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#Ukraine marks Independence Day with parade

Ukraine is celebrating its anniversary of independence with army parades in show of the country's military force as the Kiev government continues to fight against pro-Russian armed groups in the east of the war-torn country.

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Merkel presses #Russia to engage with #Ukraine

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has pressed Moscow to engage in a peace plan with Kiev, and suggested the standoff can be solved, but only if control over the Ukraine-Russia border is tightened.

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#Iceland volcano triggers air traffic ban

Air traffic has been banned over Iceland as the Meteorological Office raised the alert over the country's largest volcano to red.

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West says #Russia must pull #Ukraine aid convoy

The US and Germany have denounced the movement of a Russian aid convoy into Ukraine without permission from Kiev, calling on Moscow to stop dangerous escalations in its neighbour country.

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All Russian aid vehicles 'leave' #Ukraine

Russian aid convoyA Russian aid convoy, which has escalated further tensions between the West and Russia, has returned from rebel-held eastern Ukraine to Russian territory, observers of OSCE, the Vienna-based rights and security organisation, have said.

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#Russia aid convoy moving into #Ukraine

Civilian areasUkrainian authorities have said that trucks from a Russian aid convoy crossed into Ukraine without permission and Ukraine's state security chief said this amounted to a "direct invasion" by Russia, news agencies have reported.

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Erdogan names Davutoglu as new #Turkey PM

Ahmet Davutoglu

Turkey's ruling party has picked Ahmet Davutoglu, the foreign minister, to replace president-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan as its new chairman and prime minister.

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#Ukraine begins checks on Russian aid trucks

Ukrainian border guards have started checks on a Russian truck convoy which is carrying aid earmarked for humanitarian relief in the east of the country, the border guards service has said.

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Dozens of residents die in Donetsk fighting

Fighting in Ukraine's mostly rebel-held region of Donetsk has killed 34 local residents and wounded 29 others in the past 24 hours, authorities have said.

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UK PM in emergency talks over 'Foley killing'

James FoleyUK Prime Minister David Cameron has interrupted his holiday to return to London after a video released by the Islamic State (IS) group purported to show a man with a British accent executing US journalist, James Foley.

Read more: UK PM in emergency talks over 'Foley killing'

   

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