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By Natalia Zinets and Aleksandar Vasovic KIEV/DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - Thirteen Ukrainian soldiers and 10 civilians have been killed in the past 24 hours in the country's separatist-minded east, Kiev authorities said, after the collapse of peace talks dimmed hopes of a near-term ceasefire. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, which took part in the talks in Minsk, Belarus, along with envoys from Ukraine and Russia, said rebel delegates had not been ready to discuss key points of a peace plan, including enforcement of a ceasefire, and sought to redraw a blueprint agreed last September. The terms of that 12-point protocol have been repeatedly violated, but Kiev and the international community see it as the only viable roadmap to end the nine-month-long conflict in which over 5,000 people have been killed. In eastern Ukraine, the Kiev military reported no let-up in rebel attacks on government positions.
World number one Novak Djokovic won a fifth Australian Open title and his eighth Grand Slam Sunday, grinding down Andy Murray in four gruelling sets to heap more misery on the luckless Scot. Only Australian Roy Emerson, who presented him with the trophy, has won more Australian Opens with six in the 1960s. "I am so privileged and honoured and grateful to be standing here as a champion for the fifth time and to be in the elite group of players with Sir Roy Emerson and Rod Laver and all the legends of our sport," he said.