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Nemtsov a possible 'sacrificial victim,' investigators say
MOSCOW (AP) -- Maybe it was Islamic extremists who killed Boris Nemtsov. Or someone offended by his love life. Or agents of a Western power that will stop at nothing to disfigure President Vladimir Putin's image and drive him from power.... 2/28/2015 8:55 PM

AP Interview: Greece's repayments to ECB need discussion
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 Saturday.... 2/28/2015 8:42 PM

Environmental activists disrupt meeting by Olympic officials
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Environmental activists burst into the lobby of a luxury hotel on Rio's Copacabana Beach where IOC officials were meeting Saturday, protesting against ecological destruction related to the 2016 Olympics.... 2/28/2015 8:42 PM

Greek police arrest 2 suspected members of anarchist group
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek police say they have arrested two people allegedly belonging to armed anarchist group Conspiracy Nuclei of Fire.... 2/28/2015 8:32 PM

From Iraq to New York, a busy week for Islamic State group
BEIRUT (AP) -- Little known to the wider world 18 months ago, the Islamic State extremist group has muscled its way into the international spotlight by carving out a self-declared caliphate in the heart of the Mideast, beheading its opponents and foreign journalists, and attracting radicalized youth as far afield as Paris, London and New York.... 2/28/2015 8:19 PM

Nemtsov killing follows slaying of other Kremlin critics
MOSCOW (AP) -- Prominent Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov's killing follows the slaying over the past decade of several other high-profile critics of President Vladimir Putin and his policies. Here is a look at some of the best-known cases.... 2/28/2015 8:14 PM

Police in German city warn of potential extremist threat
BERLIN (AP) -- Police in the German city of Bremen warned Saturday of a potential danger from Islamic extremists there and stepped up security measures.... 2/28/2015 7:39 PM

One of Turkey's best-known novelists, Yasar Kemal, dies
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Yasar Kemal, one of Turkey's best-known novelists whose focus on social injustices brought him into conflict with authority, died in Istanbul on Saturday. He was 91.... 2/28/2015 7:12 PM

Attacks kill 37 people in and north of Iraq's capital
BAGHDAD (AP) -- A series of attacks targeting public places and Shiite militia checkpoints in and north of Iraq's capital killed 37 people Saturday, authorities said.... 2/28/2015 7:11 PM

Greece will not seek another bailout, prime minister says
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece won't seek a third bailout deal, the prime minister said Saturday, having succeeded in separating the loan agreement from the "disastrous" austerity conditions imposed with the willing cooperation of previous governments.... 2/28/2015 6:56 PM

US drone strike in Yemen kills 3 suspected al-Qaida fighters
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- A suspected U.S. drone strike Saturday in central Yemen killed three men believed to be al-Qaida militants, security officials said.... 2/28/2015 6:49 PM

Lesotho votes in bid to overcome tension
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The southern African nation of Lesotho on Saturday held an early election aimed at overcoming tension among political factions that has led to violence among security forces since last year.... 2/28/2015 6:42 PM

Femininity gets a rethink during Milan Fashion Week
MILAN (AP) -- Femininity is getting a rethink in Milan.... 2/28/2015 6:29 PM

Activists say al-Qaida fighters overrun Syrian rebel bases
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syria's al-Qaida affiliate overran bases belonging to a Western-backed rebel group near the northern city of Aleppo after heavy clashes that killed at least 20 fighters, activists said Saturday.... 2/28/2015 6:14 PM

Ukrainian photojournalist killed in shelling in restive east
ARTEMIVSK, Ukraine (AP) -- A Ukrainian photojournalist was killed in shelling in eastern Ukraine on Saturday as the cease-fire deal brokered by Western leaders seems to fail to silence the guns completely.... 2/28/2015 6:12 PM

Morocco reports six-fold spike in foreign filming
TANGIERS, Morocco (AP) -- Morocco saw a six-fold increase in the amount of money foreign film companies spent in the country to make movies, the head of the film commission said Saturday.... 2/28/2015 6:06 PM

Egyptian court declares Hamas a 'terrorist organization'
CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian court declared Hamas a "terrorist organization" on Saturday, further isolating the blockaded rulers of the Gaza Strip once openly welcomed by the country's toppled Islamist-dominated government.... 2/28/2015 5:58 PM

8 convicted over Harry Winston jewel heists in Paris
PARIS (AP) -- Eight people have been convicted in connection with a spectacular 2008 holdup at a Harry Winston jewelry shop in Paris, in which three cross-dressing gunmen stole about $92 million in loot, a defense lawyer said Saturday.... 2/28/2015 5:42 PM

Italy's anti-immigrant movement brings protest rally to Rome
ROME (AP) -- The leader of Italy's Northern League brought his anti-Europe, anti-immigrant agenda to Rome Saturday, filling a vast square in the capital with thousands of his supporters and positioning his regional movement for a bid to become a national right-wing force.... 2/28/2015 5:37 PM

Jailed Kurdish leader calls on PKK to lay down arms
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Imprisoned Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan has called on his fighters to lay down arms as part of a peace process to end a 30-year insurgency, Turkey's main Kurdish party said Saturday.... 2/28/2015 5:11 PM

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