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  • Gymnastics officials succeed in appeal to CAS

  • LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Sport's highest court has upheld appeals by six leading rhythmic gymnastics officials against their suspensions for alleged "irregularities" during coaching courses for judges.
  • UK animal rights activist jailed for blackmail plot

  • Undated handout picture received from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on April 17, 2014 shows the cropped custody photograph of British animal rights activist Debbie Vincent, 52Winchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) - A British animal rights activist was jailed for six years on Thursday for her part in a Europe-wide campaign of intimidation targeting a leading animal testing company. Debbie Vincent, a 52-year-old former soldier who underwent a sex change, was found guilty last month for her part in a conspiracy to blackmail British-based Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS). Vincent became the public face of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) after seven members of the group were jailed for a total of 50 years in 2009 for their role in the campaign. In May 2009, activists dug up a grave in Switzerland and removed an urn containing the ashes of the mother of Daniel Vasella, the then-chairman of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis, one of HLS' suppliers.

  • European teams change coach almost once a season

  • NYON, Switzerland (AP) — The unstable job security of a football manager has been highlighted in a report by UEFA that says the average top-division European club changes head coach almost once a year.
  • Attack, referendum overshadow Ukraine talks

  • Ukrainian, Russian and Western diplomats held emergency talks in Switzerland on Thursday, in the hope of resolving a deepening crisis that has seen armed pro-Russian protesters seize swaths of Ukraine.
  • Femen topless activists detained outside Ukraine talks in Geneva

  • GENEVA (Reuters) - Two women from the Femen activist group were detained on Thursday as they tried to conduct a bare-breasted protest outside the Geneva hotel which is hosting four-way talks on the Ukraine crisis. A Reuters cameraman saw Swiss police detain the two women shortly before Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was due to arrive at the talks, where he will meet U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Ukraine's acting Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsia. ...
  • Bloodshed in eastern Ukraine heightens fear as talks start

  • Pro-Russian protesters stand in formation near a Ukrainian military base in MariupolBy Aleksandar Vasovic MARIUPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) - Pro-Russian separatists attacked a base of the Ukrainian national guard in an eastern city overnight and Kiev said three of the militants were killed, bloodshed likely to overshadow crisis talks in Geneva. Ukrainian, Russian and Western diplomats arrived for the emergency talks in Switzerland, but there was little hope of any progress in resolving a crisis that has seen armed pro-Russian fighters seize whole swathes of Ukraine. President Vladimir Putin, who overturned decades of post-Cold War diplomacy last month by declaring Russia's right to intervene in neighboring countries and annexing Ukraine's Crimea region, may give clues to the extent of his territorial ambitions at an annual televised question and answer session.

  • 2 Slovaks arrested in counterfeit money case

  • PRAGUE (AP) — Slovak police have arrested two men after they allegedly produced counterfeit Czech and Swiss banknotes of "exceptionally" high quality and spent at least 1.2 million koruna ($60,000) of the fake cash in shopping malls over the past three years.

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