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  • Tennis-Wawrinka fights back to beat Federer in Monte Carlo final

    (Adds Wawrinka quotes) MONTE CARLO, April 20 (Reuters) - Stanislas Wawrinka signalled his French Open ambitions by beating Roger Federer 4-6 7-6 (5) 6-2 in an all-Swiss Monte Carlo Masters final on Sunday. Third seed and Australian Open champion Wawrinka recovered from the loss of the opening set to claim his maiden Masters title on the Monte Carlo clay just six weeks before the May 25-June 8 grand slam tournament in Paris. It's always easy." Federer, whose only defeat in 14 previous matches against Wawrinka was in Monte Carlo in 2009, said: "I had a great week. Wawrinka played with great depth as Federer was eventually pushed back far from his baseline and was prevented from attacking.

  • Gomez, Snider Ejected After Brewer-Pirates Brawl

    Milwaukee's Carlos Gomez, Pittsburgh's Travis Snider ejected following Brewers-Pirates brawl

  • Student fought bureaucrats for Holocaust justice
    Student fought bureaucrats for Holocaust justice

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — Charlotte van den Berg was a 20-year-old college student working part-time in Amsterdam's city archives when she and other interns came across a shocking find: letters from Jewish Holocaust survivors complaining that the city was forcing them to pay back taxes and late payment fines on property seized after they were deported to Nazi death camps.

  • Illinois mayor sends cops after man who created parody Twitter account
    Illinois mayor sends cops after man who created parody Twitter account

    The local story has made national headlines after readers across the country protested the official response to the Twitter parody account.

  • Iran says plane at airport leased to Ghana after U.S.-flagged plane sighting

    Iran says that a plane which landed in Tehran airport flying the American flag was leased to Ghana's presidential office and carrying a business delegation from the West African nation. The New York Times reported on Thursday that a plane owned by the Bank of Utah was parked in Mehrabad Airport in Tehran on Tuesday. Its presence was noteworthy as the United States and Iran have been at loggerheads for decades and the Islamic Republic is subject to economic sanctions. A State Department spokeswoman said on Friday these sanctions "generally prohibit" U.S.-registered aircraft from flying to Iran.

  • Ukraine, Russia trade blame for eastern shootout
    Ukraine, Russia trade blame for eastern shootout

    BYLBASIVKA, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine and Russia traded blame Sunday for a shootout at a checkpoint manned by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine that left at least three people dead and others with gunshot wounds.

  • Abrupt Lurch in Wyoming Landslide Splits House in Two
    Abrupt Lurch in Wyoming Landslide Splits House in Two

    Other Homes, Businesses Threatened by Sudden Earth Movement and Debris.

  • Deadly gun attack in eastern Ukraine shakes fragile Geneva accord

    By Aleksandar Vasovic and Alissa de Carbonnel SLAVIANSK/YENAKIEVO, Ukraine (Reuters) - At least three people were killed in a gunfight in the early hours of Sunday near a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russian separatists, shaking an already fragile international accord that was designed to avert a wider conflict. The incident triggered a war of words between Moscow and Ukraine's western-backed government with each questioning the other's compliance with the agreement, brokered last week in Geneva, to end a crisis that has made Russia's ties with the West more fraught than at any time since the Cold War. The separatists said armed men from Ukraine's Right Sector nationalist group had attacked them. Failure of the Geneva agreement could bring more bloodshed in eastern Ukraine, but may also prompt the United States to impose tougher sanctions on the Kremlin - with far-reaching consequences for many economies and importers of Russian energy.

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