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Sister of Boston Bomb Suspects Arrested, Charged in NY

A sister of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was arrested Wednesday in New York on suspicion of making a bomb threat, police said.

Ailina Tsarnaeva, 24 and a resident of North Bergen, New Jersey, "was arrested and charged with aggravated harassment," a NYPD spokesman told Agence France Presse.

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Thai Court Drops Murder Charge against ex-PM Abhisit

A Thai court on Thursday dismissed charges of murder and abuse of power against former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his ex-deputy over a bloody crackdown on opposition protests in 2010.

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S. Korea Ferry Victim's Father Ends 45-Day Hunger Strike

The father of one of the high school students killed in South Korea's ferry disaster on Thursday abandoned a hunger strike aimed at forcing lawmakers to set up a full independent inquiry. 

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EU Rescue Mission Unveiled as Boat Migrant Numbers Soar

The European Commission on Wednesday pledged to launch a new migrant rescue operation in the Mediterranean, as Italy struggles with a surge of migrants trying to reach the continent by boat.

The new operation -- dubbed Frontex plus after Europe's border agency -- will replace the "Mare Nostrum" naval deployment launched by Italy after two deadly shipwrecks in 2013, which Rome has threatened to wind up without more help.

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U.N. Asks Sahel Countries to Set Up Border Patrols

The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday asked African countries of the troubled Sahel region to set up regional patrols to better protect their borders from organized crime and terror groups.

In a unanimously adopted statement, the council expressed concern for the "alarming situation" in the region, citing groups such as al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Nigeria's Boko Haram and Mali's Ansar Dine.

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Chopper that Crashed in South Sudan Was Attacked, Assures the U.N.

The U.N. Security Council said Wednesday that a U.N. cargo helicopter that crashed in South Sudan had been attacked and called for those responsible to face justice.

The Mi-8AMT helicopter from the U.N. mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) went down Tuesday near the northern oil town of Bentiu, killing three Russian crew members and injuring a fourth.

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Alleged Serial Killer Charged over LA Shooting Spree

An alleged serial killer accused of opening fire randomly on motorists in a Los Angeles suburb has been charged, prosecutors said.

Alexander Hernandez, 34, is accused of murdering a 48-year-old man driving his pick-up truck last Thursday, and with attempted murder for firing on a couple in west Hollywood last Friday.

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Ukraine Fighter Triggers Protest for Reinforcements in Besieged Town

A leading volunteer commander in Ukraine triggered protests against the government on Wednesday after a series of angry Facebook messages over the failure to support troops besieged by rebels and rapidly running out of ammunition.

Pro-Russian rebels have surrounded the town of Ilovaysk, a railway hub 10 kilometers (six miles) east of their main stronghold of Donetsk.

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Switzerland Expands Blacklist over Ukraine Crisis

Switzerland on Wednesday added 11 names and five banks to its blacklist over the Ukraine crisis in fresh moves to stop the country from being used to avoid EU sanctions against Russia.

The government in a statement said it had taken "all the measures required to ensure that the most recent sanctions imposed by the European Union cannot be circumvented via Swiss territory".

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Weapons and Vehicles Lie Abandoned as Ukraine Rebels Make Headway

With munitions dumped in the center of town and military vehicles left by the roadside, the town of Starobesheve has the air of a place abandoned.

Situated on the road between the rebel stronghold of Donetsk and the Azov Sea to the south, the town bore all the signs on Wednesday of a hasty retreat by the Ukrainian army.

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