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Tennis: Petkovic wins Charleston title

Andrea Petkovic, who is coming back from a string of injuries in recent years, earned her first title in nearly three years Sunday with a straight-set win in the Family Circle Cup. Germany's Petkovic posted a 7-5, 6-2 win over rising star Jana Cepelova for her third WTA Tour crown and first since winning in Strasbourg in 2011. Her first title came fiver years ago in Bad Gastein. Petkovic clinched the win in the eighth game of the second set when Cepelova's forehand return sailed past the baseline.

Tennis: Wawrinka brings Swiss level with Kazakhstan

World number three Stanislas Wawrinka beat Mikhail Kukushkin, the world 56, 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 on Sunday to bring Switzerland level at 2-2 against Kazakhstan in their Davis Cup quarter-final. Fourth-ranked Roger Federer will play Andrey Golubev, the world number 46, in the deciding singles. The winner will play either Italy or Great Britain in September's semi-finals. stp/fbx/dj/nr

Far-right Ukrainian activist tortured to death

The body of a far-right Ukrainian activist and reporter was found dumped in the woods with signs of torture a day after his abduction, his party said on Sunday. The blood-caked and bruised remains of Svoboda (Freedom) ultranationalist party member Vasyl Sergiyenko were found under a pile of rubbish in the woods near the central Ukrainian village of Vygrayev, 120 kilometres (75 miles) southeast of Kiev, the party said in a statement.

Russia cannot afford 'collapsing state' in its backyard

Europe issued fresh calls Saturday for dialogue with Russia over Ukraine, warning Moscow it faces having a failed state in its backyard just as it tightens the economic noose on Kiev. Russia needs to understand it is not in its interest "to have a collapsing state in its neighbourhood", German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said at the close of two-day talks with his 27 European Union counterparts.

Tennis: Swiss drop opening rubber as Wawrinka suffers upset

World number three Stanislas Wawrinka suffered a shock defeat on Friday as Switzerland dropped the opening rubber of their Davis Cup quarter-final against Kazakhstan in Geneva. The Australian Open champion lost the opening set in a tie-break and never recovered as unfancied Andrey Golubev, the world number 64, stunned the home fans with a 7-6 (7/5), 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7/5) victory. "It was a great match I think for me," an understated Golubev said after one of his biggest career wins.

Tennis: Wawrinka stunned in Davis Cup, Czechs on course for semis

Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka suffered a shock defeat to unheralded Kazakh Andrey Golubev in the Davis Cup quarter-finals on Friday. The world number three was stunned 7-6 (7/5), 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7/5) by 64th ranked Golubev as Kazakhstan took an early 1-0 lead over the Swiss in Geneva. The result, achieved in just under three and a quarter hours, revived bad memories for Wawrinka who lost both his matches -- a singles and a doubles rubber -- in a 5-0 whitewash victory for Kazakhstan over Switzerland in Astana in 2010.

Russia flaunts grip on Crimea with prime minister's visit

SIMFEROPOL, Crimea (Reuters) - Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev visited Crimea on Monday, flaunting his country's grip on the Black Sea peninsula following its annexation from Ukraine. Medvedev took several government officials with him on the highest-level visit to Crimea since President Vladimir Putin signed legislation on absorbing it into Russia on March 21.

UK coroner records open verdict on death of Russian oligarch Berezovsky

By Toby Melville WINDSOR, England (Reuters) - A British coroner said on Thursday he could not be sure if exiled Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky killed himself at his former wife's British home or was the victim of foul play. Berezovsky, a sworn enemy of President Vladimir Putin, was found dead in March last year with a scarf tied around his neck in the bathroom of a luxury mansion in Ascot, an affluent English town near Queen Elizabeth's Windsor Castle, west of London.

Berezovsky death: British coroner records open verdict

A British coroner recorded an open verdict on Thursday in the death of Boris Berezovsky, saying he could not prove the Russian oligarch had meant to take his life. The Kremlin insider-turned-critic, 67, was found lying on the floor of the locked bathroom of a mansion in Ascot, near London, with a ligature around his neck in March 2013. The two-day inquest heard that Berezovsky was a "broken" man and regularly talked about suicide after losing a legal battle against Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.

Berezovsky death: British coroner records open verdict

A British coroner recorded an open verdict on Thursday in the death of Boris Berezovsky, saying he could not prove the Russian oligarch had meant to take his life. The Kremlin insider-turned-critic, 67, was found lying on the floor of the locked bathroom of a mansion in Ascot, near London, with a ligature around his neck in March 2013. The two-day inquest heard that Berezovsky was a "broken" man and regularly talked about suicide after losing a legal battle against Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.
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