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World has entered 'new Cold War', says Russian PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama. Credit: PA

Tensions between Russia and the West have plunged the world into a "new Cold War", Dmitry Medvedev has said.

The Russian Prime Minister said his country was "accused of making new horrible threats either against NATO as a whole, against Europe or against the US or other countries" on an almost daily basis.

Relations between Russia and the West have been strained by the Ukraine conflict and Russia's backing of Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria.

Speaking at the Munich Security Conference, Mr Medvedev said: "We can say it even more clearly: We have slid into a new period of Cold War."

He said the US and Russia needed to cooperate regularly to resolve the crisis in Syria.

Mr Medvedev also rejected claims Russia has bombed civilians in Syria, saying there was "no evidence" to back the accusations.


Trident allows UK to play 'outsized role on global stage'

Ash Carter said the nuclear-armed submarines are an "important part of the deterrent structure of Nato". Credit: PA

Britain's Trident nuclear deterrent allows it to play an "outsized role on the global stage", the US defence secretary has said.

Ash Carter said the nuclear-armed submarines are an "important part of the deterrent structure of Nato".

MPs are expected to vote on plans to renew the weapons system, with Labour split over its policy on the issue. Jeremy Corbyn favours unilateral disarmament but faces a showdown with some of his shadow cabinet.

Mr Carter told the BBC that Trident enables Britain to "continue to play that outsized role on the global stage that it does because of its moral standing and its historical standing".

"It's important that the military power matches that standing and so we're very supportive of it," he added.

Second man arrested over Akhtar Javeed murder

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A second man has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of businessman Akhtar Javeed, West Midlands Police has said.

The 26-year-old was arrested in Leicester along with a 19-year-old woman, who was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Mr Javeed, 56, was shot dead as masked men attempted to rob Direct Source 3 Ltd in Birmingham on February 3.

Police have applied for more time to question an 18-year-old man who was arrested in Derby on Thursday.

Detective Chief Inspector Martin Slevin said: “This is a fast paced investigation and further arrests have been made as we continue to investigate Mr Javeed's murder."


Social media 'made junior doctor talks more difficult'

Junior doctors during a recent strike over proposed new contracts. Credit: PA

Negotiations on junior doctor contracts were made "more difficult" by medics voicing their opinion on social media, the government's top negotiator has said.

Sir David Dalton, chief executive of Salford Royal NHS Trust, said comments on Facebook and Twitter had been a "huge impediment" to the talks, although he said they were not the main reason they failed.

"It's been done in a goldfish bowl of people giving real-time commentary and that makes it more difficult to create the space for negotiations," he is quoted in the Times newspaper.

Liverpool crash victims 'have no life-threatening injuries'

Merseyside police have confirmed that none of girls hit by a car outside a school in Liverpool are in a life-threatening condition following the incident.

All are being treated for "either serious or minor injuries", the police said.

Cold with rain in the south

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It'll be a cold day for much of the UK, with rain across many southern areas.

Spells of sleet and hill snow are possible, with a brisk easterly wind exacerbating the cold feel.

Meanwhile, a band of rain, sleet and snow across eastern Scotland will be moving slowly southwards into northeast England.

Elsewhere, it will be mostly dry and bright, with sunny spells. Temperatures will be reaching highs of 7 Celsius (45 F) in the southeast.

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