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In this photo taken on Aug. 28, 2012, Anna Duritskaya poses for a photo for a modeling portfolio in Kiev, Ukraine. 23 year old, Duritskaya was the one witness of the killing of Boris Nemtsov, a fierce critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin who was gunned down not far from the Kremlin, she has been in police custody for questioning since Friday night, but in an interview with TV channel Dozhd on Monday said that she had not seen Nemtsov’s attacker.  “I didn’t see anything,” she told Russia’s independent TV channel Dozhd. “I turned around and all I saw was a light-colored car. I saw neither the brand, nor the license plate of the car when it was driving away.” Duritskaya said that she had known Nemtsov for three years. She said that she wanted to leave the country and that she had been questioned exhaustively, but that Russian investigators would not allow her to leave.  (AP Photo/Daria Buznikova)

Slain Putin critic’s girlfriend says she didn’t see his killer

Monday, March 2, 2015

MOSCOW — The 23-year-old Ukrainian model who was with slain opposition leader Boris Nemtsov tearfully recounted Monday their last dinner in a chic Red Square restaurant and their walk onto a nearby bridge — but said she did not see the gunman who pulled the trigger. The emotional account by Anna Duritskaya came amid a swirl of speculation about who was responsible for the high-profile assassination and what it means for Russia. While state-run and Kremlin-controlled media focused on a theory that the killing was a provocation aimed at staining President Vladimir Putin, his critics are holding the Russian leader responsible for creating an atmosphere …

Israeli PM assails Iran deal

Monday, March 2, 2015

WASHINGTON — Seeking to lower tensions, Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. officials cast their dispute over Iran as a family squabble on Monday, but the Israeli leader still claimed that President Barack Obama did not — and could not — understand his nation’s vital security concerns. “American leaders worry about the security of their …

$4.8M in gold bars stolen in I-95 heist

Monday, March 2, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. — Shortly after dusk along a lonely stretch of Interstate 95, armed robbers hijacked an armored truck, tied up the two guards and disappeared into the night with 275 pounds of gold bars. The guards working for Transvalue Inc. of Miami reported pulling off to the side of the interstate about 6:30 p.m. Sunday after their vehicle began having mechanical problems …

Uninsured rate hit new low in 2014

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — Even as it faces another Supreme Court challenge, President Barack Obama’s health care law has steadily reduced the number of uninsured Americans, according to an extensive survey released Tuesday. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found that the …

Millions at risk from rapid sea rise in swampy Sundarbans

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

BALI ISLAND, India — The tiny hut sculpted out of mud at the edge of the sea is barely large enough for Bokul Mondol and his family to lie down. The water has taken everything else from them, …

Kerry sees progress in US-Iran nuke talks

Monday, February 23, 2015

GENEVA — Edging toward a historic compromise, the U.S. and Iran reported progress Monday on a deal that would clamp down on Tehran’s nuclear activities for at least 10 years but then slowly ease restrictions on programs that …

Defense chief reviews war strategy in Iraq

Monday, February 23, 2015

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter convened an extraordinary war council Monday on Iraq’s doorstep six days after taking office, gathering military and diplomatic leaders to discuss the Obama administration’s oft-criticized strategy for countering the …

Report: Mossad didn’t share Netanyahu’s alarm on Iran

Monday, February 23, 2015

JERUSALEM — Israel’s Mossad spy agency in October 2012 had a less alarmist view of Iran’s nuclear program than an assessment delivered by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the United Nations just a few weeks earlier, according to …

GOP leader offers immigration vote to try to resolve impasse

Monday, February 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — Days from a Homeland Security Department shutdown, Senate Republicans sought a way out Monday by splitting President Barack Obama’s contested immigration measures from the agency’s funding bill. It was not clear whether the gambit by Senate …

Slain American’s brother says US swap with Taliban made her situation worse

Monday, February 23, 2015

PRESCOTT, Ariz. — The brother of an American woman who was killed after spending months as a hostage of Islamic State militants says Kayla Mueller’s situation worsened after the government traded five Taliban commanders for a captive U.S. …

Girl bomber kills 5 in Nigerian market

Monday, February 23, 2015

POTISKUM, Nigeria — A girl as young as 10 blew herself up in a busy market in northeastern Nigeria, killing herself and four others, and fueling fears Islamic extremists are using kidnapped girls as suicide bombers. There was …