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Vladimir Putin secures Cyprus port air base dealVladimir Putin secures Cyprus port air base deal

MOSCOW -- Russian and Cyprus signed an agreement Wednesday to give the Russian navy access to the port of Limassol and aircraft access to an air base near Paphos.

Reports name Islamic State's "Jihadi John"Reports name Islamic State's "Jihadi John"

LONDON -- The Islamic State militant known as Jihadi John is reported to have been unmasked as Mohammed Emwazi, aged 27, a Kuwaiti-born Londoner.


Mysterious drones fly over Paris for second nightMysterious drones fly over Paris for second night

PARIS -- Unidentified drones seen hovering over Paris landmarks for two nights running have unnerved the French capital at a time of high security.

Investors pay to lend money to GermanyInvestors pay to lend money to Germany

BERLIN -- EU government bonds yielding negative interest – meaning that investors are paying to lend to a country – have surged from $20 billion to $2 trillion in less than a year.


Mar 3: Star cars at the Geneva Motor ShowMar 3: Star cars at the Geneva Motor Show

GENEVA -- Some 220 exhibitors will be showing around 900 cars – of which 100 will be world debuts – at the Geneva Motor Show which opens on March 3.

Ukraine clashes flare around city of MariupolUkraine clashes flare around city of Mariupol

NOVOAZOVSK -- The key government-held port city of Mariupol has become the latest hotspot in the conflict in east Ukraine, with fighting focused on the village of Shyrokine.


Pebble watch sets $6.2m Kickstarter recordPebble watch sets $6.2m Kickstarter record

SAN FRANCISCO -- Pebble smart watch has set a record on the Kickstarter crowdfunding site. In under four hours Pebble Time raised more than $6.2 million from 30,000 people.

World Agenda for March available nowWorld Agenda for March available now

LONDON -- Events include a general election in Israel, deployment of a U.S. troop battalion to Ukraine, Silvio Berlusconi is freed from his community service sentence.


Russia to deploy new nuclear arsenalRussia to deploy new nuclear arsenal

MOSCOW -- The first two Borei-class submarines are the vanguard of Russia’s next-generation “boomers” -- boats packed with new Bulava RS-26 nuclear ICBMs.

Lithuania breaks free of Russia's energy gripLithuania breaks free of Russia's energy grip

VILNIUS -- Lithuania has dropped reliance on Gazprom by building a liquefied natural gas terminal in Klaipeda. It will also supply Estonia and Latvia with Norwegian gas.


Australia cracks down on home-grown jihadistsAustralia cracks down on home-grown jihadists

CANBERRA -- Australia has announced that it will tighten its citizenship laws in a bid to combat the growing threat from home-grown jihadists.

Smartwatch market ready for take offSmartwatch market ready for take off

LONDON -- The burgeoning smartwatch market could be about to explode with the imminent release of the Apple Watch


Islamic State enters Afghan opium businessIslamic State enters Afghan opium business

FARAH -- Farmers in Afghanistan are planting their first illegal opium crop of the year, and their drug masters now include IS militants as well as the Taliban.

Feb-Mar: Solar plane to fly around the worldFeb-Mar: Solar plane to fly around the world

ABU DHABI -- A solar-powered plane, Solar Impulse 2, is set to take off from Abu Dhabi and attempt to fly 35,000km around the globe using only the sun's energy.


World Cup 2022: Winter kick-off for QatarWorld Cup 2022: Winter kick-off for Qatar

DOHA -- A FIFA taskforce has recommended that the Qatar World Cup should take place in November and December 2022, despite protests by European leagues

Feb 26: Europa League Last 32Feb 26: Europa League Last 32

LONDON -- Celtic take on Inter hoping to emulate their 1967 European Cup final victory over the Italians, while in-form Liverpool take a slim lead to Besiktas.


Mar 5: WRC Rally MexicoMar 5: WRC Rally Mexico

LEON -- Drivers have to master gravel roads in the first of six consecutive dirt rounds, and the first hot gravel event since Australia last September.

Mar 13: Formula One seasonMar 13: Formula One season

JEREZ -- A redesigned nose cone is the most noticeable alteration to Formula 1 cars this year as a slew of new technical regulations come into effect.


Feb 24/25: Soccer Champions LeagueFeb 24/25: Soccer Champions League

BERLIN -- Real Madrid defend their record 10th European Champions title, with the tournament culminating in the final at the Olympiastadion on June 6, 2015.

Mar 14: Formula E prepares for Miami raceMar 14: Formula E prepares for Miami race

MIAMI -- Round 5 of the Formula E 2014-15 season will be held at the Miami Circuit in the U.S. on March 15. Lucas di Grassi goes into the race with a 10-point lead.


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