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More Ukrainian soldiers killed, Poroshenko defends peace plan

KIEV - Ukraine reported more deaths among its troops and separatists on Sunday despite a ceasefire, but President Petro Poroshenko defended his peace plan, saying a military solution was no option and Western support could have been at risk.

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Forty migrants missing after raft sinks near Libya - Italy coast guard

ROME - Forty migrants were missing after the raft that carried them sank around 30 miles (48.28 kilometres)from eastern Libya, an Italian coast guard official said on Sunday.

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Pakistan appoints ally of army chief to head intelligence agency

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan has appointed Rizwan Akhtar, considered a close ally of the army chief, to head the country's powerful intelligence agency, the military's press wing said on Monday.

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Iran foreign minister hails "new chapter" in Saudi ties - IRNA

DUBAI - Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said a meeting he held with his Saudi counterpart on Sunday would bring a new chapter in ties between their countries, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported.

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Fiji strongman sworn in after election landslide

SUVA - Fiji's former military ruler was sworn in as prime minister on Monday after winning 60 percent of the vote in the South Pacific nation's first elections since he seized power eight years ago.

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New Zealand prime minister aims for flag change vote next year

WELLINGTON - New Zealand may vote next year on changing its flag, newly re-elected prime minister John Key said on Monday, as the country looks to assert an identity independent of colonial ties to Britain.

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