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Buhari ahead in tight Nigeria poll  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:29:56 GMT
Opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari has a narrow lead over Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, with more than half the votes counted. 
'Good chance' of Iran nuclear deal  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:42:57 GMT
Russia's foreign minister says prospects of a preliminary agreement on Iran's nuclear programme are "very good" on the final day of intense talks. 
Turkish prosecutor taken hostage  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:48:22 GMT
Armed men take hostage a Turkish prosecutor heading an inquiry into the death of a boy during anti-government protests in 2013. 
Turkey hit by massive power cut  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:20:17 GMT
A huge power cut hits several cities in Turkey, including Istanbul's public transport network. 
Thai PM plans martial law replacement  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:46:33 GMT
Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha says he has asked for permission to end martial law, replacing it with new curbs. 
Myanmar drafts ceasefire with rebels  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:44:43 GMT
Myanmar's President Thein Sein witnesses the signing of a draft ceasefire deal between the government and 16 rebel groups, which the UN says is "historic". 
France scraps payment for sex fines  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:09:26 GMT
France's Senate rejects a planned 2013 law penalising people who pay for sex and decides to maintain the offence of soliciting. 
Indiana law 'grossly misconstrued'  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 03:37:15 GMT
The governor of the US state of Indiana strongly defends a contentious religious freedom law, amid a backlash from gay rights supporters. 
Peru prime minister deposed in spy row  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:19:53 GMT
Peruvian Prime Minister Ana Jara is sacked by Congress over allegations that the country's spy agency gathered information on thousands of Peruvians. 
Jay Z promotes music streaming brand  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:49:18 GMT
Some of the biggest names in entertainment have re-launched the music subscription service Tidal, which they claim will change musical history. 
Singapore charges Lee criticism teen  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:09:36 GMT
A 16-year-old Singaporean is charged and given S$20,000 bail over a YouTube video criticising late leader Lee Kuan Yew and Christianity. 
Top Gear: Andy Wilman not quitting  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:52:32 GMT
Top Gear executive producer Andy Wilman denies he is quitting the show after a leaked email from him thanking staff and marking the end of an era. 
VIDEO: Alps rescuer: 'The scene was surreal'  Thu, 26 Mar 2015 21:40:51 GMT
Jean Sebastien Beaud from the mountain police, who arrived at the French Alps site soon after the plane crash, describes the scene as "surreal". 
VIDEO: Does your pet have 'separation anxiety'?  Mon, 23 Mar 2015 09:39:26 GMT
Vets are warning that a growing number of dogs and other pets are suffering from separation anxiety as peoples' working habits change. 
VIDEO: China warning over global warming  Sun, 22 Mar 2015 19:24:45 GMT
The head of China's weather bureau warns that the country faces serious problems as a result of climate change. 
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World News From BBC
Buhari ahead in tight Nigeria poll  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:29:56 GMT
'Good chance' of Iran nuclear deal  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:42:57 GMT
Turkish prosecutor taken hostage  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:48:22 GMT
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