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Greece protests planned Turkish air maneuvers in Aegean Sea

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 05:03 PM

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece is protesting Turkey's move to reserve a large chunk of airspace over the Aegean Sea for military maneuvers until the end of the year, a Greek foreign ministry spokesman says.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Constantinos Koutras says Turkey has unilaterally issued a Notice to Airmen, or NOTAM, reserving an extensive airspace over the Aegean Sea from March 2 to December 31, 2015, for military use.

Israeli military conducts 'surprise' drill in West Bank

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 02:42 PM

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military has called up thousands of soldiers in a "surprise" training drill in the West Bank.

The military said Sunday's exercise was to train soldiers in "different scenarios."

The military declined to elaborate and emphasized that the exercise was planned in advance and was not connected to any current developments or security threat.

Israeli media said the exercise would last at least two days.

US officials called 'terrorists' mock Venezuela travel ban

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 02:04 PM

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Conservative U.S. politicians banned from traveling to Venezuela by socialist President Nicolas Maduro are taking the restriction as a badge of honor.

Maduro laid out a series of measures against U.S. diplomats and tourists Saturday night, including a promise to limit the size of the embassy here and impose a tourist visa requirement.

Russia detains Ukrainian parliament member over Odessa fire

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 01:53 PM

MOSCOW (AP) — Moscow police have detained a member of Ukraine's parliament as he was taking part in a march mourning a slain Russian opposition figure. Ukraine's parliament has protested the detention.

The federal Investigative Committee said Alexei Goncharenko was being questioned Sunday about his alleged involvement in a fire that broke out last year in his home city Odessa between pro-Ukrainian and pro-Russian demonstrators. Dozens died in the fire, including some Russian citizens.

Popular Peru ex-minister charged in killing of journalist

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 01:25 PM

LIMA, Peru (AP) — A Peruvian prosecutor has formally accused a popular former interior minister of murdering a journalist who covered the country's brutal internal conflict.

Luis Landa said in press interviews published Sunday that he is seeking a 25-year prison term for Daniel Urresti based on evidence that the retired army general was responsible for the murder of Hugo Bustios.

Italy resumes Navy exercise amid new tensions over Libya

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 12:45 PM

ROME (AP) — The Italian Navy is resuming exercises in the Mediterranean Sea, including near the coast of Libya, amid concerns about rapidly deteriorating security in the North African nation.

The exercise will begin on Monday. It includes anti-submarine, anti-aircraft and anti-ship training operations.

Elegant Vazquez replaces folksy Mujica as Uruguay president

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 12:39 PM

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — One leftist leader has replaced another in Ecuador in a change seemingly marked more by style than differences in policy. The elegant Tabare Vazquez is taking over from the famously casual Jose Mujica, who formally left office in rubber-soled brown shoes.

Party of Lesotho's prime minister ahead in election results

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 12:27 PM

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The party of Lesotho's prime minister is leading in initial results from an election in the mountain kingdom, which held an early vote in an attempt to overcome tension among political factions.

Lesotho's election commission said Sunday that Prime Minister Thomas Thabane's All Basotho Convention party was ahead with wins in 35 out of 80 voting districts.

Palestinian city plan to move forward after water deal

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 12:14 PM

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The builder of the first planned Palestinian city in the West Bank says Israel has agreed to connect Rawabi to its water grid, ending months of costly delays.

Rawabi, a state-of-the-art city, is to have 6,000 apartments, a mall and an amphitheater. It is the West Bank's largest private investment project, totaling more than $1 billion, and is seen as a symbol of Palestinian state building.

Activists say Islamic State releases 19 Syrian Christians

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 12:10 PM

BEIRUT (AP) — An activist group and a local leader say the Islamic State group has released 19 Christians who were among the more than 220 people the militants took captive in northeastern Syria last week.

Bashir Saedi, a senior official in the Assyrian Democratic Organization, says the 16 men and three women arrived safely Sunday and were now at a church in the city of Hassakeh. He says they are all around 50 years of age or older.

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