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Russian investigators: Nemtsov killing may be provocation
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's top investigative body said Saturday it is looking into several possible motives for the killing of prominent opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, including an attempt to destabilize the state, Islamic extremism, the Ukraine conflict and his personal life.... 2/28/2015 4:15 PM

German-based anti-Islam group holds first rally in England
LONDON (AP) -- The German-based anti-Islam group PEGIDA has held its first rally in Britain, sparking scuffles as police tried to keep the group away from counterdemonstrators. Five people have been arrested.... 2/28/2015 4:10 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 4:06 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 4:05 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 4:04 PM

Turkish author Yasar Kemal dead at 91
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's state-run news agency says Yasar Kemal, one of Turkey's best-known novelists with worldwide readership, has died. He was 91.... 2/28/2015 4:00 PM

UNICEF: Hundreds of South Sudanese boys believed abducted
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.... 2/28/2015 3:59 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 3:53 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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