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  Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:12:57 -0500

Roger Federer of Switzerland returns the ball to World number one Novak Djokovic of Serbia during their final match on the fifth day of the ATP Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, February 28, 2015Roger Federer scored the 84th title win of his career, kept his nose in front in his personal rivalry with Novak Djokovic, and equalled his best achievement at any tournament by winning the Dubai Open for the seventh time. The Grand Slam record-holder from Switzerland beat the world number one from Serbia 6-4, 7-5 in a colourful success which took Federer's title haul here equal to those of Halle and Wimbledon.


In this Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 photo, a Chinese family walk past a China Dream billboard, showing messages pushed by Chinese President Xi Jinping's administration on display in Beijing. China on Saturday, Feb. 28 cut interest rates for the second time in three months, adding to signs that Chinese leaders are worried that the economic slowdown is deepening too sharply. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)BEIJING (AP) — China's central bank cut interest rates for the second time in three months Saturday, adding to signs the country's leaders are worried the economic slowdown is deepening too sharply.


  Sat, 28 Feb 2015 11:59:51 -0500
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — President Ernest Bai Koroma says the government has reinstated restrictions in Sierra Leone in response to the rise in confirmed cases of Ebola.

In this Feb. 27, 2015, photo, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., accompanied by House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Md., voice their objections to the Republican majority during a delay in voting for a short-term spending bill for the Homeland Security Department during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Democrats didn’t get all they wanted in Congress’ struggle over Homeland Security, but many feel they are winning a broader political war that will haunt Republicans in 2016 and beyond. "It’s a staggering failure of leadership that will prolong this manufactured crisis of theirs and endanger the security of the American people," said Pelosi. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are losing some skirmishes over the Department of Homeland Security, but many feel they are winning a political war that will haunt Republicans in 2016 and beyond.


Italian players celebrate after scoring a try in their Six Nations match against Scotland at Murrayfield in Edinburgh, on February 28, 2015A penalty try with just 28 seconds left on the clock earned Italy only their second ever Six Nations win on the road in a tense contest at Murrayfield. The Italians were trailing 19-15 and facing their third defeat of the season when Irish referee George Clancy awarded them their third try of the game after the backpedalling Scotland pack pulled down a threatening maul close to the home line. Italy’s only other Six Nations victory away from home also came at Scotland’s expense, a 37-17 success in 2007. This time it was Scotland who got off to a flying start, Scotland’s scrum-half and captain Greig Laidlaw landing a penalty after Simone Favaro, Italy’s openside flanker, was punished for coming in at the side of a ruck with just 17 seconds on the clock.


People lay flowers at the site where Boris Nemtsov was recently murdered, in central MoscowBy Timothy Heritage and Alexander Winning MOSCOW (Reuters) - Thousands of stunned Russians laid flowers and lit candles on Saturday on the bridge where opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was shot dead near the Kremlin, a murder that showed the risks of speaking out against President Vladimir Putin. Nemtsov, 55, was shot four times in the back by killers in a white car late on Friday as he walked across the bridge over the Moskva River in central Moscow with a Ukrainian woman, who was unhurt, police said. Police sealed off the blood-stained bridge close to the red walls of the Kremlin and Red Square for two hours overnight, then hosed it down as people came to pay tribute to one of Putin's biggest opponents over Russia's role in Ukraine. Russia's Investigative Committee, which answers to Putin, said it was following several lines of inquiry, including that the opposition may have committed the crime to rally support for a march against Kremlin policies on the economy and Ukraine.


FILE - In this June 17, 1994 New York Knicks forward Anthony Mason (14) dunks the ball ahead of Houston Rockets forward Otis Thorpe (33) during the fourth quarter of game five of the NBA Finals in New York. The New York Knicks spokesman Jonathan Supranowitz confirmed Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 that Mason, a rugged power forward who was a defensive force for several NBA teams in the 1990s, has died. He was 48. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)NEW YORK (AP) — Anthony Mason, the rugged power forward who was a defensive force in the NBA from the 1990s into the early 21st century, has died. He was 48.


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 on Saturday 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 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. Allies of Nemtsov, a longtime anti-corruption crusader who served as deputy premier under Boris Yeltsin, linked his death to his political activities. Hours before the killing, he went on air to urge Russians to join an opposition rally Sunday against the Kremlin stance in Ukraine.


Greek Prime Minister and Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras, centre, arrives at his party central committee, in Athens, on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. Greece's new radical left government has no intention of seeking yet another bailout deal from international creditors and will spend coming months trying to ease the terms of its current commitments, the financially struggling country's prime minister said Friday.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's prime minister says the country won't seek a third bailout deal, having succeeded in separating the loan agreement from the "disastrous" austerity conditions imposed with the willing cooperation of previous governments.


This image provided by the Middletown Police Department shows Eric Lonergan of Rio de Janeiro. Lonergan is accused of possessing a controlled substance and illegally obtaining or supplying drugs. Lonergan was one of four Wesleyan University students arrested Tuesday Feb. 24, 2015 in connection with about a dozen hospitalizations among people who took a party drug known as Molly. (AP Photo/Middletown Police Department)MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — As drug overdoses left two Wesleyan students fighting for their lives, witnesses helped investigators quickly identify the suspects: The drug-dealing was an open secret, according to court documents, even as the university has gotten tougher on drug violations.


  Sat, 28 Feb 2015 11:30:13 -0500
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Yasar Kemal, one of Turkey's best-known novelists with worldwide readership, has died, his doctor said on Saturday. He was 91.
  Sat, 28 Feb 2015 11:22:00 -0500

Ukrainian fighters with the Azov volunteer battalion take part in military exercises near the southeastern city of Mariupol, on February 27, 2015Ukraine announced the completion of an initial phase of military pullback in east Ukraine Saturday as isolated clashes rattled a shaky truce with pro-Russian rebels and observers warned the country was at a "crossroads". Ukraine said Saturday that isolated clashes were rattling a shaky truce with pro-Russian rebels after international monitors warned that the conflict in the country stands at a "crossroads". Kiev military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said that fighting had halted along most of the frontline but rebels were attacking government positions around Donetsk airport, one of the most fiercely contested locations in the conflict. No soldiers were reported killed over the past 24 hours, after Kiev said Friday that three servicemen had died after several days without a fatality.


JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The U.N. children's agency said on Saturday that hundreds of children were abducted two weeks ago by an armed group in South Sudan that is suspected to have ties with the country's military.

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2011, file photo, billionaire investor Warren Buffett speaks in Omaha, Neb., at an event to raise money for the Girls Inc., charity organization. Warren Buffett's annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders is always one of the best-read business documents of the year. The 2015 letter, due to be released on Saturday Feb. 28, marks the 50th year of Buffett's leadership. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Investor Warren Buffett believes his company, Berkshire Hathaway, will continue to thrive for decades thanks to its vast and varied collection of "remarkable businesses" and investments, which will help it withstand challenges in any one sector.


In this file photo taken on Thursday, May 30, 2013, Boris Nemtsov, a former Russian deputy prime minister and opposition leader, presents a report claiming widespread corruption during preparations for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, at a news conference in Moscow, Russia. Russian police say opposition leader Boris Nemtsov has been shot and killed in Moscow. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File)MOSCOW (AP) — Boris Nemtsov, a Russian opposition leader and sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down Saturday near the Kremlin, officials said. Nemtsov was killed just a day before a protest planned against Putin's rule.


Cameroonian people gather to protest against Islamic extremists attacks in Yaounde, Cameroon, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. Some thousands of Cameroonian youths say they marched through the capital to show support for the military's battle against Nigeria's Islamic extremists in the country's north. (AP Photo/Edwin Kindzeka Moki)YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Thousands of Cameroonian youths marched through the capital Saturday to show support for the military's battle against attacks by neighboring Nigeria's Islamic extremists.


Masked Kurdish people hold a portait of jailed Kurdish rebel chief Abdullah Ocalan during a 2013 ceremony in Urfa, southeastern TurkeyThe jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) on Saturday urged the separatists to take a "historic" decision to lay down arms, a key step in efforts to end Turkey's long-running Kurdish insurgency. Reading a statement live on television, Sirri Sureyya Onder, a lawmaker from the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), relayed a message from Abdullah Ocalan calling on the Kurdish rebels to hold a congress on disarmament in the spring. "We are in the process of ending the 30-year of conflict in the form of a perpetual peace, and our primary goal is to reach a democratic solution," Onder quoted Ocalan as saying in a joint press conference with Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan.


Undated image released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar TsarnaevA US court has denied a request by alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for his trial to be moved out of the city, just days ahead of opening statements. His lawyers, who have made multiple attempts to move the proceedings, claimed that pretrial publicity had so prejudiced potential jurors that a fair and impartial jury could not be formed in Boston, where the April 15, 2013, marathon attacks killed three people and wounded 264. "Knowledge, however, does not equate to disqualifying prejudice," Chief Judge Sandra Lynch and Circuit Judge Jeffrey Howard said, citing other high-profile trials that went forward in the communities where the events in question took place. A court official has said a sufficient number of qualified jurors have been identified and anticipated that formal seating of the jury and opening statements will begin Wednesday.


DALLAS (AP) — Freezing rain that coated parts of Texas and Oklahoma on Saturday left highways slick and forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks at the winter meeting of the free market Club for Growth winter economic conference at the Breakers Hotel Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper)OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Scott Walker may have won three elections in the past four years, but he's still finding his way in presidential politics.


NEW YORK (AP) — Hyundai is recalling about 263,000 cars in the U.S. and Canada because a sensor problem could cause drivers to lose power-assisted steering.

FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 file photo, Lupita Nyong'o arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Los Angeles sheriff's spokeswoman Nicole Nishida said on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, that deputies have recovered a dress that "greatly resembles" the $150,000 custom Calvin Klein dress reported stolen from Nyong'o's hotel room earlier this week. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A white dress that strongly resembles the custom gown taken from Lupita Nyong'o's hotel room earlier this week turned up Friday under a bathroom sink in the same hotel, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's official said.


Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Saturday Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was murdered because he planned to disclose evidence of Russia's involvement in Ukraine's separatist conflict. Poroshenko paid tribute to Nemtsov, who was shot dead late on Friday, and said the fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin had told him a couple of weeks ago that he had proof of Russia's role in the Ukraine crisis and would reveal it. "He said he would reveal persuasive evidence of the involvement of Russian armed forces in Ukraine.
  Sat, 28 Feb 2015 10:24:24 -0500

Zimbabwes President Robert Mugabe, centre, is flanked by his daughter Bona, left, and wife Grace during celebrations to mark his 91st birthday in the resort town of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Saturday Feb, 28, 2015. Mugabe turned 91 on the 21st of February to become the worlds oldest leader with his supporters saying they will back him to run his full term until 2018 and beyond despite nagging questions about his health and a struggling economy. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)VICTORIA FALLS, Zimbabwe (AP) — President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe marked his 91st birthday by speaking for more than an hour on his feet Saturday, delivering a characteristically defiant speech in which he threatened to take over land and animal sanctuaries still in the hands of whites.


FILE-In this Feb. 14, 2015 file photo, the presidential candidate for the Democratic Left Alliance, Magdalena Ogorek, speaks at a campaign rally in Ozarow Mazowiecki, Poland. The party, once a major player, is fighting for its very existence. With presidential and parliamentary elections coming up this year, party leader Leszek Miller gambled on Ogorek to reverse the party's steep decline. Though she has a doctorate in history, the 36-year-old former bit-part actress and TV presenter has virtually no political experience. Many Poles on the left are ridiculing the choice of a Barbie-like figure to run for the prestigious position and say the tactic will not work. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz-file)WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's main left-wing party was once a major player. It helped bring Poland into the European Union, sent troops to Iraq and let the CIA operate a secret prison for terror suspects.


The murder of Boris Nemtsov drew condemnation on Saturday from leaders and politicians around the world, who paid tribute to the outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin and Russia's role in the Ukraine crisis. The Russian opposition leader, 55, was killed near the Kremlin. UNITED STATES President Barack Obama called for a prompt, impartial and transparent investigation to ensure those responsible were brought to justice for the "vicious killing." "Nemtsov was a tireless advocate for his country, seeking for his fellow Russian citizens the rights to which all people are entitled," he said. Ed Royce, the Republican chairman of the House of Representatives' Foreign Affairs Committee, said: "Lawlessness now pervades Putin's Russia. Regardless of who killed Boris Nemtsov, this shocking murder is the latest assault on those who dare to oppose the Putin regime." EUROPEAN UNION European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini spoke of her "indignation and deep sadness", describing Nemtsov as "a strong advocate for modern, prosperous and democratic Russian Federation".

Egyptian policemen stand guard in front of the courtroom defendant's cage during a verdict hearing on a case that stems from clashes near the Muslim Brotherhood's headquarters on June 30, 2013, four days before the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, that left 11 people dead and 91 wounded, in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. The Egyptian court sentenced four members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood organization to death and 14 to life in prison. Some 22,000 people have been arrested since Morsi's ouster, including most of the Brotherhood's leaders, as well as non-Islamist activists swept up by police during protests. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court sentenced five leaders of the banned Muslim Brotherhood group to life in prison on Saturday over violence at their headquarters in 2013 and issued death sentences for four others.


OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s fourth quarter profit slid 17 percent because of declines in the paper value of its investments and derivative contracts.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Scandinavian Airlines says some 30 flights out of Copenhagen have been canceled after members of a Danish cabin crew union walked out to protest the carrier's plan to move 147 employees to a domestic airline that SAS acquired last year.

An armed man with the separatist self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic army salutes from the top of a mobile artillery cannon as his convoy starts pulling back from DonetskUkraine's military said on Saturday there had been a significant decrease in attacks by pro-Russian separatists in the east overnight, but said rebels had fired GRAD missiles at the town of Avdiivka despite a two-week-old ceasefire deal. On Friday, Ukraine reported the first deaths among its servicemen in three days, underscoring the fragility of the truce meant to have taken effect on Feb. 15, as government troops and rebels pulled back heavy weapons from the frontline. The Ukrainian military reported isolated attacks by rebels on government positions, including strikes from GRAD missiles around government-held Avdiivka, north of rebel-held Donetsk and home to one of Europe's largest coke plants. Fighting in Ukraine's industrialized east has devastated the steel sector, which before the conflict erupted last April accounted for 15 percent of the economy.


CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court declared Hamas a "terrorist organization" on Saturday, further isolating the rulers of the Gaza Strip who once found a warm welcome under the country's past Islamist government.

In this photo released by the Spanish Interior Ministry on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, different pieces of alleged fake art are seen inside a studio in Valencia, Spain. Spanish Police have broken up a network that allegedly created and sold fake works of art purporting to be by artists of international standing including Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and Joan Miro. Officers have arrested nine suspects in the eastern region of Valencia, including the alleged counterfeiters and intermediaries involved in selling the fakes. Investigators searched seven addresses and seized 271 works, including canvasses, sculptures and documents to be used to falsify the art's provenance. (AP Photo/Spanish Interior Ministry, HO)MADRID (AP) — Spanish police have broken up a gang that allegedly created and then sold fake works of art purporting to be by renowned artists including Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and Joan Miro.


NASCAR driver Travis Kvapil's, not shown, crew members including owner John Cohen, second from left, leave the garage at Atlanta Motor Speedway Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, in Hampton, Ga. Kvapil's NASCAR Sprint Cup car was stolen early Friday, forcing him to withdraw from a race this weekend. A trailer with the red No. 44 car inside was hitched to a black 2004 Ford F-350 pickup truck parked outside a hotel in Morrow, Georgia, about 15 miles south of Atlanta, police said. Surveillance video shows the truck and trailer being driven out of the parking lot around 5:30 a.m., Morrow police Detective Sgt. Larry Oglesby said.(AP Photo/John Amis)HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Police have found the NASCAR race car stolen from a hotel parking lot near Atlanta Motor Speedway.


An Egyptian court listed the Palestinian group Hamas as a terrorist organisation, judicial and security sources said on Saturday, one month after a judge listed the group's armed wing as a terrorist group. Hamas is an offshoot of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood which the authorities have also declared a terrorist group and have repressed systematically since the army ousted one of its leaders, Mohamed Mursi, from the presidency in 2013. "The court ruled that Hamas should be included as a terrorist organisation," Samir Sabry, one of the lawyers who brought the case against Hamas, told Reuters.

Zimbabwe's President Mugabe arrives for the Ordinary session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the AU at the African Union headquarters in Ethiopia's capital Addis AbabaBy Philimon Bulawayo VICTORIA FALLS, Zimbabwe (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe celebrated his 91st birthday with a lavish party by the spectacular Victoria Falls on Saturday, prompting many Zimbabweans to question once again when he would leave office and who would succeed him. Thousands of supporters were expected to attend the $1 million birthday celebration on a golf course near the waterfalls, organised by his ZANU-PF party. He is one of a handful of African leaders remaining from a generation that fought white domination, which included South Africa's Nelson Mandela. On Friday night Mugabe told state television in an interview, the final of a two-part series, that he would not annoint a successor to take over ruling the ZANU-PF party.


People lays flowers at the place where Boris Nemtsov, a charismatic Russian opposition leader and sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin, was attacked, at Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. Nemtsov was gunned down Saturday near the Kremlin, just a day before a planned protest against the government. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin)BERLIN (AP) — Western leaders are condemning the assassination of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and pressing the Kremlin to ensure that the killing is investigated thoroughly. Here is a selection of comments.


Men weat T-shirts as they take part in a counter-demonstrations against a rally by supporters of the Pegida movement in Newcastle, northern EnglandMore than 2,000 people protested on Saturday in Newcastle, northeast England, against a march held by the British branch of Germany's anti-Islam group PEGIDA which drew around 400 people, a Reuters witness said. The German organisation 'Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West' (PEGIDA), has for months been warning that Germany was being overrun by Muslims and held marches mostly in the city of Dresden. Although in Britain the local branch has had little exposure in the national media, the Facebook page of Pegida United Kingdom shows it has had over 17,000 "likes". The Reuters photographer on the scene said police were in strong attendance for the protests, which were kept apart and passed off peacefully.


Muslim Brotherhood's Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie flashes the Rabaa sign as he stands behind bars during his trial with ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi and other leaders of the brotherhood at a court on the outskirts of CairoAn Egyptian court listed the Palestinian group Hamas as a terrorist organization, judicial sources said on Saturday, part of a sustained crackdown on Islamists in the most populous Arab state. In a separate case earlier in the day, a court sentenced the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood's top leader Mohamed Badie to life in prison while other members received the death penalty. Hamas is an offshoot of the Brotherhood, which the authorities have also declared a terrorist group in Egypt and have repressed systematically since the army ousted one of its leaders, Mohamed Mursi, from the presidency in 2013.


In this Jan. 22, 2015 photo, Gentoo penguins stand on rocks near the Chilean station Bernardo O'Higgins, Antarctica. Here on the Antarctic peninsula, where the continent is warming the fastest because the land sticks out in the warmer ocean, 49 billion tons of ice (nearly 45 billion metric tons), is lost a year according to NASA. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)CAPE LEGOUPIL, Antarctica (AP) — From the ground of this extreme northern part of Antarctica, a spectacular white and blinding ice seemingly extends forever. What can't be seen is the battle raging below to reshape Earth.


Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi visits the Iraqi National Museum in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. Al-Abadi vowed to track down and punish those who were behind the smashing of rare ancient artifacts in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. On Thursday, the Islamic State group released a video purportedly showing militants using sledgehammers to smash the statues, describing them as idols that must be removed. The act brought global condemnation. (AP Photo)BAGHDAD (AP) — Car bombs targeting a crowded market and Shiite militia checkpoints north of Iraq's capital killed 27 people Saturday, authorities said, as the country's prime minister vowed to punish Islamic State militants who smashed ancient artifacts in a northern city.



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