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West condemns murder of Kremlin critic as Putin blames foes

Western leaders and Russia`s opposition on Saturday condemned the drive-by assassination of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov while President Vladimir Putin suggested the crime was staged to throw suspicion on the state.

UN envoy in Damascus to seek quick Aleppo truce

UN peace envoy Staffan de Mistura hopes to finalise a deal to freeze fighting in war-ravaged second city Aleppo during talks Saturday with the Syrian government, an official said.

Indo-Canadian sues Canadian govt over miscarriage of justice

 A 35-year-old Indian-origin man has sued Canadian government over his wrongful conviction in a sexual assault case in 2005 that has left him as a rural farmer with few economic prospects.

Bombings kill 19 people in Iraq

A series of car bombs on Saturday ripped through a crowded marketplace and Shiite militia's checkpoint, killing a total of 19 people in separate attacks north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, officials said.

Russian opposition leader Nemtsov's murder 'meticulously planned': Investigators

The murder of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was carefully planned, investigators said Saturday, pointing to details of the weapon used and the killers` knowledge of his movements.

US court denies request to move Boston bombings trial

A US court Friday denied a request by alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for his trial to be moved out of the city, just days ahead of opening statements.

AirAsia crash: Indonesia officially ends search operations

An Indonesian official Saturday said the search operation for bodies and wreckage of the AirAsia flight QZ8501 has officially come to an end.

Eight Al-Shabaab militants killed in Somalia

At least eight Al Shabaab fighters were killed when military and Africa Union (AU) forces attacked the militant group in Somalia`s Bakool region, authorities said Saturday.

Indian-origin lawyer appointed judicial commissioner in Singapore

An Indian-origin senior counsel has been appointed as a judicial commissioner of the Singapore High Court, a media report said.

Prince William dons samurai gear on Japan tour

Britain's Prince William donned the trappings of feudal nobility in Japan on Saturday, wearing the helmet and clothes of an ancient samurai during a tour of a TV studio.

Pakistan optimistic about final Iran-P5+1 n-deal

Expressing optimism about the clinching of a practical deal in the near future between Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers, Islamabad says very good progress has been made in the nuclear talks between the two sides over the past one-and-half years.

MH17 crash: Victims' kin can visit reconstructed wreckage site

Malaysian Transport minister Liow Tiong Lai Saturday said the relatives of passengers and crew of the crashed Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH17 can visit a reconstructed wreckage site in the Netherlands.

Police in German city warn of potential extremist threat

Police in the German city of Bremen are warning of a potential danger from Islamic extremists there and say they are stepping up security measures.

Ally of ousted Ukraine leader found dead in apparent suicide

Ukrainian police on Saturday said a leading ally of former president Viktor Yanukovych was found dead after falling from his 17th storey Kiev flat in an apparent suicide.

Dozens of Syrian and Iraqi migrants rescued off Romanian coast

Romania`s coast guard rescued 70 migrants - mostly Syrians and Iraqis - packed on to a small fishing boat that was in danger of sinking as they attempted to make the crossing to Europe in stormy seas on Saturday.

Drone raid kills three Qaeda militants in Yemen: Tribe

A drone strike Saturday killed three Al-Qaeda militants in Yemen, a tribal source said, in a region where the United States is the only country operating the unmanned aircraft.

Ukraine's military reports significant fall in fighting

Ukraine`s military said on Saturday there had been a significant decrease in attacks by pro-Russian separatists in the east overnight, but said rebels had fired GRAD missiles at the town of Avdiivka despite a two-week-old ceasefire deal.

Three-year-old US boy shoots himself dead: Reports

A three-year-old Texas boy died after accidentally shooting himself in the head at home, US media said.

Zimbabwe President Mugabe turns 91 with million dollar birthday bash

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Saturday will celebrate his 91st birthday will a million dollar bash attended by thousands of faithful party supporters.

Russian opposition leader Nemtsov`s murder `meticulously planned`

The murder of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was carefully planned, investigators said Saturday, pointing to details of the weapon used and the killers` knowledge of his movements.

Marathon bombing trial can stay in Boston: US appeals court

The trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev can stay in Massachusetts, a federal appeals court ruled.

31 Nasheed supporters arrested during rally over his detention

At least 31 supporters of Mohammed Nasheed have been arrested during a mass rally that saw thousands throng the Maldivian capital to protest the detention of the former president on terror charges.

'US drone attack in Yemen kills 4 suspected al Qaeda militants'

A US drone attack in Yemen killed four suspected al Qaeda militants on Saturday in the southern province of Shabwa, local Yemeni security officials told Reuters.

24 Abu Sayyaf militants killed in Philippines

At least 24 Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) militants were killed and 27 injured as a military operation against the group entered its fourth day in Philippines` Sulu province, officials said Saturday.

Indonesia retrieves last of crashed AirAsia jet fuselage

Indonesia has retrieved the final major part of the fuselage of an AirAsia jet that crashed into the Java Sea in December, killing all 162 people on board, officials said Saturday.

Prepare for war with United States and allies: North Korean leader to Army
Prepare for war with United States and allies: North Korean leader to Army

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has urged his army to prepare for war with the United States and its allies, state media said on Saturday, as Pyongyang ramps up the rhetoric ahead of US-South Korea military drills.

Myanmar journalist arrested for satirical post

Police in Myanmar have arrested a photojournalist who posted a satirical message on Facebook that mocked a historic battle and the country's leader.

G4 renews call for Security Council reforms

As the countdown ticks towards the UN 70th anniversary summit, India, Brazil, Japan and Germany have renewed their call for early action to make the Security Council "more representative and fit for the 21st century" and praised General Assembly President Sam Kutesa`s initiatives to give it top priority.

US Congress averts Homeland Security shutdown

Feuding US lawmakers narrowly avoided a Department of Homeland Security shutdown on Friday at the 11th hour, but funded the agency only until March 6, forcing Congress to revisit the issue next week.

China military official booted from Parliament in anti-graft drive

China has booted a senior military official who is embroiled in a corruption scandal from its Parliament, state media reported on Saturday.