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Zimbabwe's Mugabe celebrates 91st birthday
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.... 2/28/2015 3:23 PM

Activists say al-Qaida fighters overrun Syrian rebel bases
BEIRUT (AP) -- Activists and local residents say intense clashes between a Western-backed rebel group and al-Qaida's Syrian affiliate have killed at least 20 fighters on the outskirts of the northern city of Aleppo.... 2/28/2015 3:14 PM

China's central bank cuts rates again to boost economy
BEIJING (AP) -- China's central bank cut interest rates for the second time in three months on Saturday, adding to signs that the country's leaders are worried the economic slowdown is deepening too sharply.... 2/28/2015 3:12 PM

Poland's 'Barbie' candidate dashes hope for left's revival
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.... 2/28/2015 3:06 PM

Afghan avalanche death toll rises amid rescue effort
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The death toll from a massive avalanche in an Afghan valley rose yet again Saturday as rescue crews cleared roads to try to gain access to rural villages buried under deep snow for days.... 2/28/2015 3:03 PM

8 convicted over Harry Winston jewel heists in Paris
PARIS (AP) -- A defense lawyer says 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 some $92 million in loot.... 2/28/2015 3:03 PM

UNICEF: Hundreds of South Sudanese boys believed abducted
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) -- The U.N. children's agency says it believes hundreds of children were abducted two weeks ago by an armed group in South Sudan that is believed to have ties with the country's military.... 2/28/2015 2:57 PM

Egypt court sentences Brotherhood leaders to life in prison
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.... 2/28/2015 2:46 PM

Striking Danish cabin crew forces SAS to cancel 30 flights.
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.... 2/28/2015 2:21 PM

Egyptian court declares Hamas a 'terrorist organization'
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.... 2/28/2015 2:06 PM

Iran official criticizes Israeli leader's 'scaremongering'
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's top nuclear negotiator said Saturday that "scaremongering" by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won't stop the Islamic Republic and world powers from reaching a final nuclear deal.... 2/28/2015 1:54 PM

Italy's anti-immigrant movement brings protest rally to Rome
ROME (AP) -- Thousands of Northern League protesters have poured into Rome from their political base in the north to demand the Italian government keep out immigrants.... 2/28/2015 1:53 PM

Spanish police arrest 9 on suspicion of selling fake art
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.... 2/28/2015 1:50 PM

Cameroonians demonstrate against attacks by Boko Haram
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.... 2/28/2015 1:48 PM

Singapore founding father Lee's condition improves slightly
SINGAPORE (AP) -- The condition of Singapore's 91-year-old founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, has improved slightly as he remains on life support in intensive care, the government said Saturday.... 2/28/2015 1:44 PM

Western leaders condemn Nemtsov killing, press Kremlin
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.... 2/28/2015 1:43 PM

Vatican's finance czar defends spending by his office
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis' finance czar has defended the expenditures of his office following reports it had racked up a half-million euros ($575,000) in bills in the last six months.... 2/28/2015 1:41 PM

AP NewsAlert
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt state news agency reports that Egyptian court declares Hamas a `terrorist organization'... 2/28/2015 1:38 PM

AP PHOTOS: Antarctica's spectacular glaciers melting faster
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.... 2/28/2015 1:16 PM

Car bombs kill 27 people north of Iraq's capital, Baghdad
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.... 2/28/2015 1:01 PM

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