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Amid Ukraine's Faltering Hopes For Peace, Biden Speaks In Kiev

During a visit to Kiev, Vice President Joe Biden warned Russia that it must help to reduce tensions in Ukraine. A recent international agreement intended to disarm militant groups seems to be failing.
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As Putin Rides Wave Of Popularity, Opposition May Get Swept Under

Russian President Vladimir Putin is using a recent surge in popularity to crack down on opposition. Several proposed laws would strengthen penalties against protestors, and officials and local media alike are denouncing criticism of Putin as "unpatriotic."
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With Sherpas On Strike, Everest Climbing Season Is Up In The Air

Mount Everest expedition leader Todd Burleson is preparing to move his team down the mountain after Sherpa guides decided to call off the season. He discusses the decision, which follows a devastating avalanche that claimed 16 lives.
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Search Efforts For Nigerian Schoolgirls Dogged By Shifting Numbers

As the search continues for the abducted Nigerian schoolgirls, the exact number of those still missing is in dispute. Michelle Faul, Nigeria bureau chief for the Associated Press, explains more.
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Who Are Nepal's Sherpas?

Members of this Nepalese community are renowned for their climbing skills and remarkable endurance at high altitudes. They are paid well by local standards, but it's a job fraught with risk.
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Tattoo Of Buddha Gets British Tourist Thrown Out Of Sri Lanka

A 37-year-old British woman was detained in the island nation after a taxi driver noticed her Buddha tattoo, which is viewed as a religious affront to the country's dominant religion.
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'Stop Supporting Men Hiding Behind Masks,' Biden Tells Russia

In Ukraine on Tuesday, the vice president also said "it's time for Russia to stop talking and start acting" to help resolve the crisis there.
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UPDATE: Everest Climbing Season Still In Doubt

Last week, at least 13 of the Nepalese guides were killed in an avalanche. Sherpas have been discussing a boycott of the climbing season if they aren't given more insurance and other aid.
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As Korean Ferry Sank, Some Crew Members Fought To Save Lives

Although the captain and some of the officers have been called cowards or worse, passengers say other crew members acted heroically. At least seven crew members died or are missing.
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Slaviansk Strengthens Resolve To Fight Kiev Government

Many in the Eastern Ukraine town have close links with Russia. They say they weren't consulted about Ukraine moving closer to the EU, and they won't stand for the West dictating their future.

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