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Tributes paid to murdered Nemtsov
Thousands of Russians light candles and lay flowers for Boris Nemtsov, as speculation grows over the motive for the murder of President Putin's critic.
Mass anti-immigration rally in Rome
Thousands of supporters of Italy's Northern League, led by Matteo Salvini, pour into Rome for a rally against immigration and PM Matteo Renzi's rule.
CCTV shows UK girls en route to Syria
CCTV pictures emerge of three UK schoolgirls on the Turkish leg of what is believed to have been their journey to join Islamic State in Syria.
S Leone vice-president in quarantine
The vice-president of Sierra Leone puts himself into quarantine after one of his bodyguards dies from the Ebola virus.
Chilean girl appeals to president
A 14-year-old girl suffering from cystic fibrosis asks Chile's president to allow her to die in an online video viewed by thousands of people.
Turkish author Yasar Kemal dies
One of Turkey's best-known writers, Yasar Kemal, 92, dies in an Istanbul hospital following respiratory and organ failure.
Eight guilty over $100m Paris heists
Eight men are jailed over a double heist on the Harry Winston jewellery shop in Paris that netted watches and jewels worth more than $100m.
Venezuela limits US diplomats
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has announced measures to impose limits on US diplomats working in the country.
Rwanda urged to take BBC to court
An inquiry in Rwanda urges the government to initiate criminal and civil proceedings against the BBC for a documentary about the 1994 genocide.
Pegida UK stages first demonstration
About 2,000 protesters demonstrate against the first rally in Britain by a group opposed to what it calls the "Islamisation of Europe".
Looted Iraq museum opens 12 years on
Iraq's national museum officially reopens in Baghdad, 12 years after it was looted in the aftermath of the invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.
VIDEO: Mariupol's volunteer defence force
Fighting has died down in Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions in recent days, after a ceasefire agreed between the government and pro-Russian rebels.
VIDEO: Hungarian village up for rent
A small Hungarian village has put itself up for tourists to rent, in an attempt to raise money to revitalise it.
VIDEO: Modi's budget: Business reaction
India Business Report's Shilpa Kannan gauges business reaction to Narendra Modi's first budget at the Confederation of Indian Industry in Delhi.
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VIDEO: Israeli and Iranian musicians in harmony
Iranian harpsichord player Mahan Esfahani and Israeli mandolin player Avi Avital talk about how a mutual love of Bach brought them together.
VIDEO: Kanye West in tears over mentor teacher
Singer Kanye West got emotional talking about his former fashion design teacher, Louise Wilson, who died last year.
VIDEO: Is 2015 the year of 'eye-tracking'?
The BBC's Richard Taylor looks at "eye-tracking" technology which could be used in gaming, entertainment and healthcare, and asks if it could go mainstream.
VIDEO: Ukraine frontline troops 'optimistic'
Anastasia Gribanova reports from Artemivsk in eastern Ukraine, as government troops with military equipment pull back from the ceasefire frontline.
Nemtsov killing polarises Russian society
Both government and opposition in Russia are coming up with theories about the killing of Putin critic Boris Nemtsov, but it could be years before it becomes clear why it happened, says the BBC's Artyom Liss.
Yahoo World News
Russians to march in memory of murdered critic of Putin
By Timothy Heritage and Katya Golubkova MOSCOW (Reuters) - Opposition supporters will march through Moscow on Sunday in memory of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, whose murder has increased concern about Russia's future among opponents of President Vladimir Putin. National investigators who answer to Putin say they are pursuing several lines of inquiry, including the possibility that Nemtsov, a Jew, was killed by radical Islamists or that the opposition killed him to blacken the president's name. Putin's opponents say such suggestions show the cynicism of Russia's leaders as they whip up nationalism, hatred and anti-Western hysteria to rally support for his policies on Ukraine and deflect blame for an economic crisis. "It is a blow to Russia.
British PM Cameron vows to hunt down 'Jihadi John'
By Michael Holden and Ahmed Aboulenein LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron vowed on Friday to use all means at his disposal to hunt down militants such as "Jihadi John" after the killer was identified as a Kuwaiti-born computer programming graduate from London. The black-clad militant brandishing a knife and speaking with an English accent was shown in videos released by Islamic State (IS) apparently decapitating hostages including Americans, Britons and Syrians. "When there are people anywhere in the world who commit appalling and heinous crimes against British citizens, we will do everything we can with the police, with the security services, with all that we have at our disposal to find these people and put them out of action," Cameron said. Cameron refused to comment on the identification of "Jihadi John" as 26-year-old British militant Mohammed Emwazi, but said that people should get behind the security services, which he praised as impressive and dedicated to defending Britain.
U.S.-led coalition launches air strikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq, Syria
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S.-led coalition launched 11 air strikes in Iraq and nine in Syria since early Friday against Islamic State militants, the Combined Joint Task Force said. Four of the strikes in Syria hit Islamic State positions near the border town of Kobani, the task force said in a statement on Saturday. In Iraq, the coalition launched four strikes near the town of al Asad and three near Mosul. (Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing By Frances Kerry)
Greek PM accuses Spain, Portugal of anti-Athens 'axis'
By Costas Pitas and David Stamp ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras accused Spain and Portugal on Saturday of leading a conservative conspiracy to topple his anti-austerity government, saying they feared their own radical forces before elections this year. Tsipras also rejected criticism that Athens had staged a climbdown to secure an extension of its financial lifeline from the euro zone, saying anger among German conservatives showed that his government had won concessions. "We found opposing us an axis of powers ... led by the governments of Spain and Portugal which for obvious political reasons attempted to lead the entire negotiations to the brink," said Tsipras, who won an election on Jan. 25. "Their plan was and is to wear down, topple or bring our government to unconditional surrender before our work begins to bear fruit and before the Greek example affects other countries," he said, adding: "And mainly before the elections in Spain." Spain's new anti-establishment Podemos movement has topped some opinion polls, making it a serious threat to the conservative People's Party of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in an election which must be held by the end of this year.
Ukrainian journalist killed in shelling despite ceasefire
A Ukrainian journalist was killed by shelling in east Ukraine on Saturday, his newspaper said, even as the Ukrainian military reported a significant drop in rebel attacks, boosting hopes for a two-week-old ceasefire. Photographer Serhiy Nikolayev died after artillery fire struck near the village of Pesky, northwest of the rebel-held city of Donetsk, daily newspaper Sevodnya reported in an online statement. Earlier, Ukraine's military said fighting had eased significantly in the east overnight but reported GRAD missile attacks on the government-held town of Avdiivka, next to Pesky, which is home to one of Europe's largest coke plants. On Friday, Ukraine reported the first deaths among its servicemen in three days, underscoring the fragility of the truce, as government troops and rebels pulled back heavy weapons from the frontline.
Netanyahu takes Iran campaign to Jerusalem holy site
By Maayan Lubell JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Benjamin Netanyahu took his campaign against a nuclear deal with Iran to Jerusalem's sacred Western Wall on Saturday, on the eve of his departure to Washington to address Congress on the issue. His rare pilgrimage to one of Judaism's holiest sites was highly symbolic -- and political -- an apparent attempt by Netanyahu, two weeks before a national election, to portray a U.S. visit, that has brought relations with Washington to a new low, as crucial to Israel's survival. Using the perimeter wall of the destroyed Biblical Jewish temple as a backdrop and wearing a black skullcap, he said: "The agreement being formed between Iran and the powers, can endanger our existence. "In the face of such an agreement we must unite and explain the dangers it poses to Israel, to the region and to the entire world." Netanyahu has come under almost unprecedented criticism from the U.S. administration and in Israel for his planned speech to Congress on Tuesday, as international talks with Iran are under way to secure a deal on Teheran's nuclear program. Washington hopes a deal with Iran will ensure the Islamic Republic is unable to develop nuclear weapons.
'Jihadi John' contemplated suicide in 2010: report
The London man believed to be Islamic State executioner "Jihadi John" told a journalist four years ago that surveillance by British security services had left him contemplating suicide, it emerged Saturday. Mohammed Emwazi, named by media and experts as the militant thought to have beheaded at least five Western hostages held by the IS group, told the Mail on Sunday reporter that he felt like a "dead man walking". Prime Minister David Cameron and a former head of foreign spy agency MI6 strongly rejected the idea, while London mayor Boris Johnson accused Cage of an "apology for terror".
Frampton stops Avalos to keep IBF super bantam title
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Carl Frampton stopped American challenger Chris Avalos in the fifth round to win his first defense of the IBF super bantamweight belt on Saturday.
Rwanda urged to take action against BBC over genocide documentary
Rwandan investigators on Saturday urged the government to take action against the BBC and ban its radio programmes from the country's airwaves over a controversial documentary questioning official versions of the 1994 genocide. The probe led by the country's former top prosecutor Martin Ngoga found the British broadcaster broke Rwandan law on genocide denial in its report on the massacres that left around 800,000 dead. Rwanda should "initiate criminal and civil process to deal with identified offences", he added. The focus of the probe was the programme "Rwanda, The Untold Story" which was broadcast on the BBC's second television channel, BBC2, in October 2014 and highlighted criticism over Rwandan president Paul Kagame's alleged role in events.
Lewis leads LPGA Thailand by a shot after 3rd-round 73
CHONBURI, Thailand (AP) — American Stacy Lewis shot a 1-over 73 on Saturday in hot and humid conditions in the Honda LPGA Thailand to take a one-stroke lead over South Korea's Amy Yang into the final round.
Sierra Leone vice president in Ebola quarantine
Sierra Leone's Vice President Sam Sumana has placed himself in quarantine following the Ebola death of one of his guards, a government spokesman said Saturday, as the country reintroduced travel restrictions as the number of new cases rises again. Sumana "has decided to place himself in precautionary quarantine awaiting the results of tests by the health authorities", the spokesman said. Sumana's bodyguard, 42-year-old John Koroma, died from Ebola on Friday, medical sources said.
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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The death toll from a massive avalanche in an Afghan valley rose yet again Saturday as rescue crews cleared roads to try to gain access to rural villages buried under deep snow for days. Mohammad Aslam Syas, deputy chief of the Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority, said 186 people have been confirmed dead alone in the hard-hit Panjshir Province, 100 kilometers (60 miles) northeast of Kabul.
UK government rejects calls for higher diesel tax to cut pollution
By Nina Chestney LONDON (Reuters) - The British government rejected calls on Sunday to raise taxes on diesel vehicles to reduce air pollution but said it will consider a national network of low-emission zones. Britain has consistently failed to meet European Union limits on nitrogen dioxide, which is produced by diesel engines and is harmful to respiratory systems, as well as another pollutant, known as diesel particular matter. In December, the parliamentary Environmental Audit Committee published a report on air quality in which it called for a less favorable tax regime for diesel vehicles to discourage the emission of pollutants. It also urged the government to introduce without delay a national framework for low emission zones and a certification scheme for vehicles that meet particular air quality standards.
Brazil arrests US sect leader wanted on sex charges
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian authorities said Saturday they arrested a self-professed minister put on a U.S. most-wanted list for allegedly molesting two girls in a "Maidens Group" at his religious fellowship in rural Minnesota.
Rio Ruckus: IOC, Olympics targeted by environmental protest
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach came to Rio de Janeiro to laud the city's progress in getting ready for the 2016 Olympics. On Saturday, he came up against another side of the games — activists bursting into his hotel lobby to protest what they call environmental destruction brought on by the games.
Venezuela to limit US diplomat number, require tourist visas
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Nicolas Maduro announced Saturday that he will limit the number of U.S. diplomats allowed to work in Venezuela and also will require U.S. citizens to apply for visas if they want to visit.
Venezuela to demand mandatory visas for Americans
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced Saturday he was implementing a mandatory visa system for all American citizens visiting the country, as a way to "control" US interference. The leftist president also ordered a review and reduction of US diplomatic staff in Caracas. "In order to protect our country... I have decided to implement a system of compulsory visas for all Americans entering Venezuela," he told supporters. In his fiery speech outside the Miraflores presidential palace, Maduro noted that the Americans have 100 diplomatic staff in Caracas, compared to 17 Venezuelan diplomats in Washington.
Jeff Gordon takes a final spin at track that meant so much
HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Jeff Gordon admired his latest retirement gift — a miniature race car for his two young children — and thanked the folks at Atlanta Motor Speedway for not going with the obvious choice.
Businessman charged with defrauding billionaire AS Monaco owner
A prominent Swiss businessman was on Saturday charged in connection with an alleged art fraud targeting Russian oligarch and football club owner Dmitry Rybolovlev. Yves Bouvier, who faces charges of fraud and money laundering, is suspected of having sold Rybolovlev dozens of paintings by Picasso, Modigliani, Gauguin and other masters for inflated prices with the help of false documents. A Russian-speaking Swiss woman living in Monaco was also charged with money laundering.
Senator: Venezuela frees 4 US missionaries
DEVILS LAKE, North Dakota (AP) — A U.S. senator says Venezuela has released four missionaries from North Dakota who were detained several days ago.
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US avoids homeland security shutdown
Lawmakers in the US avoid a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department after passing a one-week funding extension two hours before a deadline.
Obama leads Leonard Nimoy tributes
President Obama is among those paying tribute to Leonard Nimoy, the Star Trek actor who has died aged 83, saying: "I loved Spock."
Nyong'o stolen dress 'recovered'
A dress "resembling" the $150,000 (£97,000) outfit worn by Lupita Nyong'o at this year's Oscars has been found, Los Angeles police say.
'Progress' in US-Cuba diplomatic talks
Cuban and US diplomats are optimistic about progress at talks in Washington on restoring full relations between the two countries.
Eight die in series of US shootings
Eight people have been killed and one person injured in a series of shootings in the US state of Missouri, police say.
US state considers 'baby boxes'
Indiana could be the first US state to introduce baby boxes - anonymous drop-off points designed to prevent the deaths of abandoned infants.
Hyperloop gets California test track
A section of test track for the Hyperloop high-speed passenger transportation system will be built in central California next year.
Holder: Change civil rights criteria
Attorney General Eric Holder says he will try to change the standard needed to bring federal civil rights cases in his last few weeks in the job.
US growth revised down to 2.2%
The slowdown in the US economy at the end of last year was more pronounced than previously thought, official figures show.
Google backs down over Blogger porn
Google has changed its mind about forcing sexually explicit blogs on its Blogger platform to become private.
US-Bangladesh writer hacked to death
A US-Bangladeshi blogger whose campaigning for a secular society in Bangladesh angered Islamists is hacked to death on a street in the capital Dhaka.
Bikram yoga guru accused of assaults
The man behind hot yoga, Bikram Choudhury, is facing new claims of sexual assault.
VIDEO: Congressman pays 'Downton' decor costs
An American congressman has to pay back $40,000 of public money after re-decorating his office in the style of the period television drama Downton Abbey
VIDEO: Fans pay tribute at Nimoy's star
Alistair Leithead in Los Angeles reports on reaction to the death of "Star Trek" actor Leonard Nimoy.
VIDEO: Missing Oscars dress 'found'
Police in California say they have found a dress which could be the one worn by actress Lupita Nyong'o at the Oscars.
VIDEO: Boat trip on frozen Hudson river
Footage shows a 20-minute journey by boat, speeded up to just under one minute, on the frozen Hudson river in New York.
VIDEO: Llamas on the loose in Arizona
Residents of Sun City, Arizona, chased two llamas who had escaped on Thursday.
VIDEO: Replica US ship targeted in Iran drills
Iranian military fires at replica US aircraft carrier during exercises in the Strait of Hormuz.
VIDEO: Commuters injured in US train collision
At least 28 people have been injured after the train they were travelling on collided with a truck in California.
Toronto police probe mystery bunker
Toronto Police are asking the public to help identify the purpose of a bunker 10ft (3m) underground found near a Pan-Am Games site.
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