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Ukraine violence costs still more lives

KIEV, Ukraine — Fearing that a call for a truce was a ruse, protesters tossed firebombs and advanced upon police lines today in Ukraine’s embattled capital. Government snipers shot back and the almost-medieval melee that ensued left at least 33 people dead.
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Fear of wolves roiling Germany once again

GOERLITZ, Germany — German police reached the accident to find what news stories would describe as a scene from a horror show: Seven horses, huddled on a small, dark, highway, had been ripped to pieces by two speeding cars. The drivers had been badly injured. Investigators found pieces of auto wreckage and horseflesh scattered around the site.
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Ukraine protesters lash back in deadly confrontations

KIEV, Ukraine — Defiant Ukrainian protesters seized control of the capital’s central post office today, hurling fire bombs and rocks and standing their ground against officers in riot gear who threw stun grenades and fired water cannon a day after clashes that left at least 25 people dead and raised fears of civil war.

Ukraine authorities tell protesters to calm it down

KIEV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s festering political crisis took a deadly turn today, as thousands of anti-government protesters clashed with police outside Ukraine’s parliament. Three protesters were killed in the melee, the opposition reported, and emergency workers found another person dead after a fire at the ruling party’s office in Kiev.
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Shape shifting

A flock of migrating starlings swirled above the skies over the southern Israeli village of Tidhar Wednesday, creating a series of shape-shifting patterns, with one seeming especially fitting as Valentine’s Day nears.
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Face-to-face after 65 years

BEIJING — For decades, the Taiwan Strait, which separates mainland China from the island of Taiwan, was considered one of the most likely spots on the globe for military hostilities to break out. Now that seems less likely than ever before.
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New Delhi stagnant over smog problem

NEW DELHI — Think twice before taking a deep breath in New Delhi, where worsening air pollution has drawn comparisons with Beijing, the world’s pollution poster child.
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One survivor as 77 perish in crash

ALGIERS, Algeria — An Algerian military transport plane slammed into a mountain Tuesday in the country’s rugged eastern region, killing 77 people and leaving just one survivor, the defense ministry said.
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Cries for democracy

Bahraini pro-democracy protesters wave national flags and gesture during a march in Muharraq, Bahrain. Thousands shouted, “down with the government,” during a series of protests planned up to Friday’s third anniversary of the country’s uprising demanding democracy in the Gulf island kingdom.

China, Taiwan governments rebuild ties

NANJING, China — China and Taiwan hailed a new chapter in their relations on Tuesday and said their ties would advance after they held their highest-level government talks since they split amid civil war in 1949.

Grisly Michoacán discovery sounds like cartel vengeance

MEXICO CITY — Four human heads were reportedly discovered Thursday in Michoacán state, one of several recent incidents that suggest the Knights Templar drug cartel may be lashing out as the federal government and vigilante groups attempt to retake territory under cartel control.
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Boston bombing casts shadow at Sochi

SOCHI, Russia — President Vladimir Putin pointed Wednesday to the Boston Marathon bombings as a big reason for the intense security around the Winter Olympics that Russia is kicking off this week.

North Korea threatens to cancel reunions with Seoul

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea threatened today to cancel reunions of Korean War-divided families because of upcoming U.S.-South Korean military drills and accused the United States of raising tensions by flying nuclear-capable B-52 bombers near the Korean Peninsula.
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Sea survivor’s Salvadoran family thought he died

GARITA PALMERA, El Salvador — A Salvadoran fisherman’s account of his survival after more than 13 months and about 6,500 miles in an open boat has proved a double miracle for his mother and father, who lost touch with him eight years ago and thought he was dead.