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Venezuela's Guaido says 'all options open' after Maduro blocks aid - 23 Feb 2019 at 11:21pm - Troops loyal to President Nicolas Maduro violently drove back foreign aid convoys from Venezuela's border on Saturday, killing two protesters and prompting opposition leader Juan Guaido to propose that Washington consider "all options" to oust him.

Moldovans vote for new government amid talk of protests and poisoning - 23 Feb 2019 at 11:01pm - Moldovans will vote in an election on Sunday that is likely to produce a hung parliament, splitting the eastern European country between pro-Western and pro-Russian forces at a time when its relations with the European Union have soured.

Tennis: Evans in second career final after upsetting Isner at Delray - 23 Feb 2019 at 10:46pm - Briton Dan Evans spoke of his resilience after reaching his second career final with a 3-6 6-2 6-3 upset of second seed John Isner at the Delray Beach Open in Florida on Saturday.

Cargo jet with three on board crashes near Houston airport - 23 Feb 2019 at 10:32pm - A Boeing 767 cargo jetliner with three people on board crashed into a bay near Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport on Saturday, police and officials said.

Athletics: Crouser overcomes illness to dominate shot put at U.S. meet - 23 Feb 2019 at 10:26pm - Olympic champion Ryan Crouser shook off a recent fever to dominate the men's shot put at the U.S. indoor championships in New York on Saturday.

Venezuela's Guaido proposes all options be kept open to oust Maduro after aid... - 23 Feb 2019 at 10:24pm - Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said on Saturday that President Nicolas Maduro's use of troops to violently block the entry of humanitarian aid meant he would propose to the international community that all options remain open to oust Maduro.

Ahead of Trump-Kim summit, South Korean firms in Vietnam dream of return to N... - 23 Feb 2019 at 10:07pm - In early 2016, Choi Dong-jin and some 120 other South Korean business owners reluctantly shuttered factories at a jointly run North Korean industrial park after Seoul ordered the facility closed following a long-range rocket test by Pyongyang.

China aims to 'optimize' spread of controversial Confucius Institutes - 23 Feb 2019 at 9:59pm - China plans to "optimize" the spread of its controversial Confucius Institutes, the government said, institutions to promote Chinese language and culture that have been criticized by some for spreading Communist Party influence.

Alabama newspaper at center of KKK outrage gets black female editor - 23 Feb 2019 at 9:45pm - A small town Alabama newspaper that drew condemnation for an editorial this month calling for the Ku Klux Klan to "ride again" has named an African-American woman as its new editor and publisher, the paper said in a statement.

U.S.-born scholar of Japanese literature Donald Keene dies at 96 - 23 Feb 2019 at 9:43pm - A noted U.S.-born scholar of Japanese literature who received the country's highest cultural award, Donald Keene, has died of heart failure in Tokyo, domestic media said on Sunday. He was 96.

Golf: Woods hits career low with putting woes on consecutive holes in Mexico - 23 Feb 2019 at 9:36pm - Tiger Woods has won more major championships than anyone other than Jack Nicklaus but his putting went badly awry during the third round of the WGC-Mexico Championship on Saturday.

After Venezuela violence, Pence to meet with Guaido in Colombia - 23 Feb 2019 at 9:25pm - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence plans to have his first meeting with Venezuela's Juan Guaido in Colombia on Monday, Pence aides said, in a signal of support for the opposition leader after a weekend of violence.

North Korean leader Kim leaves by train for summit with U.S. in Hanoi - KCNA - 23 Feb 2019 at 9:06pm - North Korea on Sunday confirmed for the first time that its leader Kim Jong Un will hold a second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, days ahead of the high-stakes nuclear meeting set to take place in Vietnam's capital of Hanoi.

North Korean leader Kim leaves by train for summit with U.S. in Hanoi: KCNA - 23 Feb 2019 at 9:05pm - North Korea on Sunday confirmed for the first time that its leader Kim Jong Un will hold a second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, days ahead of the high-stakes nuclear meeting set to take place in Vietnam's capital of Hanoi.

North Korea's Kim begins long train trip to Vietnam for summit with Trump: re... - 23 Feb 2019 at 9:05pm - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un set off by train for Vietnam on Saturday, for his second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump next week, media reported, and hours later, two witnesses saw a train crossing into China from North Korea.

Glenn Close, 'Beale Street,' win indie film honors ahead of Oscars - 23 Feb 2019 at 8:57pm - Actress Glenn Close and racial injustice movie "If Beale Street Could Talk" were the big winners on Saturday at the Independent Spirit Awards, a day ahead of the Oscars ceremony.

R. Kelly bond on sexual assault charges set at $1 million, due back in court ... - 23 Feb 2019 at 8:55pm - Grammy-winning singer R. Kelly, who has faced years of sexual abuse allegations, was ordered held on a $1 million (766,570) bond on Saturday on charges that he sexually assaulted three teenagers and a woman, as prosecutors offered new details in the case.

Brother of Saudi crown prince named deputy defense minister - 23 Feb 2019 at 8:29pm - Saudi Arabia appointed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's full younger brother as deputy defense minister on Saturday and named a princess as the kingdom?s first woman ambassador to the United States.

NBA notebook: Harden fined for ripping referee, out vs. Warriors - 23 Feb 2019 at 8:25pm - After Houston Rockets star guard James Harden was fined $25,000 on Saturday for publicly criticizing referee Scott Foster after a game earlier this week, he later was ruled out for his team's road tilt against the Warriors at Golden State.

ATP roundup: Tsitsipas advances to Open 13 final - 23 Feb 2019 at 8:22pm - Rising Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas recorded a 7-6 (1), 6-2 victory over David Goffin on Saturday to advance to the championship match of the Open 13 Provence in Marseille, France.

Senegalese president favorite in vote as economy booms - 23 Feb 2019 at 8:09pm - Senegalese vote on Sunday in an election President Macky Sall is expected to win after strong economic growth in his first term, while rights groups criticize him for squeezing out rivals.

U.S., China sprint to seal deal ahead of Trump's deadline - 23 Feb 2019 at 8:01pm - U.S. and Chinese negotiators met for over seven hours on Saturday to resolve their trade dispute and avoid an escalation of the tit-for-tat tariffs that have already disrupted global commerce, slowed the world economy and roiled financial markets.

Golf: Johnson four clear of McIlroy after three rounds in Mexico - 23 Feb 2019 at 7:53pm - Dustin Johnson launched a 368-yard drive at the second hole for an eagle en route to a four-stroke lead over Rory McIlroy after the third round of the WGC-Mexico Championship on Saturday.

U.S. prosecutors say no leniency needed for Trump ex-aide Manafort - 23 Feb 2019 at 7:46pm - Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team told a U.S. judge on Saturday that President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort "repeatedly and brazenly" broke the law, and argued he did not deserve leniency at sentencing.

Tennis: Canadian teenager through to Rio Open final - 23 Feb 2019 at 7:43pm - Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime became the youngest man to reach an ATP 500 final on Saturday when he overcame Pablo Cuevas 6-3 3-6 6-3 to progress to the final of the Rio Open.

Roche nearing $5 billion deal to acquire Spark Therapeutics - WSJ - 23 Feb 2019 at 6:36pm - Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding AG is nearing a deal to acquire U.S. biotechnology company Spark Therapeutics Inc, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday, citing people familiar with the matter.

Roche nearing $5 billion deal to acquire Spark Therapeutics: WSJ - 23 Feb 2019 at 6:30pm - Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding AG is nearing a deal to acquire U.S. biotechnology company Spark Therapeutics Inc, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday, citing people familiar with the matter.

France calls on Germany to ease arms export rules - 23 Feb 2019 at 6:17pm - French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Sunday that Germany should ease its strict arms export rules for countries outside the European Union to strengthen the defense industry.

Star of Mexican film 'Roma' prompts raw discussion of race, class - 23 Feb 2019 at 5:49pm - The Oscar-nominated film "Roma," which chronicles the life of a young housekeeper in 1970s Mexico, has put an uneasy focus on the nation's sharp class, ethnic and racial divisions, leading to mixed reactions to the indigenous woman cast in the starring role.

Trucks return to Colombia warehouse after failed Venezuela aid effort - 23 Feb 2019 at 5:47pm - At least two trucks carrying food and medicine for Venezuela returned to warehouses in Colombia on Saturday after being turned back from the border by troops loyal to President Nicolas Maduro who fired teargas.

Funeral held for seven Syrian refugee children killed in Canada fire - 23 Feb 2019 at 5:43pm - Hundreds of people attended the funeral on Saturday of seven Syrian refugee children killed in a house fire earlier this week in the eastern Canadian city of Halifax.

Spanish right-wing parties could hold a majority in parliament: poll - 23 Feb 2019 at 5:43pm - Spanish right-wing parties PP, Ciudadanos and Vox could together hold a parliamentary majority in a snap election on April 28, one opinion poll showed on Saturday.

Three ministers throw weight behind Brexit delay to stop no-deal - 23 Feb 2019 at 5:41pm - Three cabinet ministers publicly indicated on Saturday they will back plans to delay Brexit if MPs vote down Prime Minister Theresa May's plan for a new deal with the European Union.

Saudi king pardons Egyptians detained in the kingdom - 23 Feb 2019 at 5:32pm - Saudi King Salman issued an order late on Saturday granting pardon to and release of a number of Egyptian citizens detained and imprisoned in the kingdom, Saudi press agency reported.

From street kids to war romance, Oscar foreign-film slate keeps it real - 23 Feb 2019 at 5:20pm - From Lebanese street children to love behind the Iron Curtain and the daily life of a Mexican housekeeper, this year's Oscar-nominated foreign language films draw from real life and, in some cases, deeply personal experiences.

Buffett appears to fault Trump, laments deals dearth in Berkshire letter - 23 Feb 2019 at 5:08pm - Warren Buffett on Saturday appeared to fault U.S. President Donald Trump for taking too much credit for the nation's economic growth, while acknowledging that market conditions are making it tough for his Berkshire Hathaway Inc to find more big companies to buy.

Buffett appears to fault Trump, laments M&A dearth in Berkshire letter - 23 Feb 2019 at 5:07pm - Warren Buffett on Saturday appeared to fault U.S. President Donald Trump for taking too much credit for the nation's economic growth, while acknowledging that market conditions are making it tough for his Berkshire Hathaway Inc to find more big companies to buy.

We drew strength from winning run, says Wales coach Gatland - 23 Feb 2019 at 4:56pm - Wales coach Warren Gatland said his team's record run of victories played a big part in helping them fight back to beat England 21-13 in the Six Nations on Saturday and extend their winning streak to 12.

Wales stun England to blow Six Nations wide open - 23 Feb 2019 at 4:56pm - Wales blew the Six Nations wide open with an epic 21-13 victory over England on Saturday as late tries for Cory Hill, after a monumental 34-phase goal-line assault, and Josh Adams at the death secured a national record 12th successive victory.

WTA roundup: Bencic stuns Kvitova for Dubai title - 23 Feb 2019 at 4:55pm - Unseeded Belinda Bencic rallied to beat No. 2 seed Petra Kvitova 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 in the final on Saturday, capping a thrilling run at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in the United Arab Emirates.

KKR mulling bid for Asda after merger with Sainsbury falters - Sunday Times - 23 Feb 2019 at 4:52pm - American private equity giant KKR is plotting a bid for Walmart's Asda as talks for its merger with British rival Sainsbury falter on competition concerns, The Sunday Times reported.

Nigeria's president and main rival confident as polls close - 23 Feb 2019 at 4:35pm - Nigeria began counting votes in Saturday's closely-fought presidential election although the electoral commission extended voting in some places where polling stations opened late or ballot machines malfunctioned.

Singer R. Kelly faces new sex abuse charges in #MeToo era - 23 Feb 2019 at 4:04pm - More than a decade ago, the singer R. Kelly was acquitted of child pornography charges after a trial in which the alleged underage victim did not testify against him.

Maduro responsible for safety of Colombian embassy staff - minister - 23 Feb 2019 at 3:55pm - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is responsible for the safety of Colombian diplomats in Venezuela, Colombia's foreign minister said on Saturday, after Maduro formally broke off relations with Bogota.

Prince Harry and Meghan arrive in Casablanca - 23 Feb 2019 at 3:54pm - Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, pregnant with their first child, arrived in Casablanca on Saturday night for a three-day tour to promote girls' education and mental health awareness.

We let ourselves down, says England coach Jones - 23 Feb 2019 at 3:52pm - England coach Eddie Jones said he was frustrated that his side had "let ourselves down" in certain areas as they allowed Wales to surge back and claim a 21-13 Six Nations victory in Cardiff on Saturday.

Maduro responsible for safety of Colombian embassy staff: minister - 23 Feb 2019 at 3:43pm - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is responsible for the safety of Colombian diplomats in Venezuela, Colombia's foreign minister said on Saturday, after Maduro formally broke off relations with Bogota.

'I was like a prisoner' - Saudi sisters trapped in Hong Kong recall beatings - 23 Feb 2019 at 3:42pm - Two sisters from Saudi Arabia who fled the conservative kingdom and have been hiding out in Hong Kong for nearly six months said they did so to escape beatings at the hands of their brothers and father.

'I was like a prisoner': Saudi sisters trapped in Hong Kong recall beatings - 23 Feb 2019 at 3:41pm - Two sisters from Saudi Arabia who fled the conservative kingdom and have been hiding out in Hong Kong for nearly six months said they did so to escape beatings at the hands of their brothers and father.

Erdogan says safe zone on Syria border must be under Turkey's control - 23 Feb 2019 at 3:21pm - Any safe zone along Turkey's border with Syria must be under Turkish control, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday in an interview with broadcaster CNN Turk.