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Fighting Intensifies in Eastern Ukraine as Rebels Down Choppers

<i>Updated 11:05 a.m. ET</i><p>The tense situation in eastern Ukraine appeared in danger of spiraling out of control Friday, as the government launched its …

Ukraine launches 'large-scale' operation to retake Slovyansk, say pro-Russian rebels

Ukrainian forces have launched a “large-scale operation“ to retake the eastern town of Slovyansk, according to pro-Russian separatists in the rebel stronghold.<p>Gunfire is said to have been heard. Russian media reports quote an insurgent leader as saying that two helicopters have been shot down.<p>In …

How China Used Drones to Capture a Notorious Burmese Drug Lord

How China used drones to track and capture the notorious kingpin of the Mekong delta.<p>The Chinese called him Godfather. He was a Burmese …

Japan postpones foreign minister's trip to Russia | Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan has postponed a visit to Russia by Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida that had been planned for later this month, the foreign ministry said on Thursday, as bloodshed in an eastern city in Ukraine threatened to overshadow crisis talks in Geneva.<p>Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio …

Palestinian leader signals willingness to extend peace talks

RAMALLAH, West Bank –Palestinian AuthorityPresidentMahmoud Abbastold Israeli lawmakers on Wednesday that it was still possible to revive moribund peace negotiations.<p>Abbas told five Israeli opposition legislators from the Labor and Meretz parties that he was willing to extend the negotiations past …

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Putin Tells Snowden That Russia Doesn't Do Mass Surveillance

Saying that because they're both former spies they can speak the same language, Russian President Vladimir Putin told "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden on Thursday that his nation does not have a "mass system" that collects data about Russian citizens' phone calls and other electronic communications.<p>The …

U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are at a 20-year low

Some (cautious) good news<p>The United States' contribution to global warming is on the decline, the EPA reported this week. Greenhouse gas emissions decline 3.4 percent from 2011 to 2012, and are down 10 percent since 2005, putting them at their lowest levels since 1994.<p>The EPA attributes the decline …

Spy vs. spy: Snowden presses Putin on surveillance

Guess who called in to a live Russian TV show to ask Russian President Vladimir Putin a question?<p>None other than the National Security Agency leaker and fugitive Edward Snowden, appearing on a video link.<p>During a televised question-and-answer session Thursday, Snowden,who exposed U.S. government …

MH370: Undersea search could cost a quarter billion dollars, official says

A prolonged undersea search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 could cost nearly a quarter of a billion U.S. dollars if private companies are used, Australia's top transport official said Thursday.<p>Martin Dolan emphasized that the $234 million price tag is a "ballpark rough estimate" of an …

Allies Say Hillary Is a Bigger Hawk Than Obama

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Gulf states agree deal to end Qatar tensions

Gulf foreign ministers have agreed to a deal to end months of unprecedented tension between Qatar and other members of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council over the Muslim Brotherhood.<p>At an extraordinary meeting in Riyadh on Thursday, the ministers agreed that the policies of GCC member states …

This Is Big: Scientists Just Found Earth's First Cousin

Meet Kepler-186f, the closest thing to our planet ever discovered—and maybe our best shot at locating life elsewhere in the universe.<p>Right now, 500 light years away from Earth, there's a planet that looks a lot like our own. It is bathed in dim orangeish light, which at high noon is only as bright …

Global alliance warns of no end to poverty unless countries pull together

Mexico meeting concludes with call for greater collaboration and better mobilisation of resources to meet Busan targets<p>The fight to end poverty is at "a critical juncture" and will require greater collaboration and stronger political will, delegates at a high-level meeting in Mexico have warned.<p>The …

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UN security council urged to target North Korean officials over atrocities

Inquiry head Michael Kirby says leaders should be hit with sanctions and referred to international criminal court<p>The United Nations security council should slap targeted sanctions on North Korean officials responsible for grave human rights abuses and refer them to the international criminal court …