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Philippine pride as Oscar win caps rare quad for songwriter

Songwriter Robert Lopez gave the Philippines some Oscars joy on Sunday as he completed a rare quadruple triumph at the 86th Academy Awards. The 39-year-old American scooped the Oscar for best original song for "Let It Go" from the Disney hit animated film "Frozen." The win, which Lopez shared with his wife Kristin Anderson-Lopez, saw the songwriter join an elite band who have won the grand slam of entertainment industry awards -- Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony -- or "EGOT".

Russia says: Don't force Ukraine to choose between us and West

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Ukraine must not be forced to choose between close ties with Russia or the West, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday. The comment was the latest in a series of warnings from Moscow to the European Union and United States not to try to shape the ex-Soviet state's future.

Russia: Don't force Ukraine to choose between Russia and West

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Ukraine must not be forced to choose between close ties with Russia or the West, Russia Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday in Moscow's latest warning to the European Union and United States not to try to shape the ex-Soviet state's future. "It is dangerous an counterproductive to try to force upon a Ukraine a choice on the principle: 'You are either with us or against us'," Lavrov said at a joint news conference after talks with Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn. (Writing by Steve Gutterman)

Tarantino, Scarlett Johansson to attend French Oscars

Quentin Tarantino is to attend France's equivalent of the Oscars -- its Cesar awards -- in Paris on Friday along with actress Scarlett Johansson, organisers said. The "Django Unchained" director will be giving an honorary Cesar to the "Don Jon" and "Her" actress, the awards president, Alain Terzian, told AFP late Sunday. The French event will be held just two days before the US Oscars.

Poland says no coup in Kiev: Foreign Minister

WARSAW (Reuters) - Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said on Saturday there was no coup in Kiev and Ukraine's government buildings were abandoned by the administration. He said on Twitter the speaker of parliament had been elected legally and added that President Viktor Yanukovich had 24 hours to sign the 2004 Ukrainian constitution into law.

Gulf, Russia disagree on Syrian conflict

Gulf Arab states and Russia expressed "different" views on the three-year conflict in Syria at a strategic dialogue in Kuwait City on Wednesday, both sides said. Moscow is the most important foreign backer of President Bashar al-Assad. Gulf Arab states are among the leading backers of the rebels trying to oust him. "Regarding the situation in Syria, the views of the two sides were different, but they agreed to continue contacts in a bid to reach a common understanding," Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Sabah told a press conference.

German recluse launches website on 'Nazi art' trove

The elderly German son of a Nazi-era art dealer has launched a website with information about an art trove discovered at his home, suspected to contain Nazi-looted works. Cornelius Gurlitt's spokesman said in a statement that the Internet site www.gurlitt.info demonstrated the willingness of the 81-year-old and his lawyers for dialogue both with the public and possible claimants.

Olympics: Sochi in brief

The Sochi Winter Olympics in brief on Monday: Soap opera over hockey protest Students gathered outside the US embassy in Moscow on Monday to protest against the decision by an American referee to disallow a potentially match-winning goal for the home side in the US-Russia hockey game. They chanted "turn the referee into soap!" -- a chant used in football matches when fans are angry with referees. They brought several boxes of soap which they proceeded to grate into powder, said Russian media reports.

Spain urges international cooperation on immigration

Madrid, Feb 14 (EFE).- Spain is analyzing the measures needed to avoid tragedies like the deaths of 12 sub-Saharans last week when they tried to swim from Moroccan territory to the neighboring Spanish city of Ceuta, Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria said Friday. The government is also calling for improved coordination on the matter within the European Union and for cooperation with migrants' homelands and the countries they pass through.

Spain urges international cooperation on immigration

Madrid, Feb 14 (EFE).- Spain is analyzing the measures needed to avoid tragedies like the deaths of 12 sub-Saharans last week when they tried to swim from Moroccan territory to the neighboring Spanish city of Ceuta, Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria said Friday. The government is also calling for improved coordination on the matter within the European Union and for cooperation with migrants' homelands and the countries they pass through.
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