monday over Moscow's refusal to let a conservative German lawmaker into the country, a decision the Foreign Ministry criticised as unacceptable, in the latest sign of East-West tensions over the Ukraine crisis.

UPDATE 1-Tennis-Sharapova back in groove, Berdych powers through

* Radwanska sent packing in first round (Recasts with Sharapova win)

UPDATE 2-Russian rouble nudges higher as tax payments due

MOSCOW, May 25 - Russia's rouble strengthened slightly on Monday, supported by end-of-month tax payments and weak forex demand, but trade was thin because London and U.S. markets were closed for public holidays.

About 100 U.S., European jets join Arctic exercise near Russia

OSLO - About 100 fighter jets from the United States and eight European nations began an Arctic training exercise in the Nordic nations on Monday, a region worried by increased Russian military activity. The exercise, based in the north of Norway, Sweden and Finland with 4,000 personnel, is meant to test cooperation among Arctic nations near Russia. It was planned before Moscow’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region last year raised regional tensions. "The aim is to exercise and

UPDATE 1-Rusagro's Q1 earnings boosted by weak rouble, import ban

* EBITDA margin at 36 pct vs 22 pct a year ago (Adds details)

Rebel shelling kills at least two in Ukraine, coke plant shuts down

KIEV - Shelling by Russian-backed separatists killed at least two people -- one civilian and one Ukrainian serviceman -- in Ukraine at the weekend and halted production at one of Europe's largest coke plants, the police and military said.

UPDATE 3-Rebel shelling kills at least two in Ukraine, coke plant shuts down

* Serviceman killed near Mariupol (Adds one killed near Mariupol)

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Halep says she's stronger now despite tough opener

PARIS - Last year's runner-up Simona Halep huffed and puffed past Russian Evgeniya Rodina to reach the second round with a 7-5 6-4 win as the French Open began on Sunday, but the Romanian was not concerned by a patchy display.

UPDATE 1-Tennis-Halep says she's stronger now despite tough opener

PARIS, May 24 - Last year's runner-up Simona Halep huffed and puffed past Russian Evgeniya Rodina to reach the second round with a 7-5 6-4 win as the French Open began on Sunday, but the Romanian was not concerned by a patchy display.

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Sweden's Mans Zelmerlow wins Eurovision Song Contest

VIENNA - Sweden's Mans Zelmerlow won the final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna on Sunday, beating Russia and Italy in the world's biggest international music show. | Video

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Islamic State faces battle in Iraq, U.S. reassures Abadi

BAGHDAD/WASHINGTON - Islamic State poured more fighters into Ramadi as security forces and Shi'ite paramilitaries prepared to try to retake the Iraqi city, while Washington scrambled on Monday to reassure Baghdad after a U.S. official's sharp criticism of Iraqi forces. | Video