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Russia, West reach surprise deal on Ukraine crisis

Russia, Ukraine, the US and EU reached a surprise deal Thursday on de-escalating the worsening Ukrainian crisis, in a ray of hope for the former Soviet republic that has plunged into chaos.

Edward Snowden is surprise guest on Putin phone-in

Edward Snowden
Edward Snowden, the fugitive former US spy agency contractor who leaked details of US intelligence eavesdropping, made a surprise appearance on a TV phone-in hosted by Vladimir Putin on Thursday, asking the Russian president if his country also tapped the communications of millions.  

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Killer with noose around his neck spared execution by victim's mother

An Iranian mother spared the life of her son's convicted murderer with an emotional slap in the face as he awaited execution with the noose around his neck, a newspaper reported Thursday.

Ukraine says will restrict entry of Russian men

Ukraine said on Thursday it will impose stricter border controls on Russian men trying to enter the country, where pro-Moscow rebellions have broken out.

Nobody knew that US mom who killed 6 babies was pregnant

Megan Huntsman
A Utah mother accused of slaying six of her own infant children over the course of a decade secretly gave birth to each of the babies without medical assistance at home and then immediately killed them.

Heart-rending texts from South Korea ferry students

South Korean ferry
Heart-wrenching messages of fear, love and despair, sent by high school students from a sinking South Korean ferry added extra emotional weight on Thursday to a tragedy that has stunned the entire nation.

Pistorius forensic expert continues testimony

The prosecutor at the murder trial of double-amputee Olympian Oscar Pistorius is continuing his cross-examination of one of the defense's forensic experts.

Putin hopes no need to send troops into Ukraine

Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Thursday rejected claims that Russian special forces are fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine, but recognized for the first time that the troops in unmarked uniforms who had overtaken Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula before its annexation by Moscow were Russian soldiers.

Nigeria: 115 girls still missing, says principal, rejects army report

Boko Haram video
A Nigerian school principal on Thursday denied military reports that most of the girls kidnapped from her school by Islamist gunmen were now safe, as the parents of those taken voiced anger over the conflicting claims.

Hundreds still missing in deadly Korea ferry accident

South Korean ferry
Rescuers fought rising winds and waves on Thursday as they searched for hundreds of people, mostly teenage schoolchildren, still missing after a South Korean ferry capsized more than 24 hours ago.

MH370 search refocuses on drone scans of seafloor

Bluefin 21
A deep-sea drone had completed its much-anticipated first full scan of the seabed in the remote Indian Ocean, the team looking for a missing Malaysian jetliner said on Thursday, as an air and surface search became less likely to yield results.

Bloodshed in eastern Ukraine heightens fear

Pro-Russian separatists attacked a base of the Ukrainian national guard in an eastern city overnight and Kiev said three of the militants were killed, bloodshed likely to overshadow crisis talks in Geneva.

12-year-old girl becomes UK's youngest mother

A 12-year-old girl and her13-year-old boyfriend have become the youngest parents in UK following the birth of their baby daughter. She gave birth to a daughter over the weekend and both are said to be in good health.

Captain of capsized S Korean ferry faces criminal investigation

Families wait for passengers aboard South Korean ferry
The captain of the South Korean ferry that capsized off the southwest coast was facing a criminal investigation on Thursday, an official said, amid unconfirmed reports that he was one of the first people to jump to safety as the vessel began sinking.
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