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Poroshenko: Boris Nemtsov Killed Over Evidence Linking Russia To Ukraine Conflict

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 15:28 GMT // 0 Comments

KIEV, Feb 28 (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Saturday Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was murdered because he planned to disclose evidence of Russia’s involvement in Ukraine’s separatist conflict. Poroshenko paid tribute to Nemtsov, who was shot dead late on Friday, and said the fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin had told […]

Egypt Court Declares Hamas A ‘Terrorist Organization’

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 15:07 GMT // 0 Comments

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.Palestinian security forces of Hamas government patrol at the Rafah borderline near Egypt border in Rafah, Gaza on February 10, 2015. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) […]

Russian Investigation Examines Possible Motives For Boris Nemtsov Murder

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 14:13 GMT // 0 Comments

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.Pictures and flowers sit on February 28, 2015 at the spot, where Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was […]

Jailed Kurdish Leader Abdullah Ocalan Calls On PKK To Disarm

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 13:57 GMT // 0 Comments

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.Members of the Kurdish community wave flags and banners of convicted Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan during a demonstration calling for Ocalan’s […]

Russia Mourns Murdered Opposition Leader Boris Nemtsov

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 13:42 GMT // 0 Comments

By Alexander Winning and Katya Golubkova MOSCOW, Feb 28 (Reuters) – Thousands of stunned Russians laid flowers and lit candles on Saturday on the bridge where opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was shot dead near the Kremlin, a murder that showed the risks of speaking out against President Vladimir Putin. Nemtsov, 55, was shot four times […]

What Star Trek taught me

by CNN // February 28, 2015 // Updated 13:12 GMT // 0 Comments

All I have is a model communicator with a flip-lid that makes three different sound effects. And a Federation of Planets command badge. And the complete DVD set of the Star Trek animated series. And knowledge of every plot line of every episode of the original series. – Read CNNOpinion’s new Flipboard magazine. Follow us […]

Russian Authorities Say Fellow Opposition Members May Have Killed Boris Nemtsov

by The New York Times // February 28, 2015 // Updated 12:18 GMT // 0 Comments

MOSCOW — As supporters of Boris Y. Nemtsov, the slain Russian opposition leader, laid flowers Saturday on the pavement where he had been shot dead hours earlier, the Russian authorities said they were investigating several theories about the crime, including the possibility that fellow members of the opposition had killed Mr. Nemtsov to create a […]

U.S. suspects accused of sending military supplies to terrorists in Syria, Iraq

by CNN // February 28, 2015 // Updated 08:06 GMT // 0 Comments

The Bosnian immigrants, including a husband and wife, were arrested this month in Illinois and St. Louis, according to court records released Friday. Three of the suspects are naturalized American citizens. A federal indictment alleges they communicated via social media and conspired to send money and military equipment to terrorists in Syria and Iraq. They […]

Diamond Thief Gets 15 Years in Paris Heist

by The New York Times // February 28, 2015 // Updated 04:15 GMT // 0 Comments

PARIS — A French court meted out a prison sentence of 15 years on Friday to a convicted drug trafficker considered the ringleader of a spectacular $100 million diamond heist at a Harry Winston jewelry store that thieves in flowing wigs carried out with inside knowledge from a security guard. Throughout the trial, which lasted […]

Hill fight features rumblings of Boehner coup

by CNN // February 28, 2015 // Updated 03:26 GMT // 0 Comments

Congress passed a one-week extension of funding just hours before the deadline on Friday night. It was that fear fueling Boehners resistance to a longer-term bill, as it might prompt backlash from conservatives. – Boehner last survived an attempt to oust him at the start of the new Congress, when a handful of conservatives voted […]

Diamond Thief Gets 15 Years in Paris Heist

by The New York Times // February 28, 2015 // Updated 03:26 GMT // 0 Comments

PARIS — A French court meted out a prison sentence of 15 years on Friday to a convicted drug trafficker considered the ringleader of a spectacular $100 million diamond heist at a Harry Winston jewelry store that thieves in flowing wigs carried out with inside knowledge from a security guard. Throughout the trial, which lasted […]

Lupita Nyong’o’s $150,000 pearl Oscars dress possibly recovered

by CNN // February 28, 2015 // Updated 03:23 GMT // 0 Comments

You know, the white custom Calvin Klein gown that adorned actress Lupita Nyong’o when she attended Sunday’s Academy Awards. The one encrusted with 6,000 white Akoya pearls that were worth, Fortune estimated, $150,000. – Sounds like it would be hard to mistake the dress, but the sheriff’s department is working with the dress owners to […]

Lawmakers (Just Not Greece’s) Approve a Bailout Extension

by The New York Times // February 28, 2015 // Updated 02:22 GMT // 0 Comments

ATHENS — The debate lasted more than two hours, with one conservative lawmaker sharply accusing the Greek government of acting in bad faith. A liberal railed against Greek tycoons exploiting the tax system. And the powerful finance minister argued that lawmakers must put aside their differences and accept the controversial four-month extension of Greece’s bailout […]

Buzz Aldrin: Leonard Nimoy, my fellow space traveler

by CNN // February 28, 2015 // Updated 02:09 GMT // 0 Comments

Nimoy’s Mr. Spock in the original “Star Trek” television show, followed by the series of movies, proved to be a seminal, enduring and endearing character. While the late Neil Armstrong’s “one small step for man,” as we began our exploration of the Moon back in July 1969, is ageless, so, too, is Spock’s iconic “live […]

Buzz Aldrin: Leonard Nimoy, my fellow space traveler

by CNN // February 28, 2015 // Updated 02:09 GMT // 0 Comments

I was saddened to learn of the passing of Leonard Nimoy, a fellow space traveler because he helped make the journey into the final frontier accessible to us all. Nimoy’s Mr. Spock in the original “Star Trek” television show, followed by the series of movies, proved to be a seminal, enduring and endearing character. While […]

Time for grown-up debate on inequality

by CNN // February 28, 2015 // Updated 01:29 GMT // 0 Comments

Imagine an American billionaire who is so callous that he could fly into Davos, Switzerland, for the annual World Economic Conference and announce that “America’s lifestyle expectations are far too high and need to be adjusted so we have less things and a smaller, better existence.” Pretty outrageous, don’t you think? It gets worse. The […]

Earthquake Shakes Guatemala City

by The Huffington Post // February 27, 2015 // Updated 23:50 GMT // 0 Comments

GUATEMALA CITY, Feb 27 (Reuters) – An earthquake shook the capital of Guatemala on Friday, a Reuters witness said, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or major damage.ASSOCIATED PRESS Mexico’s national seismological service said the quake had a magnitude of 5.2 at a relatively shallow depth of 6 miles (10 km), and that […]

Prince Harry To Leave Military, Further African Charity Efforts: Report

by The Huffington Post // February 27, 2015 // Updated 23:39 GMT // 0 Comments

After serving two tours of duty in Afghanistan, Prince Harry may be saying goodbye to his career in the British Army. Citing sources close to the Royal Family, The London Evening Standard reported on Friday that Harry plans to end his military service this year and will focus on global philanthropic efforts.MOKHOTLONG, LESOTHO – DECEMBER […]

Boris Nemtsov, Critic of Putin, Is Shot Dead in Moscow

by The New York Times // February 27, 2015 // Updated 23:04 GMT // 0 Comments

MOSCOW — A prominent Russian opposition leader, Boris Y. Nemtsov, was shot dead in central Moscow late Friday night within sight of the Kremlin walls. The murder of Mr. Nemtsov, 55, a first deputy prime minister under Boris N. Yeltsin who later helped organize opposition demonstrations against President Vladimir V. Putin, was confirmed by Russia’s […]

Russia and Ukraine Move Toward Resolution of Feud Over Natural Gas Payments

by The New York Times // February 27, 2015 // Updated 22:55 GMT // 0 Comments

MOSCOW — A natural gas payment dispute between Russia and Ukraine that had been casting a shadow over European energy markets appeared to be winding down on Friday, as both sides agreed to European-brokered negotiations next week in Brussels. A key sticking point had already been cleared up on Thursday when Russia’s Gazprom, for unexplained […]

Report: Boris Nemtsov, outspoken critic of Putin, shot dead in Moscow

by CNN // February 27, 2015 // Updated 22:26 GMT // 0 Comments

He was deputy prime minister in the late 1990s under President Boris Yeltsin and had been one of current President Vladimir Putin’s most vocal critics. One of Nemtsov’s criticisms was over the 2014 Winter Olympics held in Sochi. Nemtsov published a report in 2013 describing the Sochi games as one of the most “outrageous swindles” […]

Powerful Sports Scoreboards Tally War ‘Death Count’ To Reduce Violence In India, Pakistan

by The Huffington Post // February 27, 2015 // Updated 22:21 GMT // 0 Comments

The score ticked up to India: 547,290, Pakistan: 546,228. But that tally — displayed on scoreboards in New Delhi, India, and Karachi, Pakistan — wasn’t indicative of the ICC Cricket World Cup match on Feb. 15 between the two countries. It was meant to reflect the devastation caused by conflict between India and Pakistan since […]

Time to face facts over extremism

by CNN // February 27, 2015 // Updated 22:18 GMT // 0 Comments

Our minds still try to resist the idea that someone is willing to kill another human being because of the words that he or she writes. Yet that is exactly what happened to Avijit Roy, an American citizen hacked to death by men brandishing knives and machetes during a trip to his native Bangladesh. Roy […]

Russian Opposition Leader Boris Nemtsov Shot Dead In Moscow

by The Huffington Post // February 27, 2015 // Updated 21:46 GMT // 0 Comments

MOSCOW, Feb 27 (Reuters) – The Russian opposition politician and former deputy prime minister Boris Nemtsov has been shot and killed by four shots in central Moscow, the Russian government said in a statement, according to the Interfax news agency.Opposition leader Boris Nemtsov speaks as he present his new book about the wealth of Vladimir […]

Denmark: Funeral held for Copenhagen terror attack victim

by CNN // February 27, 2015 // Updated 21:13 GMT // 0 Comments

Uzan, 37, was providing security for a bat mitzvah party taking place behind a Copenhagen synagogue when the gunman struck. Large numbers attended Uzan’s funeral, held at the Mosaiske Vestre Jewish cemetery in Copenhagen amid heightened security. Armed police patrolled the area, and a sniper could be seen on a nearby rooftop. – The deadly […]

Cameron Defends British Security Services Over ‘Jihadi John’

by The New York Times // February 27, 2015 // Updated 21:02 GMT // 0 Comments

LONDON — After disclosures that the man who posed in videos of the murder of Western hostages was known to British intelligence, Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday defended the security services, saying they faced tough decisions and had prevented deadly attacks. “All of the time, they are having to make incredibly difficult judgments, and […]

Kurdish Fighters Capture Tel Hamees, ISIS Stronghold In Syria

by The Huffington Post // February 27, 2015 // Updated 21:02 GMT // 0 Comments

Backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, Kurdish fighters fought their way Friday into a northeastern Syrian town that was a key stronghold of Islamic State militants, only days after the group abducted dozens of Christians in the volatile region, Syrian activists and Kurdish officials said.In this image posted on a militant social media account by the […]

Why blue/black/white/gold dress went viral

by CNN // February 27, 2015 // Updated 20:31 GMT // 0 Comments

There’s a simple reason why the dress debate and the rampaging llamas in Arizona have taken over our news feeds, our conversations and our lives this weekand it has more to do with cat videos than science. To put it simply, we’d rather debate something positive, like the dress, than ISIS and Department of Homeland […]

Greek Prime Minister Rules Out Third Bailout

by The Huffington Post // February 27, 2015 // Updated 20:03 GMT // 0 Comments

Greece’s new radical left government has no intention of seeking another bailout deal from international creditors and will spend coming months trying to ease the terms of its current commitments, the financially struggling country’s prime minister said Friday. Alexis Tsipras remarks came hours after lawmakers in Germany, a key rescue loan provider, overwhelmingly approved the […]

Net Neutrality Nonprofit Wins Reddit’s Top Charity Vote

by The Huffington Post // February 27, 2015 // Updated 20:00 GMT // 0 Comments

Proponents of net neutrality are marking Thursday’s historic ruling by doing what they do best –- further protecting the rights of Internet users. In layman’s terms, the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) stunning decision means that broadband is considered a public utility (like electricity or telephone service) and Internet service providers can’t charge content producers a […]

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