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United Nations: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is strongly urging an immediate resumption of "constructive dialogue" among all parties to resolve the crisis in Ukraine.UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said yesterday that Ban has intensified his diplomatic efforts and has had high-level contacts with the main parties involved as well as "all those with interest."Dujarric says the UN chief has been watching the latest developments, including Sunday's referendum on Crimea and Russia's announcement that it is annexing the strategic peninsula, "with mounting concern."The spokesman reiterated Ban's call on all parties to avoid "hasty actions" and intensify efforts to solve the crisis based on the UN Charter's principles of respect for sovereignty, territorial integrity and unity.General Assembly President John Ashe sent invitations yesterday to UN members to attend a plenary meeting at Ukraine's request on Thursday, but his office later sent out an announcement that the meeting has been postponed "until further notice."Associated Press

Russia's Putin to Hollande, Merkel: Kiev at fault for east Ukraine violence

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Russia's Putin to Hollande, Merkel: Kiev at fault for east Ukraine violence

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin held phone calls with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande, the Kremlin said on Monday, in which he said the flare...


Ex-CIA officer convicted in New York Times leak case

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Ex-CIA officer convicted in New York Times leak case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former CIA officer was convicted in federal court in Virginia on Monday in a case about whether he leaked classified information to a New York Times reporter about a failed U....

Eight French, two Greeks killed in NATO plane crash in Spain

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Eight French, two Greeks killed in NATO plane crash in Spain

MADRID (Reuters) - Eight French nationals and two Greeks were killed and 21 people injured when a Greek fighter plane crashed during NATO training in Spain on Monday, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Ra...

Attacks on civilians in Mariupol, Ukraine were war crime-UN

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Attacks on civilians in Mariupol, Ukraine were war crime-UN

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The deadly rocket attacks on the government-held port city of Mariupol in eastern Ukraine last weekend were a war crime because they intentionally targeted civilians, a seni...

Small drone crashes on White House grounds, operator comes forward

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Small drone crashes on White House grounds, operator comes forward

NEW DELHI/ WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A small drone crashed on the grounds of the White House in the early hours of Monday without endangering anyone and U.S. officials said they had identified the operat...

NATO criticises Russia, backs Ukraine at emergency meeting

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NATO criticises Russia, backs Ukraine at emergency meeting

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO blamed Russian-backed separatists on Monday for a sharp escalation of violence in eastern Ukraine and called on Moscow to stop destabilising Ukraine.Alliance Secretary-Genera...

Government employee operated drone that crashed at White House -report

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Government employee operated drone that crashed at White House -report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A small drone that crashed on the South Lawn of the White House early Monday was operated by a government employee who said it breached the secure perimeter by accident, The Ne...