Crackdown on pro-Russian separatistsCrackdown on pro-Russian separatists

DONETSK -- Kiev has begun operations to retake government buildings seized by pro-Russia separatists, with military action concentrated in the Donetsk region.

450th anniversary of the "Bard of Avon"450th anniversary of the "Bard of Avon"

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON -- April 23 marks the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language.

U.S., EU to impose new Russian sanctionsU.S., EU to impose new Russian sanctions

BRUSSELS -- The United States and European Union say they will impose further sanctions on Russia over its alleged interference in Ukraine.

Phelps comeback could target Rio 2016Phelps comeback could target Rio 2016

MESA, Arizona -- American swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian, is coming out of retirement – the first step toward swimming at Rio 2016.

Afghan election marred by fraudAfghan election marred by fraud

KABUL -- Despite a high number of complaints of serious electoral fraud the presidential election is being hailed a success, with over 60% turnout.

MH370: Submersible to begin undersea searchMH370: Submersible to begin undersea search

PERTH -- Teams searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 plane are to deploy a submersible – the Bluefin-21 drone – for the first time.

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