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Woman accused of cutting baby from pregnant woman

A woman has been accused of stabbing a pregnant woman in the stomach and removing her unborn baby as the expectant mother visited her home to buy baby clothes advertised on Craigslist.

Officers found the 26-year-old victim, who was seven months pregnant, stabbed and beaten at the residence, Longmont Police Commander Jeff Satur told the Daily Times-Call newspaper in Colorado.

The woman, who has not been named, underwent surgery and is expected to make a full recovery. However, her baby did not survive the attack.

Satur said the 34-year-old suspect had arrived at a local hospital with the baby and told staff she had suffered a miscarriage.

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US bases in Afghanistan set to remain open after 2015

The US military bases in Kandahar and Jalalabad are likely to remain open beyond the end of 2015, a senior US official said as Washington considers slowing its pull-out from Afghanistan.

US soldiers from D Troop of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment. Credit: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

The anticipated policy reversal reflects the US embrace of Afghanistan's more co-operative president, Ashraf Ghani, and a desire to avoid a of collapse of local security forces as seen in Iraq.

It coincides with new efforts backed by Pakistan and China for peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

Charles meets US politicians at ambassador's residence

Prince Charles attended a reception at the British Ambassador to the US's residence in Washington after a busy day of events across the city.

Biden and Poroshenko agree over Russian sanctions

US Vice President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko have agreed that sanctions against Russia must be tied to the full implementation of the Minsk peace plan, the White House said.

US Vice President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Credit: Andreas Gebert/DPA/PA Images

"As long as Russia continues to fuel violence and instability in Ukraine, the international community must be prepared to increase the costs to Russia for pursuing such actions," a statement reads.

Biden also welcomed the decision by the Ukrainian parliament to allow special status for rebel-controlled eastern regions and grant them limited self-rule.

Biden and Poroshenko made the agreement in a telephone call.

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Charles and Camilla greeted by Washington crowds

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cambridge began their four-day trip to the USA by visiting some of Washington's famous monuments.

However, many in the crowds weren't entirely sure who the heir to the throne was and those who did were disappointed the couple weren't William and Kate.

ITV News correspondent Tim Ewart reports from Washington:

US police search for gunman after four shot in Phoenix

Police in Phoenix are searching for a suspected gunman after four people were wounded during a shooting spree.

The shootings took place in three locations - including a restaurant and a hotel. Local detective Esteban Flores said the suspect they are looking for is a bald, white man in his 40s with a large tattoo on his neck.

Police believe he acted alone.

Two local colleges - the East Valley Institute of Technology, and Mesa Community college are in lock down.

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