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Kerry seeks Ukraine talks with Lavrov

Lavrov claimed 'Western nations are trying to make up proof for global isolation of Russia' [AP]US Secretary of State John Kerry has made a last-minute change of plans to fly to Paris with the aim of setting up talks with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the Ukraine crisis.

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US tells Russia to leave Crimea border area

Ukrainian soldiers withdrawing from Simferopol in Crimea [AP]Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, has discussed with his US counterpart Barack Obama a dipomatic proposal to defuse the crisis in Crimea, hours after Obama called for a withdrawal of Russian troops near the Ukraine border.

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Stoltenberg to be appointed NATO chief

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Norway's former Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg is to succeed him as new chief of the military alliance in October.

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Kazakhstan suspends Russian missile tests

Kazakhstan has suspended Russian rocket and missile tests at military testing sites on Kazakh territory after a Russian rocket crashed near a village in the western part of the country.

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Turkey bans YouTube over security leak

Turkey has banned video-sharing website YouTube, having blocked Twitter a week earlier, after both were used to spread audio recordings damaging to the government, local media reported.

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Russia says all Kiev troops are out of Crimea

Putin congratulated the Russian armed forces for their role in the takeover of Crimea [AFP]Russia's Defence Minister says that all Ukrainian servicemen loyal to Kiev have left Crimea and all military installations on the Black Sea peninsula are under Russian control, Interfax news agency has reported.

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Obama meets Pope Francis for first time

US President Barack Obama has met Pope Francis for the first time to discuss how to fight global inequality and poverty, calling himself a "great admirer" of the pontiff.

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UN general assembly calls Crimea vote illegal

The resolution was passed on the same day Yulia Tymoshenko announced she would run for president of Ukraine [AFP]The UN General Assembly has approved a resolution affirming Ukraine's territorial integrity and calling the referendum that led to Russia's annexation of its Crimean peninsula illegal.

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Obama urges NATO to increase defence spending

Barack Obama, the US president, has expressed concerned about cutbacks in European defence spending, telling NATO members in Brussels that "everyone has to be chipping in" to defend the continent's borders, sovereignty and territorial integrity.

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Vatican removes Germany's 'bishop of bling'

The Vatican has removed a German bishop because he spent $43m of Church funds on an extravagant residence when Pope Francis was preaching austerity.

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