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Shyrokyne (Ukraine) (AFP) - Pro-Russian fighters have withdrawn from a strategic frontline village, Ukraine's military reported on Friday, although some troops doubted whether the surprise retreat and lull in fighting would last.

London (AFP) - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister David Cameron led a nationwide minute's silence on Friday, a week after a jihadist gun massacre in Tunisia in which 30 out of the 38 victims were Britons.

Helsinki (AFP) - A Russian gay couple has been granted asylum in Finland because of the discrimination they faced at home over their sexual orientation, Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat reported on Friday.

Brasília (AFP) - Brazil's president unveiled the 2016 Olympic torch Friday with a vow to overcome the Latin American giant's mounting problems -- ranging from massive corruption to street violence -- in time for a "historic" Rio games.

Havana (AFP) - The number of Cubans heading to the US has surged in the months since the historic thaw in bilateral relations -- a swell experts attribute to uncertainty over the future of US policy that favors such travelers.

Tokyo (AFP) - Japan is rolling out the red carpet this weekend for the leaders of the "Mekong Five" as it pushes infrastructure exports and courts influence in a region where rival China has an increasing presence.

Barcelona (AFP) - Support for independence in Spain's wealthy northeastern region of Catalonia has slipped, according to a Catalan government opinion poll published Friday.

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