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The US and Russian foreign ministers held "hopeful" talks in Geneva Monday to end fighting in Ukraine, where the UN says more than 6,000 people have died in less than a year. The meeting between John Kerry and Sergei Lavrov in Geneva was just one of several attempts at mediation on the conflict Monday, as high-stakes talks to resolve a bitter gas dispute between Kiev and Moscow were also due in Brussels. Speaking separately after their 80-minute meeting, Kerry and Lavrov both cautiously said that a February 15 ceasefire was on the right track, despite repeated breaches of the peace deal that have left hundreds dead.
WASHINGTON (AP) — With a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department looming, House Speaker John Boehner is demanding negotiations with Democrats on a funding bill that rolls back President Barack Obama's immigration policies. Senate Democrats are unwilling to even consider such a step.