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Syria Nusra chief 'killed in strike'  Thu, 05 Mar 2015 22:36:50 GMT
The military commander of Syria's al-Nusra Front militant group, Abu Homam al-Shami, is reportedly killed in an air strike. 
Charges sought over US envoy attack  Fri, 06 Mar 2015 03:42:51 GMT
South Korean police say they are seeking a detention warrant for a man who slashed the US ambassador to South Korea on charges of attempted murder. 
Harrison Ford injured in plane crash  Fri, 06 Mar 2015 02:47:43 GMT
US actor Harrison Ford is expected to make a full recovery from injuries suffered when crashing his plane on to a golf course in Los Angeles. 
Nine hurt in China station attack  Fri, 06 Mar 2015 05:22:40 GMT
Nine people have been injured in a knife attack at a station in Guangzhou, with one attacker shot dead, police say. 
PLO ends Israel security assistance  Thu, 05 Mar 2015 22:41:19 GMT
The Palestinian Liberation Organisation ends security co-operation with Israel which dates back to the 1993 Oslo Accords. 
President Obama urged to arm Ukraine  Fri, 06 Mar 2015 03:03:02 GMT
Senior figures in Congress urge the US president to send lethal defensive weapons to Ukraine in its fight against pro-Russian rebels. 
'Boko Haram' kill dozens in Nigeria  Thu, 05 Mar 2015 19:49:51 GMT
Suspected Boko Haram militants kill at least 64 people in a raid on a remote village in Borno state, north-east Nigeria, witnesses say. 
Argentina prosecutor 'was murdered'  Thu, 05 Mar 2015 21:41:20 GMT
Independent tests show that Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman was deliberately killed, his family says, ruling out accident or suicide. 
Top US circus to end elephant act  Thu, 05 Mar 2015 19:42:54 GMT
The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus said it plans to stop using the animals by 2018. 
Plane skids off New York runway  Thu, 05 Mar 2015 20:26:52 GMT
A passenger plane has skidded off the runway at LaGuardia airport in New York City amid snowy conditions. 
Nuclear deal 'very bad for Iranians'  Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:54:00 GMT
Israel's prime minister warns the people of Iran that the nuclear deal being negotiated by their government and world powers is "very bad" for them. 
'Nearly 50,000' pro-IS Twitter feeds  Fri, 06 Mar 2015 03:56:23 GMT
There are approximately 46,000 Twitter accounts operating on behalf of Islamic State, a new US study claims. 
VIDEO: Battle for gay marriage in Alabama  Fri, 06 Mar 2015 05:05:17 GMT
The BBC's Aleem Maqbool asks people on either side of the same-sex marriage debate in Alabama if there are echoes of the civil rights struggles of the past. 
VIDEO: MH370 relatives: 'We can't forget him'  Fri, 06 Mar 2015 01:50:32 GMT
The Malaysian government has officially declared the disappearance an accident but the families of many passengers are not willing to accept this. 
VIDEO: Inside Mexican drug lord's cave hideout  Thu, 05 Mar 2015 05:21:54 GMT
The leader of the Zetas drugs cartel, notorious for its violence, has been arrested in Mexico by security forces.