Igor Plotnitsky, the leader of pro-Russian rebels in the Luhansk region, speaks to the media after talks on cease-fire in Ukraine in Minsk, Belarus, on Sept. 5, 2014. Plotnitsky, the Kremlin-installed leader of the Russian-occupied part of Ukraine's Luhansk Oblast, resigned Friday, Nov. 24, 2017.<br>AP

Senior Ukraine separatist: Rebel chief has resigned

A senior separatist official in eastern Ukraine on Friday announced the resignation of the beleaguered rebel chief in an apparent palace coup, ending a four-day showdown between rivaling factions.

Russia-wary Moldova seeks more US, NATO cooperation

The U.S.-led NATO alliance will open a new security cooperation center in neutral Moldova, a small Eastern European country locked in a territorial dispute with Russia.

EU blames Russia for death of 5 in eastern Ukraine

The European Union on Friday blamed Russia for the deaths of at least five troops in eastern Ukraine in what appears to be the worst outburst of violence in months.

Turkey: US to stop arming Syrian Kurdish fighters

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Friday that U.S. President Donald Trump told his Turkish counterpart that the United States will no longer supply arms to Syrian Kurdish fighters.

Putin peace plan gets boost as Syria opposition unites for talks

Syria's fragmented opposition agreed to form a single bloc to negotiate with President Bashar Assad at a meeting in the Saudi capital Riyadh, giving a boost to a Russian-led diplomatic drive to end the 6-year civil war.

German Amazon workers stage 'Black Friday' strike

Workers at a half dozen Amazon distribution centers in Germany and one in Italy walked off the job Friday, in a protest timed to coincide with "Black Friday" to demand better wages from the American online giant.

Poland to phase out Sunday shopping by 2020

Poland's lawmakers on Friday approved a law that will phase out Sunday shopping by the year 2020 despite criticism that it may eliminate thousands of jobs.

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