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EU agrees 'strong' sanctions to punish #Russia

The EU has reached an agreement on the first broad economic sanctions on Russia over its role in Ukraine, diplomats said, marking a new phase in the biggest confrontation with Moscow since the Cold War.

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Civilian deaths mount in eastern #Ukraine

Intense fighting between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine has killed at least 22 civilians, local officials say, as Ukraine presses an offensive to close in on the separatists.

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Britain cuts EU migrants' access to welfare

British Prime Minister David Cameron has set out new welfare rules to cut European migrants' access to social security payments, marking the latest in a string of British measures aimed at addressing voters' concerns over immigration.

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US: #Russia violated nuclear missile treaty

Ronald Reagan with Mikhail GorbachevRussia has conducted nuclear tests in violation of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, a senior US administration official said.

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#Ukraine forces battle for #MH17 crash site

Ukrainian armed forces have mounted a major onslaught against pro-Russian separatist fighters in an attempt to gain control over the area where a Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down earlier this month.

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#MH17 suffered 'explosive' loss of pressure

International team Data from recovered flight recorders shows that Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crashed in eastern Ukraine because of an explosive loss of pressure after being punctured multiple times by shrapnel, a Ukrainian security spokesman says.

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#France offers asylum to Iraqi Christians

ChristiansFrance has said it is ready to welcome Christians fleeing the area of Iraq controlled by Islamic State (IS) fighters, saying it is "outraged" by their persecution.

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Costa Condordia reaches final port

The wrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner has limped into its last port, after being towed to the northern Italian city of Genoa to be broken up for scrap, two-and-a-half years after running aground and sinking, killing 32 people.

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Salvaged cruise ship towed to Italian port

The Costa Concordia cruise liner has arrived at the northwestern Italian port of Genoa, four days after leaving the island of Giglio where it struck a reef and capsized in January 2012, killing 32 people.

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Experts cancel visit to #Ukraine crash site

International expertsInternational experts have been forced to abandon their plans to visit the site where the Malaysian airliner crashed because of fighting between pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian troops in the area.

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