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Surprise deal reached on #Ukraine crisis

Obama said US and its allies are ready to impose new sanctions if Moscow did not follow up on commitmentsThe United States, European Union, Russia and Ukraine have reached an agreement on immediate steps to be implemented to ease the crisis in Ukraine, but US President Barack Obama cautioned it was uncertain if Moscow would stand by the deal.

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#Turkey government still wants @Twitter office

Turkey's government has said it still hopes Twitter will open an office in the country, a day after the social networking site ruled out any such move.

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Putin says no Russian troops in east #Ukraine

Putin expressed hope that talks in Geneva would map a way out of the crisisRussian President Vladimir Putin has weighed in his neighbour's future on live television.

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Deadly clashes at eastern #Ukraine port base

Ukrainian soldiers clash with pro-Russia protesters on the field near Kramatorsk, in eastern Ukraine [Reuters]Ukrainian troops have repelled an overnight attack on their port base in the southeast city of Mariupol, killing three of the assailants and wounding 13 others, Arsen Avakov, the country's interior minister, has said.

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West to press #Russia for peace in #Ukraine

Diplomats are due to start high-level talks on how to resolve the crisis in Ukraine, as pro-Russian separatists tightened their grip over the country's eastern regions.

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#Ukraine struggles to bring east under control

Pro-Russian armed rebels have dealt a blow to Ukraine's hopes of re-establishing control over the country's east, as world leaders planned four-way talks on the country's crisis.

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Pro-Russian gunmen seize Ukrainian carriers

Pro-Russian armed men reportedly take control of Ukrainian troop carriersPro-Russian armed men have taken control of Ukrainian troop carriers that were driven into the eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk, Reuters news agency reports.

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#Ukraine hits rebels amid civil war warnings

Russian president says neighbour is on verge of civil war Russia has said Ukraine is lurching towards a state of civil war after Kiev began military operations against pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country, seizing control of an airfield.

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Berlusconi ordered to do community service

An Italian court in Milan has ordered former prime minister and billionaire tycoon Silvio Berlusconi to do a year of community service following his conviction for tax fraud, Italian media reported.

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US: Russian jet made close-range passes

A Russian fighter jet has made close-range passes for more than 90 minutes near an American warship in the Black Sea amid diplomatic tensions between the US and Russia over Ukraine.

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