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  • *Moscow complains situation worse since Ukraine election. DONETSK, Ukraine/ MOSCOW, June 2- Russia accused Ukrainian authorities on Monday of escalating violence against civilians in the rebel-held east of the country, even as it offered Kiev a brief respite in a dispute over billions of dollars' worth of unpaid gas bills.

  • NAIROBI, June 1- Recent bombings in Kenya have dented President Uhuru Kenyatta's plans to boost tourism and undermined his pledge to restore security after last year's Westgate shopping mall attack.

  • Captured US soldier was 'never forgotten': Obama Sunday, 1 Jun 2014 | 5:07 AM ET
    Jani Bergdahl makes a statement about the release of her son Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl as her husband Bob Bergdahl and President Barack Obama listen.

    President Barack Obama appeared with the parents of a U.S. soldier freed from captivity in Afghanistan, saying Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was "never forgotten."

  • McDonald's to Thais: Stop hamburgling our arches Friday, 30 May 2014 | 10:32 AM ET
    Thai-army soldiers stand guard outside a McDonalds outlet ahead of a planned gathering in Bangkok on May 25, 2014.

    Thai anti-coup protesters have tacked the golden arches on signs and McDonald's could take action if they don't stop. NBC News reports.

  • *Reports mount of volunteer fighters coming into Ukraine from Russia. KIEV/ DONETSK, Ukraine, May 30- Ukraine's government vowed on Friday to press ahead with a military offensive against separatists, despite a deadly attack on an army helicopter, amid increasing reports that volunteer fighters from Russia were involved in rebellions in the east.

  • * "Russian Orthodox Army" is mostly Ukrainian but identifies as Russian. *One of several armed rebel groups fighting in Ukraine's east. Calling itself the " Russian Orthodox Army", it has been engaged in the heaviest fighting against Ukraine's army in the Donetsk region this month.

  • The burly billionaire businessman who built a vast fortune selling cakes and sweets has inherited a bitter legacy- a wrecked economy, rampant corruption, armed rebellion in eastern Ukraine and hostility from giant neighbour Russia.

  • Why Thailand shares are shaking off the coup Friday, 30 May 2014 | 1:50 AM ET

    Anywhere but Thailand, a military coup combined with an economic contraction would spur a stock selloff, but shares there are surprisingly resilient.

  • INTERVIEW-U.S. Navy secretary defends new warship program Wednesday, 28 May 2014 | 9:50 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, May 28- U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus defended the embattled $34 billion Littoral Combat Ship program on Wednesday and said the ability to reconfigure the ships to carry out different missions would help the Navy keep pace with rapidly changing technologies.

  • OBAMA SAYS MOST DIRECT THREAT TO AMERICA AND WORLD IS TERRORISM, PARTICULARLY FROM DECENTRALIZED AL QAEDA AFFILIATES AND EXTREMISTS- TEXT.

  • *Scores detained since coup on May 22. BANGKOK, May 28- Thailand's junta has appointed as advisers two retired generals with palace connections, putting powerful establishment figures hostile towards former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra firmly in the ascendant in the country's long-running power struggle.

  • *Scores detained since coup on May 22. BANGKOK, May 28- Thailand's junta has appointed as advisers two retired generals with palace connections, putting powerful establishment figures hostile towards former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra firmly in the ascendant in the country's long-running power struggle.

  • President Obama announces America's combat mission in Afghanistan will be over by the end of this year. He outlines the United States' objectives going forward.

  • President Obama traveled to Afghanistan this Memorial Day weekend to thank serving men and women in uniform and deployed civilians. President Obama says America's longest war will come to a "responsible end" this year.

  • *Libya oil output 160,000 bpd vs 1.4 million pre-uprising. *Libya rebels don't recognise new govt, blockade continues. U.S. gasoline fell nearly 3 cents to $2.9940 a gallon as traders sold long positions taken before Monday's holiday in the U.S. for Memorial Day, which marks the start of the summer driving season.

  • *Ukraine army launches offensive in east Ukraine. MOSCOW, May 27- An army assault on pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine will not have taken Vladimir Putin by surprise, but the ferocity of the clashes may have- and could be a game-changer if they spin out of control.

  • *Libya oil output 160,000 bpd vs 1.4 million pre-uprising. *Libya rebels don't recognise new govt, blockade continues. U.S. gasoline fell 2 cents to $3.0026 a gallon as traders sold long positions taken before Monday's holiday in the U.S. for Memorial Day, which marks the start of the summer driving season.

  • *Russia's Putin wants offensive to be halted. DONETSK, Ukraine, May 27- Ukrainian aircraft and paratroopers killed more than 50 pro-Russian rebels in an assault that raged into a second day on Tuesday after a newly elected president vowed to crush the revolt in the east once and for all.

  • NEW DELHI, May 27- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered a blunt warning to old adversary Pakistan on his first day in the job on Tuesday, telling his counterpart in a rare meeting that Islamabad must prevent militants on its territory from attacking India.

  • NEW DELHI, May 27- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered a blunt warning to traditional neighboring foe Pakistan on his first day in the job on Tuesday that it must prevent militants on its territory from attacking India.