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UKRAINE: Hostages freed in east as Kerry blames Russia

Pro-Russian activists released most of their hostages in Ukraine’s eastern city of Luhansk yesterday after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry accused Russia of using ... Full story

SOUTH AFRICA: Pistorius urged to look at photo of dead lover 

The chief prosecutor in Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial yesterday urged the athlete to “take responsibility” for fatally shooting his girlfriend, telling him to look at ... Full story

Offbeat: Smartphone trial judge annoyed by phones in court

So far one of the biggest problems for the federal judge overseeing a patent battle between the world’s largest smartphone makers isn’t about stolen ideas. ... Full story

This Day in History: 1998 - Northern Ireland peace deal reached

The Northern Ireland peace talks have ended with an historic agreement. The accord - dubbed the Good Friday Agreement - was reached after nearly two ... Full story

The Buzz: EU court nixes government bulk data collection

The European Union’s top court says key legislation allowing governments to collect data on citizens’ communications for law-enforcement purposes is invalid.The European Court of Justice ... Full story

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CHINA Rescuers struggled yesterday to pump water from a coal mine in southern China where 22 miners have been trapped for more than a day. ... Full story

TOURISM | STUDY: US travelers to Cuba continues to rise 

The number of U.S. visitors to Cuba continues to rise, even as the more than five-decade long embargo remains firmly in place, according to study ... Full story

SOUTH AFRICA: Pistorius takes prosthetics off during testimony

Oscar Pistorius described yesterday what he said were the terror-filled moments before he shot Reeva Steenkamp to death and removed his prosthetic legs in court ... Full story

UKRAINE: Authorities clear out pro-Russia separatists

Ukrainian authorities sent security forces to Kharkiv to clear the country’s second-biggest city of separatists as Russia traded accusations with the U.S. and warned that ... Full story

THE BUZZ: Convicted Mafia boss re-arrested in Britain

A convicted Mafia boss was back in custody, just a month after he avoided extradition from Britain to Italy.Domenico Rancadore, 65, had won the right to stay ... Full story

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