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World news in one minute: Find out what happened around the world on 24 February

Associated Press Wednesday, 25 February 2015, 06:38 Last update: about 7 years ago


KHARTSYZK, Ukraine - Howitzers were moving away from the largest rebel-held city in eastern Ukraine, heading further into separatist-controlled territory, and the rebels said they have begun a large-scale pullback of heavy weapons in line with an international peace plan. That plan aims to form a wide buffer zone between separatists' and Ukrainian forces' artillery. 


STAVANGER, Norway - Losing his job on a Norwegian oil rig meant more to Kristoffer Sandberg than saying goodbye to a high salary. It has caused a shift down in lifestyle and expectations, something an increasing number of people in this small oil-rich country are facing. 


BERLIN - The heirs of Nazi-era Jewish art dealers say they have filed a lawsuit in the U.S. suing Germany and a German museum for the return of a medieval treasure trove worth an estimated $226 million. The suit, which attorneys said was filed late Monday in the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., is the latest salvo in a long-running campaign by the heirs for return of the so-called Welfenschatz, or Guelph Treasure - which they claim their ancestors sold under Nazi pressure.


PARIS - At least five drones flew over the Eiffel Tower, the U.S. Embassy and other Paris landmarks overnight, the most audacious of several mysterious drone overflights around France in recent months. Authorities say an investigation is underway.


MADRID - Spanish police have arrested four people suspected of working to recruit jihadi militants and spread propaganda for the Islamic State group. An Interior Ministry statement said Tuesday two people were arrested in the Spanish north African enclave of Melilla and two others in the northeastern region of Catalonia. 


BERLIN - A former Kazakh diplomat who faced murder charges in Austria was found hanged in his cell in Vienna Tuesday in an apparent suicide, a prison official said. Rakhat Aliyev was found Tuesday morning in the bathroom of his cell in Vienna's Josefstadt jail, prison director Peter Prechtl told the Austria Press Agency.


BERLIN - Four Swiss journalists have won a case before the European Court of Human Rights over their use of hidden cameras. The reporters had used the cameras as part of a 2003 investigative documentary about misleading advice provided by insurance brokers.



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