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Three dead in east Ukraine, Putin warns of 'abyss'

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MARIUPOL, Ukraine/MOSCOW - Separatists attacked a Ukrainian national guard base overnight and Kiev said three of them were killed, the worst bloodshed yet in a 10-day pro-Russian uprising, accompanied by tough words from Vladimir Putin that overshadowed crisis talks. | Video

UPDATE 1-Bulgarian minister makes passionate case for South Stream pipeline

* South Stream is strategic, priority project for Bulgaria-minister

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Runaway spy Snowden is surprise guest on Putin phone-in

MOSCOW - Edward Snowden, the fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor who leaked details of U.S. intelligence eavesdropping, made a surprise appearance on a TV phone-in hosted by Vladimir Putin on Thursday, asking the Russian president if his country also tapped the communications of millions.

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Three dead in east Ukraine, Putin warns of 'abyss'

MARIUPOL, Ukraine/MOSCOW - Separatists attacked a Ukrainian national guard base overnight and Kiev said three of them were killed, the worst bloodshed yet in a 10-day pro-Russian uprising, accompanied by tough words from Vladimir Putin that overshadowed crisis talks. | Video

HIGHLIGHTS-Russian President Putin's televised call-in with the nation

MOSCOW, April 17 - Russian President Vladimir Putin held an annual televised question-and-answer session with the Russian public on Thursday, addressing topics including the crisis in Ukraine, Russia's relationship with the West and government surveillance.

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Putin talks tough on Ukraine but says he hopes for peace

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Ukraine's leaders on Thursday of committing a "grave crime" by using the army to try to quell unrest in the east of the country, and did not rule out sending in Russian troops.

Putin talks tough on Ukraine but says he hopes for peace

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Ukraine's leaders on Thursday of committing a "grave crime" by using the army to try to quell unrest in the east of the country, and did not rule out sending in Russian troops.

UPDATE 2-Putin talks tough on Ukraine but says he hopes for peace

* Ukraine talks important, "mutual understanding" possible

Ukraine says Putin destabilizing country, wants to wreck election

KIEV - Ukraine's prime minister on Thursday accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of building a terrorist network in Ukraine to destabilize it and wreck its presidential election next month.

Ukraine says Putin destabilising country, wants to wreck election

KIEV - Ukraine's prime minister on Thursday accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of building a terrorist network in Ukraine to destabilise it and wreck its presidential election next month.

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Divers struggle in search for South Korean ferry survivors

MOKPO/JINDO, South Korea - Rescuers struggled with strong waves and murky waters on Thursday as they searched for hundreds of people, most of them teenagers from the same school, still missing after a South Korean ferry capsized 36 hours ago. | Video