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KIEV, Ukraine — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s office says he and Russian President Vladimir Putin are in agreement on a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine, but the statement was ambiguous and a top rebel figure said no cease-fire was possible without Ukraine withdrawing its forces. The brief statement said “mutual understanding was reached regarding the steps that will contribute to the establishment of peace” but gave no details. By Jim Heintz and Nataliya Vasilyeva. SENT: 660 words, photos.
VIENNA — A new and seemingly promising U.N probe of allegations that Iran worked on atomic arms has stalled, diplomats say, leaving investigators not much further than where they started a decade ago and dampening U.S. hopes of reaching an overarching nuclear deal with Tehran by a November deadline. Expectations were high just two weeks ago, when chief U.N. nuclear inspector Yukiya Amano emerged from talks in Tehran with Iranian President Hasan Rouhani saying Iran had given “a firm commitment” of cooperation. By George Jahn. SENT: 660 words.
GENEVA — The United States’ competitiveness among global economies has risen to the No. 3 spot behind Switzerland and Singapore in rankings published annually by the World Economic Forum. In its survey released Wednesday, the Forum said the U.S. — the world’s largest economy — moved up two spots from fifth position last year, thanks to improvements in its financial markets and public institutions. By John Heilprin. SENT: 360 words, photos.
MADRID — The British parents who took their critically ill son for treatment abroad are heading to see him at a hospital in southern Spain following their release from custody after U.K. authorities dropped accusations of child cruelty against them. Brett King, the father of 5-year-old Aysha, told reporters in the Spanish city of Seville that everything he and his wife did for their son was for the boy’s own good. SENT: 130 words, photos.
LONDON — A British man infected with the deadly Ebola virus has been released from a London hospital after making a full recovery. William Pooley, who had worked as a nurse treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, on Wednesday thanked the Royal Free Hospital staff for its successful treatment of his case. He had been cared for in a special isolated unit. SENT: 130 words.
MOSCOW — Russia’s state-owned RIA Novosti news agency says one of its photojournalists has died in eastern Ukraine. Andrei Stenin went missing in early August, his whereabouts unknown. SENT: 120 words.