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KIEV, Ukraine — The man who was once Russia's most famous prisoner says Russia is ruining its longstanding friendship with Ukraine by its aggressive and pro-separatist actions in Crimea. Mikhail Khodorkovsky made the remarks in a lecture to students at Kiev Polytechnic University on Monday. By Maria Danilova. SENT: 210 words, photos. UPCOMING: 750 words by 1330 GMT.
SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine — The arrival of Russian troops in Crimea has opened old wounds among the Crimean Tatars, who once again fear they will be unwelcome in their homeland. This time, however, some are organizing community watch patrols to protect their families and homes in a place they strongly feel should remain part of Ukraine. By Yuras Karmanau. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 1400 GMT.
PARIS — Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his singer-songwriter wife are asking a judge for an emergency injunction Monday barring any publication of private conversations secretly recorded by a former aide. The recordings also included discussions between Sarkozy and his inner circle while he was in office in 2011, and were revealed last week in a French newspaper and website. The website has since taken down the recordings in which Carla Bruni — Sarkozy's glamorous wife — teases him about being a kept man. SENT: 130 words.
GENEVA — A U.N. investigation of human rights abuses in Central African Republic launched Monday in a bid to head off possible genocide. The chair of the investigation, Bernard Acho Muna, a lawyer from Cameroon who was deputy chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, said he and former Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Jorge Castaneda and Mauritanian human rights lawyer Fatimata M'Baye will fly to the capital Bangui later Monday and begin the investigation Tuesday. By John Heilprin. SENT: 270 words, photos.
VATICAN CITY — The Vatican says Pope Francis will travel to South Korea from Aug. 14-18 to participate in an Asian Catholic youth festival. The trip announced Monday will be Francis' second foreign visit this year after his brief visit to Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories in May. By Nicole Winfield. SENT: 300 words, photos.
MADRID — Spain's interior minister acknowledged Monday that police should not have fired rubber bullets to try to deter migrants trying to enter Spain's northwest African enclave of Ceuta by sea last month, when at least 15 people drowned. Jorge Fernandez Diaz told Onda Cero radio that in retrospect rubber bullets were unlikely to deter the dozens of sub-Saharan migrants trying to swim around a border pier from Morocco to Spain on Feb. 6. SENT: 200 words.