KIEV, Ukraine — Warring parties in Ukraine took a major stride toward quelling unrest in the country’s east Thursday with the declared start of a supervised withdrawal of heavy weapons from the front line.
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PANJSHIR VALLEY, Afghanistan — Avalanches caused by a heavy winter snow killed at least 124 people in northeastern Afghanistan, an emergency official said Wednesday, as rescuers clawed through debris with their hands to save those buried beneath.
PRAGUE — A gunman opened fire inside a small-town restaurant in eastern Czech Republic Tuesday, killing eight people and seriously wounding a waitress before he fatally shot himself, officials said. It was the worst shooting attack in the young country’s history.
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ROME (AP) — Pope Francis walked in a solemn Ash Wednesday procession between churches on Rome’s ancient Aventine Hill, calling on people to humbly remember their human limits as faithful began their annual penitential Lenten period.
BERLIN (TNS) — Controversial German anatomist Gunther von Hagens on Wednesday opened a permanent exhibit of preserved corpses at Berlin’s iconic Alexanderplatz after months of legal wrangling.
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