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Mystery of Missing Mayor: Who runs Ukrainian capital?

Concern is growing among Ukrainians over the missing mayor of the capital, Kiev. Leonid Chernovetsky, known for his eccentricity, has failed to appear in public for months, but is said to continue to rule the city. Even the Prime Minister's demanded to know his whereabouts. RT's Aleksey Yaroshevsky investigates the mystery surrounding the disappearance of the city chief.

15 US Police Officers Killed In Just One Month

A spate of shootings across the US has left 15 police officers dead in just a month.

The killings have prompted a Department of Justice review in the hope of finding a way to better look after those instructed to 'protect and serve'.

Greg Milam's report contains footage of one of the shootings.

Head-on train smash kills 10 in Germany

In Germany, 10 people have been killed and dozens injured after two trains collided in the east of the country. The accident happened when passenger and freight trains crashed head-on near the city of Magdeburg, knocking wagons off the tracks. Several carriages, carrying around 45 passengers overturned. Officials say it's too early to determine what caused the accident, but believe speed was a factor.

Egypt Protests, Fourth Day

Police and demonstrators have fought running battles on the streets of Cairo in a fourth day of protests by tens of thousands of Egyptians demanding an end to president Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule.

Security forces fired rubber bullets, teargas and water cannons at protesters who hurled stones back at them and shouted "Down, Down, Hosni Mubarak".

Anti-government activists had promised a "Day of Wrath" after Friday prayers in the country's mosques and urged thousands of people to join in the demonstrations.

US Police release shooting CCTV

Michigan police release CCTV of gunman firing shotgun at officers in Detroit police station.

Illegal Nightmare? Banker who WikiLeaked tax evaders data 'guilty'

A Swiss banker has been found guilty of breaking the country's strict banking secrecy rules -- after he handed to Wikileaks data on tax evaders. A judge at a Zurich Court has sentenced Rudolf Elmer to a fine of over 6,000 dollars. British investigative journalist Tony Gosling believes this trial was an attempt to prevent further revelations about the scale of the banks' illegal dealings.

FBI makes biggest 'mafia' bust in New York history

US authorities have charged 127 suspected Cosa Nostra members in the biggest mafia roundup in New York's history

Berlsuconi denies latest scandal

Silvio Berlusconi, Italy's prime minister, and the young woman he has been accused of paying for sex when she was underage, have both denied any sexual contact.

Karima El Mahroug, a Moroccan teenager who has been nicknamed "Ruby the Heartstealer", appeared on a TV station Silvio Berlusconi founded to deny the claims.

She said Berlusconi paid her $9,500 when she went to a Valentines dinner at his villa, but that "he didn't put a finger on me".

Tania Page reports.

Belusconi says paid sex accusation "degrading"

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's faces yet further allegations into his private life. If a Milan court finds him guilty of paying for sex with a minor he risks prison and an ignominious end to his politiical career. He went on television on Sunday to deny the charges being levelled against him.

"It's absurd to even think that I would pay to have sex with a woman. It's something that has never happened even once in my life. I would consider it degrading for my dignity."

Suicide Bomber Kills 50 Police Recruits In Tikrit Iraq

Three dead after stampede at Budapest nightclub

Italy politics: Berlusconi in prostitution investigation

The inquiry centers on Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's relationship with Ruby, a 17-year-old Moroccan runaway.

Arizona Shooting Victim Arrested After Threat

One of the Arizona shooting victims was arrested Saturday and then taken for a psychiatric evaluation after authorities said he took a picture of a tea party leader at a televised town hall meeting and yelled: "you're dead."

'Bush, Reagan let drugs flow free to US from Nicaragua' - ex-dealer

"Freeway" Ricky Ross, a former US street legend, who as a drug dealer was once responsible for flooding California's streets with most of its hard drugs, spoke with RT about his activism against drugs. After making up to US$2 million a day and then spending 20 years in prison, Ross started from scratch and is now trying to make a difference by keeping kids from following into his footsteps.

Woman Charged With Setting Man's Crotch on Fire

A north Florida woman has been charged with dousing her boyfriend's genital area with gasoline and setting him on fire after police say the two got into an argument Saturday.

Thousands flee Brisbane flooding

Brisbane, Australia's third-largest city, is bracing for massive flooding amid rising river levels and heavy rains.

The Brisbane river is expected to rise 5.5 metres above its normal level by Thursday.

Tens of thousands of residents have been asked to move out after sandbagging their homes and stockpiling food.

Al Jazeera's Andrew Thomas reports from Brisbane

Fresh video of flood chaos in Australia as water swamps Brisbane

Emergency sirens blared across Brisbane, Australia's third-largest city, on Wednesday as floodwaters that have torn a deadly path across the northeast poured into an empty downtown, swamping neighbourhoods. At least 22 people have died and more than 40 are missing across Australia's northeastern state of Queensland since drenching rains that began in November sent swollen rivers spilling over their banks, flooding an area larger than France and Germany combined.

Atleast 77 killed in Iran air crash

At least 77 people are confirmed to have died after a commercial IranAir passenger jet crashed in the country's north.

Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has ordered an inquiry into the crash, and investigators have now recovered the flight recorders from the wreckage of the Boeing 727.

Al Jazeera's Alireza Ronaghi in Tehran reported that bitter cold and roughly 70cm of snow have hampered rescue efforts.

The aircraft crashed at around 16.15GMT on Sunday evening, and was bound from Tehran towards Orumiyeh, officials said.

Al Jazeera's Caroline Malone reports.

Obama Responds To Tragic Tucscon Shooting

President Obama responded Saturday to the tragic shooting in Tucson, Arizona.

Witness: 'I Was Able to Grab the Magazine'

A Tucson, Arizona woman describes, for reporters, what it was like to face the alleged gunman who targeted Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. He wounded the Congresswoman and killed six others in the attack.

Rep. Giffords Shot, 6 Killed in Ariz. Rampage

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was shot in the head Saturday when an assailant opened fire outside a grocery store during a meeting with constituents, killing six people and wounding many others.

Calf born with two heads

A calf has been born with two heads in Georgia and it appears to be in 'good' health.

Neb. Student Kills Assistant Principal, Self

The son of a police detective opened fire at a Nebraska high school Wednesday, fatally wounding the asst. principal, injuring the principal and forcing panicked students to take cover in a kitchen. The teen later killed himself.

Prison Riot: Smashed windows, burnt buildings as inmates rampage in UK

Rioting inmates caused heavy damage to a low-security prison on Saturday, smashing windows and setting fires that engulfed buildings and spewed clouds of black smoke. Mark Freeman, deputy general secretary of the Prison Officers Association, said the riot started after some prisoners refused to take breath tests. At the time, only two prison officers and four support staff were on duty, he said.Freeman said a large amount of alcohol had been found at the prison and spoke of "how dangerous even open condition prisoners can be."

Deadly blast outside Egypt church

At least 21 people have died in the Egyptian city of Alexandria when a bomb blew up outside a church.

The targets were Copts, who responded with fury to the overnight attack, marching on a nearby mosque, where they clashed with police.

Al Jazeera's Ayman Moyheldin reports.