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Thousands take to streets in mourning for slain politician Boris Nemtsov

By Staff Reporters

Tens of thousands of people have marched in central Moscow to mourn veteran liberal politician Boris Nemtsov, whose killing has shaken Russia's beleaguered opposition.

The 55-year-old was shot as he walked on a bridge near the Kremlin with a female companion.

The killing came a few hours after a radio interview in which he denounced President Vladimir Putin's "mad, aggressive" policies and the day before he was to help lead the Moscow rally protesting over Russia's actions in the Ukraine conflict and the economic crisis at home. Mr Nemtsov's supporters claimed the Kremlin was involved, but Mr Putin condemned the murder as "vile" and vowed to find the killers.

PM faces rebellion over defence cuts

David Cameron could face a "political problem" within his own party if he disregards a Nato target and cuts defence spending below 2% of GDP, a Conservative former defence secretary has said.

Liam Fox said many Tory MPs would find it "hard to swallow" if the Prime Minister allowed defence spending to fall below the target, while maintaining a pledge to spend 0.7% of gross national income on aid.

Ministers are under increasing pressure from Tory MPs and senior military figures to commit Britain to meeting the Nato target to spend at least 2% of GDP on defence beyond 2016.Chancellor George Osborne is reported to have warned privately that it may fall below that level.

Dr Fox warned against cutting defence spending at a time when international security is deteriorating. He told the BBC: "I think this would be a political problem inside the Conservative Party because I think that people feel that the Government's first duty is the protection of the United Kingdom and its citizens.

"And I think that we have a commitment to Nato as part of our international treaty obligations to spend that 2%."

Girl (4) and man found dead in flat

Police were yesterday questioning a woman after the bodies of a four-year-old girl and a man were found in a flat.

Police were called to an address in Notting Hill, west London, after concerns were raised about the welfare of its occupants.

They arrived at the scene shortly before 8pm on Friday, and after forcing entry found the bodies of the girl and a man believed to be in his 40s.

Both were pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

The deaths are being treated as unexplained and the Metropolitan Police's Homicide and Major Crime Command is investigating.

A woman in her 30s has been arrested in connection with the deaths and was taken into custody at a central London police station. No one else is being sought in connection with the deaths and formal identification is yet to take place.

A post-mortem examination will be scheduled in due course and police are in the process of informing next-of-kin.

Police have not released any information about the nature of their injuries.

Vice president quaratines himself after Ebola death

The African country's vice president has put himself in quarantine following the death from Ebola of one of his security guards.

Sam Sumana had decided to quarantine himself for 21 days following the death last Tuesday of one of his personnel.

The report said Mr Sumana called on all those who had been in contact with the dead man to also put themselves in quarantine.

Deputy minister of information Theo Nicol said Mr Sumana put himself in quarantine because he wanted to lead by example.

Mob lynches teenage girl suspected to be bomber

A crowd at a market has beaten to death a teenage girl accused of being a suicide bomber and then set her body on fire.

Police said a second suspect, another teenage girl, was arrested at the biggest market in Bauchi city.

One trader said the girls refused to be searched at the gate to the vegetable market, arousing suspicion from people who attacked them. But police said it seemed doubtful the girl was a bomber and described her as the victim of "mob action carried out by an irate crowd".

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