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BBC World News
G7 warns Russia on 'annexing' Crimea
The G7 group of industrial nations calls on Russia to stop moves to "annex" Crimea, as Ukraine warns of a Russian military build-up at the border.
Missing plane: Last message revealed
Malaysia says the last message from a Malaysia Airlines plane suggests everything was normal on board before it vanished over the South China Sea.
NYC building collapses after blast
New York City emergency crews are responding to an explosion and building collapse in Harlem that has reportedly injured nearly a dozen people.
Pistorius smashed door 'on stumps'
Oscar Pistorius was not wearing prosthetic legs when he broke down a door to reach his girlfriend, his murder trial hears from a forensic expert.
Thousands march for Turkey funeral
Tensions rise as tens of thousands of people take to the streets to mourn the death of a teenager who was injured during anti-government protests.
Swiss probe Uzbek leader's daughter
Prosecutors in Switzerland open a money laundering investigation into Gulnara Karimova, the daughter of the president of Uzbekistan.
'Encouraging signs' for Schumacher
The family of former F1 racer Michael Schumacher says he is showing "small, encouraging signs" in his fight for recovery after a skiing accident.
Israel ends army draft exemptions
Israel's parliament approves legislation that will end exemptions from military conscription for ultra-Orthodox Jewish seminary students.
Arrests over attack on HK journalist
Nine men are arrested in China and Hong Kong over the stabbing of veteran journalist Kevin Lau, police in Hong Kong say
Mexico vigilante boss Mora detained
Mexican vigilante leader Hipolito Mora is detained as a suspect in the killing of two fellow vigilantes in Michoacan
Cameron urges peace on Israel visit
David Cameron highlights the need for a Middle East peace deal as he visits Israel for the first time since becoming prime minister.
Sri Lankan hangman resigns in shock
A newly recruited hangman in Sri Lanka resigns in shock after being shown the gallows for the first time.
VIDEO: 'I've lost 30 years of my life'
A man freed after more than 25 years on death row in the US state of Louisiana has been speaking about his release.
VIDEO: Man's face rebuilt with 3D printing
A survivor of a serious motorbike accident has pioneering surgery to reconstruct his face using a series of 3D printed parts.
VIDEO: Will Crimea vote change anything?
John Simpson describes a "tense moment" in Crimea as the region prepares for a widely condemned referendum on separating from Ukraine to join Russia.
VIDEO: One-minute World News
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VIDEO: Turkey protest over teen's death
Thousands of people have gathered in Istanbul for the funeral of a 15-year-old boy who died nine months after being injured during Turkish anti-government protests.
VIDEO: Blackout brings Darwin to a standstill
The northern Australian city of Darwin is hit by a major power failure, shutting down schools and businesses.
VIDEO: Barcelona look for next Messi
Sports editor, David Bond, reports on how one of the most successful football teams in the world, FC Barcelona, produces some of the most well known players in the sport.
VIDEO: Nazi stolen art returned to relatives
Three paintings seized by the Nazis have been returned to family members of the original owners in France.
Yahoo World News
Missing jet may have strayed toward Andaman Sea: Malaysian air force
By Eveline Danubrata and Nguyen Phuong Linh KUALA LUMPUR/PHU QUOC, Vietnam (Reuters) - Malaysia's military has traced what could have been the jetliner missing for almost five days to an area south of the Thai holiday island of Phuket, hundreds of miles from its last known position, the country's air force chief said on Wednesday. After a series of at times conflicting statements, the latest revelation underlined that authorities remain uncertain even where to look for the plane, and no closer to explaining what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 or the 239 people on board. The flight disappeared from civilian radar screens shortly before 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, less than an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur, as it flew northeast across the mouth of the Gulf of Thailand bound for Beijing. Malaysian air force chief Rodzali Daud told a news conference that an aircraft was plotted on military radar at 2:15 a.m., 200 miles northwest of Penang Island off Malaysia's west coast.
Ukraine appeals to the West as Crimea turns to Russia
By Andrew Osborn and Alastair Macdonald SEVASTOPOL/KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's government appealed for Western help on Tuesday to stop Moscow annexing Crimea but the Black Sea peninsula, overrun by Russian troops, seemed fixed on a course that could formalize rule from Moscow within days. With their own troops in Crimea effectively prisoners in their bases, the new authorities in Kiev painted a sorry picture of the military bequeathed them by the pro-Moscow president overthrown two weeks ago. The prime minister, heading for talks at the White House and United Nations, told parliament in Kiev he wanted the United States and Britain, as guarantors of a 1994 treaty that saw Ukraine give up its Soviet nuclear weapons, to intervene both diplomatically and militarily to fend off Russian "aggression".
Exclusive: EU approves framework for asset freezes, travel bans on Russia
By Martin Santa and Luke Baker BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union member states have agreed the wording of sanctions on Russia, including travel restrictions and asset freezes against those responsible for violating the sovereignty of Ukraine, according to a draft document reviewed by Reuters. The seven-page document describes in detail the restrictive measures to be taken against Moscow if it does not reverse course in Crimea and start to engage with international mediators on efforts to resolve the crisis. If approved by EU foreign ministers at a meeting on Monday, they would be the first sanctions imposed by the European Union against Russia since the end of the Cold War, marking a severe deterioration in East-West relations. The measures are being coordinated with the United States, Switzerland, Turkey, Japan and Canada, an effort to ensure the sanctions net is as tight and effective as possible.
How the separatists delivered Crimea to Moscow
By Alissa de Carbonnel SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) - Within a week of its building being taken over by armed gunmen last month, the regional parliament in Crimea was voting in favor of the Ukrainian region becoming part of Russia. How that was achieved under the leadership of Sergei Aksyonov, 41, a Russian separatist whose political party won 4 percent of the vote at the parliamentary election in 2010, was a master class in vote rigging and intimidation, according to several opposition lawmakers. "It was all a great spectacle, a tragic spectacle," said Leonid Pilunsky, one of a number of regional lawmakers who say a vote behind closed doors to install Aksyonov was fixed and key decisions were taken before anyone could respond. Moscow says Crimea is in the grip of a home-spun uprising, a popular response to the revolt in Kiev which ousted Ukraine's Russian-backed President Viktor Yanukovich.
Thousands flock to Turkish boy's funeral after night of protest
By Dasha Afanasieva ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of mourners chanting anti-government slogans marched through central Istanbul on Wednesday for the funeral of a teenager wounded in street protests last summer whose death has sparked renewed unrest across Turkey. Riot police fired water cannon and tear gas at protests in several cities after Berkin Elvan's death on Tuesday, adding to pre-election woes for Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan as he battles a corruption scandal that has become one of the biggest challenges of his decade in power. Crowds chanting "Tayyip! Killer!" and "Everywhere is Berkin, everywhere is resistance" held up photos of Elvan outside a "cemevi", an Alevi place of worship, in Istanbul's working class Okmeydani district, from where his coffin, draped in red and covered in flowers, was carried through the streets for burial.
Broken north undermines Keita's pledge of strong, united Mali
By Emma Farge BAMAKO (Reuters) - President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita won power with a pledge to resurrect a "strong and united" Mali from the ashes of a war against Islamists militants yet six months later he has done little to heal the wounds of the conflict. Elected with a reputation as a strongman, Keita has focused on restoring control over Mali's army after a March 2012 coup. The putsch plunged Mali into chaos that allowed Islamists to seize the north, forcing France to intervene in its ex-colony. Restoring stability to north Mali is a crucial step in stamping out al Qaeda cells and traffickers operating in the arid Sahel belt south of the Sahara.
Kerry to see Russian minister on hasty London trip
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry says he will travel to London to meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Friday in a last-ditch bid to avert a new crisis over Ukraine.
Russia faces new sanctions over contact group snub, Merkel says
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday Europe will impose tougher sanctions on Russia next week if there is no sign in the next few days that Moscow is willing to engage in a "contact group" to seek a diplomatic solution for Ukraine. "Almost a week ago we said if that wasn't successful within a few says we'd have to consider a second stage of sanctions," she said on a visit to Warsaw. "Six days have gone by since then and we have to recognize, even though we'll continue our efforts to form a contact group, that we haven't made any progress." If no progress is made by Monday, EU foreign ministers will impose sanctions such as visa bans and asset freezes on those responsible for Russia's actions against Ukraine and EU leaders will discuss this at their summit next Thursday, Merkel said. Merkel and Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk also said EU leaders were eager to sign a political association agreement with Ukraine's pro-Western government at next week's summit.
New York building explodes, collapses
A residential building in New York's East Harlem neighborhood exploded and collapsed on Wednesday, sparking a serious fire and engulfing the area in thick smoke, officials said. All train services in and out of Grand Central terminal were suspended as a result of the incident next to its tracks. "It was an explosion and a building collapsed," a spokesman for New York Police Department told AFP, giving no further details. It is a residential building.
Malaysia defends search for missing jet
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia defended its handling of the hunt for the missing Boeing 777 on Wednesday but acknowledged it is still unsure which direction the plane was headed when it disappeared, highlighting the massive task facing an international search now in its fifth day.
U.N. and Congolese troops attack Rwandan Hutu rebels
By Kenny Katombe GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - U .N. peacekeepers in Democratic Republic of Congo and government forces have attacked Rwandan Hutu rebels based in eastern borderlands, U.N. and Congolese officials said on Wednesday. The Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) rebels have been involved in nearly two decades of conflict that spilled into eastern Congo after neighboring Rwanda's 1994 genocide. Government troops, backed by a United Nations brigade with a robust mandate to eradicate Congo's myriad eastern armed groups, won a rare victory last year against M23, a Congolese Tutsi rebel force that had been the FDLR's principal enemy. Colonel Felix Basse, military spokesman for the Congo mission, known as MONUSCO, said U.N. troops had deployed in the Virunga National Park in North Kivu province and were backing a Congolese offensive against the FDLR.
Top Asian News at 3:00 p.m. GMT
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia defended its handling of the hunt for the missing Boeing 777 on Wednesday but acknowledged it is still unsure which direction the plane was headed when it disappeared, highlighting the massive task facing an international search now in its fifth day. Government officials said they asked India to join in the search near the Andaman Sea, suggesting they think the jetliner and the 239 people on board might have reached those waters after crossing into the Strait of Malacca, some 400 kilometers (250 miles) from the flight's last known coordinates.
Two thirds of World Cup matches sold out
SAO PAULO (AP) — More than two thirds of the World Cup matches have been sold out less than three hours after FIFA opened new ticket sales on Wednesday.
France's Hollande tells Putin to stop Crimea joining Russia
PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande told his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Wednesday that he had to do everything to stop Ukraine's Crimea region from joining Russia, something that would be an "unacceptable annexation." "The president reminded (him) that the March 16 referendum, for which preparations are ongoing in an opaque way, has no legal basis," Hollande's office said in a statement after the two men spoke earlier in the day. "The president underlined that there was still time to avoid a pointless and dangerous escalation. ...
China and Ukraine concerns stalk markets
LONDON (AP) — Worries over the Chinese economic outlook and ongoing tensions in Ukraine ahead of a referendum in the region of Crimea rattled markets Wednesday.
Pistorius trial: Police conduct faces scrutiny
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius' defense lawyer on Wednesday tried to cast doubt on the competence of a South African police forensic expert who testified at the athlete's murder trial, where a toilet door and a cricket bat from Pistorius' home were introduced in the courtroom for a partial reenactment of events on the night that Pistorius killed his girlfriend.
Ukrainian Jewish head raps Israeli reticence on Crimea crisis
By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A Ukrainian Jewish leader opposed to the Russian takeover of Crimea failed to drum up support this week from Israel, which is sitting out the crisis pitting its U.S. ally against Moscow. Edward Dolinsky, head of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee, made a lobbying trip to Jerusalem with influential Ukrainian Jewish lawmaker Alexander Feldman. They were not received by officials from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government. Speaking to Reuters on Wednesday, Dolinsky said he and Feldman had sought to win Israeli support for "Ukraine and the aspirations of the Ukrainian people".
In remote Scotland, take a walk on the mild side
TARBERT, Scotland (AP) — I don't have much to tell you about Scotland, really. It's true, they have whisky, and kilts, and some people speak with an accent so thick that you wonder whether you're hearing English or Gaelic. All of that's fun. But I'm just here to tell you about the walks I took.
Thousands gather for Turkish teen's funeral
ISTANBUL (AP) — Tens of thousands of people on Wednesday joined a funeral procession in Istanbul for a Turkish teenager who died nine months after slipping into a coma from being hit by a police tear-gas canister during anti-government protests, and called on Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to resign.
US gas boom: A tool against Russian coercion
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States, with its abundant supplies of natural gas, would seem to have an easy answer to Europe's fears that a strong response to Russia's rapid takeover of Ukraine's Crimea region could prompt Vladimir Putin to shut down gas lines that keep European homes warm, factories humming and electricity flowing.
BBC Sports News
BBC Americas News
NYC building collapses after blast
New York City emergency crews are responding to an explosion and building collapse in Harlem that has reportedly injured nearly a dozen people.
US death row man free after 25 years
A man who spent more than 25 years on death row in the US state of Louisiana walks free from prison after his 1988 murder conviction is overturned.
Obamacare sign-ups reach 4.2 million
About 4.2 million Americans have signed up for private health insurance through marketplaces set up by President Obama's health law, officials say.
CIA 'searched US Senate computers'
The head of the US Senate intelligence committee accuses the CIA of improperly accessing computers used by congressional staff amid an investigation.
GM recall faces US investigation
A US congressional committee says it is investigating General Motors' recall of nearly 1.6 million vehicles over faulty ignition switches.
Second win for Alaska dog sled racer
Dallas Seavey wins the Iditarod, the 1,000 mile (1,600km) annual sled dog race across the US state of Alaska, for the second time.
'No border' in an independent Quebec
Ahead of April's election, separatist Quebec Premier Pauline Marois says an independent Quebec would have no borders or tolls for Canadians.
US child porn teacher sentenced
A former US teacher who hid a camera in an air freshener to secretly record children is sentenced to 25 years in prison for child pornography.
Men's Wearhouse to buy Jos A Bank
Men's Wearhouse agrees to buy rival Jos A Bank for $1.8bn (£1.1bn) ending a takeover battle between the two rivals that had lasted for months.
Obama appears on Two Ferns chat show
US President Barack Obama is interviewed by comedian Zach Galifianakis for spoof chat show Between Two Ferns, following in the footsteps of Justin Bieber and Bradley Cooper.
Colorado reaps $2m in marijuana tax
The US state of Colorado says it collected more than $2m in the first round of tax payments from newly legalised marijuana businesses.
VIDEO: Plane and skydiver collide mid-air
A pilot and jumper escaped with minor injuries after a plane became entangled in the strings of a skydiver's parachute, sending both crashing into the ground near Tampa, Florida.
VIDEO: Many hurt in US school stage collapse
A stage at a southern California high school collapses during a performance, sending 25 students to hospital with minor injuries.
VIDEO: Panels and parties at SXSW
The annual South by Southwest festival has kicked off in Austin, Texas. The BBC's North America Technology Correspondent Richard Taylor soaks up the atmosphere.
VIDEO: Michelle Obama honours Ukraine pop star
Ukrainian pop star Ruslana, the Eurovision song contest winner who spent months singing to pro-European protestors in Kiev, has been honoured by the US for her bravery.
VIDEO: Car in sea sparks frantic rescue
Lifeguards in Florida faced a race against time and the elements as they rushed to rescue a woman and three children from a car that was nearly washed out to sea off Daytona Beach.
AUDIO: Son criticises iPad inheritance rule
A man who was left an iPad in his late mother's will has criticised Apple for not unlocking the device.
VIDEO: The rediscovery of 12 Years a Slave
The film 12 Years a Slave has been praised for its vivid portrayal of slavery in America's south. But for residents who live in the area, the renewed attention is painful.
VIDEO: NRA: No compromise on right to guns
Former NRA President David Keene says the National Rifle Association 'will not compromise' on the right to keep and bear arms.
Canada tax break to promote moose sex
Canadians get tax breaks for helping build a land bridge so endangered moose can reproduce more easily.
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Wednesday, 12 March 2014
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