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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 Rio Olympics.... 2/28/2015 7:22 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

AP Interview: Greece to seek talks on debt rescheduling
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece intends to start discussions with its creditors on debt rescheduling in order to make the country's massive debt sustainable, at the same time as working on reform measures that need to be cemented by April, the finance minister said Saturday.... 2/28/2015 6:47 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

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 6:04 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

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 5:40 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

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

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



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