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Lavrov: Kiev crudely violating Geneva deal

Russian foreign minister says Ukraine is doing nothing to control "extremists"The Russian foreign minister has said that a deadly gun battle in east Ukraine is proof that the Ukraine government is "crudely violating" a deal struck in the Swiss city of Geneva to ease tensions.

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Deadly clash in Ukraine's restive east

Shoot-out at checkpoint set up by pro-Russian separatistsA shoot-out at a checkpoint set up by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine has left three people dead and others hospitalised with gunshot wounds, the Interior Ministry has confirmed.

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Pope Francis leads Good Friday procession

Pope Francis attended an emotional night of prayers for hot-button social issues including domestic abuse, prison overcrowding and unemployment to mark the Good Friday before Easter.

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#Russia to 'help' #Ukraine in overcoming crisis

Pro-Russia groups have refused to leave occupied buildings in eastern Ukraine [EPA]Russia's foreign ministry has promised it would offer strong assistance to Ukraine to overcome its crisis, but emphasised that the ultimate responsibility for reducing tensions lies with Ukrainians rather than outsiders.

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#Ukraine offers Easter truce in the east

Pro-Russia groups have refused to leave occupied buildings in eastern Ukraine [EPA]The Ukrainian government has said it will not attack pro-Russian separatists over the Easter weekend even as hundreds of them continued to occupy several buildings in the eastern part of the country.

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#Ukraine leaders propose constitutional change

Yatsenyuk has promised greater autonomy in an attempt to maintain unity in Ukraine [AFP]Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has pledged "special status" for the Russian language and a broad decentralisation of power in a bid to defuse pro-Moscow protests sweeping the east of the country.

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#Ukraine separatist leader rejects Geneva deal

Pushilin said his men will only consider leaving public buildings when the government in Kiev does the same [Reuters]The self-declared leader of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, Denis Pushilin, has said that he does not consider his men to be bound by an agreement between Russia and Ukraine to disarm and vacate occupied buildings.

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Surprise deal reached on #Ukraine crisis

Obama said US and its allies are ready to impose new sanctions if Moscow did not follow up on commitmentsThe United States, European Union, Russia and Ukraine have reached an agreement on immediate steps to be implemented to ease the crisis in Ukraine, but US President Barack Obama cautioned it was uncertain if Moscow would stand by the deal.

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#Turkey government still wants @Twitter office

Turkey's government has said it still hopes Twitter will open an office in the country, a day after the social networking site ruled out any such move.

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Putin says no Russian troops in east #Ukraine

Putin expressed hope that talks in Geneva would map a way out of the crisisRussian President Vladimir Putin has weighed in his neighbour's future on live television.

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