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Thousands of mourners turned out Tuesday to pay a last homage to slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, gunned down near the Kremlin in the most stunning assassination of Vladimir Putin's rule. Crowds thronged the Russian capital to mourn the 55-year-old former deputy prime minister, a longtime Putin critic and anti-corruption crusader who was laid to rest at a Moscow cemetery. The funeral caused a fresh spat between Russia and the European Union, which condemned what it called "arbitrary" bans after Russia blocked prominent figures from Poland and Latvia from attending. Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was also unable to attend as he is behind bars, but speaking from jail he accused "the country's political leadership" of ordering a hit on Nemtsov.
Norway's Nobel Peace Prize committee on Tuesday demoted its controversial chairman Thorbjoern Jagland in a move unprecedented in the long history of the award. The committee, which said the former Norwegian prime minister would remain as a committee member, gave no reason for its decision. "There was broad agreement within the committee that Thorbjoern Jagland was a good chair for six years," Kullman Five told reporters, but declined to comment on the discussion. Commentators and former Nobel laureates alike had criticised the committee's decisions under Jagland's stewardship.
By Dan Williams and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the United States on Tuesday against agreeing to a nuclear deal with Iran and working with a country "deeply rooted in militant Islam", saying Tehran "will always be an enemy of America". "If the deal now being negotiated is accepted by Iran, that deal will not prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons - it will all but guarantee that Iran will get those nuclear weapons - lots of them," he said. In the most anticipated speech to the U.S. Congress by a foreign leader in years, Netanyahu said Iran's regime was "as radical as ever," could not be trusted and the deal being worked out with the United States would not block Iran's way to a bomb "but paves its way to a bomb." "We must all stand together to stop Iran’s march of conquest, subjugation and terror," he said.