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Ukraine Warring Sides Announce Start of Small Arms Withdrawal

Warring sides in Ukraine on Saturday began withdrawing tanks and smaller weapons from a buffer zone in the war-torn east a day after the leaders of France and Germany met Vladimir Putin for peace talks.

The announcement of the beginning of the small-weapons withdrawal came after Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko voiced cautious optimism over the future of a peace deal but said the war was not over.

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Dalai Lama Brushes Off Health Fears after Canceling U.S. Tour

The Dalai Lama said he was in "excellent" health Saturday after doctors told him to scrap a tour of the United States as he returned to his home in northern India.

The 80-year-old Tibetan spiritual leader walked unaided from his plane after it landed at Dharamsala airport and spoke with a small group of followers who had gathered to welcome him back, before telling reporters that there was no cause for concern.

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S.Sudan Increases States, Threatening Power-Sharing Deal

South Sudan President Salva Kiir has ordered the number of regional states be nearly tripled, his spokesman said Saturday, undermining a fundamental pillar of a power-sharing deal to end civil war.

Kiir, who has been fighting to crush a rebellion since December 2013 in which tens of thousands have been killed, the economy destroyed and war zone regions pushed to the brink of famine, signed an August 26 peace agreement to end the war.

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At Least 30 Dead, Hundreds Missing in Guatemala Landslide

At least 30 people were dead and several hundred missing Friday a day after a landslide smashed through a village on the outskirts of the Guatemalan capital, officials said.

More than 500 rescue workers, police and soldiers, as well as desperate residents, clawed away at the debris with picks and shovels searching for survivors all day and into the late evening, before suspending the painstaking hunt for the night.

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Clashes after Mexico City Massacre Protest

Masked protesters clashed with riot police in Mexico City on Friday after thousands of people marched to commemorate the 47th anniversary of a student massacre.

Three people were arrested in the hour-long violence in Zocalo square during which about 300 self-styled "anarchists" lobbed stones and firebombs at police guarding the National Palace, who responded by firing tear gas.

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Channel Tunnel Traffic Resumes after Migrant Intrusion

Traffic resumed through the Channel Tunnel connecting Britain and France early Saturday several hours after being suspended when 113 migrants entered the French side of the tunnel complex, the company operating it said.

Services had been suspended for just over seven hours throughout the night, but resumed early on Saturday with a Eurostar train from England entering the tunnel at 8:05am (0605 GMT), a Eurotunnel spokeswoman told AFP.

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Milosevic Allies in Power with New Look, 15 Years on

When jubilant crowds stormed Belgrade's parliament 15 years ago and ousted Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic, few could have imagined that his allies would be in power today -- and firmly backing European integration.

Monday marks the anniversary of the overthrow of the late president, whose 13-year iron rule stoked brutal ethnic conflict and mass murder in the former Yugoslavia, resulting in international isolation and the crippling of the Serbian economy.

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Australia Shooting 'an Act of Terrorism', Says PM

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Saturday that an attack in Sydney in which a 15-year-old gunman shot dead a civilian police employee appeared to have been an act of terrorism.

Police said little was known about the unidentified teen, who was shot dead in an exchange of fire with officers after he killed finance worker Curtis Cheng at close range outside the force's headquarters in western Sydney on Friday.

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Canada Vote Frontrunner Falters but Race too Close to Call

New polling showed the former frontrunner in Canada's legislative elections could finish third over its opposition to a popular ban on the veil, as political leaders squared off in a final debate Friday.

The race is still too close to call, however, with the rivals also sparring over taxes, trade negotiations, the Syrian refugee crisis, air strikes against the Islamic State group and upcoming Paris climate talks. Canada goes to the polls on October 19.

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Germany Fetes 25 Years of Unity with Call for Refugee Welcome

Germany on Saturday celebrated 25 years since its joyful reunification, with its leaders urging the nation to muster the same strength and solidarity to face a record refugee influx.

The silver anniversary of the day communist East Germany and the capitalist West reunited as one country comes with Europe's top economy standing at a crossroads.

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