Ruble bounce rare ray of sunshine for crisis-hit Russian economy

People prepare a sled in the shape of a Russian ruble coin during the Winter Sledge festival in St. Petersburg, on February 1, 2015It's been a torrid time of late for the Russian economy as the fallout from Ukraine and tumbling oil prices have plunged the country into financial crisis. "The economy is sliding into recession, elements of the banking system remain vulnerable and financial sanctions remain in place," he said.



Saudi Arabia says strikes push Yemen rebels out of air bases

Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, wearing an army uniform, ride on an armed truck to patrol the international airport in Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday, March 28, 2015. Yemen's President Abed Raboo Mansour Hadi, speaking at an Arab summit in Egypt on Saturday, called Shiite rebels who forced him to flee the country "puppets of Iran," directly blaming the Islamic Republic for the chaos there and demanding airstrikes against rebel positions continue until they surrender. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A Saudi-led airstrike campaign targeting Shiite rebels who control much of Yemen has pushed them out of contested air bases and destroyed any jet fighter remaining in the Arab world's poorest country, the kingdom has said.



Lee Kuan Yew Singapore state funeral: LIVE REPORT

Hong Kong (AFP) - 05:47 GMT - World leaders arrive - World leaders have started to arrive for the state funeral, including Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and South Korean leader Park Geun-hye. The cortège has reached its final destination -- the University Cultural Centre at the National University of Singapore -- passing by the last rain-soaked crowds and lines of police honour guards, who inverted their rifles and bowed their heads in a sign of respect known as Resting On Arms Reversed. 05:39 GMT - Housing and education - The procession route has been carefully planned to take in landmarks considered emblematic of Lee's social achievements, including public housing estates -- 90.3 percent of Singaporeans own their own homes under a programme started by Lee, who believed home ownership gave citizens a stake in their country. It also passed by Singapore Polytechnic, a nod to the founding leader's emphasis on education as vital to the city-state's future.
Survived: No. 1 Kentucky holds off Notre Dame 68-66

Kentucky players celebrate with the regional championship trophy after a 68-66 win over Notre Dame in a college basketball game in the NCAA men's tournament regional finals, Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND (AP) — With everything at stake, Kentucky didn't panic and played to perfection.



Alabama DL Taylor charged with domestic violence a 2nd time

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor, signed about six months after Georgia dismissed him following his arrest in a girlfriend's assault, faces a new domestic violence charge, police said.


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