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BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Philanthropist and former media tycoon Ted Turner was rushed to a hospital early on Friday in Argentina's Patagonia region before flying to Buenos Aires for surgery for appendicitis, local media said.
PARIS (Reuters) - Nicolas Sarkozy's phone was tapped during a judicial probe into financing for his 2007 election campaign, Le Monde newspaper reported, potentially presenting a new hurdle for the former French president who is widely expected to run for office again.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Friday any U.S. sanctions imposed against Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine would boomerang back on the United States and urged Washington not to damage bilateral ties.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin's spokesman lashed out at the West on Friday and defended Russia's actions in Ukraine, but said he hoped a new Cold War would not break out despite "extremely deep disagreements".
GENEVA (Reuters) - Fewer than 1,000 remain of more than 100,000 Muslims who once lived in the capital of the Central African Republic, after a campaign of violence by Christian militias, the U.N. aid chief said on Friday.
COLOMBO (Reuters) - Officials investigating a suspected mass grave in Sri Lanka's former northern war zone called off the digging on Friday because the 83 skeletons unearthed there seem to have been buried in an old cemetery.
GAZA (Reuters) - Palestinian protesters raised banners and placards on Friday in the Gaza Strip condemning neighbouring Egypt's ban on activities of the Hamas Islamist group.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa expelled three Rwandan diplomats it linked to a raid on an exiled Rwandan general's Johannesburg home, and Rwanda has retaliated by ordering out six South African envoys, officials said on Friday.
BAGSHOT, England (Reuters) - Whether a vastly experienced team is preferable to one full of youthful exuberance and potential is one of sport's eternal questions and most coaches aim for the promised land of blending the best of both.
ON BOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) - The White House on Friday appeared to downplay the possibility of changing U.S. policy on exporting natural gas to address the situation in Ukraine.
MOSCOW/SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin rebuffed a warning from U.S. President Barack Obama over Moscow's military intervention in Crimea, saying on Friday that Russia could not ignore calls for help from Russian speakers in Ukraine.
HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) on Friday suspended a senior official who had asked party leader Morgan Tsvangirai to quit, a move which has divided a party recovering from election defeat last year.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman on Friday ridiculed calls for talks between Russia and Ukraine with Western mediation, saying Western countries' actions during the crisis in Ukraine had cost them their credibility, Russian news agencies reported.
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada will impose a travel ban on the people it blames for the Ukraine crisis, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Friday, without giving specific names.
ROME (Reuters) - Daniele De Rossi is out of the game at Napoli on Sunday after AS Roma's appeal against his three-match ban for punching Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi last week was rejected by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC).
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa expelled three Rwandan diplomats it linked to a raid by gunmen on a dissident exiled Rwandan general's home and Rwanda ordered out six South African envoys in retaliation, a diplomatic source said on Friday.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia on Friday accused the European Union of taking an "extremely unconstructive position" by freezing talks on easing visa barriers and on a comprehensive agreement that would govern ties between Moscow and the EU over Ukraine.
BARCELONA (Reuters) - Recent episodes of vomiting suffered by Barcelona forward Lionel Messi are "not normal" but they do not affect his performance and there is no cause for alarm, coach Gerardo Martino said on Friday.
LONDON (Reuters) - Ukrainian farmers are selling grain again to address cash flow problems after a hiatus in recent weeks triggered by the local currency spiralling lower and political turmoil.
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