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'Nemtsov was an outspoken critic of Russia's involvement in Ukraine'

ImageBoris Nemtsov, 55-year-old former deputy prime minister and Putin critic, was shot dead in Moscow, days before an opposition rally. DW spoke to Russia analyst Yury Barmin about Nemtsov's significance.

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US Congress narrowly averts Homeland Security shutdown

ImageThe US Congress has passed a one-week funding extension for the Department of Homeland Security. The vote came just hours before the department faced a partial shutdown.


India pledges economic take-off with new budget

ImageIndia's finance minister has unveiled the new government's first full budget. He promised increased infrastructure spending, particularly on road and rail, and universal social security.


Police in German city warn of Islamist terrorism threat

Police in the city of Bremen have warned of a potential Islamist terrorism threat based on information from federal authorities. The announcement is the latest in a recent series of such warnings in various cities.


Lesotho votes in elections hoped to resolve tensions

People in Lesotho are voting in snap elections six months after an alleged coup attempt that set off a political crisis in the small southern African nation. It's hoped the vote will ease tensions between rival factions.


Greece to unveil new legislation to tackle 'humanitarian crisis'

The Greek government says it will bring legislation before parliament next week designed to help deal with the crippling effects of years of austerity. These include widespread poverty and unemployment.


Why 'Islamic State' is terrorizing Christians

News of the abduction of more than 200 Syrian Christians by the "Islamic State" has spread throughout the world. This was precisely IS's intention. Its acts of terrorism are part of a cynical media strategy.



28.2.1900: Women admitted to university


1890: Vaslav Nijinsky

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0380: Edict of Theodosius