Thousands to march in Moscow to mourn slain Boris Nemtsov MOSCOW (AP) - Thousands are expected to march through central Moscow to mourn veteran liberal politician Boris Nemtsov, whose killing has shaken Russia's beleaguered opposition. The mourning march could serve to energize the opposition or it could prove to be a brief outpouring of emotions that once again dissipate.
No plane, many discoveries in yearlong search for Flight 370 WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - The yearlong search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has turned up no sign of the plane, but that doesn't mean it's been unproductive. It has yielded lessons and discoveries that could benefit millions, including coastal Australians, air and sea travelers and scientists trying to understand ancient changes to the earth's crust. The knowledge gained so far is of little comfort to family and friends of the 239 people still missing from the plane, which vanished last March 8 during a flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing. While finding the plane remains the top priority for searchers and investigators, what they're learning along the way may prove valuable long after the search ends.
Better plane tracking trialed after Malaysia plane mystery SYDNEY (AP) - Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia will lead a trial to enhance the tracking of aircraft over remote oceans, allowing planes to be more easily found should they vanish like Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Australia's transport minister said Sunday. The announcement comes one week ahead of the anniversary of the disappearance of Flight 370, which vanished last year on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board. No trace of the plane has been found.
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Ukraine's new US-born finance chief enduring baptism by fire KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - War-torn Ukraine is a long way from Wood Dale, Illinois. But Natalie Jaresko, the country's new finance minister who was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs, says she feels just as much at home here as she takes on a daunting task: overhauling a Soviet-era economy at a time when public finances are being drained by war.
Venezuela to shrink US Embassy staff, require tourist visas CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - Venezuela will shrink the size of the U.S. Embassy staff, limit the activities of U.S. diplomats and require American citizens to apply for visas if they want to come bask on the beach. Speaking before a crowd that rallied to protest imperialism, President Nicolas Maduro said Saturday that "gringo" meddling had forced him to adopt the series of restrictive measures, which include requiring U.S. diplomats to seek approval from the Foreign Ministry for meetings they conduct here.
Tiny Missouri town mourns after gunman kills 7, then himself KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Residents of a small southern Missouri town struggled to come to grips with the knowledge that one of their own had killed seven people in a spasm of violence that ended when the gunman shot himself to death on a rural county road. Joseph Jesse Aldridge, 36, went to four homes in the unincorporated town of Tyrone in Texas County late Thursday, killing relatives and neighbors but sparing two teenagers. He was later found dead in a vehicle in neighboring Shannon County, about 25 miles away.
Small SUVs, pricey sports cars dominate at Geneva auto show FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - Small SUVs for families and powerful sports cars for the rich are the big things this year at the Geneva International Motor Show this year. Environmentally correct electrics and hybrids, not so much - thanks to cheaper gas and limits on battery life. Here are the major themes for the March 5-15 show:
Late-winter storms spread across areas of Southwest LOS ANGELES (AP) - Parts of California were getting a welcome dose of rain and snow from a storm system moving through the state, while late-winter weather dumped snow elsewhere in the Southwest. The snow was well received by California and Nevada ski resorts.
AP Interview: Greece's repayments to ECB need discussion ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Greece will prioritize debt repayments to the International Monetary Fund, some of which come due in March, but repayments to the European Central Bank are "in a different league" and will need discussion with Greece's creditors, the country's finance minister said. In an interview with The Associated Press on Saturday, Yanis Varoufakis also said Athens intends to start discussions with its 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, the finance minister said Saturday.
Migrants flock to EU door along Serbia's border with Hungary ALONG THE SERBIA-HUNGARY BORDER (AP) - Exhausted, hungry and cold, they have been walking for miles. What little they have is carried in plastic bags. They camp in abandoned homes, followed by stray dogs hoping to snag a morsel. Tens of thousands of migrants from the Middle East, Africa and Kosovo have been flooding in a torrent this year to Serbia's border with Hungary, hoping to cross illegally into the European Union nation and flee west to a better life. Many have been on the road for months.