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UNDATED (AP) — While separatists in Crimea are keeping up the pressure for unification with Moscow, the Ukrainian prime minister is vowing not to give up "a single centimeter" of his country's territory. At a solemn commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Ukraine's greatest poet today, Arseniy Yatsenyuk (ahr-SEHN'-ee yaht-sehn-YOOK') declared "This is our land."

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama with meet with Ukraine's prime minister on Wednesday. And Vice President Joe Biden is cutting short his trip to Latin America to join them. An aide to the vice president says Biden will return to Washington on Tuesday. The White House meeting is intended to demonstrate U.S. support for Ukraine's new government.

KELLER, Texas (AP) — The brothers of a Texas man who was aboard the Malaysia Airlines flight that went missing over the South China Sea say the family is leaning on their Christian faith and holding out hope for good news about the man they last saw about a week ago. Philip Wood, an IBM executive, was one of three Americans aboard the jet when it vanished early Saturday.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government is 100 percent that a man killed today in an early morning shootout with marines in western Mexico was the leader of the Knights Templar Cartel who was thought to have been killed in 2010. A federal prosecutor says the identity of Nazario Moreno Gonzalez has been confirmed by fingerprints but he says tests will continue.

DETROIT (AP) — William Clay Ford Sr., who helped steer Ford Motor Co. for more than five decades and owned the NFL's Detroit Lions, has died at the age of 88. The company says Ford died of pneumonia at his home. He was the last surviving grandson of company founder Henry Ford. He served as an employee and board member of the Ford for more than half of its 100-year history.

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