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Oligarch Berezovsky was "broken man" after court battle, inquest hears

By Michael Holden WINDSOR, England (Reuters) - Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky was a "broken man" after losing a multi-billion dollar court case to fellow Russian Roman Abramovich and regularly talked about killing himself in the months before his death, an inquest heard on Wednesday. Berezovsky's bodyguard Avi Navama said his employer had asked him about the best ways to commit suicide and told him he was "the poorest man in the world" after losing a $6 billion damages claim to the Chelsea football club owner in 2012.

Wawrinka, Raonic cruise into last 16 at Miami

MIAMI (Reuters) - Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka booked his spot in the fourth round of the Sony Open on Monday with a no-nonsense 7-5 6-4 win over Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin. The result matches the third-seeded Swiss's best effort in six visits to Miami and sets up a last 16 meeting with Ukraine's Alexander Dolgopolov, who was a 3-6 6-0 7-6 (7-5) winner over Serb Dusan Lajovic.

EU imposes sanctions on 12 Russians and Ukrainians over Crimea

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union imposed sanctions on Friday on 12 people it blames for the seizure of the Ukrainian region of Crimea by Russia, including Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin and two aides to President Vladimir Putin. The people listed will have their assets in the European Union frozen and will be banned from travelling to the EU. The two men close to Putin included on the list, which extends a previous one drawn up earlier this month, are Vladislav Surkov and Sergey Glazyev.

EU imposes sanctions on 12 Russians and Ukrainians over Crimea

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union imposed sanctions on Friday on 12 people it blames for the seizure of the Ukrainian region of Crimea by Russia, including Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin and two aides to President Vladimir Putin. The people listed will have their assets in the European Union frozen and will be banned from travelling to the EU. The two men close to Putin included on the list, which extends a previous one drawn up earlier this month, are Vladislav Surkov and Sergey Glazyev.

Factbox: Russians targeted on expanded U.S. sanctions list

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Following are biographical details of some of the 20 Russians targeted on an expanded U.S. sanctions list announced by President Barack Obama on Thursday.

Who's who of Russians hit by new US sanctions

US President Barack Obama on Thursday announced sanctions against 20 Russian lawmakers and senior government officials, amid the worst crisis between Moscow and the West in years. The US move freezes assets within American jurisdiction and bars US firms from conducting business with those concerned. Those targeted are: Political and military officials - Sergei Ivanov, chief of staff to President Vladimir Putin and one of his closest advisers. He is a former defence minister who -- like Putin -- served in the KGB.

Obama expands sanctions, threatens Russian economy

US President Barack Obama imposed sanctions on Vladimir Putin's inner circle and a "crony bank" for Russia's elite Thursday, while threatening to target Russia's broader economy over the Ukraine crisis. "Russia must know that further escalation will only isolate it further from the international community," Obama said at the White House. Even as US officials reeled off a list of Russians targeted in the worst East-West crisis in years, Moscow hit back with its own sanctions aimed at Obama's closest political advisors and top lawmakers.

Parisians set to get their first ever female mayor

It's a battle that is guaranteed to make history. A fiery, "killer" former minister and the left-wing daughter of Spanish immigrants are vying to become the first female mayor of Paris. The two women have for months been engaged in a fierce duel to try and persuade Parisians voting in municipal elections on March 23 and 30 to trust them with one of the most high-profile roles in French politics: one widely seen as a potential stepping stone to higher office.

Tymoshenko urges hard Western line against Russia

Ukraine's former prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, urged Western powers Sunday to unite on a hard line against Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Crimea crisis. "This aggressive striving for power with regard to Ukraine represents not only a danger for the Ukrainian state -- other parts of eastern Europe are also in danger," she told German daily Der Tagesspiegel. "Should Putin continue his attack on our country after the annexation of Crimea, I would call on the leaders of the democratic world to use the strongest measures to stop this aggressor."

Crimea means more to Russia than Falklands do to Britain: Lavrov

LONDON (Reuters) - Crimea means more to Russia than the Falklands mean to Britain, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday after holding last-ditch talks on the region with his U.S. counterpart John Kerry. The two men were meeting in London ahead of a referendum in Crimea to decide whether the Ukrainian region will become part of Russia, a vote that has sparked tension between Moscow and the West.
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