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  • *Vote organised on ad hoc basis, ballot paper confusion. MARIUPOL/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, May 11- Pro-Moscow rebels pressed ahead with a referendum on self-rule in east Ukraine on Sunday and fighting flared anew in a conflict that could dismember the country and pitch Russia and the West into a new Cold War.

  • *Vote organised on ad hoc basis, ballot paper confusion. *West fears slide into civil war. MARIUPOL/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, May 11- Rebels pressed ahead with a referendum on self-rule in east Ukraine on Sunday and fighting flared anew in a conflict that has raised fears of civil war and pitched Russia and the West into their worst crisis since the Cold War.

  • *U.S. says no sign Russia pulling troops back from Ukraine border. Barricades of tyres and scrap metal blocked streets in the port city of Mariupol and in Slaviansk, centres of an uprising that has unleashed the worst crisis between the West and Russia since the Cold War.

  • MARIUPOL/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, May 11- Ukrainian leader Oleksander Turchinov warned pro-Russian eastern regions they would be stepping into the abyss if they voted for self-rule on Sunday in a referendum that has raised Western fears of a slide to full civil war.

  • *Armed pro-Russians block streets, no sign of Ukraine forces. MARIUPOL/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, May 10- Acting Ukrainian President Oleksander Turchinov told eastern regions gripped by a pro-Russian uprising that they would be courting catastrophe if they voted "yes" in a separatist referendum on Sunday.

  • *Armed pro-Russians block streets, no sign of Ukraine forces. MARIUPOL/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine- May 10- Ukrainian acting President Oleksander Turchinov told eastern regions gripped by a pro-Russian uprising that they would be courting catastrophe if they voted "yes" in a separatist referendum on Sunday.

  • Putin flies to Crimea, more bloodshed in Ukraine Friday, 9 May 2014 | 10:01 AM ET
    Donetsk, Ukraine

    President Vladimir Putin flew in to Crimea on Friday for parades marking the Soviet victory in World War Two.

  • Weeks of fighting have exposed 20 years of neglect of Ukraine's security forces since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union. Eastern rebels that Kiev and the West say are backed by Russian special forces benefit from political vacillation, disarray among the generals and field commanders unsure of their orders.

  • TRIPOLI, May 8- Libya's government is committed to implementing an agreement with rebels occupying the eastern ports of Ras Lanuf and Es Sider and hopes the export terminals will reopen soon, a minister said on Thursday.

  • Ukraine rebels ignore Putin call to delay vote Thursday, 8 May 2014 | 10:53 AM ET
    Vladimir Putin

    Pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine ignored a public call by Russian President Vladimir Putin to postpone a referendum.

  • *Nigeria hosting World Economic Forum for Africa. Speaking at the World Economic Forum being hosted in the capital Abuja, Jonathan thanked foreign nations including the United States, Britain, France and China for their support in trying to rescue the girls, who were kidnapped from a secondary school on April 14.

  • NIGERIA'S DANGOTE SAYS REDUCING UNEMPLOYMENT IS KEY TO ENDING ISLAMIST INSURGENCY IN NORTH.

  • 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.