The IMF said it viewed the new government in Ukraine as committed to undertaking needed reforms in exchange for aid.
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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe assured President Barack Obama that Tokyo would back US efforts to address the Ukraine crisis after Washington lined up sanctions on Russia, an official said.
Former Turkish army chief Ilker Basbug, the highest-profile defendant convicted in a mass trial over an alleged coup plot, was set to walk free from jail less than a year after being given a life sentence.
Nadine Broersen of the Netherlands won women's pentathlon gold at the World Indoor Athletics Championships at Sopot.
President Ricardo Martinelli warned Venezuela that its decision to break off relations with Panama should not be used as an excuse to renege on its more than US$1 billion debt.
Olympic Super-G champion Anna Fenninger of Austria won her second World Cup race in two days when she captured the giant slalom at Are.
Former British number one Elena Baltacha revealed that she is battling cancer.
Jamaican Nesta Carter, the fifth fastest man of all time over 100m, safely negotiated his 60m round one heat at the World Indoor Championships.
Norway's Anders Bardal won his first home World Cup ski jumping round, triumphing on the large hill at Trondheim for his seventh career win.
American Patrick Reed seized a one-shot lead after the first round of the weather-hit WGC-Cadillac Championship by firing a four-under 68.