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U.S. Army Begins Training Ukrainian Soldiers

The U.S. won't give the Ukrainian army lethal weapons to fight separatists and their Russian allies, but it has sent 300 trainers to help the beleaguered, bedraggled Ukrainian military.
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For Poland's Gay Community, A Shift In Public Attitudes, If Not Laws

Poland does not allow gay marriage or same-sex unions, and is unlikely to amend these laws anytime soon. But the city of Gdansk elected an openly gay mayor and has hosted its first gay pride march.
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Philadelphia Faces Challenges Ahead Of Pope Francis' Visit

Philadelphia's archbishop is preparing for Pope Francis' visit in September. The challenges, he says, include raising the $45 million needed to stage the event.
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French Taxi Drivers Launch Nationwide Uber Protest

French taxi drivers stage a nationwide strike to protest UberPop's encroachment on their market. It turned nasty after an Uber driver and passenger were beaten up.
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The Cycling World May Soon Bow Down Before Nairo Quintana

In 2013, a newcomer from Colombia passed almost everyone else and came in second in the Tour de France. This year, many think he'll take home the winning yellow jersey.
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Tama, The Cat That Saved A Japanese Train Station, Dies

Tourists would come to the Kishi train station near Wakayama City to see the feline hanging out in her office — a converted ticket booth — wearing a railway hat and collar.
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Pope: Sometimes Marital Separation 'Morally Necessary'

Francis, speaking during his weekly general audience, said couples splitting may be required to protect "the weaker spouse" and children.
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'Stealthy' Giant Rhea Eludes Police In U.K.

The ostrich-like bird, native to South America, escaped from a farm in Nottinghamshire last week.
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ISIS Launches Push To Retake Border Town Of Kobani

The battle began with one or more car bombs set off inside the Syrian city. There are unconfirmed reports that Islamic State fighters hid themselves among refugees flooding into Kobani.
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Thousands Of Cab Drivers Clog France's Roads To Protest Uber

Some 2,800 taxi drivers are reportedly taking part in the protest, as taxi drivers form virtual blockades around airports and key train stations.

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