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Fighting continues in Ukraine, where the army has retaken areas of Donetsk but separatists continue to battle it out — most recently over the airport.
BNP Paribas SA, France’s largest bank, pleaded guilty in US federal court to violating sanctions by processing $9 billion worth of banned transactions involving Sudan, Cuba and Iran between 2004 and 2012.
It has happened in four states so far, and may well happen in others – a kind of marital limbo where licenses have been granted and vows exchanged, but the marriages themselves have not been officially recognized.