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'Up to 15,000 Russian Soldiers' Sent to Ukraine

Up to 15,000 Russian soldiers have been sent to Ukraine over the past two months, and at least several hundred have apparently died in combat there, rights groups exposing army abuses told AFP on Monday.

Moscow denies that it has deployed regular troops to Ukraine to prop up separatists battling Kiev forces, but multiple indications have emerged over the past weeks that Russian soldiers are on the ground in Ukraine.

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Turkey Summons U.S. Envoy over Snowden Spying Claims

Turkey on Monday said it had summoned the U.S. charge d'affaires in Ankara to demand an explanation over a report that Washington has spied intensively on Turkish leaders since 2006.

Der Spiegel reported that as well as sharing intelligence with NATO partner Turkey, the United States and its ally Britain have been conducting extensive electronic surveillance on the Turkish leadership.

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Lesotho's Public Service Minister Says He is Acting Premier after 'Coup'

Lesotho's minister of public service, Motloheloa Phooko, told Agence France Presse on Monday that he was the country's acting prime minister, after the elected premier fled the country during an apparent coup.

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Malaysia Refuses New Zealand Activist Entry

Malaysia on Monday refused entry to a New Zealand anti-mining activist who had previously been arrested for joining a protest against a rare earths processing plant, rights groups said.

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Turkey Detains Dozens of Police in New Swoop against Erdogan Foes

Turkish authorities on Monday detained some two dozen police officers in new nationwide raids over an alleged plot to overthrow the Islamic-rooted government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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Putin Urges Europeans to have 'Common Sense' over Sanctions Threat

Russian President Vladimir Putin urged the EU on Monday to show "common sense" and not to engage in mutually destructive sanctions, in his first reaction to the threat of additional punitive measures over Ukraine.

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Reports: Knifeman Kills 3 in Rampage at China School

A knife-wielding man stabbed eight children and a teacher in a rampage at a Chinese primary school Monday, leaving at least three of them dead, reports said, in the country's latest attack against youngsters.

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PM: Australia to Match EU on Russia Sanctions

Australia will toughen its sanctions against Russia over the crisis in Ukraine so they match those of the European Union, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Monday.

Australia already has some sanctions against Russia, but Abbott said these would be tightened as a result of Moscow's persistent and deliberate violation of its neighbor's sovereignty.

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N. Korea Fires Short-Range 'Projectile' into Sea

North Korea fired a short-range projectile towards the sea off its east coast Monday in the latest of a series of missile and rocket tests, military officials said.

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Two Dead in New Zealand Welfare Office Shooting

A gunman shot dead two people and seriously wounded a third Monday when he opened fire in a New Zealand welfare office then fled on a bicycle, police said.

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