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Russia, West trade barbs ahead of Ukraine talks in Paris

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Ukrainian servicemen patrol near the chemical plant in Avdeevka, Donetsk region, on June 20, 2015

The leaders of Russia, France and Germany clashed over the Ukraine crisis Monday, as the EU extended sanctions on Moscow on the eve of key diplomatic talks in Paris. After a 45-minute three-way telephone conversation, German Chancellor Angela Merkel noted a “worrying” number of breaches in a ceasefire agreement clinched in February in Minsk, according to a government spokeswoman in Berlin. “Reports from the observation mission of the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) show that the use of arms, especially the recent rise in heavy weaponry, is mainly coming from separatists supported by Russia,” Berlin said.

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Germany frees Al-Jazeera journalist sought by Egypt

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A protester holds a sign depicting Egyptian-British Al-Jazeera journalist Ahmed Mansour outside the criminal court in Berlin on June 22, 2015

German authorities decided Monday to release Al-Jazeera correspondent Ahmed Mansour, his channel said, two days after detaining him at the request of his native Egypt in a move that sparked outrage from media and rights groups. “We welcome this decision by the German prosecutor,” said Al-Jazeera spokesman Hareth Adlouni, adding that all charges had been dropped against 52-year-old Mansour, one of the best known TV journalists in the Arabic world. Supporters and journalists massed outside the Berlin prison where the journalist was being held, as German national news agency DPA also reported that German prosecutors had decided to reject the …read more

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