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Rare bear cub found outside circus  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:12:51 GMT
A rare two-week-old Asiatic black bear cub is found abandoned in a box outside a Russian circus. 
Somali pirates free Thai fishermen  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:49:53 GMT
Four Thai fishermen thought to have been held by Somali pirates longer than any other captives have been freed, officials say. 
Nepalese officer 'ordered torture'  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:18:38 GMT
A Nepalese army officer ordered the torture of two suspected rebels during the country's civil war, a British court hears. 
Third arrest in Copenhagen shootings  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:56:45 GMT
Danish police arrest a third man suspected of aiding a gunman who killed two people in attacks in Copenhagen earlier this month. 
Argentine president case dismissed  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:14:41 GMT
A federal judge in Argentina dismisses accusations that President Cristina Fernandez had covered up alleged Iranian involvement in 1994 a bomb attack. 
PM defends spies over 'Jihadi John'  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:03:55 GMT
The prime minister defends the security services amid criticisms they failed to stop the Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John" from travelling to Syria. 
Duelling bills as US shutdown looms  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:19:29 GMT
The Senate has passed full funding for homeland security shortly after the House passed its own short-term version as a shutdown deadline looms. 
Labour pledges £6,000 tuition fees  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:38:14 GMT
Ed Miliband says £9,000 tuition fees in England have been a "disaster" and promises Labour would fund a reduction by cutting tax relief on high earners' pensions. 
Spy watchdog 'taken in' by spies  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:28:38 GMT
Tory MP David Davis accuses Sir Malcolm Rifkind's Intelligence and Security Committee of being taken in by the "glamour" of spying and failing to do its job properly. 
Priest found guilty of sex abuse  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:29:51 GMT
A Catholic priest is found guilty of sexually abusing a teenage boy at a children's home in west London. 
Fearne Cotton is leaving BBC Radio 1  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:11:21 GMT
The DJ is leaving the music station for a "new chapter" and has also revealed she is expecting another baby. 
Week in pictures: 21-27 February 2015  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:56:41 GMT
News photos from around the world 
Halfway in 24-year photo project  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:50:50 GMT
Photographers recording the first 24 hours of each year 
Your pictures: Gardens  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:13:02 GMT
Readers' photographs on the theme of gardens 
Brit Awards 2015: In Pictures  Thu, 26 Feb 2015 02:11:56 GMT
Highlights from this year's ceremony in London