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  • Lloyds to pay dividend for first time since being bailed out
  • LONDON (AP) ? London-based Lloyds Banking Group passed a milestone Friday in its recovery from the financial crisis, reporting an annual profit and announcing plans to pay a dividend for the first time since it was rescued by British taxpayers.

  • Deaths shake Ukraine truce, Poroshenko wary of Russia threat
  • Ukraine's President Poroshenko visits the National Defence University in KievBy Natalia Zinets KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine on Friday reported the first deaths in three days in east Ukraine, denting hopes a ceasefire will hold, and President Petro Poroshenko said Russia would pose a "military threat" even if the truce is solid. Government troops fighting pro-Russian separatists in the east began towing artillery away from the front line on Thursday, a sign that Ukraine's military recognised a ceasefire meant to take effect on Feb. 15 was at last holding. "Even under the most optimistic scenario ... the military threat from the east would unfortunately remain," Poroshenko said, referring indirectly to Russia in a televised speech at the National Defence University.



  • Cash-strapped Ukraine struggles to keep Russia gas supplies
  • A man boils water for tea outside a damaged apartment building, disconnected from cooking gas and electricity, in Debaltseve, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. After weeks of relentless fighting, which inflicted severe damage to most buildings the embattled Ukrainian rail hub of Debaltseve fell last week to Russia-backed separatists. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)MOSCOW (AP) ? Cash-strapped Ukraine sought to buy time in its effort to ensure continued gas supplies from Russia, making a $15 million payment to Moscow on Friday as it waits for international rescue loans to arrive.



  • 10 Things to Know for Today
  • A prototype of a baby box, where parents could surrender their newborns anonymously, is shown outside the fire station in Woodburn, Ind., Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. The box is actually a newborn incubator, or baby box, and it could be showing up soon at Indiana hospitals, fire stations, churches and other selected sites under legislation that would give mothers in crisis a way to surrender their children safely and anonymously. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:



  • Three Ukrainian servicemen killed in past 24 hours: Kiev military
  • Members of the Ukrainian armed forces and armoured personnel carriers are seen preparing to move as they pull back from Debaltseve region, near ArtemivskKIEV (Reuters) - Three Ukrainian servicemen have been killed and seven wounded in fighting with pro-Russian separatists in east Ukraine in the past 24 hours, a military spokesman said on Friday. The deaths follow two consecutive days in which the military reported none of its troops had been killed, which had raised hopes a ceasefire deal could hold despite initial violations. (Reporting by Natalia Zinets, Writing by Alessandra Prentice, Editing by Timothy Heritage)



  • UK spies face questions about failure to stop 'Jihadi John'
  • FILE - This undated image shows a frame from a video released Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, by Islamic State militants that purports to show the militant who beheaded of taxi driver Alan Henning . A British-accented militant who has appeared in beheading videos released by the Islamic State group in Syria over the past few months bears "striking similarities" to a man who grew up in London, a Muslim lobbying group said Thursday Feb. 26, 2015. Mohammed Emwazi has been identified by news organizations as the masked militant more commonly known as "Jihadi John." London-based CAGE, which works with Muslims in conflict with British intelligence services, said Thursday its research director, Asim Qureshi, saw strong similarities, but because the hood worn by the militant, "there was no way he could be 100 percent certain." (AP Photo)LONDON (AP) ? British spy agencies are facing questions about how a young Londoner who was on their radar as part of terrorist investigations was able to travel to Syria and become the masked militant known as "Jihadi John."



  • International court judges uphold acquittal of Congolese man
  • Former leader of the National Integrationist Front Mathieu Ngudjolo awaits his appeals judgment at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Ngudjolo had been acquitted in December 2012 of commanding fighters who destroyed a village in eastern Congo in 2003, raping and hacking to death some 200 people, including children. (AP Photo/Jerry Lampen, Pool)THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) ? International Criminal Court judges on Friday upheld the acquittal of a Congolese man who was cleared at trial of leading a deadly militia attack in eastern Congo.



  • Hesburgh, former Notre Dame president, dies at 97
  • FILE - The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C, president emeritus of the University of Notre Dame, talks about his experiences over 90 years of life at his desk in the Hesburgh Library on the campus of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., in this Sept. 24, 2007 file photo. The priest who transformed the University of Notre Dame into an academic power during his 35 years in charge while also serving as an adviser to popes and presidents died Thursday night Feb. 26, 2015 at age 97 according to University spokesman Paul Browne. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond, File)SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) ? The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh was always a man of conscience.



  • Panathinaikos docked 3 points for violence by supporters
  • Riot police clash with fans during the game between Olympiakos and Panathinaikos in Athens on February 22, 2015Panathinaikos have been deducted three points by the Greek Super League for fan violence during Sunday's 2-1 win over league leaders Olympiakos which led to the postponement of league matches this weekend by the government. The deduction, which was annoynced late Thursday,means that Panathinaikos are now six points behind Olympiakos with nine matches remaining in the season. Per aspera ad astra (a Latin phrase meaning through hardships to the stars,? Panathinaikos said in a statement. Panathinaikos claim that the trouble on Sunday was instigated by the appearance on the pitch of Olympiakos president Evangelos Marinakis and comments made by Olympiakos coach Vitor Pereira before the derby game.



  • De Villiers blasts 162 as South Africa demolish Windies
  • Imran Tahir (right) hugs David Miller after he catches Dwayne Smith off his bowling during the World Cup match between South Africa and the West Indies at the Sydney Cricket Ground on February 27, 2015South Africa captain AB de Villiers hammered the second-fastest century in World Cup history as he led his side to a crushing 257-run victory over the West Indies at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday. De Villiers finished on an unbeaten 162 off just 66 balls as South Africa raced to the second-highest World Cup total of 408 for five, behind only the 413 for for five made by India against Bermuda, a non-Test nation, in Trinidad in 2007. The Proteas' skipper's innings was also the fastest 150 in ODIs and de Villiers now has the fastest fifty, hundred and 150 in ODI cricket -- all coming against the West Indies.



  • German Parliament approves Greece's bailout extension
  • German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble speaks at the German parliament, the Bundestag in Berlin on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. The Bundestage will decide Friday about extension of financial help for Greece. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt)BERLIN (AP) ? Germany's Parliament overwhelmingly approved the four-month extension of Greece's financial bailout on Friday, despite unease over the new government in Athens.



  • Three killed over gold discovery on Mali-Guinea border
  • Mali said three of its nationals were killed in a village near the Guinean border during a violent skirmish between miners over a gold discovery. Guinean miners armed with guns and knives killed them in the village of Sanafara, about 100 kilometres west of the capital, according to a Malian government statement.

  • Attacks kill 8 people in Iraq
  • BAGHDAD (AP) ? Iraqi authorities say eight people have been killed in a series of bombings and mortar strikes around Baghdad.

  • UN to discuss Ukraine on anniversary of Crimea annexation
  • Boys play with an unloaded submachine gun given to them by Ukrainian servicemen in the village of Chermalyk, northeast of the eastern Ukrainian port of Mariupol, on February 26, 2015The UN Security Council on Friday was to hold an emergency session on the fragile truce in Ukraine, a year to the day since Russian troops and pro-Moscow forces began seizing ports and cities on the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea. Both sides said they were continuing to withdraw heavy weapons from along the frontline, a key part of a stuttering peace plan aimed at ending ten months of bloodshed in east Ukraine that has cost some 5,800 lives. Kiev said Thursday that it had started withdrawing 100-mm cannons, while rebels claim they have nearly completed their pull-back. The situation on the ground remains intensely fragile and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko cautioned the withdrawal was "just a first, test step".



  • German parliament overwhelmingly backs Greece bailout extension
  • **** DO NOT DELETE OR REMOVE - BREAKING NEWS LOGO ****Berlin (AFP) - The parliament in Germany, Europe's largest economy and effective paymaster, on Friday overwhelmingly backed a four-month extension of Greece's bailout programme by international creditors.



  • Zimbabwe's Mugabe says wife not the power behind his throne
  • Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace arrive to close the ruling party ZANU PF's elective congress in HarareBy MacDonald Dzirutwe HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's 91-year-old President Robert Mugabe told state television that his wife Grace, a rising political star in the ruling party, is not the power behind his throne. Mugabe, the only leader his country has known since independence from Britain in 1980, will be in the resort town of Victoria Falls on Saturday where his ZANU-PF party is planning $1 million birthday celebration with thousands of supporters. Grace, a former typist in Mugabe's office before they married, was hoisted into the top echelons of ZANU-PF last December after attacking former vice president Joice Mujuru, who was later fired by the veteran leader.



  • Police arrest 3rd man suspected of helping Copenhagen gunman
  • COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) ? Danish police say they have arrested a third man suspected of assisting a gunman who killed two people in attacks in Copenhagen this month.

  • German Parliament approves four-month extension to Greece's financial bailout
  • BERLIN (AP) ? German Parliament approves four-month extension to Greece's financial bailout.

  • In message to US, Iran test fires new weapon in naval drill
  • TEHRAN, Iran (AP) ? Iran's Revolutionary Guard on Friday announced it has test fired a "new strategic weapon" in the final day of a large-scale naval and air defense drill, saying the system would play a key role in any future battle against the United States.

  • South African business owners petrol bomb immigrant shop
  • JOHANNESBURG (AP) ? South African police say a foreigner was seriously injured when his shop was petrol bombed.

  • China bans ivory carving imports for one year
  • China is the world's largest consumer of illegal ivory, according to conservationistsBeijing has imposed a one-year ban on imports of ivory carvings, but questions remained Friday on its effect on rising Chinese demand, which critics say could push wild African elephants to extinction within a generation. The move comes days ahead of a visit to China by Britain's Prince William, who has campaigned against illegal wildlife trafficking and is expected to speak on the issue during a stop in the southwestern province of Yunnan next Wednesday. The measure took effect Thursday and was announced by China's State Forestry Administration in a statement posted on its website. China is a signatory to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites), but conservationists say it is the world's largest consumer of illegal ivory, with skyrocketing demand leading to the slaughter of tens of thousands of African elephants each year.



  • India growth to top 8% in 2015/16, says government
  • Workers at a cotton processing and packaging factory in Kadi, 50 km from Ahmedabad, on December 3, 2014India's economy will grow by more than eight percent in the next financial year, the government said in a report published Friday, a day ahead of its first full-year national budget. The India Economic Survey said growth would be between 8.1 and 8.5 percent in the 2015/16 financial year, returning to levels last seen in 2010/11. The upbeat forecast came weeks after the government put growth for the current financial year at 7.4 percent, making India one of the world's fastest-growing economies, after changing the way it calculates its Gross Domestic Product. The figures surprised many economists as India had been thought to be in its worst economic slowdown since the 1980s.



  • Hollande tours typhoon-hit Philippines ahead of climate deal
  • French President Francois Hollande, right, is shown the day's catch by Filipino fisherman Richard Gubantes during his visit to the typhoon-ravaged Guiuan township, Eastern Samar province in central Philippines Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Hollande on Friday took his warning about the need for funds for a landmark climate deal to a central Philippine town that was devastated by a killer typhoon in 2013. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)GUIUAN, Philippines (AP) ? French President Francois Hollande on Friday took his warning about the need for funds for a landmark climate deal to a central Philippine town that was devastated by a killer typhoon in 2013.



  • Italian e-cigarette firms say new tax benefits tobacco
  • E-cigarettes are displayed in a shop in downtown RomeBy Sara Ledwith and Martinne Geller LONDON (Reuters) - Electronic cigarette firms in Italy say a new levy that doubles the price of e-liquid refills unfairly helps tobacco giants like Philip Morris International and will hurt their industry. The tax, which was adopted in January, is set at half the rate of that on traditional cigarettes. The controversy centers on the fact that the lower rate is applied to both electronic cigarettes and to tobacco products such as Marlboro HeatSticks, which Philip Morris is launching in Italy alongside a 500 million euro ($568 million) factory investment.



  • Celebrity Paris Hilton visits Cuba
  • Socialite Paris Hilton took the trip to Cuba to appear with other prominent visitors, including former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, following an announcement of rapprochement between Cuba and the US by President Barack ObamaSocialite Paris Hilton began a visit on Thursday to Cuba, where her family lost a hotel a half-century ago when Fidel Castro took power, according to a picture posted online. Hilton will be joined on the island by British model Naomi Campbell, who was seen in Havana Wednesday. Both stars took the trip to the island to appear with other prominent visitors, including former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, following an announcement of rapprochement between Cuba and the US by President Barack Obama.



  • Cameron to set out greater powers for Wales
  • Prime Minister David Cameron gestures as he delivers a speech in HastingsPrime Minister David Cameron will set out plans on Friday to give Wales greater powers, including more responsibility over raising its own funding. With a national election in May, the issue of devolution to the United Kingdom's constituent parts has risen to the fore after a last-ditch promise to transfer powers to Scotland's devolved parliament from London helped swing a close referendum in September. Wales, like Scotland and Northern Ireland, elects representatives for its own regional parliament as well as for the Westminster parliament. It has a budget of around 15 billion pounds a year but has no powers over how that money is raised.



  • Hong Kong woman jailed for six years for abusing Indonesian maid
  • A supporter holds up a sign of Indonesian domestic helper Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, during a protest calling for better protection of migrant workers, in Hong KongA Hong Kong mother of two who punched her maids, beat them with mops and threatened to kill their relatives was jailed for six years on Friday in a case that triggered outrage and exposed the plight of millions of domestic helpers across Asia. Former beautician Law Wan-tung, 44, looked stunned as the sentence was passed after being found guilty of 18 of 20 abuse charges. The charges included inflicting grievous bodily harm and criminal intimidation against Erwiana Sulistyaningsih and an another maid, also from Indonesia. Judge Amanda Woodcock read out her verdict saying "damning evidence" revealed "how little care and kindness the defendant showed" for Erwiana.



  • Ukraine rebels seen withdrawing heavy weapons front line
  • NOVOAMVROSIIVSKE, Ukraine (AP) ? Separatist fighters in east Ukraine moved rocket launchers to a location 70 kilometers (43 miles) back from the front line with government troops Friday in the first confirmed compliance with a cease-fire agreed earlier this month.

  • Sweden's Ericsson sues Apple in patent dispute
  • STOCKHOLM (AP) ? Wireless equipment maker Ericsson is suing Apple for alleged patent infringement.

  • Airbus says net profit soared in 2014
  • Tom Enders, the chief executive of Airbus Group arrives prior to the Airbus Group press conference on the 2014 annual results in Munich, Germany, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Airbus said its net profit soared 59 percent last year as a record-high number of jet deliveries helped offset a 551 million euros end-of-year charge against its delayed A400M military transporter program. (AP Photo/ Kerstin Joensson)PARIS (AP) ? Airbus says its net profit soared 59 percent last year as a record-high number of jet deliveries helped offset a 551 million euros end-of-year charge against its delayed A400M military transporter program.



  • Turkish police seal off street outside U.S. consulate, detain suspect
  • A member of a bomb disposal unit checks a vehicle near the U.S. consulate in IstanbulTurkish police on Friday sealed off a street outside the U.S. consulate in Istanbul, a Reuters witness said, and local media reported a suspect had been detained. Dogan News Agency said police had detained a man, believed to be mentally unstable, for questioning. A police official said he was not able to immediately comment. Istanbul has been on high security alert since January, when a suicide bomber blew herself up at a police station in the historic Sultanahmet district, killing one officer and wounding another.



  • Pot fight between DC mayor, Congress could cost the city
  • Rica Madrid poses for a photograph as she smokes pot in her home on the first day of legal possession of marijuana for recreational purposes, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in Washington. Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser defied threats from Congress by implementing a voter-approved initiative on Thursday, making the city the only place east of the Mississippi River where people can legally grow and share marijuana in private. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON (AP) ? The new mayor of the nation's capital gave her constituents what they wanted ? the ability to legally grow and share marijuana in private.



  • European shares at fresh seven-year high as ECB QE nears
  • Traders work at their screens in front of the German share price index DAX board at the stock exchange in FrankfurtBy Emelia Sithole-Matarise LONDON (Reuters) - European shares rose to fresh seven-year highs on Friday, extending a two-month rally fueled by the European Central Bank's money printing program which starts in the coming weeks. European shares bucked a softer trend in Asian and U.S. markets as a sharp overnight pullback in crude oil prices dampened risk appetite there. The FTSEurofirst 300 index index of top European shares was up 0.3 percent at 1,561.60 points, with strong annual results from Airbus Group , the world's second-largest aerospace company, spurring the rally. About two-thirds of the way into Europe's earnings season, 55 percent of companies have met or beaten profit forecasts.



  • Istanbul police arrest man outside US Consulate
  • ISTANBUL (AP) ? A Turkish news agency says police have detained man who claimed to have explosives attached on his body, outside the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul. The man was described as "mentally unstable"

  • Coalition partners threaten to challenge Ivory Coast president at polls
  • Members of the ruling coalition of RHDP Jerome Brou Kablan, Charles Konan Banny, Amara Essy and Kouadio Konan Bertin pose after a news conference in AbidjanBy Loucoumane Coulibaly ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Prominent members of Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara's main coalition partner on Thursday rejected a deal by their party's leader to support Ouattara's bid for re-election later this year. Their party, the Democratic Party of Ivory Coast (PDCI), is still expected to endorse the deal at its party congress on Saturday. Backing Ouattara "would finish the PDCI off once and for all," Kouadio Konan Bertin, the party's former youth leader and currently a member of parliament, told a press conference in the commercial capital Abidjan. He was joined by ex-Prime Minister Charles Konan Banny, former foreign affairs minister Amara Essy and a former deputy speaker of parliament, Jerome Brou Kablan.



  • Global stocks lackluster ahead of revised US growth figures
  • People watch an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Asian stocks were lackluster Friday after U.S. markets drifted lower and Japan reported faster growth in factory output but weaker retail sales. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)BEIJING (AP) ? Global stocks were lackluster Friday after Japan reported mixed economic data and investors waited for revised U.S. growth figures.



  • Afghan avalanches, flooding taking toll across the country
  • An Afghan villager cleans off snow after the rooftop of his home was damaged from an avalanche, in the Khanj district of Panjshir province, north of Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. The number of people killed in a massive avalanche in a mountain-bound valley in northeastern Afghanistan rose on Thursday to more than 160 as lack of equipment and the sheer depth of snow that buried entire homes and families hampered rescue efforts. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) ? The death toll from severe weather that caused avalanches and flooding across much of Afghanistan has jumped to more than 200 people, and the number is expected to climb with cold weather and difficult conditions hampering rescue efforts, relief workers and U.N. officials said Friday.



  • Driver freed without charges in California train crash
  • This image from video provided by KABC-TV Los Angeles shows wreckage of a Metrolink commuter train after it crashed into a truck and derailed early on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 in Oxnard, Calif. Three cars of the Southern California Metrolink commuter train derailed and tumbled onto their sides after the collision on tracks in Ventura County, northwest of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/KABC-TV)OXNARD, Calif. (AP) ? Federal investigators said a pickup truck driver who turned on to railroad tracks before a crash that derailed a California commuter train made a "mistake," while prosecutors released him from jail as they considered whether to pursue criminal charges.



  • Zambia's former mines minister jailed for corruption
  • Zambia's former mines minister Maxwell Mwale was sentenced to one year in jail with hard labour on Friday after being convicted of corruption in the award of licences to a Chinese mining company in 2009. Mwale, a former cabinet minister in Africa's second-largest copper producer, was found guilty of interfering in the granting of licences to Zhonghui International Mining Group. "Abuses of authority by public officers have become rampant and need to be stopped," said Magistrate Lameck Mwale while handing down the sentence.

  • Lawyer: 2nd autopsy of man shot by Washington police differs
  • This undated photo provided by Agapita Montes-Rivera via Fabian Ubay, shows Antonio Zambrano-Montes. Agapita Montes-Rivera, the mother of Antonio Zambrano-Montes, an unarmed Mexican man fatally shot by police officers in Washington state Feb. 10, 2015, viewed her son's body for the first time Monday, Feb. 23, and said she hopes for justice in the case that has sparked protests and calls for a federal investigation. The killing of Antonio Zambrano-Montes in Pasco was captured on video by a witness. (AP Photo/Agapita Montes-Rivera)SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) ? A lawyer for the family of an unarmed Mexican man killed by police in Washington state says independent autopsy results differ in at least two key details from statements made by authorities investigating the death.