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February 28, 2015 - 12:48pm
9 min 39 sec ago

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — 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.

Yanis Varoufakis also told The Associated Press on Saturday that Athens will prioritize debt repayments to the International Monetary Fund, some of which come due in March, but that repayments to the...

February 28, 2015 - 12:46pm
9 min 39 sec ago

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's official news agency is reporting that rebels who control the country's capital have signed an agreement with Iranian authorities in Tehran to set up direct flights between the two countries.

The SABA news agency, controlled by the Shiite rebels known as Houthis, says the memorandum of understanding between aviation officials from the two countries calls for 14 flights per week from each side.

The rebels, who stormed into...

February 28, 2015 - 12:30pm
9 min 39 sec ago

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.

Sarim Fassi-Fihri said Saturday at the close of Morocco's National Film Festival in Tangiers that there were 38 foreign productions with a combined budget of $120 million in 2014. Foreign film companies spent $22 million in 2013.

Fassi-Fihri attributed the rise to Morocco's...

February 28, 2015 - 11:59am
9 min 39 sec ago

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — President Ernest Bai Koroma says the government has reinstated restrictions in Sierra Leone in response to the rise in confirmed cases of Ebola.

Sierra Leone recorded 18 new cases of Ebola in the week ending Saturday, up from 16 new cases last week. This breaks the trend of declining cases in Sierra Leone. There were clusters of new cases with many related to fishing.

The re-imposed measures include a nighttime ban on...

February 28, 2015 - 11:54am
9 min 39 sec ago

ARTEMIVSK, Ukraine (AP) — A Ukrainian photojournalist has been killed in shelling in eastern Ukraine.

Serhiy Nikolayev, a staff photographer for the Segodnya newspaper, was killed Saturday in the village of Pisky, according to Kateryna Perepelitsa, an editor at the paper.

Perepelitsa says Nikolayev wasn't there on assignment, but refused to elaborate. Few Ukrainian media officially send their staffers to the east on assignment, with many going to the...

February 28, 2015 - 11:45am
9 min 39 sec ago

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.

Alexis Tsipras spoke Saturday at the start of a two-day meeting of his party's, central committee. The Syriza committee will elect a new general secretary and members of the political secretariat, replacing those members who...

February 28, 2015 - 11:21am
9 min 39 sec ago

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.

Mohammad Hassan Talebian, a senior official at Iran's Cultural Heritage Organization, says Iran has written to Irina Bokova, the head of the U.N. cultural agency, and Iraqi officials to say that Iran is ready to host Iraqi ancient artifacts as long...

February 28, 2015 - 11:10am
9 min 39 sec ago

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.

Police said Saturday that about 375 people joined the PEGIDA rally in Newcastle, 290 miles (465 kilometers) north of London. About 2,000 people joined the counterdemonstration.

Police say the arrests were isolated and the event was largely...

February 28, 2015 - 11:00am
9 min 38 sec ago

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.

The Anadolu Agency says Kemal died Saturday at a hospital in Istanbul.

Kemal was the author of "Memed, My Hawk" a story about feudal relations in Turkey's traditional southern regions. Like most of more than 35 other novels he has written, it was widely translated.

The...

February 28, 2015 - 10:14am
9 min 38 sec ago

BEIRUT (AP) — Activists and local residents say intense clashes between a Western-backed rebel group and al-Qaida's Syrian affiliate have killed at least 20 fighters on the outskirts of the northern city of Aleppo.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says fighters from the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front battled members of the mainstream Hazm Movement late Friday and early Saturday. It says Nusra fighters overran several Hazm bases near the town of Atarib...

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