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30,000 marchers in Moscow mourn slain Putin foe

30,000 marchers in Moscow mourn slain Putin foe; opposition blames Kremlin for the killing
Laura Mills, The Associated Press

MOSCOW - For the tens of thousands bearing flowers and tying black ribbons to railings in honour of slain Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, the solemn march through the Moscow drizzle on Sunday was a time for silence, not slogans.

The marchers occasionally broke into chants of "Russia without Putin," or "Say no to war," but often the only sound was the steady thwack of police helicopters overhead or the hum of police boats patrolling the shores of the Moscow River.

Nemtsov a possible 'sacrificial victim,' investigators say

Nemtsov a possible 'sacrificial victim' killed to destabilize Russia, investigators say
Lynn Berry, The Associated Press

MOSCOW - Maybe it was Islamic extremists who killed Boris Nemtsov. Or someone offended by his love life. Or agents of a Western power that will stop at nothing to disfigure President Vladimir Putin's image and drive him from power.

Egyptian court declares Hamas a 'terrorist organization'

Egyptian court declares Hamas a 'terrorist organization,' further isolating Palestinian group
Brian Rohan And Fares Akram, The Associated Press

CAIRO - 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.

AP Interview: Greece to seek talks on debt rescheduling

AP Interview: Greek finance minister says country intends to seek talks on debt rescheduling
The Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece - Greece's finance minister says the government intends to start discussions with 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.

Western leaders condemn Nemtsov killing, press Kremlin

Western leaders condemn killing of Russia's Nemtsov, press Kremlin for full investigation
The Associated Press

BERLIN - Western leaders are condemning the assassination of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and pressing the Kremlin to ensure that the killing is thoroughly investigated.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in a statement Friday night that he was "shocked and saddened" to learn Nemtsov had been gunned down in Moscow by assailants who opened fire from a vehicle.

Western leaders condemn Nemtsov killing, press Kremlin

Western leaders condemn killing of Russia's Nemtsov, press Kremlin for full investigation
The Associated Press

BERLIN - Western leaders are condemning the assassination of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and pressing the Kremlin to ensure that the killing is thoroughly investigated.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in a statement Friday night that he was "shocked and saddened" to learn Nemtsov had been gunned down in Moscow by assailants who opened fire from a vehicle.

Senate approves 1-week funding bill for Homeland Security

Senate OKs 1-week funding for Homeland Security, sends measure to the House
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - The Senate has approved a bill to ensure full funding of the Homeland Security Department for one week, sending the measure to the House just hours before the agency faces a partial shutdown.

By voice vote late Friday, the Senate backed the bill.

Ukraine government forces, rebels withdraw heavy weapons

Ukraine government, rebels withdraw heavy weapons from front line, but suspicion lingers
Vadim Ghirda And Peter Leonard, The Associated Press

NOVOAMVROSIIVSKE, Ukraine - The piecemeal pullback of heavy weapons Friday from the line separating government and rebel forces in Ukraine has boosted the prospects for peace, although both sides are warning of their readiness to resume fighting if necessary.

Stopgap Homeland Security spending bill fails in US House

Stopgap Homeland Security spending bill fails in House hours before partial shutdown
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House has rejected a stopgap spending bill for the Homeland Security Department with just hours to go before a midnight deadline to fund the agency or see it begin to partially shut down.

The surprise 224-203 defeat of the legislation was a major embarrassment for House Republican leaders. Next steps were not immediately clear.

Some conservatives opposed the bill because it left out provisions to block executive actions President Barack Obama took on immigration, which Republicans have vowed to overturn.

Obama mourns passing of Nimoy: 'I loved Spock'

Obama mourns passing of 'cool, logical, big-eared' Nimoy: 'I loved Spock'
Darlene Superville, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said Friday that Leonard Nimoy, who made the sign for "Live long and prosper" famous around the world, achieved that goal during his 83 years on planet Earth.

The actor, who played Mr. Spock in the "Star Trek" TV series and films, died Friday at his Los Angeles home.

"I loved Spock," Obama said in a statement.

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