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Ukraine sees Russia as fount of insurgent threat

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — The question of fighters from Russia loomed over the insurgency in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday, as separatists acknowledged the support they are getting from foreign militiamen and government officials in Kiev worried that the border with Russia is becoming a primary source of danger.


Poet, author Maya Angelou dies at 86

Maya Angelou, a modern Renaissance woman who survived the harshest of childhoods to become a force on stage, screen, the printed page and the inaugural dais, has died.


Deer leaps from Illinois overpass onto minivan

WEST DUNDEE, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago woman is grateful her family is safe after a 200 pound deer leapt from an overpass, landing on their minivan as it traveled along an Illinois interstate.


Letters and laughs at the National Spelling Bee

Words such as "protege" and "gesundheit" and jokes about the George Foreman grill and the game Minesweeper were among the early highlights as the onstage preliminary rounds began Wednesday morning at the 87th Scripps National Spelling Bee.


Syrians abroad vote ahead of national election

YARZE, Lebanon (AP) — Hundreds of Syrians desperate to vote for President Bashar Assad tried to rush their embassy near Beirut on Wednesday, scuffling with Lebanese troops using batons and sticks to beat them back as voting abroad started ahead of next week's national election.


Obama: U.S. must lead globally but show restraint

In a broad defense of his foreign policy, Pres. Barack Obama declared Wednesday that the U.S. remains the world's most indispensable nation, even after a "long season of war," but argued for restraint before embarking on more military adventures.


Kerry to Snowden: 'Man up' and come home

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday called National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden a fugitive and challenged him to "man up and come back to the United States."


Chechen leader denies sending troops to Ukraine

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — As the fighting becomes more ferocious in eastern Ukraine, Chechnya's Moscow-backed leader insisted Wednesday he had not sent any of his famous troops to help pro-Russia insurgents but said some Chechens may have gone there on their own.


OPCW-United Nations fact-finding mission was ambushed

Members of an international fact-finding mission into alleged chlorine attacks in Syria were ambushed and briefly held by gunmen in rebel-held territory, the global chemical weapons watchdog said Wednesday.


Kerry: US to start $5 billion anti-terrorist fund

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday the United States is setting up a $5 billion "terrorism partnership fund" to help other countries push back against radical extremists.

Lebanese troops beat Syrian voters outside embassy

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese troops moved to subdue a crowd of frenzied Syrians who tried to storm their embassy in Beirut to vote for President Bashar Assad, using batons and sticks to push back people on Wednesday as expat balloting started ahead of Syria's June 3 presidential election.


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