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Catholic Church

More: Pope offers prayers and wishes peace toward people of Colombia, Venezuela, Eastern Ukraine, families of terror victims, the economically downtrodden in annual Christmas message - @CatholicNewsSvc

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Russian plane crashes near Sochi, Dec. 25, 2016

Putin advisor Elizaveta Glinka, well-known figure who ran aid effort for separatist side during Ukraine conflict, listed as passenger on downed military flight - Guardian

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Ukraine, Russia political crisis

2 more Ukrainian military troops killed in renewed fighting in east Ukraine between Russian-backed separatists and government fighters - AP

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Ukraine, Russia political crisis

US Treasury sanctions 7 more Russian businessmen, 8 companies in connection with Russia actions in Ukraine

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European Council formally approves extension of sanctions against Russia for actions in Ukraine - Radio Free Europe

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EU leaders agrees on extension of economic sanctions against Russia over Ukraine for 6 months, diplomats say - Reuters

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President of France François Hollande says he backs extension of Ukraine sanctions on Russia - Reuters

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Ukraine, Russia political crisis

Germany's foreign minister says no big progress expected in implementation of Minsk accord on Ukraine crisis because of Russia, Ukraine waiting for US developments - Reuters

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Ukraine, Russia political crisis

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says security situation in eastern Ukraine remains extremely serious, and ceasefire is violated daily

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Ukraine, Russia political crisis

Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko says only purpose of missile tests is to prepare for 'full-scale incursion' by Russia - IBT

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Ukraine starts missile firing exercises in country's Kherson region, Ukrainian air force spokesperson says - Interfax

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Russian Foreign Ministry says it views Ukraine's plans to hold missile firing exercises near Crimea as large-scale provocation - Interfax

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Russian foreign minister says group could not agree on further steps in Ukraine crisis at Minsk talks - Reuters

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Russia protests Ukraine's missile training over Crimea - AP

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Interfax: Russia says Ukrainian intelligence illegally seized 2 Russian servicemen from Crimea - Reuters

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Syrian Civil War

US President Obama calls his chat with Russia's Putin 'candid and courteous,' says they discussed situations about Ukraine and Syria not about cyber intrusions - @markknoller

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Ukraine, Russia political crisis

White House says Obama urged Putin to uphold Russia's commitments under the Minsk agreements during talk at APEC - Reuters

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Fight against Islamic State militants

US Secretary of State John Kerry says he discussed 'all aspects' of Aleppo, Syria, and Ukraine in meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov - Reuters

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Ukraine, Russia political crisis

US President Obama says he and German Chancellor Merkel agreed to maintain sanctions against Russia until it complies with the Minsk Agreement on Ukraine - @markknoller

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Ukraine, Russia political crisis

Report: European leaders and US President Obama to discuss extension of Russia sanctions at Friday meeting in Berlin, sources say - Reuters

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