Putin toughens stance as rebels seize key port city

Troops identifying themselves as members of the New Russia Militia were encamped Friday in a Ukrainian border town.

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The Russian president said the government in Kiev must be compelled to negotiate regional autonomy.

Syrian rebels in standoff with UN peacekeepers

It came a day after an armed group captured 43 peacekeepers in the area near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

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US airstrikes and aid for Iraqi city under ISIS siege

The Pentagon says the US conducted airstrikes and dropped humanitarian aid to a town surrounded by militants.

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EU issues Russia ultimatum over Ukraine

The bloc’s 28 leaders tasked its executive body to ‘‘urgently undertake preparatory work for consideration within a week,” an official said.

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Electing a new pope

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After Pope Benedict XVI’s surprise resignation, cardinals gathered in the Vatican to elect Pope Francis as the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church.

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Antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes

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Federal data obtained by the Globe show many nursing homes make heavy use of antipsychotic drugs to pacify residents.

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