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China February HSBC PMI at seven-month high

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Employees assemble electronic components along a production line at a factory in HefeiActivity in China's factory sector edged up to a seven-month high in February but export orders shrank and deflationary pressures persisted, a private business survey showed, adding to the view that yet more interest rate cuts will be needed. Chinese policymakers are embarking on their biggest easing campaign since the depths of the global crisis as the world's second-largest economy is weighed down by a cooling property market, high debt levels and excess factory capacity. The People's Bank of China cut interest rates on Saturday, in the latest effort to support the economy as its momentum slows.


Hopes for peaceful Russian transition fade with Nemtsov: Kasparov

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By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The murder of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov has dampened any hope for a peaceful political transition in Russia away from President Vladimir Putin's government, Garry Kasparov, a prominent opposition voice, said in an interview on Sunday. Kasparov, a former world chess champion who lives in self-imposed exile in the United States, offered a gloomy outlook for Russia's political opposition after Nemtsov was shot dead meters from the Kremlin late on Friday.

More than 30 arrested as Hong Kong anti-China protesters scuffle with police

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A protester is detained by a policeman during a demonstration against mainland traders, at Yuen Long district near the border with mainland China in Hong KongMore than 30 people were arrested as a group of about 400 demonstrators in Hong Kong clashed with police in the latest sign of tensions caused by China's influence in the city. Protesters in Yuen Long, in Hong Kong's New Territories just a stone's throw from mainland China, chanted to "cancel the multiple-entry permit" and "topple the Chinese Communist Party" as they complained about so-called parallel traders, who buy goods in Hong Kong to sell at a profit across the border. Early on Monday, a police spokeswoman said a total of 36 people aged 13 to 74 had been arrested for offences including possessing offensive weapons, assault, disorder, and fighting. The demonstration mirrored others in recent weeks targeting mainland Chinese visitors that have tapped a seam of resentment against China, resulting in calls for greater Hong Kong nationalism and even independence from China, nearly three months after police cleared away the last of pro-democracy street protests in the city.


Jimmie Johnson pulls away for another Atlanta Sprint Cup win

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Jimmie Johnson (48) drives through Turn 4 during the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Sunday, March 1, 2015, in Hampton, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Likely locking up a run at his record-tying seventh championship before it even turns to spring, Jimmie Johnson pulled away after the final restart with 13 laps to go Sunday, winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.


Kaminsky, No. 5 Wisconsin beat Michigan State 68-61

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Michigan State's Denzel Valentine, center, shoots between Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes (10) and Frank Kaminsky during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, March 1, 2015, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Frank Kaminsky scored 31 points in his final home game, sophomore Nigel Hayes added 14 and No. 5 Wisconsin clinched at least a share of the Big Ten regular-season title with a 68-61 victory Sunday over Michigan State.


Newspaper: Nurse who survived Ebola says hospital failed her

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DALLAS (AP) — A 26-year-old nurse said in a newspaper interview that a hospital where she had worked in Dallas and its parent company failed her when she contracted Ebola while caring for the first person in the U.S. diagnosed with the deadly disease.

Dolce&Gabbana pay sentimental tribute to mothers in Milan

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Models wear creations for Dolce & Gabbana women's Fall-Winter 2015-16 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Sunday, March 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)MILAN (AP) — Model Bianca Balta won applause of approval as she walked down the Dolce&Gabbana runway in an advanced stage of pregnancy. It was part of the designing duo's early Mother's Day present to women, a collection dedicated to moms.


Rebekah Brooks to return to News Corp to run social media news agency - FT

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Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks arrives at the Old Bailey courthouse in London(Reuters) - Former editor of the now-defunct tabloid News of the World, Rebekah Brooks is all set to make a comeback to her alma mater News Corp. , to run its social media news agency Storyful, the Financial Times reported. Founded in 2008, Storyful verifies and manages the rights holders of news and videos on social media platforms such as Twitter in real time. A close aide of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, Brooks was acquitted last year by a London court of being part of an illegal conspiracy at the News of the World tabloid to hack into phones and make illegal payments.


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