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Sunday, February 15, 2015
Shelling kills two in center of rebel-held Donetsk, hours ahead of cease-fire: AFP
A man and a woman were killed Saturday by shelling in the center of the eastern Ukraine rebel stronghold Donetsk, just hours before a truce was due to start, an AFP journalist at the scene said.
Pope Francis welcomed 20 new cardinals Saturday into the elite club of churchmen who will elect his successor and immediately delivered a tough-love message to them, telling them to put aside their pride, jealousy, self-interests and anger and instead exercise perfect charity.
Swiss researchers are developing contact lenses that contain tiny telescopes to boost vision and zoom in and out with the wink of an eye, researchers said Friday.
Cinderella and Prince Charming met on an equal footing Friday at the Berlin film festival in a modern retelling of the fairy tale by Kenneth Branagh, with Cate Blanchett as a gambling, hard-drinking Wicked Stepmother.
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Ukraine battles persist ahead of cease-fire
Fierce fighting raged on Friday in east Ukraine between government troops and Russian-backed separatists as the warring sides attempted to bolster their positions ahead of a weekend cease-fire deadline.
Spurred to action by last month's terror attacks in France, European Union leaders agreed Thursday on an ambitious range of new steps to better protect their countries from terrorism.
Pope Francis on Thursday urged Catholic cardinals to back his plans to reform the scandal-hit Vatican bureaucracy in order to help the church reach out to believers more effectively, including on issues such as the environment.
Friday, February 13, 2015
Media freedom suffered a “drastic decline” worldwide last year in part because of extremist groups such as Islamic State and Boko Haram, the watchdog group Reporters Without Borders said in its annual evaluation released Thursday.
Marathon Ukraine peace summit agrees cease-fire
Marathon talks in Belarus ended Thursday with a cease-fire announcement in the war between Ukraine and pro-Moscow rebels, but Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that “big hurdles” remained.
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Greece's prime minister sounded a conciliatory tone ahead of his first summit with European leaders Thursday, hours after the country's talks with eurozone creditors on overhauling its bailout loans broke down.
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