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Dutch town terrorised by rogue owl 
  Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:36:41 GMT 
    Residents of the Dutch town of Purmerend are advised to take umbrellas out at night after a rogue owl leaves man requiring stitches to head wounds.


Rare bear cub found outside circus 
  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:12:51 GMT 
    A rare two-week-old Asiatic black bear cub is found abandoned in a box outside a Russian circus.


Somali pirates free Thai fishermen 
  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:49:53 GMT 
    Four Thai fishermen thought to have been held by Somali pirates longer than any other captives have been freed, officials say.


Nepalese officer 'ordered torture' 
  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:18:38 GMT 
    A Nepalese army officer ordered the torture of two suspected rebels during the country's civil war, a British court hears.


Third arrest in Copenhagen shootings 
  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:56:45 GMT 
    Danish police arrest a third man suspected of aiding a gunman who killed two people in attacks in Copenhagen earlier this month.


Argentine president case dismissed 
  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:14:41 GMT 
    A federal judge in Argentina dismisses accusations that President Cristina Fernandez had covered up alleged Iranian involvement in 1994 a bomb attack.


PM defends spies over 'Jihadi John' 
  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:03:55 GMT 
    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.


Eight die in series of US shootings 
  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:51:20 GMT 
    Eight people have been killed and one person injured in a series of shootings in the US state of Missouri, police say.


Gary Glitter jailed for 16 years 
  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:11:53 GMT 
    Former pop star Gary Glitter is jailed for 16 years for sexually abusing three young girls between 1975 and 1980.


Labour pledges £6,000 tuition fees 
  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:38:14 GMT 
    Ed Miliband says £9,000 tuition fees in England have been a "disaster" and promises Labour would fund a reduction by cutting tax relief on high earners' pensions.


Spy watchdog 'taken in' by spies 
  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:28:38 GMT 
    Tory MP David Davis accuses Sir Malcolm Rifkind's Intelligence and Security Committee of being taken in by the "glamour" of spying and failing to do its job properly.


Priest found guilty of sex abuse 
  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:29:51 GMT 
    A Catholic priest is found guilty of sexually abusing a teenage boy at a children's home in west London.


Week in pictures: 21-27 February 2015 
  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:56:41 GMT 
    News photos from around the world


Halfway in 24-year photo project 
  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:50:50 GMT 
    Photographers recording the first 24 hours of each year


Your pictures: Gardens 
  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:13:02 GMT 
    Readers' photographs on the theme of gardens
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