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The Two-Way
8:57 am
Sun January 18, 2015

Ukraine Launches Major Offensive To Retake Donetsk Airport

Smoke rises over the new terminal of Donetsk airport in Donetsk, Eastern Ukraine, where government troops have launched an offensive to capture the area from Russian-backed separatists.
Mstyslav Chernov AP

Originally published on Sun January 18, 2015 9:10 am

Ukraine's president says his forces will retake the airport in the eastern city of Donetsk from the control of Russian-backed separatists amid reports of a major push to do just that.

Petro Poroshenko, speaking to a crowd of several thousand gathered Sunday in central Kiev for a state-sponsored peace march, said that he would not "give up an inch" of Ukrainian territory to separatists, according to The Associated Press.

Meanwhile, Reuters reports that Ukrainian forces launched a "mass operation" overnight that had succeeded in retaking most of the airport.

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The Two-Way
8:07 am
Sun January 18, 2015

ISIS Frees 200 Elderly Yazidis; Reportedly 'Too Expensive To Feed'

A mentally disabled Yazidi man is carried to a bus that will bring him to the Kurdish city of Dohuk, after being released by Islamic militants, in Alton Kupri, outside Kirkuk, Iraq, on Sunday.
Bram Janssen AP

The self-declared Islamic State has released a group of some 200 elderly members of the Yazidis religious minority, allowing them to cross out of territory controlled by the extremists.

It is not clear why the militants released the men and women, many infirm, but The Associated Press quotes Gen, Shirko Fatih, the commander of the Kurdish peshmerga in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk as saying "It probably became too expensive to feed them and care for them."

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The Two-Way
7:08 am
Sun January 18, 2015

Record Turnout For Pope's Sunday Mass In Manila

Pope Francis waves to the crowd as he arrives at Quirino Grandstand to celebrate his final Papal Mass in Manila, Philippines, on Sunday. In his homily, Francis warned about the Philippine government's "insidious" family planning program.
Ron Soliman AP

At least 6 million people in the predominately Catholic Philippines thronged a rain-drenched Rizal park in the capital, Manila, to catch a glimpse of Pope Francis as he presented Sunday Mass at the end of a four-day visit to the islands nation.

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Europe
6:55 am
Sun January 18, 2015

Guards Watch Muslim, Jewish Sites As Dark Mood Descends On Paris

Originally published on Sun January 18, 2015 11:57 am

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Europe
6:55 am
Sun January 18, 2015

Reports Of Racism Fall Through France's Information Gap

Originally published on Sun January 18, 2015 11:57 am

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UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: 52.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #2: 11:52.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: 25.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #3: 6.1125

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #4: 25,856.

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Afghanistan
6:55 am
Sun January 18, 2015

Pakistan Pressures Afghan Refugees To Go Home

Originally published on Sun January 18, 2015 11:57 am

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It has been a month since more than 130 children were murdered in an attack on a school in Pakistan. The government has responded with draconian measures; this includes victimizing the large number of Afghans living in Pakistan.

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Middle East
6:55 am
Sun January 18, 2015

Global Community Funds Jordan's First Skateboard Park

Originally published on Sun January 18, 2015 10:00 pm

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Parallels
4:50 am
Sun January 18, 2015

Russia's Prominent Prisoners Reflect Tension With Its Neighbors

Ukrainian military officer Nadezhda Savchenko speaks to journalists shortly after her capture in Luhansk, Ukraine, on June 19, 2014. She was apparently captured by pro-Russian insurgents during fighting in eastern Ukraine. But she is being held in Russia, which claims she was arrested in that country. Ukrainian officials say the separatists handed her over to Russia.
Igor Golovniov AP

One is a pioneering fighter pilot, another is a decorated intelligence agent and the third is a celebrated film director. Right now, all three are sitting in Russian jails.

The cases are not directly related, but all three are citizens of neighboring countries in conflict with Russia. Two are from Ukraine, arrested after Russia's annexation of Crimea and the war with Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine's eastern provinces. The third is from the Baltic nation of Estonia.

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Middle East
4:31 pm
Sat January 17, 2015

Syrian Opposition Groups Wary Of Russia's Invitation To Moscow

A rebel fighter takes aim during a training session in Eastern al-Ghouta, a rebel-held region outside the capital Damascus, earlier this month. Russia is inviting Syrian opposition groups to peace talks in Moscow, but few of them want to go to a country that supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Abd Doumany AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat January 17, 2015 5:59 pm

The war in Syria has been raging for nearly four years and it's been challenging for diplomats to get warring sides to agree on even temporary truces.

The U.N. envoy is pressing ahead on that front, while Russia tries to play peacemaker. Russia is inviting the parties to Moscow this month, but some opposition groups won't go to a country that has been backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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The Two-Way
3:15 pm
Sat January 17, 2015

Greece Arrests Four In Latest Anti-Terror Raids

Belgian paratroopers guard outside a Jewish school in the central city of Antwerp on Saturday, a day after authorities made several arrests of alleged Islamist extremists who they say were plotting attacks.
Yves Herman Reuters/Landov

Greek authorities have detained four terrorism suspects including a man thought to have links to a foiled terror plot in Belgium.

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