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  • 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.

  • *Ukraine says separatists using heavy weapons, pilot killed. *Action comes after Russia revives Red Square May Day parade. SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, May 2- Ukrainian forces attacked the rebel-held city of Slaviansk before dawn on Friday and pro- Russia separatists shot down at least one attack helicopter, killing a pilot, in a sharp escalation of the conflict.

  • *Action comes hours after Russia revives Red Square May Day parade.

  • *Comes week before Abuja hosts World Economic Forum event. ABUJA, May 1- A suspected car bomb exploded on the outskirts of Nigeria's capital Abuja on Thursday, killing at least 15 people a week before the city was to host a conference of leaders and business executives focused on Africa's growth prospects, witnesses said.

  • *Russia holds first May Day parade on Red Square since 1991. *Parade held against background of Ukraine crisis.

  • Ukraine crisis showcases Russian military revamp Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014 | 7:37 AM ET

    *Moscow defence spending up 30 pct since Georgia war. LONDON, April 30- Holding drills on Ukraine's border and sending bombers to the edge of NATO airspace, Russia's newly reformed military is in just the kind of regional confrontation it was redesigned for, experts say.

  • *U.S. keeps pressure on Iran, Ukraine tensions persist. NEW YORK, April 29- Oil prices rose on Tuesday as traders refocused on geopolitical risks from an outbreak of violence in Libya to Russia's intervention in Ukraine. June Brent crude futures settled at $108.98 per barrel, up 86 cents, or 0.8 percent, after spending much of the day above $109 per barrel.