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Pro-Russian rebel leaders from Eastern Ukraine Andrei Purgin, left, and Alexey Karyakin  walk in Minsk, Belarus, on Monday, Sept. 1, 2014.  (AP Photo/Dmitry Brushko)
Pro-Russian rebel leaders from Eastern Ukraine Andrei Purgin, left, and Alexey Karyakin walk in Minsk, Belarus, on Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Brushko)
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Pro-Russian rebels lower demands in Ukraine peace talks

MOSCOW (AP) -- Pro-Russian rebels softened their demand for full independence Monday, saying they would respect Ukraine's sovereignty in exchange for autonomy - a shift that reflects Moscow's desire to strike a deal at a new round of peace talks.

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Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders answers reporters' questions as he arrives for an informal meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Ministers, in Milan, Italy, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014.
Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders answers reporters' questions as he arrives for an informal meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Ministers, in Milan, Italy, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014.
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EU ministers seek new sanctions against Russia over Ukraine

MILAN (AP) -- Several European Union foreign ministers on Friday accused Russia of invading eastern Ukraine and said Moscow should be punished with more sanctions.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin says he has ordered the government to develop measures in response to Western sanctions.  (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti,  Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service)
Russian President Vladimir Putin says he has ordered the government to develop measures in response to Western sanctions. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service)
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Putin orders import limits, to hit back over sanctions

MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin has ordered government agencies to restrict imports of food and agricultural products from the countries that have imposed sanctions against Russia over the conflict in Ukraine.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin heads the Cabinet meeting in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence, outside Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)
Russian President Vladimir Putin heads the Cabinet meeting in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence, outside Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)
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Obama, Putin discuss Ukraine, missile treaty

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama told Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday that the United States remains deeply concerned that Russia is ramping up support for pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine. He later conceded that pressure from recently imposed U.S. and European sanctions "hasn't resolved the problem yet."

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Technicians assemble a new steam turbine system in the hard coal-fired power station 'Block 6' of energy provider swb AG at the industrial harbour in Bremen, Germany.   (AP Photo/dpa, Ingo Wagner, File)
Technicians assemble a new steam turbine system in the hard coal-fired power station 'Block 6' of energy provider swb AG at the industrial harbour in Bremen, Germany. (AP Photo/dpa, Ingo Wagner, File)
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Russia tensions hurting European companies

BERLIN (AP) -- Russia's standoff with the West is hurting European companies, from heavy industry to sports goods makers, even before the latest sanctions have a chance to take effect.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin heads the Cabinet meeting in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence, outside Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)
Russian President Vladimir Putin heads the Cabinet meeting in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence, outside Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)
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Russia counts cost of new economic sanctions

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia blasted the West's new economic sanctions on Wednesday, accusing the U.S. of being "prosecutorial" in its drive to impose penalties on the country's key energy and finance sectors.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin heads to speak at a navy parade marking  Victory Day in Sevastopol, Crimea May 9.  (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File)
Russian President Vladimir Putin heads to speak at a navy parade marking Victory Day in Sevastopol, Crimea May 9. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File)
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US: Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In an escalation of tensions, the Obama administration accused Russia on Monday of conducting tests in violation of a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach "a very serious matter" and going public with allegations that have simmered for some time.

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A pro-Russian fighters' APC stands abandoned near the city of Lisichansk, Luhansk region, eastern Ukraine Saturday, July 26, 2014.  (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
A pro-Russian fighters' APC stands abandoned near the city of Lisichansk, Luhansk region, eastern Ukraine Saturday, July 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
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Study: Embargo over Ukraine wouldn’t hurt Russia

LONDON (AP) — An arms embargo against Russia would be little more than symbolic because Russia is largely self-sufficient in supplying its armed forces, a report argued Sunday.

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People ride a scooter past a destroyed pro-Russian fighters' APC near the city of Lisichansk, Luhansk region, eastern Ukraine Saturday, July 26, 2014.  (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
People ride a scooter past a destroyed pro-Russian fighters' APC near the city of Lisichansk, Luhansk region, eastern Ukraine Saturday, July 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
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Ukraine launches offensive to retake Donetsk

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukrainian officials said their forces advanced to the outskirts of a key town north of Donetsk on Saturday as they try to retake the stronghold held for months by pro-Russia rebels.

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McDonald's iconic golden arches. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
McDonald's iconic golden arches. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
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Russia: McDonald’s food has ‘too many calories’

MOSCOW (AP) -- Nearly a quarter-century after McDonald's startled and delighted Soviets with their first taste of American fast-food culture, the company's now facing a suit that could ban it from selling some of its signature products.

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