BBC News - World 1 March 2018

Russia's Putin reveals 'invincible' nuclear weapons

The Russian president was giving his annual address ahead of the forthcoming election.

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Snow in Europe: Icy blizzards stall transport networks

Geneva's airport shuts down temporarily and drivers in France report being stranded for 24 hours.

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India breastfeeding magazine cover ignites debate

A magazine featuring a model holding a baby to her bare breast divides opinion.

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Syria war: First civilians leave besieged Eastern Ghouta

The Syrian Red Crescent says it evacuated an elderly Pakistani and his wife from the Eastern Ghouta.

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France grandfather admits 40 rapes and sex assaults

The arrest of the 57-year-old shocks a small town where the mayor says he was a "well liked" man.

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Afghanistan arrests 'German Taliban fighter' in Helmand

If confirmed, it would be a rare case of a European fighting alongside insurgents in Afghanistan.

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Slovakia journalist murder: Italians named in story detained

Slovak police say they have detained several Italian men who were cited in Jan Kuciak's last story.

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Bill Gates says crypto-currencies cause deaths

In a Reddit thread, the Microsoft founder expresses his concerns about digital currencies like Bitcoin.

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Marine Le Pen: French judge opens probe into IS images

The National Front leader could face prison over graphic images she posted on Twitter.

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Matteo Salvini: Northern League leader berated by mother

She says her two adopted children are facing racist abuse amid anti-immigrant electoral rhetoric.

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Trump at odds with Republican lawmakers over gun reforms

The president stuns lawmakers as he tells them to tighten restrictions on weapons purchases.

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Apartheid-era flag: Nelson Mandela Foundation seeks ban

The foundation has asked the court in South Africa to ban "gratuitous" displays of the flag.

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Nigeria kidnappings: 'Girls started running from the dormitory'

Stephanie Hegarty is at the school from where more than 100 Nigerian schoolgirls were abducted.

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Top Mexican tarantula exporter... is Canada

Canadian exporters breed their own animals for the pet market, beating Mexico into second place.

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Vultures avoid Portugal because of carrion ban

Portugal's policy of destroying animal carcasses is endangering its vulture population.

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Dapchi kidnappings: Nigeria families' heartbreak and despair

The BBC meets the families and friends waiting for news of the schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram.

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Why North Korean leaders tried to pass for Brazilians

Evidence suggests leader Kim Jong-un and his father fraudulently obtained passports from Brazil.

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Kenyan film school takes on Hollywood for an Oscar

A Kenyan film school is a surprise challenge to Hollywood superstars in the chase for an Oscar this weekend.

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