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Kiev says cannot withdraw heavy weapons as attacks persist

KIEV/DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - Kiev accused pro-Russian rebels of opening fire with rockets and artillery at villages in southeastern Ukraine on Monday, all but burying a week-old European-brokered ceasefire deal.

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In soldiers' rescue, Turkey plays off warring sides in Syria

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - By extracting dozens of its soldiers surrounded by Islamist fighters in Syria, Turkey has warded off a potential crisis and shown its ability to manoeuvre between rival warring parties, including Islamic State.

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African Union urges Congo to let U.N. forces help assault on rebels

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - The African Union on Monday urged the Congolese government to accept help from U.N. forces to defeat rebels in the country's east, after a row over human rights derailed plans for joint operations.

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Turkey's Erdogan says relocation of tomb in Syria not a retreat

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's military incursion into Syria to relocate a tomb surrounded by Islamic State militants and evacuate the soldiers guarding it was a temporary move to safeguard their lives and not a retreat, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday.

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Syria says must be part of fight against antiquities theft

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - The world will have to cooperate with Syria to halt the trade in looted antiquities that helps fund jihadist groups, Syria's culture minister said, putting the onus on Turkey to stop the smuggling across their shared frontier.

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Turkey's Erdogan says relocation of tomb in Syria not a retreat

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday a military incursion into Syria to relocate a tomb considered sovereign Turkish territory was a temporary measure for security reasons and not a retreat.

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Russia's military budget may shrink 10 percent in 2015: Rostec

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Russia's military budget may shrink by around 10 percent in 2015, the chief executive of state-owned defence conglomerate Rostec said on Monday.

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Kiev says two soldiers killed, 10 wounded in past 24 hours

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's military said on Monday two of its soldiers had been killed and 10 wounded in the past 24 hours, signalling that fighting has not stopped to allow a truce deal to be implemented.

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Turkish military enters Syria to evacuate soldiers, relocate tomb

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish forces swept into Syria overnight to rescue about 40 soldiers who had been surrounded for months by Islamic State militants while guarding the tomb of a revered Turkish figure.

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Islamic State militants claim attacks on Iranian ambassador's residence in Libya

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Militants claiming loyalty to Islamic State said they were behind Sunday's twin bomb attacks on the residence of the Iranian ambassador in the Libyan capital and a rocket strike on the eastern Labraq airport.