Putin celebrates election victory

Vladimir Putin celebrates an election victory that will see him return to the Russian presidency, but a leading watchdog says the poll was not fair.

China begins parliament session

Premier Wen Jiabao opens China’s last parliamentary session under the current leadership with a speech focused on the economy and military, among other key issues.

Three killed by new US tornadoes

A series of powerful tornadoes hit towns in the US states of Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana, killing at least three people, local officials confirm.

Nato ‘can overcome Koran setback’

Protests over the burning of the Koran by US soldiers were “a setback” which can be overcome, Nato’s commander in Afghanistan tells the BBC.