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Russian investigators look into provocation or personal life as motives in Nemtsov killing
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's top investigative body said Saturday it is looking into several possible motives for the killing of prominent opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, including an attempt to destabilize the state, Islamic extremism, the Ukraine conflict and his personal life....

Slaying of Russia's Nemtsov follows killings of several other Kremlin critics over past decade
MOSCOW (AP) -- Prominent Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov's killing follows the slaying over the past decade of several other high-profile critics of President Vladimir Putin and his policies. Here is a look at some of the best-known cases....

Western leaders condemn killing of Russia's Nemtsov, press Kremlin for full investigation
BERLIN (AP) -- Western leaders are condemning the assassination of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and pressing the Kremlin to ensure that the killing is investigated thoroughly. Here is a selection of comments....

Egyptian court declares Palestinian Hamas a 'terrorist organization,' further isolating group
CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian court declared Hamas a "terrorist organization" on Saturday, further isolating the rulers of the Gaza Strip who once found a warm welcome under the country's past Islamist government....

AP PHOTOS: Antarctica's spectacular expanses of ice are melting at accelerating pace
CAPE LEGOUPIL, Antarctica (AP) -- From the ground of this extreme northern part of Antarctica, a spectacular white and blinding ice seemingly extends forever. What can't be seen is the battle raging below to reshape Earth....

Yasar Kemal, one of Turkey's best-known novelists, dead at 91
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Yasar Kemal, one of Turkey's best-known novelists with worldwide readership, has died, his doctor said on Saturday. He was 91....

Jailed Kurdish rebel leader calls on PKK to lay down arms
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Imprisoned Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan has called on his fighters to lay down arms as part of a peace process to end a 30-year insurgency, Turkey's main Kurdish party said Saturday....

Unmasking of 'Jihadi John' as a London university graduate sends shock waves through Britain
LONDON (AP) -- The unmasking of Islamic State militant "Jihadi John" as a Londoner who had repeatedly been questioned by security services sent shock waves through Britain Friday, with Prime Minister David Cameron stepping in to defend British spy craft....

Top capos fall in Mexico, but drugs keep flowing and crime shifts as gangs splinter or regroup
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- It's another big score for the Mexican government, which has been tearing through its list of most-wanted drug lords in recent years....

Top Mexican drug cartel leaders captured or killed in recent years
Recent captures or killings of top Mexican drug cartel leaders:...

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