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Meb Keflezighi crosses the finish line in first place to win the 2014 Boston Marathon on Monday.

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Meb Keflezighi crosses the finish line in first place to win the 2014 Boston Marathon on Monday. Meb is the first American winner of the Boston Marathon since 1983. Image via Jared Wickerham/Getty.Read more…

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Japanese PM’s shrine offering stokes tensions with South Korea, China

Shinzo Abe’s offering was sent just before U.S. President Barack Obama begins a three-day visit to Japan

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‘Mr. Putin, Heroes Do Not Die’

New Jersey’s defiant Ukrainian population marked the death of the fallen in Maidan square with a stark warning for the Russian president.

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Pakistan’s Pervez Musharraf pleads not guilty to 5 counts of treason

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‘Chocolate King’ to Save Ukraine?

Billionaire candy manufacturer Petro Poroshenko may well be elected president of Ukraine in May. His mission: take his country into Europe while making peace with Putin.

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Sergey Karaganov: The man behind Putin’s pugnacity

Prescient foreign-policy specialist fears the West and Kiev don’t realize the hell they are unleashing in the former Soviet empire

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Russia sets terms for Ukraine deal as 40,000 troops mass on border

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Lavrov demands that Kiev have only limited powers as Kerry says military moves are obstructing peace dealRussia on Sunday night repeated its demand that the US and its European partners accept its proposal that ethnic Russian regions of eastern and southern Ukraine be given extensive autonomous powers independent of Kiev as a condition for agreeing a diplomatic solution to the crisis over its annexation of Crimea.Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, told reporters Ukraine could not function as a “unified state” and should become a loose federation. He made the remarks after an inconclusive meeting with John Kerry, the US secretary of state, at the Russian ambassador’s residence in Paris following a day in which tensions over Ukraine deepened appreciably. Lavrov called the talks “very, very constructive”.

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Kerry, Lavrov look for ways to cool standoff over Ukraine

U.S. Secretary of State, Russian foreign minister meet in Paris to discuss de-escalation

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Crimea switches to Moscow time amid incorporation celebration

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The hands of a clock at the main railway station in Simferopol jumped from 10pm to midnight as Crimea switched to Moscow time, symbolically finalising its incorporation into Russia. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Ukraine’s ‘Chocolate King’ could edge new-look Yulia for president

Petro Poroshenko, a 48-year-old billionaire, emerges as leadership favourite

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More than 100,000 protesters rally in Taiwan against trade pact with China

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Protesters say deal was rushed through and could leave Taiwan beholden to China’s Communist party leadersMore than 100,000 protesters took to the streets of Taiwan’s capital on Sunday as a two-week-long campaign against a trade pact with China gathered steam, piling further pressure on the island’s leader.The rally in Taipei where many were dressed in black and some clutched sunflowers to symbolise hope was one of the largest in recent years in Taiwan, an island that split from China over six decades ago after a civil war.

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Far-right National Front gains ‘significant foothold’ in French elections

Far right poised for breakthrough in France (via AFP) France on Sunday held a second round of voting in local elections that are set to result in a breakthrough by the far right and trigger a reshuffle of the beleaguered Socialist government. With his party facing a drubbing in the first electoral…

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Slovakia elects Andrej Kiska as president

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Landslide victory for millionaire-turned-philanthropist deals blow to prime minister Robert Fico ahead of 2016 general electionAndrej Kiska swooped in out of the blue to clinch Slovakia’s presidency by a landslide, dealing a heavy blow to the credibility of the prime minister, Robert Fico, ahead of a general election in 2016.A non-aligned centrist who made his fortune in the consumer-credit business, Kiska, 51, will be Slovakia’s first president since independence in 1993 without a past in the Communist party.

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Russia clarifies Ukraine stance as Sergei Lavrov meets John Kerry in Paris

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Russia’s foreign minister said Moscow was seeking a federal solution with greater autonomy for southern and eastern UkraineRussia’s radical terms for agreeing a diplomatic solution to the crisis over its annexation of Crimea are becoming clearer after Sergei Lavrov, the country’s foreign minister, said Moscow wanted greater autonomy for southern and eastern parts of Ukraine where many ethnic Russians live.Speaking on Russian state television ahead of emergency talks in Paris on Sunday with John Kerry, his US counterpart, Lavrov said Moscow wanted a federal solution for Ukraine as part of “deep constitutional reform”.

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Russia and US set for crisis talks

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov sets out demands for a neutral and federal Ukraine, ahead of crisis talks with his US counterpart in Paris.

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Far right National Front party poised for electoral breakthrough in France

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Netanyahu slams UN rights council’s censure of Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday slammed a UN rights body for a string of resolutions condemning the Jewish state despite a wave of rights abuses elsewhere in the region. “At the end of last week, the UN Human Rights Council condemned…

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Afghanistan’s Karzai steps up accusations against Pakistan

President accuses Pakistan of being behind a recent series of attacks and of blocking his government from striking a peace deal with the Taliban

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French elections: Hollande braces for drubbing amid far-right gains

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Municipal election misery forecast for president with Marine Le Pen’s Front National poised to win record number of seatsFrance is going to the polls on Sunday for a second-round vote that is likely to see François Hollande punished with a rise in support for the far right.The Front National (FN), led by Marine Le Pen, is on track to win an unprecedented number of local council seats and even take control of a handful of town and city halls.

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