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Separatists In Ukraine Say They're Pulling Heavy Weapons Back

In a claim that's meeting with skepticism in Kiev, Russian-backed separatists say they've started to withdraw heavy weapons in eastern Ukraine, as required by a recent cease-fire.
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ISIS Reportedly Abducts Dozens Of Christians In Syria

The mass abduction took place in rural villages in a portion of Syria that's less than 150 miles west of Mosul, Iraq, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
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Residents Fear Fighting In Ukraine Will Move To Kharkiv

Renee Montagne talks to Linda Kinstler of Foreign Policy magazine about bomb attacks in Ukraine. Many people fear this is a sign the war is about the spread in their direction.
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Daughters Back An Artful End To The Rivera-Rockefeller Rivalry Story

Capitalist Nelson Rockefeller and painter Diego Rivera clashed over a political mural in the 1930s. Now their daughters have teamed up to preserve both their fathers' legacies and the art they loved.
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Jordan's Army Preps For A Bigger Role Against ISIS

After a pilot was burned alive by the Islamic State, Jordanians have become much more supportive of its role in the war against the extremist group.
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Good News: More Crops! Bad News: More Plague!

Tiny patches of Tanzanian farmland contain more rats than do nearby forests. These rats are more likely to carry the bacteria that cause the plague in humans.
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Russian Conscripts May Be Part Of Fighting Force In Ukraine

Kelly McEvers speaks with AP Moscow Correspondent Laura Mills about her coverage of Russian conscripts being sent to Ukraine.
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U.S., European Allies Weigh More Sanctions Against Russia

The U.S. and Britain are considering further sanctions against Russia because of alleged violations of the ceasefire in Ukraine.
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In Battered Ukraine, Spirit Of Defiance Lives On In Maidan Square

A year ago, Kiev's central square was the center of the protest movement that ousted Ukraine's president. The square remains a home for free speech, including criticism of the current government.
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Egyptian Blogger Sentenced Amid Opposition Crackdown

An Egyptian blogger who was an emblem of the democracy movement was sentenced Monday to five years in prison as the government cracks down on opposition.

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