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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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#Ukraine starts 'anti-terrorist operation'

Kiev has said an "anti-terrorist operation" against pro-Moscow separatists is under way, as Russia declared Ukraine on the brink of a civil war.

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#Turkey urges social media firms to pay tax

Social media firms operating in Turkey should open offices there and pay taxes, authorities have said, amid a row with Twitter which the Turkish prime minister has branded "tax evaders".

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#Ukraine deploys troops against separatists

Ukraine says the "anti-terrorist operation" will be conducted in a "responsible and balanced" manner [AP]Ukraine has launched an "anti-terrorist operation" against pro-Russian activists in eastern cities in stages, with Ukrainian special forces mobilising on the outskirts of the town of Izyum.

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Pro-Russian rebels widen campaign in #Ukraine

Pro-Russian separatists ignored an ultimatum to leave occupied government buildings in eastern Ukraine and instead seized more buildings as Kiev failed to follow through on a threatened military crackdown.

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#France tries mass DNA test in hunt for rapist

French police have taken DNA samples from hundreds of male pupils and staff in the hope the mass test could help them find the assailant who raped a 16-year-old girl in the toilets of a school in western France last September.

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US: #Russia orchestrating #Ukraine violence

The US has accused Russia of orchestrating ongoing separatist violence in Ukraine, as Kiev said it was preparing a "full-scale" operation against pro-Russian forces which have overrun municipalities in several eastern cities.

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#Ukraine 's east braces for military operation

The separatists maintained their barricades into Monday's deadline [Reuters]Towns in eastern Ukraine are bracing for military action from government forces as a deadline passed for pro-Russian separatists to disarm and end their occupation of state buildings or face a major "anti-terrorist" operation.

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