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January 31, 2015 8:15 PM
People in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk districts find themselves squarely in the path of advancing Russian-backed rebels, who want to take back the territory they held at the beginning of the conflict last year. Many local residents are afraid, but others would welcome the change, even when a rebel shell lands in their neighborhood. From the Luhansk district, 15 kilometers from where the Ukrainian government marks the front line, VOA’s Al Pessin reports.
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Video Ukrainian Neighborhood Divided Over Conflict

People in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk districts find themselves squarely in the path of advancing Russian-backed rebels, who want to take back the territory they held at the beginning of the conflict last year. Many local residents are afraid, but others would welcome the change, even when a rebel shell lands in their neighborhood. From the Luhansk district, 15 kilometers from where the Ukrainian government marks the front line, VOA’s Al Pessin reports.
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African heads of state, joined by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, sixth from left in front row, and UN Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon, third from right in front row, pose for a group photograph at the annual African Union summit held at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Jan. 30, 2015.

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Middle East

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People watch a march in celebration of the 162nd birth anniversary of Cuba's independence hero Jose Marti beside an image of Cuban revolutionary hero Ernesto 'Che' Guevara on a wall in downtown Havana, Jan. 27, 2015. Thousands of members from the Cuban Communist Youth Union (UJC) and student organizations participated in the march.

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Les Paul's Original 1954 Black Custom 'Black Beauty" (Photo: Courtesy Guernsey's Auction House)

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Pope Francis delivers his Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican, Feb. 1 2015.

Pope Plans 1-day Visit to Sarajevo in June

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French Finance Minister Michel Sapin (R) and Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis pose before a meeting at the Bercy Finance Ministry in Paris, Feb. 1, 2015.

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