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Thousands in Moscow at Nemtsov march

1 March 2015 Last updated at 12:11 These placards read: "Heroes don't die" and "These bullets are for each one of us" Thousands of people are gathering in central Moscow to honour opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, who was shot dead on Friday. He was due to lead an opposition march on Sunday but his supporters will now be marching to mourn his death. President Vladimir Putin condemned Mr Nemtsov's murder as "vile and cynical" and

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Egypt elections set to be delayed

1 March 2015 Last updated at 12:10 Egypt's Islamist-dominated House of Representatives was dissolved in 2012 Parliamentary elections in Egypt are set to be delayed after the Supreme Court ruled part of an election law unconstitutional. The ruling struck down part of the law that defined electoral districts. Voting had been due to start on 21 March and run into April. A electoral commission spokesman said a "new timetable" was being drawn up. Egypt's main

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Pakistan fight back to beat Zimbabwe

Former champions Pakistan survived a scare to pull off a dramatic 20-run victory over Zimbabwe and record their first win at the 2015 World Cup. Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq's stubborn 73 and a fiery half-century from bowler Wahab Riaz helped the 1992 winners recover from 4-2 to reach 235-7. Brendan Taylor's 50 looked to have put Zimbabwe on course for a famous win. But Mohammad Irfan, with career-best one-day international figures of 4-30, and Riaz (4-45) won

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Graves leaves door open on Pietersen

Incoming England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Colin Graves has refused to rule out a return for Kevin Pietersen and says England must be more aggressive in one-day cricket. He told BBC Radio 5 live's Sportsweek that selectors and coaches would make any final decision on Pietersen. "The first thing he's got to do if he wants to get back is play county cricket for somebody," said Graves. Pietersen, 34, was sacked by England in

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Nichols: ‘Test parties on migration’

1 March 2015 Last updated at 11:28 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Cardinal Nichols: "Every party has to be tested on its approach to immigration" Politicians from all parties must be "tested" on their approach to immigration, Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Vincent Nichols has said. The head of the Roman Catholic church in England and Wales said he was "dismayed" immigration was such a big issue in the forthcoming election. Speaking

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Mobile phone driver laws ‘ignored’

1 March 2015 Last updated at 11:22 Suzette Davenport wants driving disqualifications for those caught using a phone at the wheel Tougher penalties for drivers using mobile phones at the wheel are being ignored to keep voters happy, a police chief says. Suzette Davenport said any increase by politicians in punishments for drivers caught "would not be popular". With an election in May, Ms Davenport - Gloucestershire's chief constable - said the government is keen

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Labour denies blocking devolution

1 March 2015 Last updated at 11:14 'Clearer, stronger, fairer': David Cameron and Nick Clegg offer a new devolution deal for Wales Plans to devolve even more power to Wales are not being blocked by Shadow Welsh Secretary Owen Smith, Labour has insisted. Welsh Tory leader Andrew RT Davies said Labour had "undermined" First Minister Carwyn Jones by not letting the St David's Day agreement go even further. Lib Dem MP Jenny Willott understood Mr

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Coalition row over ‘hate preachers’

1 March 2015 Last updated at 11:09 The Tories have accused Vince Cable of trying to water down a ban on "hate preachers" in English universities. The government recently passed laws aimed at banning all "extremist" preachers from campuses. But Lib Dem minister Mr Cable says guidance issued to universities should say it only applies to those who directly incite terrorism. Tory chairman Grant Shapps told Sky News: "Cable doesn't want to do what the

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