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Obama says Russia’s not abiding by agreement on Ukraine

TOKYO — Warning Russia that new economic sanctions are “teed up,” President Barack Obama accused Moscow of failing to live up to an agreement last week to ease tensions in eastern Ukraine. Still, he cautioned that the United States needs to secure the support of allies to ensure that additional economic pressure is even applied. He conceded that new sanctions may not change Russian President Vladimir Putin’s intentions and that the crisis in Ukraine may not subside.

Material on Australian shore not from Malaysia jet

The material that washed ashore in southwest Australia appears to not be from the missing Malaysian plane, officials said Thursday.

Rebels kill 7 after voting in Indian elections


A major day of voting in the world’s biggest elections was marred by violence Thursday in India as suspected rebels killed four paramilitary soldiers and three polling officials who were traveling on buses after conducting balloting in two states.

London school says students abused by US teacher


A British private school says images of between 50 and 60 of its students were found on the computer drive of an American suspected child predator who killed himself last month.

Families of ferry’s lost confront SKorea officials


Angry relatives of some of the more than 120 people still missing from the sinking of the ferry Sewol surrounded the fisheries minister and the coast guard chief Thursday,

Ukraine foreign minister: Ready to fight Russia


Ukraine’s foreign minister has blasted the Russian decision to start military maneuvers along their border and said Thursday his country will fight any invading troops.

Russia’s Putin calls the Internet a ‘CIA project’


President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called the Internet a CIA project and made comments about Russia’s biggest search engine Yandex, sending the company’s shares plummeting.

Panama’s outgoing president touts wife’s candidacy


She’s a political novice with a scant presence on the campaign trail, but Marta Linares has one vote that matters more than most in her bid to become Panama’s next vice president: that of her husband, outgoing President Ricardo Martinelli.

Israel halts peace talks with Palestinians


Israel broke off Mideast peace talks and brought the U.S.-brokered process to the brink of collapse Thursday, protesting a reconciliation agreement between the Western-backed Palestinian Authority and the militant group Hamas, the Jewish state’s sworn enemy.

Vatican: Pope’s private calls don’t reflect policy

The Vatican’s spokesman says that what Pope Francis reportedly tells Catholics in private conversations doesn’t reflect church policy.

Chicago doctor among 3 killed in attack at Afghanistan hospital


A Chicago doctor from the Lawndale Christian Health Center was one of three American physicians shot and killed Thursday in a Kabul hospital, a health center official confirmed.

Material found on Australian shore not from Malaysia jet


CANBERRA, Australia — Australian officials said Thursday that after examining detailed photographs of unidentified material that washed ashore in the southwestern part of the country they are satisfied it is not a clue in the search for the missing Malaysian plane.

Hillary Clinton calls for more sanctions on Russia


Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday she believes the outcome of the standoff in Ukraine will be a bad one for Russia. Speaking at a University of Connecticut issues forum, the former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state said she believes the sanctions against the Russian government must be “tightened and widened” to prevent the crisis from escalating.

South Korea ferry toll hits 156 as search gets tougher


As the 156th body was pulled from waters where the ferry Sewol sank a week ago, relatives of the nearly 150 still missing pressed the South Korean government Wednesday to finish the grim task of recovery soon.

Ebola death toll in West Africa rises to 147

The World Health Organization says 147 people have died from the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa.

Amid Russian warning, Ukraine’s in a security bind


DONETSK, Ukraine — Russia’s foreign minister warned Wednesday that attacks on Russian citizens or interests in Ukraine would bring a firm response and drew a comparison to the circumstances that opened the war with Georgia in 2008. “Russian citizens being attacked is an attack against the Russian Federation,” Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, a day after Ukraine announced it was re-launching a campaign against pro-Kremlin insurgents occupying government facilities in the mostly Russian-speaking east.