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Fighting resumes in east

Fighting raged overnight and early yesterday on the outskirts of the rebel stronghold of Donetsk despite an agreement reached by the Ukrainian and Russian foreign ministers a day earlier. Fighting in the east had largely subsided following a cease-fire deal signed in February but has returned in recent days. Heavy shelling was heard in Donetsk late Monday and early yesterday. Military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said six Ukrainian troops were killed and 12 wounded in a 24-hour period. The rebels reported one fighter dead and five wounded.


Police raid Rio squatters

An operation to remove squatters from a building planned as a hotel for the 2016 Olympic Games erupted into chaos yesterday as police stormed in and squatters set the structure alight. The more than 100 squatters had agreed to leave, but as they filed out of the imposing former apartment building, police in riot gear charged, sparking pandemonium. Squatters set two fires in the building, and firefighters battled flames as police chased some of the squatters and their supporters through the streets. Dozens of squatters, many of whom said they'd been evicted from another building in downtown Rio, slipped into the building in the upper-middle-class Flamengo neighborhood a week ago. More arrived throughout the week, and more than 300 were counted, including 70 to 80 children.

SOUTH AFRICAImmigrants' shops attacked

Five people have died in attacks on immigrant-owned shops and hundreds of people have fled their homes since last week, authorities said yesterday as they struggled to stem one of the worst outbreaks of violence in years against foreigners, many from other African countries. Most of the unrest occurred in and around the coastal city of Durban, where police said two foreigners and three South Africans were killed. The dead included a 14-year-old boy allegedly shot during looting.

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