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Photo and video messages that disappear after a few seconds have been popularized by Snapchat, the mobile messaging app that reportedly spurned multibillion takeover offers from Facebook and Google last year.

 

This ephemeral format has been especially popular with teens and young adults who like to exchange silly or racy messages without fear they'll be haunted by them later.

 

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Intense fighting has been reported in eastern Ukraine, a day after a peace deal was reached in Minsk.

 

The fiercest battles were over control of the town of Debaltseve, a strategic town in between rebel-held areas. The group responsible for monitoring the ceasefire, due to start at midnight on Saturday, says there is still "quite serious live fire" in several areas.

 

European leaders have warned Russia that it faces additional sanctions if the Minsk agreement is not respected.

 

BBC journalists in Donetsk heard new shelling on Friday morning, though they said it sounded less intense than in recent days.

 

Luhansk also came under bombardment overnight - with Russian TV reporting some of the heaviest fighting there in months.

 

But Ukraine's army said the most ferocious fighting centred on Debaltseve, a railway junction where rebels have besieged government troops in a last-ditch effort to win the town.

 

"The enemy continues to build up forces in the main areas of the armed conflict. The most tense situation is near Debaltseve," military spokesman Andriy Lysenko told reporters.

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