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Former Georgian president Shevardnadze dies

Eduard Shevardnadze, a former president of Georgia and Soviet foreign minister, died after a long struggle with illness, his personal assistant said.

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Pope Francis meets abuse victims at #Vatican

Pope Francis has met with victims of paedophile priests for the first time, as a Vatican commission moves to address the problem of clerical sex abuse in developing countries.

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Recapture of Ukrainian city 'a turning point'

Ukraine's president has called the capture of the Pro-Russian separatist stronghold of Slovyansk a "turning point" in the fight for control of the country's east.

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#Ukraine rebels regroup in Donetsk

Pro-Russian fighters have converged on the major industrial city of Donetsk, a day after they were driven out of their key stronghold in eastern Ukraine.

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Pope calls destruction of nature a modern sin

Pope Francis has called for more respect for nature, branding the destruction of South America's rain forests and other forms of environmental exploitation a sin of modern times.

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#Germany summons US ambassador over spy arrest

Germany summoned the US ambassador in Berlin on Friday following the arrest of a man reported to have spied for the United States, heightening friction between the two countries over US eavesdropping in Germany.

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#Ukraine regains control of rebel stronghold

Ukrainian forcesUkrainian forces have raised the national flag over the pro-Russian rebels' main stronghold of Slovyansk after flushing them out of the eastern industrial city, the country's defence minister has said.

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UK newspaper editor jailed for phone hacking

Andy CoulsonAndy Coulson, a former aide to the UK prime minister, David Cameron, has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for hacking the phones of actors, politicians and crime victims while editor of the News of the World.

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Rolf Harris jailed for nearly six years

Rolf HarrisAustralian-born entertainer Rolf Harris has been sentenced in London to five years and nine months in prison for the sexual abuse of young girls.

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#Ukraine appoints new defence officials

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko won his parliament's approval to shake up the leadership of the armed forces as they struggle to end a rebellion by pro-Russian separatists.

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