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Supporters of Slain Putin Critic Hold Memorial March in Moscowi
Daniel Schearf
March 02, 2015 1:41 PM
In Moscow, tens of thousands of supporters held a memorial march Sunday for Boris Nemtsov, the Russian opposition leader who was assassinated late Friday while walking on a bridge in view of the Kremlin. Many blamed President Vladimir Putin for the killing, saying his policies have created an atmosphere of intolerance and hate in Russia. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow

Video Supporters of Slain Putin Critic Hold Memorial March in Moscow

In Moscow, tens of thousands of supporters held a memorial march Sunday for Boris Nemtsov, the Russian opposition leader who was assassinated late Friday while walking on a bridge in view of the Kremlin. Many blamed President Vladimir Putin for the killing, saying his policies have created an atmosphere of intolerance and hate in Russia. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow

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An increasingly-strained relationship between the Obama administration and Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu will be on display this week, as the prime minister visits Washington to address a joint meeting of Congress. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, Netanyahu will decry a potential accord on Iran’s nuclear program in a speech organized by House Speaker John Boehner, without White House consultation, sparking controversy in Washington and Jerusalem.

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Despite the ongoing ceasefire in Ukraine, soldiers in the city of Mariupol fear that pro-Russian separatists may be getting ready to attack. The separatists must take or encircle the city if they wish to gain land access to Crimea, which was annexed by Russia early last year. But Ukrainian forces, many of them volunteers, say they are determined to defend it. Patrick Wells reports from Mariupol.

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Video US, Cuba Report Progress in Latest Talks to Restore Ties

The United States and Cuba say they have made progress in the second round of talks on restoring diplomatic relations more than 50 years after breaking off ties. Delegations from both sides met in Washington on Friday to work on opening embassies in Havana and Washington and iron out key obstacles to historic change. VOA’s Mary Alice Salinas reports from the State Department.

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Video Moscow Restaurants Suffer in Bad Economy, Look for Opportunity

As low oil prices and Western sanctions force Russia's economy into recession, thousands of Moscow restaurants are expected to close their doors. Restaurant owners face rents tied to foreign currency, while rising food prices mean Russians are spending less when they dine out. One entrepreneur in Moscow has started a dinner kit delivery service for those who want to cook at home to save money but not skimp on quality. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports.

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Video Kurds Celebrate Ouster of Islamic State From Tal Hamis

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Pilots of the sun-powered plane Solar Impulse 2 completed two successful test flights Thursday in the United Arab Emirates, in preparation for the first attempt to fly around the world. Officials say the plane performed flawlessly and that, weather permitting, it may start its journey as soon as March 3. VOA’s George Putic has more.

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There seems to be no limit to the atrocities committed by radical Islamists in their intent to create a world designed according to their own interpretation of Islam. As Islamic State militants continue on their destructive path, experts say they are ready to destroy anyone or anything that does not fit into their vision. Zlatica Hoke reports.

Video Liberian President Expresses Gratitude for US Ebola Support

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