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US warns #Russia against #Ukraine invasion

The United States has warned Russia against using the humanitarian crisis in eastern Ukraine as a pretext for an invasion, saying such a move would be "completely unacceptable".

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Fierce #Ukraine border battles leave 15 dead

Fierce battles on Ukraine's porous eastern border left have 15 seven soldiers and eight border guards dead in the past 24 hours as fears of a possible Russian invasion continued despite NATO urging Moscow to withdraw its troops along the frontier.

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Turks to vote in key presidential election

Recep Tayyip ErdoganTurks are preparing to head to the polls on Sunday to elect a new president in a vote in which Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is the frontrunning candidate.

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#Sweden battles to control huge wildfire

Fire services backed by helicopters and special planes are fighting a huge forest fire raging for a ninth day in central Sweden, the worst seen in Scandinavia in decades.

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#Russia bans food imports from West

baby foodRussia has banned most food imports from the United States and the European Union in obvious retaliation to tough Western sanctions against it over its role in neighbouring Ukraine.

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Snowden gets three-year residence in Russia

Edward Snowden, the former US intelligence contractor turned whistleblower, has been granted a three-year residence permit to remain in Russia.Snowden's lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, told reporters on Thursday that Snowden had been granted asylum allowing him to move about freely and travel abroad.

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NATO chief visits #Ukraine as crisis deepens

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk have discussed possible Western alliance support for Ukraine's defence capacity, a Kiev government statement said.

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Russian hackers 'stole 1.2 billion passwords'

A US security firm says Russian hackers have stolen 1.2 billion usernames and passwords in a series of internet heists affecting 420,000 websites.

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NATO concern at Russian build-up near #Ukraine

Russia has assembled about 20,000 soldiers on Ukraine's border and could use the pretext of a humanitarian mission to invade, NATO has said, its starkest warning yet that Moscow could soon mount a ground assault against its neighbour.

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UN says #Ukraine violence will affect millions

A senior UN official has warned that ongoing violence in Ukraine will affect four million people living in the country's east as water and power supplies have sustained significant damage.

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