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Main News of February 23

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Main News of February 23 - Sputnik International
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A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours

SPORTS

* International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach closed the 22nd Olympic Winter Games after a spectacular closing ceremony that rounded off 15 days of sporting action on the Black Sea coast

* Russia exceeded all expectations at its home Olympics by topping the medal table for the first time in 20 years

* The organization of the Sochi Games has been "excellent," International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said

WORLD

* Ukraine's embattled president was blocked from taking a plane to Russia, hours after Ukrainian MPs voted to remove him from office, new parliamentary speaker said

* The Ukrainian parliament voted to transfer presidential duties to speaker, Oleksander Turchinov

RUSSIA

* Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov warned that Moscow would put on hold the planned purchase of Ukrainian eurobonds as part of it financial aid to Kiev until Ukraine formed a new government

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