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Pro wrestlers take antics to streets in Pyongyang

Ex NFL player, foreign pro wrestlers take ring antics to the streets of Pyongyang
Eric Talmadge, The Associated Press

PYONGYANG, North Korea - Former NFL player Bob "The Beast" Sapp and a group of brawny pro wrestlers led by a Japanese politician took their oddball attempt at sports diplomacy to the streets of Pyongyang on Friday, staging a tug-of-war and arm wrestling competition with local children before a large and somewhat bewildered crowd of spectators.

Pro wrestlers take antics to streets in Pyongyang

Ex NFL player, foreign pro wrestlers take ring antics to the streets of Pyongyang
Eric Talmadge, The Associated Press

PYONGYANG, North Korea - Former NFL player Bob "The Beast" Sapp and a group of brawny pro wrestlers led by a Japanese politician took their oddball attempt at sports diplomacy to the streets of Pyongyang on Friday, staging a tug-of-war and arm wrestling competition with local children before a large and somewhat bewildered crowd of spectators.

Ukraine accuses Russia of sending in tanks, armour

Ukraine accuses Russia of sending tanks, armoured vehicles onto its territory
Dalton Bennett, Jim Heintz And Raf Casert, The Associated Press

NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine - Ukraine accused Russia on Thursday of entering its territory with tanks, artillery and troops, and Western powers said Moscow had "outright lied" about its role and dangerously escalated the conflict.

UN Security Council members lament Ukraine crisis

UN Security Council has emergency session on Ukraine crisis; Power says Russia 'outright lied'
Cara Anna And Trenton Daniel, The Associated Press

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday accused Moscow of having "outright lied" about its role in Ukraine, as alarmed members of the Security Council demanded that Russia remove its fighters from a new front in the unfolding crisis and threatened sanctions.

A top U.N. official told the emergency meeting that the spread of violence in southeastern Ukraine marked a dangerous escalation, but that the international body had no way of independently verifying the latest reports of Russia sending in troops and tanks.

Obama puts Ukraine violence squarely on Russia

Obama signals new sanctions coming on Russia, but no change to a policy failing to deter Putin
Bradley Klapper, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama suggested Thursday that the U.S. might impose new economic sanctions on Russia, blaming it squarely for the warfare in eastern Ukraine. But he ruled out any military options and proposed no shift in an American-led strategy that has yet to convince Moscow to halt operations against its far weaker neighbour.

Europe seeks role in postwar Gaza

Europe seeks role in postwar Gaza, paving way for Abbas return
Josef Federman, The Associated Press

JERUSALEM - European nations are offering to help enforce the cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, a scenario that could provide key international backing for maintaining the peace and step up the pressure on Hamas militants to relinquish power.

The European plan remains vague, and it is unclear whether Israel or the Palestinians will agree.

AP ANALYSIS: A grim stalemate at war's end in Gaza

AP ANALYSIS: Gaza war seems to end with another grim stalemate amid devastation in the strip
Dan Perry, The Associated Press

TEL AVIV, Israel - The third Gaza War in six years appears to have ended in another sort of tie, with both Israel and Hamas claiming the upper hand. Their questionable achievements have come at a big price, especially to long-suffering Palestinians in Gaza.

Libya's UN envoy warns of 'full-blown civil war'

Libya envoy to UN warns of 'full-blown civil war;' Security Council urges immediate cease-fire
Cara Anna, The Associated Press

Libya's ambassador to the United Nations warned Wednesday of "full-blown civil war" if the chaos and division in the North African country continue.

Ambassador Ibrahim Dabbashi told the U.N. Security Council that he had always excluded civil war as a possibility, "but the situation has changed."

The council unanimously approved a resolution calling for an immediate cease-fire and extending sanctions against people threatening Libya's stability.

Interfax: Ukraine cites support for peace plan

Interfax: Ukraine's president says leaders at Minsk meeting support his peace plan
Nataliya Vasilyeva And Peter Leonard, The Associated Press

MINSK, Belarus - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said early Wednesday that he has support for a peace plan from leaders who attended a summit meeting in Minsk, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Interfax news agency reported.

But there were no indications that would mean an immediate end to the fighting in eastern Ukraine between pro-Russia separatists and Ukrainian forces in which about 2,000 civilians and more than 700 Ukrainian troops have died.

Arab strikes in Libya show impatience with US

US says Egypt, UAE behind Libya strikes; intervention shows impatience with US-led efforts
Bradley Klapper And Maggie Michael, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Egypt and the United Arab Emirates secretly carried out airstrikes against Islamic militias inside Libya, the United States publicly acknowledged Tuesday, another sharp jolt to American-led attempts over the past three years to stabilize Libya after dictator Moammar Gadhafi's overthrow.

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