The governing body of world cycling the UCI has been accused of ignoring the extent of doping in the sport. The report follows a year-long inquiry by investigators appointed by the UCI itself. Our correspondent has the details. "Two former UCI Presidents Hein Verbruggen and Pat McQuaid had cleared of covering up positive tests notably in relation to seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, but both are heavily criticized for giving the drug cheat preferential treatment and the UCI is found to have consistently failed to apply its own anti-doping rules, turning a blind eye to the extent of the problem. Despite improvement in recent years, the report finds that cycling, still, is wrestling the drugs. The commission also found that doping in amateur cycling is becoming endemic."
Five ethnic Chechens from Russia's mainly-Muslim North Caucasus region have appeared in court in Moscow in connection with the murder late last month of the opposition activist Boris Nemtsov. Prosecutor said Mr. Nemtsov had died in a contract killing. Our correspondent reports. "All five men are from Russia's mainly-Muslim North Caucasus and investigators had suggested that Mr Nemtsov must have been targeted by Islamic extremists for supporting those who satirized the Prophet Muhammad in cartoons. But one of his key political allies Ilya Yashin told me he's deeply skeptical. "I do not believe in this version. I believe in political version. I believe in a version that Nemtsov was killed because it was an act of terror to scare the society." As investigation continues, Boris Nemtsov's supporters have one key question - if these five men are accused of carrying out the crime, then who ordered it?
The Indian television channel NDTV has interrupted its programming in protest against the banning of the BBC documentary India's Daughter. Our correspondent reports. "India's Daughter who's banned by the Indian government on the grounds that it had objectionable content and it would damage India reputation abroad. The film features an interview with one of the main convicted of the savage rape and murder of a young woman on a bus in Deli in 2012. It was due to be shown on Sunday evening on NDTV but in its place the broadcaster's aired a slate with the words 'India's Daughter' in protest at the ban. Explaining its decision, the channel's editorial director Sonia Singh announced on social media - we won't shout but we will be heard."
Venezuelan will begin installing fingerprint scanners in supermarkets across the country aimed at reducing food hoarding and panic buying. President Nicolás Maduro said seven large private supermarket chains had agreed to install the scanners. For months Venezuelans have endured long queues at supermarkets because of widespread shortages of basic goods.
The United Nations Security Council has condemned a rocket attack on a UN base in Mali in which a peacekeeper and two children were killed. The Security Council described the attack on the barracks in the northern rebel stronghold of Kidal as "heinous" and called on the Mali government to bring those responsible to justice. No group has said it carried out the attack. Kidal is the cradle of Mali's Tuareg separatist movement.
The first attempt to fly around the world in a solar-powered plane gets underway shortly in Abu Dhabi. The one-seater plane has wings covered with solar panels as big as those of a jumbo jet but the plane has the weight of a car. Batteries will store energy from the sun so it can fly at night. Nicholas Bidow from the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs explains the long-term purpose of the project. "What we can do with this technology, with this airplane is, as the next step, as the next stage, to build an unman version of this one - flying very high above the airliners 20 km, capable of flying, for example, six months over the city and doing communication work, for example, and with the possibility to reuse the technology each time in fact during the up and down."
An 18-month-old baby has been rescued from a car 14 hours after it crashed and overturned into a river in the US state of Utah. The child's mother died but the baby survived strapped into a car seat suspended above the icy cold water. The child is in a stable but critical condition.
The Argentine tennis player Leonardo Mayer has beaten Joao Souza of Brazil in the longest match ever played in the 115-year history of the premier men's team competition the Davis Cup. Mayer won the five set encounter played in searing heat in Buenos Aires in six hours 42 minutes. It is 20 minutes longer than the previous Davis Cup record held by John McEnroe and Mats Wilander in 1982.