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EU leaders urge #Ukraine to extend ceasefire

Vladimir PutinThe leaders of France and Germany have spoken for more than two hours by telephone with presidents of Russia and Ukraine, seeking progress before a fragile ceasefire between Kiev and pro-Kremlin separatists expires.

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#Bosnia marks #WWI with concert for unity

Sarajevo has marked 100 years since the murder of an Austrian prince in the city, an act that lit the fuse for the First World War.

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African refugees in Berlin school standoff

Hundreds of police officers have surrounded a former school in Berlin which has been occupied by refugees who refuse to leave.

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#Ukraine troops killed in fresh attack in east

Ukrainian militaryThree members of the Ukrainian military have been killed after pro-Russian separatists attacked their post near the eastern flashpoint city of Slovyansk with small arms and mortar fire, a military spokesman said.

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#Vatican defrocks top archbishop for child sex

The Vatican's former ambassador to the Dominican Republic has been convicted by a Roman Catholic Church tribunal of sex abuse and has been defrocked in the first such sentence handed down against a top papal representative.

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EU issues ultimatum to #Russia over #Ukraine

European Union leaders have given Russia three days to change policy on Ukraine or face the prospect of tougher sanctions.

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#Ukraine rebels free four OSCE observers

Rebels in southeast Ukraine have released four out of eight international observers captured over a month ago, in an apparent goodwill gesture that could help pave the way to a resolution of the conflict that has so far claimed hundreds of lives.

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EU leaders nominate Juncker for president

Jean-Claude JunckerEuropean Union leaders have nominated Jean-Claude Juncker for European Commission president by an overwhelming majority over the fierce objections of David Cameron, UK prime minister, who has called it "a bad day for Europe".

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#Ukraine leader seeks Putin action over crisis

Ukraine's president has sought urgent talks with his Russian counterpart after rebels shot down an army helicopter despite a ceasefire.

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#NATO allies agree to boost military budgets

NATO allies are boosting their military spending in Europe and are preparing to impose greater sanctions against Russia unless it withdraws its forces from the Ukrainian border and stops the flow of weapons to separatists.

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