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US rejects Lavrov's 'ludicrous' Ukraine claims

The United States dismissed as "ludicrous" Wednesday claims by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that it was funding or running an offensive in Ukraine as Washington and Moscow again traded barbs. "I think many of the claims he made in his interview are ludicrous and they're not based in facts of what is happening on the ground," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

US rejects Lavrov's 'ludicrous' Ukraine claims

The United States dismissed as "ludicrous" Wednesday claims by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that it was funding or running an offensive in Ukraine as Washington and Moscow again traded barbs. "I think many of the claims he made in his interview are ludicrous and they're not based in facts of what is happening on the ground," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

Moody's cuts Cuba rating on risk from Venezuela turmoil

Moody's cut Cuba's credit rating Wednesday by one notch, citing its vulnerability to a shock rise in fuel costs arising from turmoil in supplier Venezuela. Moody's also cited the risk of a rocky political transition in the Caribbean island in the wake of the Castro regime as it cut the rating to Caa2 from Caa1, well into "speculative" territory for debt. "Cuba relies heavily upon Venezuela for oil, which is imported with favorable financing terms through Petrocaribe," the credit rating firm said.

Moody's cuts Cuba rating on risk from Venezuela turmoil

Moody's cut Cuba's credit rating Wednesday by one notch, citing its vulnerability to a shock rise in fuel costs arising from turmoil in supplier Venezuela. Moody's also cited the risk of a rocky political transition in the Caribbean island in the wake of the Castro regime as it cut the rating to Caa2 from Caa1, well into "speculative" territory for debt. "Cuba relies heavily upon Venezuela for oil, which is imported with favorable financing terms through Petrocaribe," the credit rating firm said.

Moody's cuts Cuba rating on risk from Venezuela turmoil

Moody's cut Cuba's credit rating Wednesday by one notch, citing its vulnerability to a shock rise in fuel costs arising from turmoil in supplier Venezuela. Moody's also cited the risk of a rocky political transition in the Caribbean island in the wake of the Castro regime as it cut the rating to Caa2 from Caa1, well into "speculative" territory for debt. "Cuba relies heavily upon Venezuela for oil, which is imported with favorable financing terms through Petrocaribe," the credit rating firm said.

Democratic governors challenge Connecticut campaign finance law

By Scott Malone (Reuters) - The U.S. Democratic Governors' Association on Wednesday sued the state of Connecticut, saying its laws on political spending are unconstitutionally broad and limit the ability of political groups to buy independent ads backing candidates. The lawsuit said the state unfairly treats independent money spent on ads and other political messages by the national group as contributions to particular candidates, and thus subject to campaign finance limits.

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A Minute With: Sam Claflin on horror, heroes and 'Hunger Games' LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sam Claflin has fought pirates, fallen in love with Snow White and participated in a "Hunger Games" battle-to-the-death, but in his latest film, the British actor takes on the frightening consequences of the supernatural. "The Quiet Ones," out in U.S. theaters on Friday, sees Claflin play Brian, a cameraman hired to document "the experiment," where an Oxford professor tries to make a young girl manifest a supernatural being that haunts her.

Turkish PM offers first condolences for Armenian massacre

Turkey's prime minister offered his condolences on Wednesday over the massacre of Armenians during World War I, calling it "our shared pain", the country's most significant overture yet over the deeply divisive episode. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's statement, on the eve of the 99th anniversary of the start of mass deportations of Armenians in 1915, is the first such overt comment by a Turkish leader over the killings, considered by many as the first genocide of the 20th century.

US lifting aid freeze to Egypt

The United States is partially lifting its freeze on funding to Egypt, with plans to deliver 10 Apache helicopters and release some $650 million in military aid this year, officials said. Despite concerns about Egypt's failure to embrace democratic reforms following the July ouster of president Mohamed Morsi, the US government will go ahead with easing its funding freeze, officials said.

Senegal police disperse crowds as ex-president's return delayed

DAKAR (Reuters) - Senegalese police dispersed hundreds of supporters of former President Abdoulaye Wade who gathered at Dakar airport on Wednesday to welcome him back two years after losing power, but his return was delayed after his flight was stuck in Morocco. The return of Wade, whose son Karim is awaiting trial on corruption charges, is eagerly awaited by his Senegalese Democratic Party (PDS), which heads to local elections in June looking to capitalize on frustration at stubborn unemployment under his successor President Macky Sall.
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