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A man holds a Soviet Union flag as he attends a pro-Russian rally at the Crimean parliament building in Simferopol on Thursday. (Reuters photo)

Crimea votes to join Russia, accelerating Ukraine crisis

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By Alissa de Carbonnel

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) - Crimea's parliament voted to join Russia on Thursday and its Moscow-backed government set a referendum within 10 days on the decision in a dramatic escalation of the crisis over the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula.

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