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Morocco reports six-fold spike in foreign filming
TANGIERS, Morocco (AP) -- The head of Morocco's film commission says 2014 was a record year for foreign companies filming in the country with a six-fold increase from last year.... 2/28/2015 5:30 PM

Turkish author Yasar Kemal dead at 91
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.... 2/28/2015 5:22 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

Sierra Leone registers rise in new Ebola cases
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- President Ernest Bai Koroma reinstated restrictions in Sierra Leone in response to the rise in confirmed cases of Ebola.... 2/28/2015 5:06 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 Saturday, adding to signs the country's leaders are worried the economic slowdown is deepening too sharply.... 2/28/2015 5:06 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 5:05 PM

Ukrainian photojournalist killed in shelling in restive east
ARTEMIVSK, Ukraine (AP) -- A Ukrainian photojournalist has been killed in shelling in eastern Ukraine.... 2/28/2015 4:54 PM

Greece will not seek another bailout, prime minister says
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.... 2/28/2015 4:45 PM

German-based anti-Islam group holds first rally in England
LONDON (AP) -- The German-based anti-Islam group PEGIDA held its first rally in Britain Saturday, sparking scuffles as police tried to keep the group away from counterdemonstrators. Five people were arrested.... 2/28/2015 4:41 PM

Iran offers to protect Iraqi artifacts after militant attack
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran has offered to safeguard potentially at-risk Iraqi artifacts after a video released by the Islamic State group showed its militants using sledgehammers to smash relics in Iraq's northern city of Mosul.... 2/28/2015 4:22 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 4:20 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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