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Russians to march in memory of murdered critic of Putin

Still image of Russian opposition politician Nemtsov speaking on his mobile phone before giving an interview to radio station Ekho Moskvy in MoscowBy Timothy Heritage and Katya Golubkova MOSCOW (Reuters) - Opposition supporters will march through Moscow on Sunday in memory of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, whose murder has increased concern about Russia's future among opponents of President Vladimir Putin. National investigators who answer to Putin say they are pursuing several lines of inquiry, including the possibility that Nemtsov, a Jew, was killed by radical Islamists or that the opposition killed him to blacken the president's name. Putin's opponents say such suggestions show the cynicism of Russia's leaders as they whip up nationalism, hatred and anti-Western hysteria to rally support for his policies on Ukraine and deflect blame for an economic crisis. "It is a blow to Russia.


Date Posted : Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:22:19 -0500
U.S.-Israel ties fraying over Netanyahu speech, Iran talks

U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House in WashingtonBy Matt Spetalnick and Dan Williams WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - As relations between President Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu hit a new low over the Israeli prime minister’s planned speech to Congress and a looming deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran, there are growing signs it could damage the broader U.S.-Israeli alliance.     Already there has been some fraying of the usually strong relationship amid the frosty personal ties between the two leaders and a deepening divide over the Iran talks, which Israel fears will allow its arch foe to develop an atom bomb.         U.S. ...


Date Posted : Sun, 01 Mar 2015 01:07:06 -0500
Obama to veto bill letting Congress weigh in on Iran deal

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks next to Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in the Oval Office of the White House in WashingtonBy Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama would veto a bill recently introduced in the U.S. Senate allowing Congress to weigh in on any deal the United States and other negotiating countries reach with Iran on its nuclear capabilities, the White House said on Saturday. "The president has been clear that now is not the time for Congress to pass additional legislation on Iran.  If this bill is sent to the president, he will veto it," said Bernadette Meehan, a spokeswoman for the White House's National Security Council. The United States and five other major powers are seeking to negotiate an agreement with Iran to curb its nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions.


Date Posted : Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:51:41 -0500
British PM Cameron vows to hunt down 'Jihadi John'

A masked, black-clad militant brandishes a knife in this still image from videoBy Michael Holden and Ahmed Aboulenein LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron vowed on Friday to use all means at his disposal to hunt down militants such as "Jihadi John" after the killer was identified as a Kuwaiti-born computer programming graduate from London. The black-clad militant brandishing a knife and speaking with an English accent was shown in videos released by Islamic State (IS) apparently decapitating hostages including Americans, Britons and Syrians. "When there are people anywhere in the world who commit appalling and heinous crimes against British citizens, we will do everything we can with the police, with the security services, with all that we have at our disposal to find these people and put them out of action," Cameron said. Cameron refused to comment on the identification of "Jihadi John" as 26-year-old British militant Mohammed Emwazi, but said that people should get behind the security services, which he praised as impressive and dedicated to defending Britain.


Date Posted : Sat, 28 Feb 2015 03:17:41 -0500
U.S.-led coalition launches air strikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq, Syria
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S.-led coalition launched 11 air strikes in Iraq and nine in Syria since early Friday against Islamic State militants, the Combined Joint Task Force said. Four of the strikes in Syria hit Islamic State positions near the border town of Kobani, the task force said in a statement on Saturday. In Iraq, the coalition launched four strikes near the town of al Asad and three near Mosul. (Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing By Frances Kerry)
Date Posted : Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:07:55 -0500
Greek PM accuses Spain, Portugal of anti-Athens 'axis'

Greek PM Tsipras delivers a speech at the ruling Syriza party central committee in AthensBy Costas Pitas and David Stamp ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras accused Spain and Portugal on Saturday of leading a conservative conspiracy to topple his anti-austerity government, saying they feared their own radical forces before elections this year. Tsipras also rejected criticism that Athens had staged a climbdown to secure an extension of its financial lifeline from the euro zone, saying anger among German conservatives showed that his government had won concessions. "We found opposing us an axis of powers ... led by the governments of Spain and Portugal which for obvious political reasons attempted to lead the entire negotiations to the brink," said Tsipras, who won an election on Jan. 25. "Their plan was and is to wear down, topple or bring our government to unconditional surrender before our work begins to bear fruit and before the Greek example affects other countries," he said, adding: "And mainly before the elections in Spain." Spain's new anti-establishment Podemos movement has topped some opinion polls, making it a serious threat to the conservative People's Party of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in an election which must be held by the end of this year.


Date Posted : Sat, 28 Feb 2015 08:35:35 -0500
England faces Bangladesh showdown after 3rd World Cup loss

England’s captain Eoin Morgan leads his player's from the field after they lost to Sri Lanka by nine wickets during their Cricket World Cup match in Wellington, New Zealand, Sunday, March 1, 2015. (AP Photo Ross Setford)WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — After its third loss to a top-tier team at the Cricket World Cup, England now faces the uncomfortable prospect of a sudden-death match against Bangladesh in which the winner will likely progress to the quarterfinals.


Date Posted : Sun, 01 Mar 2015 03:01:45 -0500
Defiant Misbah takes Pakistan to 235-7 against Zimbabwe

Pakistan's batsmen Umar Akmal (L) and Misbah-ul Haq punch fists during their Cricket World Cup Pool B match against Zimbabwe, at the Gabba in Brisbane, on March 1, 2015Captain Misbah-ul-Haq struck a defiant 73 as Zimbabwe held Pakistan to 235 for seven in their crucial World Cup Pool B match at the Gabba in Brisbane on Sunday. Misbah strode to the crease with his side in desperate trouble at 4-2 at the end of the fourth over and was out 121 balls later in the 47th with Pakistan 202-7. Wahab Riaz struck a career-best 54 from 46 balls at the end of the innings to lift Pakistan, who struggled throughout their 50 overs against a spirited Zimbabwe attack. Pakistan have been in terrible form during the World Cup, suffering big losses in their opening games against India and the West Indies.


Date Posted : Sun, 01 Mar 2015 02:58:35 -0500
England loses again badly in Wellington at Cricket World Cup

Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara, left, embraces teammate Lahiru Thirimanne after they defeated England by nine wickets during their Cricket World Cup match in Wellington, New Zealand, Sunday, March 1, 2015. (AP Photo Ross Setford)England lost another Cricket World Cup match by a big margin Sunday, and its odds of making the quarterfinals are fading.


Date Posted : Sun, 01 Mar 2015 02:54:13 -0500
World Cup: Misbah leads Pakistan to 235-7 vs Zimbabwe

Pakistan's Misbah ul-Haq plays a shot off Zimbabwean Tendai Chatara during the Pool B Cricket World Cup match in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, March 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Misbah-ul-Haq played a lonely hand to keep Pakistan's innings on track Sunday, batting for almost 43 overs and contributing 73 to a total of 235-7 in a World Cup Pool B match against Zimbabwe.


Date Posted : Sun, 01 Mar 2015 02:52:14 -0500
Myanmar captures 9th rare white elephant

FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2012, file photo, a white elephant is fed grass at a zoo in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. Myanmar says it has found a rare, white elephant in the jungles of the western Ayeyarwaddy region. Forestry official Tun Tun Oo says the 7-year-old female was captured by his department Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, six weeks after it was initially spotted in a forest reserve in Pathein township.(AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong, File)YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar says it has found a rare, white elephant in the jungles of the western Ayeyarwaddy region.


Date Posted : Sun, 01 Mar 2015 02:47:38 -0500
Top-ranked Lydia Ko wins New Zealand Women's Open
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Top-ranked Lydia Ko won the New Zealand Women's Open on Sunday for her second straight victory.
Date Posted : Sun, 01 Mar 2015 02:41:07 -0500
Rebel deminers comb Ukraine battleground town

Pro-Russian rebel stand next to mines near the eastern Ukrainian city of Debaltseve in the Donetsk region, on February 20, 2015A week since pro-Russian rebels forced Ukrainian soldiers from the key transport hub of Debaltseve, the sound of explosions still reverberates around the eastern town. This, however, is not the boom of artillery fire and combat -- it is teams of Cossack deminers from the separatist side blowing up mines and unexploded ordnance littering this war-scarred railway junction. Denis Zaitsev is the man in charge of three squads of sappers deployed by the insurgents in the wake of their victory here.


Date Posted : Sun, 01 Mar 2015 02:40:54 -0500
India's ruling party forms coalition government in Kashmir
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — India's ruling party on Sunday formed a coalition government in Kashmir, marking the first time the Hindu nationalist party will hold a leadership position in the Muslim-majority disputed region also claimed by India's archenemy, Pakistan.
Date Posted : Sun, 01 Mar 2015 02:36:08 -0500
Prince William travels to tsunami-hit northeast Japan

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, is greeted by a lion dance during his visit to the Chime of Hope Shopping Centre in Onagawa, Miyagi prefecture, on March 1, 2015Britain's Prince William on Sunday made a pilgrimage to port communities devastated by a huge tsunami that hit Japan in 2011, receiving origami paper cranes from survivors before the fourth anniversary of the disaster. Winding up his first trip to the country, the second-in-line to the British throne visited the northeastern city of Ishinomaki, one of the areas hardest hit by the gigantic waves which killed around 19,000 people. William, 32, placed a bouquet at a hilltop shrine and quietly bowed his head in the direction of a now-vacant area where hundreds of people lived before their houses were swept away on March 11, 2011. Following the prayer, local children presented him with red paper cranes -- a symbol of good luck in Japan -- which had been made by tsunami survivors still living in temporary houses.


Date Posted : Sun, 01 Mar 2015 02:32:45 -0500
Top Asian News at 7:30 a.m. GMT
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The yearlong search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has turned up no sign of the plane, but that doesn't mean it's been unproductive. It has yielded lessons and discoveries that could benefit millions, including coastal Australians, air and sea travelers and scientists trying to understand ancient changes to the earth's crust. The knowledge gained so far is of little comfort to family and friends of the 239 people still missing from the plane, which vanished last March 8 during a flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing. While finding the plane remains the top priority for searchers and investigators, what they're learning along the way may prove valuable long after the search ends.
Date Posted : Sun, 01 Mar 2015 02:32:19 -0500
Activist monk seeks Buddhism overhaul in Thailand over corruption fears

Phra Buddha Issara reacts during an interview with Reuters at Wat Or Noi in Nakhon PathomBy Amy Sawitta Lefevre NAKHON PATHOM, Thailand (Reuters) - Phra Buddha Issara is a monk with a mission. From his Buddhist temple near Bangkok he is calling for a radical overhaul of Thai Buddhism, fearing millions of dollars in temple donations and a rapidly modernizing nation are corrupting monks. Surrounded by verdant green rice fields at Wat Or Noi temple, Issara said he wants better oversight of temple finances and to shake up the fossilized structure of Thai Buddhism. "Buddhism in Thailand is a poisoned fruit.


Date Posted : Sun, 01 Mar 2015 02:30:39 -0500
Ronda Rousey needs 14 seconds to stop Cat Zingano at UFC 184

Ronda Rousey, celebrates after defeating Cat Zingano in a UFC 184 mixed martial arts bantamweight title bout, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Los Angeles. Rousey won after Zingano tapped out 14 seconds into the bout. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ronda Rousey has stopped every opponent she has faced in her meteoric mixed martial arts career, so a first-round victory is no shock for the UFC's bantamweight champion.


Date Posted : Sun, 01 Mar 2015 02:28:13 -0500
No plane, many discoveries in yearlong search for Flight 370

FILE - In this April 13, 2014 file photo, taken from the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P-3K2-Orion aircraft, co-pilot Squadron Leader Brett McKenzie looks out of a window while searching for debris from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, over the Indian Ocean off the coast of western Australia. The yearlong search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has turned up no sign of the plane, but that doesn’t mean it’s been unproductive. It has yielded lessons and discoveries that could benefit millions, including coastal Australians, air and sea travelers and scientists trying to understand ancient changes to the earth’s crust. (AP Photo/Greg Wood, Pool, File)WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The yearlong search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has turned up no sign of the plane, but that doesn't mean it's been unproductive. It has yielded lessons and discoveries that could benefit millions, including coastal Australians, air and sea travelers and scientists trying to understand ancient changes to the earth's crust.


Date Posted : Sun, 01 Mar 2015 02:17:22 -0500
Sri Lanka beats England by 9 wickets in World Cup match

Sri Lanka's Lahiru Thirimanne plays a shot while batting against England during their Cricket World Cup match in Wellington, New Zealand, Sunday, March 1, 2015. (AP Photo Ross Setford)WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Sri Lanka cruised to a convincing 9-wicket win against England in its World Cup Pool A match on Sunday, powered by unbeaten centuries from Kumar Sangakkara, who smashed 117 off 86 balls, and opener Lahiru Thirimanne, who scored 139.


Date Posted : Sun, 01 Mar 2015 02:16:58 -0500
Lydia Ko cruises to New Zealand Open victory

Lydia Ko of New Zealand, seen in action during the final round of the women's Australian Open golf tournament, in Melbourne, on February 22, 2015World number one Lydia Ko cruised to her second New Zealand Open championship crown in three years on Sunday after surviving a slight wobble midway through her final round. New Zealander Ko, 17, carded a one-under par 71 Sunday after her course record 61 on Saturday and finished on 14-under 202, four strokes clear of Australian amateur Hannah Green who shot a last-day 68. Denmark's Nanna Koerstz Madsen was a further shot adrift in third at the Clearwater Golf Club in Christchurch. The victory means Ko will retain her No 1 world ranking after back-to-back wins Down Under following her LPGA Tour Australian Open triumph in Melbourne a week ago.


Date Posted : Sun, 01 Mar 2015 02:10:53 -0500
Prince William gets close look at tsunami disaster in Japan

Britain's Prince William, center, visits the ravaged waterfront area devastated by the 2011 tsunami at Hiyoriyama Park in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecutre, northeastern Japan, Sunday, March 1, 2015. At right is Ishinomaki Mayor Hiroshi Kameyama. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDITISHINOMAKI, Japan (AP) — Britain's Prince William stood atop a hill Sunday in northeastern Japan, stretched below him barren land known as the "Bay of Destruction," where a tsunami swept ashore four years ago.


Date Posted : Sun, 01 Mar 2015 01:59:21 -0500
AP Interview: Greece's repayments to ECB need discussion

Greece's Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis speaks during an interview with the Associated Press at his office, in central Athens, on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. Varoufakis said that Greece intends to start discussions with its European partners and creditors on debt rescheduling in order to make the country’s massive debt sustainable. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece will prioritize debt repayments to the International Monetary Fund, some of which come due in March, but repayments to the European Central Bank are "in a different league" and will need discussion with Greece's creditors, the country's finance minister said.


Date Posted : Sun, 01 Mar 2015 01:42:38 -0500
Slum girl to silver screen: Uganda's chess prodigy

Phiona Mutesi (L) plays a game of chess with her colleagues at the chess academy in Kibuye, Kampala, on January 26, 2015Phiona Mutesi happened upon chess as a famished nine-year-old foraging for food in the sprawling and impoverished slums of the Ugandan capital. Now a chess champion who competes internationally, her tale of triumph over adversity is being turned into a Hollywood epic with Oscar-winning Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong'o tipped to play her mother. One day, Mutesi discovered a chess program held in a church in the Katwe slum districts in Kampala. The young girl developed a talent for chess, which was only introduced in Uganda in the 1970s by foreign doctors and was still seen as a game played by the rich.


Date Posted : Sun, 01 Mar 2015 01:40:35 -0500
Memorial rally in Moscow for slain Russian opposition leader

People gather on February 28, 2015 at the spot where Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was shot dead, near Saint-Basil's Cathedral, in the center of MoscowSupporters of Boris Nemtsov were preparing to march through Moscow Sunday afternoon in an outpouring of anger and grief at the brutal murder of the opposition leader and fervent critic of Vladimir Putin, who has vowed to bring the killers to justice. The 55-year-old former deputy premier was shot in the back several times just before midnight Friday as he walked across a bridge a stone's throw from the Kremlin walls. Putin on Saturday vowed to punish the killers, as Russian opposition figures denounced what they called a "political murder" and Western leaders called for a full probe. Hours before the killing, Nemtsov had gone on a popular radio station to urge people to join the original Sunday opposition rally on calling for "an immediate end to the war in Ukraine", adding that Putin should resign.


Date Posted : Sun, 01 Mar 2015 01:39:49 -0500
Rampant Sri Lanka extend England's agony at Cricket World Cup

Sri Lanka's batsmen Kumar Sangakkara (L) and Lahiru Thirimanne celebrate after hitting the winning runs against England, during their Cricket World Cup Pool A match in Wellington, on March 1, 2015England's horror World Cup run continued when Sri Lanka smashed the third-highest run chase in the tournament's history to clinch a nine-wicket defeat in Wellington on Sunday. Centuries by Kumar Sangakkara and Lahiru Thirimanne ensured Sri Lanka overhauled the 310-run target set after England won the toss and elected to bat. The pair were unbeaten as Sri Lanka ended the innings on 312-1 with 16 balls to spare, Thirmanne carrying his bat on 139 and Sangakkara scoring 117 for his second successive century.


Date Posted : Sun, 01 Mar 2015 01:33:24 -0500
Slovenia's Kosir wins 2nd straight World Cup snowboard event
ASAHIKAWA, Japan (AP) — Zan Kosir of Slovenia won his second straight World Cup parallel slalom snowboard event on Sunday to maintain first place in the overall standings.
Date Posted : Sun, 01 Mar 2015 01:32:53 -0500
Venezuela to limit US diplomats, require visas for Americans

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro delivers a speech during a ceremony commemorating the 26th anniversary of El Caracazo, a deadly popular revolt, in Caracas on February 28, 2015President Nicolas Maduro plans to limit the US diplomatic presence in Venezuela and require American tourists to obtain visas, in a sign of growing tensions between the two countries. Maduro has intensified in recent months his allegations of coup and assassination plans -- often purportedly backed by the United States -- as he faces a deep economic crisis and a sharp drop in popularity. "In order to protect our country... I have decided to implement a system of compulsory visas for all Americans entering Venezuela," he told supporters. Under the new measures, Venezuela will start charging tourists the same visa fees the United States asks of Venezuelans, though it was unclear when the plan would be implemented.


Date Posted : Sun, 01 Mar 2015 01:22:50 -0500
Who was Boris Nemtsov and why was he murdered?

In this file photo taken on Saturday, March 15, 2014, Boris Nemtsov, a former Russian deputy prime minister and opposition leader addresses demonstrators during a massive rally to oppose president Vladimir Putin's policies in Ukraine, in Moscow, Russia. Russian police say opposition leader Boris Nemtsov has been shot and killed in Moscow. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)The gunning-down of Russian opposition leader Boris Y. Nemtsov has some pundits consumed with the whodunit. “The biggest theory which dumbfounded me is the notion that Nemtsov’s own party ordered his murder because that’s just absolutely ridiculous and I can’t even believe it’s being dignified,” Knight says. Ms. Knight has a PhD degree in Russian politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).


Date Posted : Sun, 01 Mar 2015 01:21:35 -0500
China's wild panda population up nearly 17 percent

Investigation by the State Forestry Administration found that by the end of 2013 China had 1,864 giant pandas alive in the wild, marking an increase of 268 individuals, or 16.8%China's population of wild giant pandas jumped nearly 17 percent over a decade -- state media reported, citing an official survey -- with conservation measures credited as being behind the increase. The investigation by the State Forestry Administration (SFA) found that by the end of 2013 China had 1,864 giant pandas alive in the wild, marking an increase of 268 individuals, or 16.8 percent, the official Xinhua news agency reported Saturday. The SFA said conservation efforts led to the increase, according to Xinhua. Besides population, panda habitat also increased 11.8 percent to 2.58 million hectares compared with the 2003 survey, Xinhua said.


Date Posted : Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:30:25 -0500
Better plane tracking trialed after Malaysia plane mystery

A Chinese family member of a passenger on board the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, cries after praying at a temple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, March 1, 2015. Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia will lead a trial to enhance the tracking of aircraft over remote oceans, allowing planes to be more easily found should they vanish like Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Australia's transport minister said Sunday. The announcement comes one week ahead of the anniversary of the disappearance of Flight 370, which vanished last year on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board. No trace of the plane has been found. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)SYDNEY (AP) — Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia will lead a trial to enhance the tracking of aircraft over remote oceans, allowing planes to be more easily found should they vanish like Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Australia's transport minister said Sunday.


Date Posted : Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:20:06 -0500
David Ferrer, Timea Bacsinszky win Mexico Open titles

David Ferrer of Spain returns the ball to Kei Nishikori of Japan, during the final of the men's singles of the Mexico Open tennis tournament in Acapulco, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Christian Palma)ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — Second-seeded David Ferrer of Spain won his fourth Mexico Open title Saturday night, beating top-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-3, 7-5 in the hard-court event.


Date Posted : Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:10:09 -0500
Anti-Israel divestment push gains traction at US colleges

In this photo provided by the The Daily Northwestern, Northwestern University students celebrate after the Associated Student Government Senate passed a Northwestern Divest-sponsored resolution in Evanston, Ill. just before 1:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. The resolution asks the university to divest from six corporations the resolution’s sponsors say violate Palestinians' human rights. (AP Photo/The Daily Northwestern, Nathan Richards)NEW YORK (AP) — The ritual has become increasingly commonplace on many American college campuses: A student government body takes up Israeli policy toward the Palestinians and decides whether to demand their school divest from companies that work with the Jewish state.


Date Posted : Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:06:37 -0500
Nerves over Russia overshadow Estonian election

A US flag flies from the back of a tank parked in front of an Estonia-Russia border point during a military parade to celebrate 97 years since first achieving independence in 1918 on February 24, 2015 in Narva, EstoniaEstonians vote Sunday in an election marked by nerves in the vulnerable NATO member over a militarily resurgent Russia and a popular pro-Kremlin party, but opinion polls suggest the centre-left coalition is poised to return to power. Moscow's annexation of Crimea last year and its meddling in eastern Ukraine has galvanised the EU including this eurozone member of 1.3 million people, a quarter of whom are ethnic-Russian. Military manoeuvres by Moscow on Estonia's border days ahead of the vote are further stoking deep concerns in Europe that the Kremlin could attempt to destabilise countries that were in its orbit during Soviet times. Prime Minister Taavi Roivas, at 35 the EU's youngest head of government, is tipped to hold onto power.


Date Posted : Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:02:54 -0500
West condemns Nemtsov murder as Putin vows to punish killers

Russian mourners gather at the spot where opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was shot dead near St Basil's Cathedral in Moscow, on February 28, 2015President Vladimir Putin vowed to punish the killers of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov as Russian opposition figures denounced what they called a "political murder" and Western leaders called for a full probe. The 55-year-old former deputy premier, a vocal Putin critic prominent at opposition rallies, was shot in the back several times just before midnight Friday as he walked across a bridge a stone's throw from the Kremlin walls. The brazen assassination is the latest in a string of murders of opposition figures in Putin's 15 years in power and recalls the shooting of anti-Kremlin reporter Anna Politkovskaya, gunned down on Putin's birthday in October 2006.


Date Posted : Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:50:46 -0500
Uruguay's pot-friendly farmer president prepares to step down

Supporters of Uruguayan President Jose Mujica attend his farewell ceremony in Montevideo on February 27, 2015Known for his push to legalize cannabis, spartan lifestyle and devotion to his three-legged dog, Uruguay's outspoken President Jose "Pepe" Mujica will step down Sunday more popular than ever. Critics point to Mujica's shortcomings, including his failure to implement education reform, even as the country's academic achievements fell.


Date Posted : Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:25:05 -0500
Venezuela to shrink US Embassy staff, require tourist visas

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, center, waves a national flag during a rally in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. Venezuelans took to the streets of Caracas in dueling demonstrations on Saturday, with one group calling attention to a crackdown on opponents of the government and another showing support for the embattled socialist administration. At left is Venezuela's first lady Cilia Flores. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela will shrink the size of the U.S. Embassy staff, limit the activities of U.S. diplomats and require American citizens to apply for visas if they want to come bask on the beach.


Date Posted : Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:06:12 -0500
China's manufacturing measure shows contraction for February
BEIJING (AP) — An index that measures China's manufacturing activity went up slightly in February but still showed contraction amid China's economy slowdown, according to official data released Sunday.
Date Posted : Sat, 28 Feb 2015 22:58:42 -0500
Pakistan wins toss, bats 1st vs Zimbabwe at World Cup
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq won the toss and elected to bat first Sunday in the World Cup Pool B match against Zimbabwe.
Date Posted : Sat, 28 Feb 2015 22:35:17 -0500
 

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