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Kiev's pro-Western leaders hope to hold truce talks on Saturday with pro-Russian separatists despite the rebels' vow to push their latest offensive in eastern Ukraine if the negotiations should fail. The urgent new round of negotiations in Minsk that had been agreed for Friday under pressure from European envoys was postponed due to disagreements over who should represent the rebel camp. Kiev said it expected to send its envoy, former Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma, to Minsk on Saturday for the talks -- formally backed by the Kremlin -- aimed at reinforcing a tattered September truce. Plans for the negotiations in the Belarussian capital Minsk were announced on Thursday, raising hopes of dialogue after the collapse of a September truce in the nine-month war that has killed more than 5,100 people, according to the United Nations.
CHONGLI, China (AP) — Clad in neon-green from head to toe, Chinese snowboarder He Qiang is part of a growing cohort of middle-class enthusiasts in a country with little tradition of winter sports but that is now seeking to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.
The concert promoter AEG was in no way responsible for Michael Jackson's death, a California court ruled as it rejected an appeal brought by the singer's mother. Katherine Jackson had initially sued AEG for negligence in 2013, principally for having hired Conrad Murray, the doctor who looked after the pop star as he prepared for his "This Is It" series of comeback shows that were to have been held in London. Katherine Jackson had contended that AEG was liable for between $900 million and $1.6 billion in damages and lost earnings. "The evidence fails to establish a triable issue that AEG had the right to control the manner and means of Dr Murray's treatment of Michael," the court wrote.