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Burkina orders Sankara exhumation  Thu, 05 Mar 2015 18:07:09 GMT
Burkina Faso orders the remains of Thomas Sankara, the iconic ex-president killed in a 1987 coup, to be exhumed for formal identification. 
Film-maker defends India rape film  Thu, 05 Mar 2015 19:09:09 GMT
A British film-maker defends her documentary about the 2012 gang rape in Delhi, hours after Indian authorities launch a slew of legal action. 
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. 
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. 
Syria Nusra chief 'killed in strike'  Fri, 06 Mar 2015 08:07:41 GMT
The military commander of Syria's al-Nusra Front militant group, Abu Homam al-Shami, is reportedly killed in an air strike. 
Boston victim 'spotted bomber’  Thu, 05 Mar 2015 23:05:13 GMT
A man who lost his legs in the Boston Marathon bombings told the court that he locked eyes with one of the bombers just before the attack. 
Population 'up 565,000 since 2011'  Fri, 06 Mar 2015 06:16:02 GMT
England's population has risen by more than half a million since 2011 because of immigration, a major analysis by Oxford University estimates. 
Drivers get 10-minute parking leeway  Fri, 06 Mar 2015 08:10:58 GMT
Drivers will get 10 minutes' grace before being fined if they stay too long in council-owned car parks in England, the government announces. 
End 'fixation' with A&E wait target  Fri, 06 Mar 2015 00:28:16 GMT
The four-hour waiting time target for NHS accident and emergency units across the UK should be downgraded as it is distorting priorities, experts say. 
Green MP calls for SNP alliance  Fri, 06 Mar 2015 08:23:54 GMT
Green Party MP Caroline Lucas calls for a "progressive alliance" with the SNP as her party holds what it says is its largest ever conference. 
Day in pictures  Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:17:54 GMT
Images from around the world: 5 March 
How did WW2 change the way people dressed?  Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00:39:26 GMT
How did WW2 change the way people dressed? 
In pictures: Cape Town wildfires  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:59:27 GMT
Blazes on the outskirts of Cape Town 
Day in pictures: 4 March 2015  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 12:19:05 GMT
Images from around the world: 4 March 
Your pictures: Adventure  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:07:41 GMT
Readers' photographs on the theme of adventure