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Russia must stop supporting 'terrorist activities' in Ukraine

Ukraine will demand that Russia cease its support for "terrorist activities" on its territory, the Ukrainian foreign minister said Wednesday on the eve of crunch talks with Moscow, the US and EU. "Our main demand is to de-escalate the situation in eastern Ukraine. We want Russia to withdraw the troops from the eastern borders of Ukraine. We want Russia not to support terrorist activities in eastern Ukraine," Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsya said after he landed in Geneva for Thursday's meeting.

Kidnapped Nigeria girls taken to Islamist stronghold

The Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram were taken to a stronghold of the Islamist group, parents said on Wednesday, as the security forces pressed on with a search to find the hostages. The defence ministry has confirmed that 129 girls were taken by gunmen in the northeastern state of Borno late Monday, just hours after a bomb ripped through a packed bus station on the outskirts of Abuja, killing 75 people, the deadliest attack ever in the capital.

Ukraine army's humiliations pile up as eastern push fizzles

The humiliation Wednesday of the Ukrainian army in its much-vaunted "anti-terrorist" push into separatist eastern territory makes an embarrassing string of failures even worse. Allowing pro-Russian rebels to seize six of its armoured personnel carriers and disarm its servicemen was evidence of a poorly planned and executed operation, analysts said. They pointed out that the region, the Donbass, is hostile to Kiev's new, pro-EU leaders, and home to magnates and police reluctant to face down the separatists.

Syrian opposition accuses Assad's forces of new poison gas attack

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Opposition activists accused President Bashar al-Assad's forces of a new poison gas attack in the Syrian capital on Wednesday, posting footage of four men being treated by medics. They said the chemical attack, the fourth the opposition has reported this month, was in the Harasta neighborhood. Reuters could not independently verify the footage or the allegation due to restrictions on reporting in Syria.

GM to seek court protection against ignition lawsuits

By Jessica Dye (Reuters) - General Motors Co said it would ask a U.S. court to bar lawsuits related to actions before its 2009 bankruptcy, signaling a tougher stance toward legal claims stemming from its recent recall over faulty ignition switches.

Obama looks to salvage Asia 'pivot' as allies fret about China

By Matt Spetalnick and Manuel Mogato WASHINGTON/MANILA (Reuters) - When a Philippine government ship evaded a Chinese blockade in disputed waters of the South China Sea last month, a U.S. Navy plane swooped in to witness the dramatic encounter.

Obama looks to salvage Asia 'pivot' as allies fret about China

By Matt Spetalnick and Manuel Mogato WASHINGTON/MANILA (Reuters) - When a Philippine government ship evaded a Chinese blockade in disputed waters of the South China Sea last month, a U.S. Navy plane swooped in to witness the dramatic encounter.

General Motors to ask bankruptcy court to shield it from ignition claims before bankruptcy

DETROIT - General Motors revealed in court filings late Tuesday that it will soon ask a federal bankruptcy judge to shield the company from legal claims for conduct that occurred before its 2009 bankruptcy. The automaker's strategy is in a motion filed in a Corpus Christi, Texas, federal court case, and in other cases across the nation that involve the defective ignition switches that have led GM to recall 2.6 million small cars.

Asian stock markets rise, shrug off slower Chinese economic growth

TOKYO - Shares rose Wednesday in Asia, led by Japan's Nikkei 225 index, as investors largely shrugged off news that China's economy grew at its slowest pace in 24 years in the first quarter. The Nikkei jumped 2.2 per cent to 14,310.90 as Softbank Corp. shares soared more than 8 per cent after Chinese e-commerce Alibaba Group Holding Co., in which it holds a 37 per cent state, reported strong earnings.

Clashes at mass eviction in Rome as crisis bites

Riot police dragged away some 350 squatter families from abandoned offices in Rome amid violent clashes on Wednesday -- the latest in a rising tide of forced evictions in Italy fuelled by the economic crisis. Several people were injured as police used truncheons to break through a large group of protesters outside the building, where squatters had barricaded themselves in and taken to the roof.
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