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Steelworkers join police patrols in east Ukraine

Pro-Russian men hold their weapons atop a vehicle as they arrive to support their comrades at a checkpoint outside Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, May 15, 2014. On Thursday, Ukraine’s acting president, Oleksandr Turchynov, claimed the Ukrainian army destroyed an...
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Grief and rage as Turkey buries mine disaster dead

A man offers his prayers for the victims of the mining accident being buried during their funeral procession as he sits by empty graves prepared for the victims, in Soma, Turkey, Thursday, May 15, 2014. An explosion and fire at a coal mine in Soma, some 250 kilometers (155 miles)...

Aid workers freed after months of Syria captivity

PARIS (AP) — Five aid workers held captive in Syria since January have been freed, Doctors Without Borders said late Thursday. Two of the captive aid workers were freed Wednesday and three were liberated on April 4, the group, also known as Medecins Sans Frontieres, said....
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Saudis question Mecca preparedness as MERS spreads

In this photo taken Tuesday May, 13, 2014, Muslim pilgrims wear surgical masks to prevent infection from respiratory virus known as the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Officials in Saudi Arabia are raising alarm that the kingdom is...
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Argentine dino find: long-necks survived Jurassic

Paleontologist Pablo Gallina speaks to the press about a newly discovered dinosaur discovered in Argentina in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, May 15, 2014. Gallina and his team of Argentine paleontologists say the 19 vertebrae they recovered in Argentina’s Patagonia...
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Japanese panel urges greater military role

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a press conference at the prime minister’s official residence in Tokyo, Thursday, May 15, 2014. Citing threats from China and North Korea, a government-appointed panel is urging Japan to reinterpret its pacifist...
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Hunger-striking Al-Jazeera reporter attends court

Al-Jazeera’s Egyptian journalist Abdullah Elshamy, center, appears in a defendants’ cage along with several other defendants in a courthouse during a trial on terror charges in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, May 15, 2014. Looking thin and weak, an Al-Jazeera journalist held...

Activists: Bomb kills at least 43 in north Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian opposition activists say that the death toll in a bombing near a rebel-held border crossing with Turkey has risen to 43 people killed. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Syrians who were wounded in the blast and were taken to...
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Turkish families bury miners as toll rises to 283

A woman prays at the grave of Ibrahim Duman, 26, a victim of the mine accident, in Soma, Turkey, Thursday, May 15, 2014. An explosion and fire at a coal mine in Soma, some 250 kilometers (155 miles) south of Istanbul, killed hundreds of workers, authorities said, in one of the...
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Turkish PM’s ambitions seen unscathed by disaster

In this Wednesday, May 14, 2014 photo, Yusuf Yerkel, right, advisor to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, stands behind Erdogan during his visit in Soma, Turkey. Yerkel was identified by Turkish media as the advisor who kicked a protester who was held by special forces...