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PARIS (AP) — Top diplomats from the West and Russia are trying to find an end to the crisis in Ukraine. The envoys from Russia, Ukraine, the U.S., Britain and France were originally planning to discuss Syria's civil war at a gathering in Paris today, but that changed after Russia's military takeover of Ukraine's Crimea region. NATO also plans to take up the issue directly with Russia in an extraordinary meeting today in Brussels.
BEIRUT (AP) — More spillover of Syria's civil war into its neighbor today. Officials say Syrian warplanes carried out a series of airstrikes near a Lebanese border town, just missing a school. In another border incident, Israeli troops opened fire on two suspected militants as they were trying to plant an explosive device on the Jewish state's frontier with Syria.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain say they've recalled their ambassadors from the Gulf nation of Qatar, claiming Qatar breached a regional security deal. It's the clearest sign yet of a rift between Gulf Arab nations and Qatar, which has been a staunch supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and elsewhere.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge in Los Angeles has granted a reduction in child support to Beyonce's dad, Matthew Knowles, who fathered a son with an actress while he was still married to Beyonce's mom. Child support payments to Alexsandra Wright will roughly be $2,500 a month, down from $12,000 a month. The judge's ruling notes that Matthew Knowles' income has substantially fallen since Beyonce fired him as her manager in 2011.
PRAGUE (AP) — A woman in the Czech Republic has been sentenced to 22 years in prison for killing her three children when they were newborns. The 31-year-old woman was convicted of strangling a daughter born in May and twins born the previous year. Police discovered the bodies in the cellar of the woman's house in a village in the southeastern part of the country. Authorities had gotten a tip from the woman's gynecologist.
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