Russian politician Nemtsov shot dead
A leading Russian opposition politician, former Deputy PM Boris Nemtsov, is shot dead in Moscow just before a march against the war in Ukraine.
Greek PM vows 'no third bailout'
Greek PM Alexis Tsipras denies his country will need a third international bailout, and vows to "start working hard" to change the country.
US homeland security nears shutdown
Lawmakers reject a short-term funding bill for US homeland security, increasing the threat of a partial agency shutdown at midnight on Friday.
Most-wanted Mexico drug lord held
The Mexican president hails the capture of the country's most wanted drug lord - Knights Templar chief Servando 'La Tuta' Gomez.
Star Trek legend Nimoy dies at 83
Leonard Nimoy, who played Mr Spock in Star Trek, has died at the age of 83, his family says.
UN laments IS statue 'war crimes'
The reported destruction of historic artefacts in Iraq by Islamic State militants is a war crime, the head of the UN agency for culture says.
Snatched baby found after 17 years
A South African girl has been found 17 years after she was stolen from her mother shortly after being born in a Cape Town hospital.
Spaniards 'joined Ukraine rebels'
Authorities in Spain arrest eight people accused of travelling to eastern Ukraine to fight alongside pro-Russian rebels.
Mugabe admits land reform flaws
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe admits failures in the country's controversial land reform programme, saying some farms were "too big".
US-Bangladesh writer hacked to death
A US-Bangladeshi blogger whose campaigning for a secular society in Bangladesh angered Islamists is hacked to death on a street in the capital Dhaka.
Eight die in series of US shootings
Eight people have been killed and one person injured in a series of shootings in the US state of Missouri, police say.
Rwanda singer planned to kill Kagame
A popular Rwandan singer is jailed for 10 years after being convicted of planning to kill President Kagame and inciting hatred against the government.
Actress's $150,000 Oscar dress stolen
A $150,000 designer dress worn by actress Lupita Nyong'o at this year's Oscars is stolen from a Hollywood hotel.
Llama chase captivates Twitter
Two llamas went on the lam in Arizona. Thanks to a local news live feed, the US watched - and Tweeted - in rapt attention.
'Progress' in US-Cuba diplomatic talks
Cuban and US diplomats are optimistic about progress at talks in Washington on restoring full relations between the two countries.
US state considers 'baby boxes'
Indiana could be the first US state to introduce baby boxes - anonymous drop-off points designed to prevent the deaths of abandoned infants.
Argentine president case dismissed
A federal judge in Argentina dismisses accusations that President Cristina Fernandez had covered up alleged Iranian involvement in 1994 a bomb attack.
Parents in march for Mexico students
The parents of 43 Mexican students who went missing five months ago in the town of Iguala lead a march in Mexico City to demand justice.
Somali pirates free Thai fishermen
Four Thai fishermen thought to have been held by Somali pirates longer than any other captives have been freed, officials say.
Ugandan police 'abuse gay people'
Ugandan police harass and physically abuse gay people in custody, including subjecting them to intrusive examinations, a rights report says.
Nepalese officer 'ordered torture'
A Nepalese army officer ordered the torture of two suspected rebels during the country's civil war, a British court hears.
Pakistan climbers' 'killers' escape
Two militants on trial for killing a group of mountaineers in Pakistan in 2013 have broken out of prison, police say.
Third arrest in Copenhagen shootings
Danish police arrest a third man suspected of aiding a gunman who killed two people in attacks in Copenhagen earlier this month.
Threat to east Ukraine 'to persist'
Ukraine's president says a "military threat from the east" will remain even if a truce with rebels holds, a warning seen as a reference to Russia.
PM defends spies over 'Jihadi John'
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.
Iraq minorities 'wipeout threat'
Iraqi minority groups are subject to a "systematic strategy" by IS to drive them out of the country, human rights groups warn.
Extremists 'not radicalised by MI5'
A former MI6 chief defends the actions of security services, as a former teacher reveals "Jihadi John" had anger management therapy at school.
Gary Glitter jailed for 16 years
Former pop star Gary Glitter is jailed for 16 years for sexually abusing three young girls between 1975 and 1980.
US growth revised down to 2.2%
The slowdown in the US economy at the end of last year was more pronounced than previously thought, official figures show.
VW faces challenges as profits jump
Volkswagen reports a sharp jump in annual profits as revenue hits €200bn, but warns of tough market conditions this year.
German MPs back Greek loan extension
German MPs vote overwhelmingly to extend financial aid to Greece by another four months, despite public scepticism.
Clarke 'sick' of injury speculation
Australia captain Michael Clarke hopes talk of his injury worries will stop when he returns to action against New Zealand.
Bayern Munich 4-1 FC Köln
Bayern Munich take their Bundesliga goal tally to 18 in three games with a comfortable 4-1 win over Cologne.
Parma game off after strike threat
Parma have had their Serie A match at Genoa on Sunday called off after players threatened to strike over unpaid wages.
Robin Williams' daughter speaks out
Zelda Williams says there is "no point" in seeking any explanation for why the comedian took his own life last August.
Harrison Ford back for Blade Runner
Harrison Ford will reprise his role as police officer Rick Deckard in the forthcoming Blade Runner sequel, it is confirmed.
Madonna 'suffered whiplash' at Brits
Pop star Madonna says she suffered whiplash as a result of her "nightmare" accident at Wednesday's Brit Awards.
VIDEO: Star Trek's Leonard Nimoy dies
Leonard Nimoy, the actor who played Mr Spock in the US science fiction series Star Trek, has died at the age of 83.
VIDEO: Ukraine's most-feared volunteers
The strategically important city of Mariupol is being defended not only by regular Ukrainian army troops but also by fighters who swear allegiance to the Azov Battalion.
VIDEO: The dress question stressing the world...
A debate has raged on social media over the colour of a dress which looks different to different people.
VIDEO: Mexico catches most wanted drug lord
Katy Watson describes how the net closed in on Mexico's most wanted drug lord Servando "La Tuta" Gomez who was captured on Friday morning.
VIDEO: Flowers at blogger killing scene
Akbar Hossain reports from the site in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, where attackers hacked to death a US-Bangladeshi blogger, Avijit Roy.
VIDEO: Boat trip on frozen Hudson river
Footage shows a 20-minute journey by boat, speeded up to just under one minute, on the frozen Hudson river in New York.
VIDEO: Why is IS smashing statues in Iraq?
The Islamic State (IS) group has released a video appearing to show the destruction of statues in Iraq. Why is it doing this?
VIDEO: Prince and Emperor meet in Japan
Prince William continues his visit to Japan, lunching with the Japanese Emperor Akihito, as Peter Hunt reports from Tokyo.
Ukraine crisis: Mariupol asks, are we next?
Anxious times as Mariupol awaits the arrival of pro-Russian rebels
'Car park pimping' in Botswana
The growing craze among Botswana's youth
How satire came to Muslim Azerbaijan
How biting satire reached Muslims 100 years ago
Are the Afghan Taliban ready to talk?
Are the Afghan Taliban ready to talk?
Day in pictures: 27 February 2015
A selection of the most striking images from around the world
Islamic State seizure of Syria Christians: What we know
What we know about abduction of Syrian Christians by IS
Racism still rife in Russian football
BBC reporter witnesses racism in Russian football first-hand
Will Narendra Modi be India's Thatcher?
Will Narendra Modi be India's Thatcher?
Kidnapped by North Korea - and forced to make films
The film stars abducted by North Korea and forced to make movies