Nemtsov planned to reveal Russian links to Ukraine conflict: Poroshenko

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 him a couple of weeks ago that he had proof of Russia's role in the Ukraine crisis and would reveal it. "He said he would reveal persuasive evidence of the involvement of Russian armed forces in Ukraine.
Zimbabwe's Mugabe celebrates 91st birthday

Zimbabwes President Robert Mugabe, centre, is flanked by his daughter Bona, left, and wife Grace during celebrations to mark his 91st birthday in the resort town of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Saturday Feb, 28, 2015. Mugabe turned 91 on the 21st of February to become the worlds oldest leader with his supporters saying they will back him to run his full term until 2018 and beyond despite nagging questions about his health and a struggling economy. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)VICTORIA FALLS, Zimbabwe (AP) — President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe marked his 91st birthday by speaking for more than an hour on his feet Saturday, delivering a characteristically defiant speech in which he threatened to take over land and animal sanctuaries still in the hands of whites.



China's central bank cuts rates again to boost economy

In this Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 photo, a Chinese family walk past a China Dream billboard, showing messages pushed by Chinese President Xi Jinping's administration on display in Beijing. China on Saturday, Feb. 28 cut interest rates for the second time in three months, adding to signs that Chinese leaders are worried that the economic slowdown is deepening too sharply. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)BEIJING (AP) — China's central bank cut interest rates for the second time in three months on Saturday, adding to signs that the country's leaders are worried the economic slowdown is deepening too sharply.



Poland's 'Barbie' candidate dashes hope for left's revival

FILE-In this Feb. 14, 2015 file photo, the presidential candidate for the Democratic Left Alliance, Magdalena Ogorek, speaks at a campaign rally in Ozarow Mazowiecki, Poland. The party, once a major player, is fighting for its very existence. With presidential and parliamentary elections coming up this year, party leader Leszek Miller gambled on Ogorek to reverse the party's steep decline. Though she has a doctorate in history, the 36-year-old former bit-part actress and TV presenter has virtually no political experience. Many Poles on the left are ridiculing the choice of a Barbie-like figure to run for the prestigious position and say the tactic will not work. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz-file)WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's main left-wing party was once a major player. It helped bring Poland into the European Union, sent troops to Iraq and let the CIA operate a secret prison for terror suspects.



World leaders condemn killing of Russian opposition leader Nemtsov

The murder of Boris Nemtsov drew condemnation on Saturday from leaders and politicians around the world, who paid tribute to the outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin and Russia's role in the Ukraine crisis. The Russian opposition leader, 55, was killed near the Kremlin. UNITED STATES President Barack Obama called for a prompt, impartial and transparent investigation to ensure those responsible were brought to justice for the "vicious killing." "Nemtsov was a tireless advocate for his country, seeking for his fellow Russian citizens the rights to which all people are entitled," he said. Ed Royce, the Republican chairman of the House of Representatives' Foreign Affairs Committee, said: "Lawlessness now pervades Putin's Russia. Regardless of who killed Boris Nemtsov, this shocking murder is the latest assault on those who dare to oppose the Putin regime." EUROPEAN UNION European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini spoke of her "indignation and deep sadness", describing Nemtsov as "a strong advocate for modern, prosperous and democratic Russian Federation".


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