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Russian opposition mourns murdered leader Nemtsov

MOSCOW - Thousands of stunned Russians laid flowers and lit candles on Saturday on the bridge where opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was shot dead near the Kremlin, a murder that showed the risks of speaking out against President Vladimir Putin. | Video

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Islamic State fighters attack Samarra ahead of army offensive

BAGHDAD - Islamic State suicide bombers and fighters struck targets on Saturday in the northern Iraqi city of Samarra, where security forces and their Shi'ite militia allies have been gathering for an offensive against the radical Sunni militants.

Iraq 7:34am EST

Greek PM accuses Spain, Portugal of anti-Athens 'axis'

ATHENS - Greece's leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras accused Spain and Portugal on Saturday of leading a conservative conspiracy to topple his anti-austerity government, saying they feared their own radical forces before elections this year.

Greece, Spain 8:35am EST

Exclusive: U.S. Air Force eyes 28 launches, shared investment for next rockets

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Air Force may kick off a multibillion-dollar competition for 28 launches of government satellites this spring to help end U.S. reliance on Russian-built rocket engines, according to an Air Force document seen by Reuters on Friday.

Yemen signs aviation deal with Iran: state news agency

SANAA - Yemen and Iran signed a civil aviation deal on Saturday, Yemeni state news agency SABA reported, a move that may reflect Tehran's support for the Shi'ite Muslim militia that now controls Sanaa.

Yemen 11:34am EST

Syrian army takes villages in south

BEIRUT - Syrian government forces have taken control of villages in southern Syria, state media said on Saturday, part of a campaign they started this month against insurgents posing one of the biggest remaining threats to Damascus.

Syria 7:32am EST

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