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Russia will "respect the will of the people of Crimea", Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says ahead of Sunday's controversial referendum.
Hundreds of militants stage a multi-pronged attack on the northern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, including the army barracks, witnesses say.
Lord Windermere wins a thrilling Cheltenham Gold Cup from 20-1 by edging On His Own in a photo finish.
The majority of staff at Morrisons have been affected by the theft of payroll data, the company has said.
Rescue operations continue two days after a gas leak and explosion demolished two buildings in New York City, killing eight and injuring scores.
Stoke boss Mark Hughes confirms Robert Huth will miss the rest of the season following a knee operation.
San Diego Zoo Safari Park releases footage of a newborn gorilla which was delivered by a rare Caesarean section after complications arose during labour.
A French court orders a news website to remove files of secretly taped conversations involving Nicolas Sarkozy during his time as president.
The US sends search crews to the Indian Ocean, after claims emerge that the missing Malaysian airliner may have flown longer than thought.
US President Barack Obama directs his top homeland security official to review how to enforce the nation's immigration laws "more humanely".
Lord Myner's review of the Co-operative Group has found it spent too much time on takeover deals that proved "breathtakingly value-destructive."
A Northern Ireland peer killed in an air crash in Norfolk along with three others, had raised concerns about a helicopter he owned, the BBC learns.
A former police officer says he was "furious" when two of Oscar Pistorius' watches went missing from the crime scene, his murder trial hears.
French side Toulouse confirm Leicester Tigers and England fly-half Toby Flood will join them from next season.
Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness resigns after being found guilty of evading taxes worth £22.5m (27m euros).
A set of nine canvases created by JMW Turner in the later part of his life are to be exhibited together for the first time this year.
Arsenal's Nicklas Bendtner will be fined for his unauthorised trip to Copenhagen and may leave at the end of the season.
US and Russian envoys hold key talks in London on the Ukraine crisis, as Sunday's disputed referendum in Crimea looms.
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The Oscar Pistorius murder trial has heard that a ballistics expert at the crime scene handled the gun found there without wearing gloves.