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  • ABUJA, May 8- Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan pledged on Thursday to find more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Islamist rebels, saying their rescue would mark "the beginning of the end of terrorism" in the country.

  • BENGHAZI/ TRIPOLI, Libya, May 7- Rebels occupying major oil ports in eastern Libya said on Wednesday they would boycott Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteeq and keep two major export terminals shut for now, a blow to efforts to restore vital oil exports.

  • Russia vs Ukraine: A fighting force comparison Wednesday, 7 May 2014 | 4:25 PM ET
    Ukrainian soldiers at their newly erected checkpoint near the eastern Ukrainain city of Slavyansk on April 25, 2014.

    If Russia were to invade Ukraine, the numbers indicate a one-sided affair. But the numbers don't tell the whole story.

  • DONETSK, Ukraine, May 7- Behind the barricades of tyres and car bumpers, past the masked militants who hold Donetsk's filthy administration building, there is a man in a suit in a spotless office, working from an Apple iMac on a vote to dismember Ukraine. But, he said, "we simply cannot live any more within Ukraine. Ukraine has already de facto said goodbye to us. "

  • *Economists predict deeper recession than a month ago. KIEV, May 7- Ukraine's economy will slide deeper into recession this year despite an IMF aid deal as a pro-Russian rebellion cripples activity in the industrial east and scares off foreign investors, economists forecast in a Reuters poll.

  • DONETSK, Ukraine, May 7- Behind the barricades of tyres and car bumpers, past the masked militants who hold Donetsk's filthy administration building, there is a man in a suit in a spotless office, working from an Apple iMac on a vote to dismember Ukraine. But, he said, "we simply cannot live any more within Ukraine. Ukraine has already de facto said goodbye to us. "

  • WASHINGTON, May 6- Congress has slashed billions in Pentagon spending but is fighting reforms needed to implement the cuts, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Tuesday as his top generals went to Capitol Hill to urge lawmakers to slow the rising cost of military pay.

  • SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, May 6- Most mornings Alexandra, a painter and decorator in her late 20 s, leaves her 10- year-old daughter at home, puts a starting pistol in her belt and walks to barricades in her hometown Slaviansk.

  • *200 school girls abducted by the rebels are still missing. MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, May 6- Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped eight girls from a village near one of the Islamists' strongholds in northeastern Nigeria overnight, police and residents said on Tuesday.

  • *Tension continues between Russia, Ukraine. Investors continued to watch the ongoing unrest in Ukraine, where more than 30 pro-Russian separatists were killed in fighting near the east Ukraine rebel stronghold of Slaviansk, according to Interior Minister Arsen Avakov. Russia announced plans to beef up its Black Sea warship fleet.

  • SANAA/ DUBAI, May 6- Yemeni prison and interior ministry authorities had information as early as two months beforehand that al Qaeda militants were planning a prison break in the capital's main prison, documents seen by Reuters showed.

  • BEIJING, May 6- Six people were wounded in a knife attack at a railway station in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou on Tuesday, police said, the latest in a series of such assaults that have raised jitters around the country.

  • BEIJING, May 6- Six people were wounded in a knife attack at a railway station in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou on Tuesday, police said, the latest in a series of such assaults that have raised jitters around the country.

  • SINGAPORE, May 6- Gold was trading near its highest in three weeks on Tuesday, holding gains from the last two sessions as more intense fighting in Ukraine lifted the metal's safe-haven appeal. *Goldcorp Inc has resumed operations at its Los Filos mine in Mexico after reaching a new five-year occupancy agreement with local landowners.

  • *Kiev to send new special forces to control Odessa. ODESSA/ SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, May 5- Pro-Russian rebels shot down a Ukrainian helicopter in fierce fighting near the eastern town of Slaviansk on Monday, and Kiev drafted police special forces to the southwestern port city of Odessa to halt a feared westward spread of rebellion.

  • US urges Russia to end support for separatists Sunday, 4 May 2014 | 4:35 AM ET
    Pro-Russian separatists setting up barricades at the entrance and exit points of Slavyansk, Ukraine on Saturday

    US secretary of state John Kerry has threatened Russia with further sanctions unless the country stopped backing separatists in eastern Ukraine. The FT reports.

  • Western observers released in Ukraine's Slaviansk Saturday, 3 May 2014 | 4:59 AM ET
    A pro-Russian separatiststands guard outside city council building of Slavyansk, Ukraine.

    European military observers held captive in Slaviansk in eastern Ukraine were released on Saturday, the town's pro-Russian separatist leader said, characterising the move as voluntary and made to coincide with his birthday.

  • Dozens dead as violence spreads in Ukraine Saturday, 3 May 2014 | 2:37 AM ET
    Violence in Odessa as pro-Russian and pro-Ukrainian activists clashed on Friday.

    At least 30 people were killed in southern Ukraine on Friday when clashes between pro-Kiev and pro-Russia protesters spread from the east of the country. The FT reports.

  • UN Security Council meet as Ukraine weighs on market Friday, 2 May 2014 | 12:41 PM ET
    Ukrainian soldiers wait on the road as Pro-Russia separatists block the Kramators to Slavyansk road to prevent the Ukrainian national guard troops from advancing on May 2, 2014.

    Pro-Russian rebels shot down two Ukrainian helicopters on Friday, killing two crew, as troops tightened their siege of separatist-held Slaviansk.

  • *Ukraine says separatists using heavy weapons, pilots killed. *Action comes after Russia revives Red Square May Day.