A photo and flowers are placed at the site where Boris Nemtsov was shot dead, near the Kremlin in central Moscow, February 28, 2015. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Russian opposition mourns murdered leader Nemtsov

MOSCOW - Thousands of stunned Russians laid flowers and lit candles on the bridge where opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was shot dead near the Kremlin, a murder that showed the risks of speaking out against President Vladimir Putin.  Full Article | Video 

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Greek PM accuses Spain, Portugal of anti-Athens 'axis' 1:45pm GMT

ATHENS - Greece's leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras accused Spain and Portugal on Saturday of leading a conservative conspiracy to topple his anti-austerity government, saying they feared their own radical forces before elections this year.

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Thousands protest against Newcastle march of UK branch of German anti-Islam group PEGIDA

1:35pm GMT

NEWCASTLE, Britain - More than 2,000 people protested on Saturday in Newcastle, northeast England, against a march held by the British branch of Germany's anti-Islam group PEGIDA which drew around 400 people, a Reuters witness said.

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HSBC not the troublemaker made out to be, rival Swiss banker says

11:19am GMT

ZURICH - HSBC , in the spotlight after details emerged about how its Swiss unit allegedly helped clients dodge taxes, isn't the troublemaker it is currently depicted as, the head of a rival private bank was quoted saying on Saturday.

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Britain must strengthen defence against Russia, says former spy chief

9:16am GMT

LONDON - Britain must spend more on its defence budget in order to be able to protect itself and its allies from the increasing threat posed by Russia, the former head of the foreign intelligence service said.

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China cuts rates again in face of weak demand, deflation risk

12:57pm GMT

BEIJING - China's central bank cut interest rates on Saturday, just days before the annual meeting of the country's parliament, in the latest effort to support the world's second-largest economy as its momentum slows and deflation risks rise.

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Syrian army takes villages in south

12:34pm GMT

BEIRUT - Syrian government forces have taken control of villages in southern Syria, state media said on Saturday, part of a campaign they started this month against insurgents posing one of the biggest remaining threats to Damascus.