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Nemtsov urged end to Ukraine conflict hours before killing

Moscow - Three hours before his death, Boris Nemtsov gave an interview to a Moscow radio station, condemning President Vladimir Putin's actions in Ukraine and calling for an end to the conflict.

Russian opposition leader Nemtsov's murder 'meticulously planned'

Moscow - The murder of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was carefully planned, investigators said Saturday, pointing to details of the weapon used and the killers' knowledge of his movements.

UN climate panel head resigns amid sex claims

Nairobi - The head of the UN's climate science panel, Rajendra Pachauri, stepped down Tuesday in the wake of sexual harassment claims against him that have surfaced at a crucial time on the climate agenda.

Swiss raid HSBC in money laundering probe

Geneva - Swiss authorities on Wednesday raided the offices of British banking giant HSBC's Swiss unit as part of a money laundering probe into the bank that has been accused of helping clients to dodge millions of dollars in taxes.

Terror charges for man accused of attacking French soldiers

Paris - A knife-wielding man accused of attacking three soldiers outside a Jewish community centre in the south of France was on Saturday charged with attempted murder in connection with a terrorist operation, a judicial source said.

Police investigate boyfriend of Whitney Houston's daughter

Washington - Police have opened a criminal probe into the boyfriend of Bobbi Kristina Brown, US media reported, one week after the 21-year old daughter of late singing legend Whitney Houston was pulled unconscious from a bathtub.

Sixth person charged in foiled Belgium terror plot

Brussels - Belgian authorities have charged a sixth person with terrorism following a series of raids in Belgium last week that foiled a plot to kill police, the prosecutor's office said Wednesday.The man, identified as Abdelmoumaim H.

French probe into kosher supermarket attacker moving forward

Paris - A probe into the hostage siege in a Paris kosher supermarket has advanced with the weekend discovery of the possible hide-out of attacker Amedy Coulibaly, who is now a suspect in several strikes around Paris.

Pilot errors behind Macedonian president's plane crash death: Probe

Skopeia - A series of pilot errors caused the plane crash that killed Macedonian president Boris Trajkovski and eight other people in Bosnia in 2004, the results of an international probe showed Saturday.

U.S. Navy investigating soldier who claimed to have shot Bin Laden

Washington - The former U.S. Navy Seal who claims to be the soldier who fired the shots that killed Osama Bin Laden is being investigated for possibly leaking classified information, the US military confirmed.

Germany to drop probe into U.. spying on Merkel: Report

Berlin - Germany is dropping a probe into the alleged tapping of Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone by U.S. spies, due to a lack of evidence, magazine Focus said Saturday.

Turkey prosecutors seek life jail for eight over mining disaster

Istanbul - Prosecutors have demanded life imprisonment for eight executives of a coal mine company in Turkey operating a facility where 301 workers were killed in May in the country's worst mining accident, media reported on Wednesday.

In Mexico, searching 'blindly' for 43 missing students

Cocula - Mexican authorities have found no trace of 43 college students since their disappearance more than a month ago, laying bare a series of missteps in a case that has infuriated the country.

IMF chief charged with 'negligence' over graft case

Paris - IMF chief Christine Lagarde, one of the world's most powerful women, announced Wednesday she had been charged with "negligence" over a multi-million-euro graft case relating to her time as French finance minister.

S. African protesters halt probe into Marikana killings

Pretoria - Heckling protesters on Monday disrupted an inquiry into the shooting dead of 34 striking miners by South African police, forcing the country's deputy president to briefly halt his testimony.Demonstrators chanted "Blood on his hands!

Lebanon supplies DNA samples in Air Algerie crash case

Beirut - Lebanon has handed over DNA samples from relatives of 20 citizens killed in a July 24 Air Algerie plane crash in Mali, a foreign ministry source told AFP on Friday.

Identifying Mali air crash victims 'could take years'

Algiers - Identifying the victims from last week's Air Algerie crash in Mali "could take weeks, months and maybe years", Algeria's chief of police said on Thursday.

Boston bombing suspect's friend convicted of obstructing probe

Boston - A friend of the lone surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect faces up to 20 years in prison after his conviction Monday of obstructing the FBI investigation of the 2013 attack.

Merkel, Putin agree on international probe of MH17 crash

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin have agreed for an international investigation into the downing of a Malaysian Airlines plane over Ukraine, Berlin said on Saturday.

Youth started California wildfire

Los Angeles - Investigators have determined that it was a youth who intentionally started a destructive fire that tore through southern California in May, destroying dozens of homes and forcing more than 13,000 people to evacuate.

Op-Ed: Sometimes fatal side-effects to be revealed after Tor. Star probe

After an ongoing Toronto Star investigation exposed the fact that Health Canada was scrubbing crucial information from public view, the federal regulator will make public information it has kept secret regarding serious, sometimes fatal side-effects.

Indian state seeks federal probe into gang-rape murder of two girls

New Delhi - The chief minister of the northern state of Uttar Pradesh requested a federal police investigation Saturday into the brutal gang-rape and murder of two girls, the Press Trust of India reported.

Turkey charges mining company CEO over disaster

Ankara - Turkey has charged three more people with manslaughter over the country's worst mining disaster, including the CEO of the company operating the pit, reports said on Tuesday.

Three charged with manslaughter in Turkey mine disaster: prosecutor

Soma - A Turkish court on Sunday charged three people with manslaughter over a mine disaster that killed 301 people, the prosecutor in charge of the probe said.

Venezuela probes 97 security troops for torture

Caracas - Venezuela is investigating nearly 100 armed forces and police staff for alleged torture during more than two months of ongoing deadly anti-government protests, authorities said Sunday.

U.S. launches probe into weight loss company Herbalife

New York - U.S. authorities have opened a criminal probe into the nutrition and weight loss company Herbalife Ltd., according to media reports Saturday.The New York Times reported that sources said the case has been under investigation for several months.

France opens 'pimping' probe into sugardaddy.fr site

Paris - French prosecutors on Thursday opened a probe into a website that brings together older "sugar daddy" men and young women over suspicions of "organised pimping", a judicial source said.Launched in 2010, www.sugardaddy.

Russian MPs want Gorbachev probed for treason over USSR breakup

Moscow - A group of Russian MPs has formally requested that prosecutors investigate former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev for treason over the breakup of the Soviet Union, one lawmaker said Thursday.

Caterpillar used Swiss havens to avoid US tax: Senate

Washington - US Senate investigators have accused heavy equipment giant Caterpillar of hiding $8 billion in profits offshore in Switzerland to avoid US taxes.

FBI probing high-speed trading on Wall Street

New York - The FBI said on Monday it was probing high-speed trading on Wall Street, a controversial practice in which computers carry out transactions in seconds or faster.
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