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Ferry transcript reveals crew panic
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:05:21 GMT

The last communications between the South Korean ferry that sank on Wednesday and traffic services reveal panic and indecision by the crew.

Russian outrage at Ukraine killing
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:59:50 GMT

The Russian foreign ministry expresses outrage at a fatal shooting incident in eastern Ukraine which it blames on Ukrainian nationalists.

Norwich City 2-3 Liverpool
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:35:18 GMT

Liverpool open up a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League after a hard-fought 3-2 win over relegation-battling Norwich.

Quango chair resigns over bankruptcy
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:05:26 GMT

A businessman appointed by the prime minister to head a multibillion-pound quango steps down after it was revealed that he was bankrupt.

Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:51:06 GMT

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the US boxer whose wrongful conviction for murder caused an international outcry, dies aged 76.

Wilshaw takes charge of Trojan Horse
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:48:25 GMT

Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw is to take personal charge of the watchdog's investigation into claims that a number of schools in Birmingham have been taken over by Muslim hardliners.

Briton killed in Malaysia crash
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:58:45 GMT

A British national dies after a double-decker bus reportedly crashes into a ravine in Malaysia.

Archbishop highlights suffering
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:56:03 GMT

The Archbishop of Canterbury highlights the suffering of people in conflicts around the world during his Easter Sunday sermon.

Hostage reporters 'chained' in Syria
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:11:44 GMT

Four French journalists who spent 10 months in captivity in Syria were chained to each other and kept in basements without light, one recounts.

William and Kate at Easter service
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:21:18 GMT

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend an Easter Sunday church service in Sydney and take Prince George to the zoo as part of their overseas tour.

Garden centres 'want' Easter choice
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 09:31:09 GMT

The government is urged to end restrictions that prevent many garden centres in England and Wales from opening on Easter Sunday.

Mother tells of lion park ordeal
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:59:57 GMT

A mother tells of her family's lucky escape after their car caught fire in the lion enclosure at Longleat Safari Park.

Queen portrait released for birthday
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:02:28 GMT

A portrait of the Queen by celebrated British photographer David Bailey is released to mark the monarch's 88th birthday.

Miranda 'in Generation Game talks'
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:35:33 GMT

Comedian Miranda Hart is in "early talks" with the BBC about a revival of game show The Generation Game.

Hamilton eases to victory in China
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:46:09 GMT

Lewis Hamilton takes a dominant victory in the Chinese GP to win three consecutive races for the first time in his career.

Hopkins secures historic victory
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:21:19 GMT

Bernard Hopkins becomes the oldest boxer to unify a weight division with a split-decision victory in Washington.

Welbeck considers Man Utd exit
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:25:27 GMT

Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck is considering a move in order to play more in his preferred central striking role.

Hull City 0-3 Arsenal
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:59:52 GMT

Arsenal keep control of the destiny of the fourth and final Champions League spot with a comfortable win at Hull.

Wawrinka takes Monte Carlo title
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:48:32 GMT

Stanislas Wawrinka beats fellow Swiss Roger Federer to win the first Masters 1000 title of his career in Monte Carlo.

Two government agencies quit CBI
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:35:34 GMT

Scottish government agencies Scottish Enterprise and Visit Scotland have quit business lobby organisation CBI after it formally backed the campaign against Scottish independence.

VIDEO: UK could become 'nation of renters'
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:16:51 GMT

Almost half of Britons believe the UK will become a nation of renters within a generation, research suggests.

Charities chief warns of extremism
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 01:25:05 GMT

Islamic extremism is the "most deadly" threat to charities in England and Wales, says William Shawcross, chairman of the Charity Commission.

VIDEO: Hunt warns against school extremism
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:59:18 GMT

Tristram Hunt, Labour's shadow education secretary, has warned against religious extremism in schools.

Foreign doctors 'need tougher tests'
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:03:35 GMT

Tests taken by foreign doctors who want to work in the NHS should be made harder to pass to bring them in line with UK standards, a study says.

AUDIO: Man amputated hand to get 'reaction'
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:37:38 GMT

A man who suffered with chronic hand pain chopped the limb off so people "would listen."

Teachers' election year strike threat
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:48:42 GMT

The NASUWT teachers' union warns of industrial action in the run up to next year's general election.

VIDEO: Ex-terror chief heads 'Trojan horse' probe
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:43:35 GMT

An inquiry into allegations of a hard-line Islamist plot to take over 25 Birmingham schools is to be lead by the Met's former national head of counter terrorism, it has been announced.

German media boss criticises Google
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:20:24 GMT

In an open letter to Google's Eric Schmidt the boss of German publishing firm Axel Springer says it is afraid of the search giant.

VIDEO: Cyborg glasses mimic eye gestures
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:58:26 GMT

A Japanese researcher shows off glasses that display computer-generated eyes, which express emotions to save their wearer the effort.

Ancient life 'frozen' by impacts
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:54:53 GMT

Ancient grasses from the Pampas of Argentina were preserved when asteroids struck the area, scientists report.

VIDEO: Footage of rare 'blood moon' eclipse
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:15:43 GMT

People in the Americas have been treated to a rare "blood moon" lunar eclipse. Jonathan Amos explains the science behind the colour change.

Stars read leaked Tarantino script
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:22:44 GMT

Samuel L Jackson, Bruce Dern and Michael Madsen join Quentin Tarantino for a live reading of a leaked, unproduced film script.

VIDEO: Film Review - the week's new releases
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:54:14 GMT

Film critic Anna Smith reviews the week's new film releases, including comedy The Love Punch, character driven drama, Locke, and We Are The Best!, a witty drama about a punk band in the 1980s.

The tale of the lion and the spa break
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:34:41 GMT

On International Circus Day, author Jeremy Clay recounts the tale of an escaped lion and a spa stay that proved rather less than stress-free.

10 things we didn't know last week
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:17:06 GMT

Rhea birds can be extremely dangerous, and more nuggets from the week's news.

A political resignation and Labour's NHS plan - papers
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 04:51:11 GMT

A newspaper investigation prompting a Whitehall resignation, Labour's election plans and the latest in the alleged plot to "Islamise" schools all feature on Sunday's front pages.

Escaped rhea 'death threat issued'
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:25:57 GMT

People trying to find an escaped 2m-tall bird capable of running at 40mph say they have received a threat to kill it.

First new diocese since 1929 created
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:23:59 GMT

The first new Church of England diocese in 85 years comes into existence following the merger of three dioceses.

Motorcyclist killed in island crash
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:22:45 GMT

A motorcyclist is pronounced dead at the scene after crashing his bike on the A87 on Skye.

Crash driver found with head injury
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 09:39:42 GMT

A driver who was involved in a crash on the Friarton Bridge in Perth on Saturday night was traced three hours later with serious head injuries.

Man arrested after woman found dead
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:16:14 GMT

A 36-year-old man is arrested in connection with the discovery of a woman's body in west Belfast.

US law firm to launch in Londonderry
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:34:56 GMT

A United States-based entertainment law company opens offices in Londonderry.

Crews tackle hundreds of grass fires
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:27:43 GMT

Fire crews have tackled at least 484 grass fires in Wales since the start of April, the latest figures show.

Teachers' pay move 'inevitable'
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:48:46 GMT

Decisions on teachers' pay and conditions will "inevitably" be devolved to Wales, says a teaching union.

Algeria militants kill 14 soldiers
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:36:05 GMT

Islamist militants kill 14 Algerian soldiers in an ambush on a military convoy in mountains east of the capital Algiers.

Nigeria teacher in seized girls plea
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:26:13 GMT

The headmistress of a school in Nigeria calls on the government to do more to save teenage girls abducted by suspected Islamist militants.

Abdullah 'extends Afghan poll lead'
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:27:40 GMT

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has extended his lead over his rival Ashraf Ghani, latest results from the presidential polls suggest.

Japan to base troops near islands
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:29:15 GMT

Japan begins building a military radar station near the Senkaku islands, focus of a bitter territorial row with China, which calls them the Diaoyus.

Pope celebrates Easter Sunday Mass
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:46:21 GMT

Pope Francis celebrates Easter in front of thousands in St Peter's Square, praying for peace in Syria and Ukraine and "an end to all war".

Top aide to French president resigns
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:51:40 GMT

A close aide to French President Francois Hollande resigns following allegations he had a conflict of interest in a previous post.

Colombia to honour Garcia Marquez
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:41:56 GMT

Colombia announces its own ceremony to honour author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who was cremated in Mexico, where he lived for more than 30 years.

Brazil cars torched in protest
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:43:20 GMT

Residents of a poor community near Rio de Janeiro torch vehicles in protest at the deaths of two young men in incidents involving the police.

Yemen drone strike kills militants
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:33:17 GMT

A drone attack in south Yemen has killed at least three suspected al-Qaeda fighters, defence officials and local tribal chiefs say.

UN envoy and Israel in access row
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:08:38 GMT

The UN envoy to the Middle East accuses Israel of blocking his way to an Easter ceremony in Jerusalem, as Israel questions his judgement.

US 'delays' Keystone XL decision
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:20:31 GMT

The US state department gives federal agencies more time to review the Keystone XL oil pipeline before determining whether to issue a permit.

Crouching Tiger prequel set to shoot
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:09:20 GMT

A prequel to Oscar-winning martial arts film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon will begin filming later this year.

Day in pictures: 16 April 2014
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:54:07 GMT

News photos from past 24 hours: 16 April

In pictures: South Korea ferry sinks
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:43:18 GMT

Passenger ferry in South Korea capsizes

In pictures: Chile fire rages on
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:41:57 GMT

Huge fire in the Chilean city of Valparaiso

Day in pictures: 15 April 2014
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:01:43 GMT

News photos from past 24 hours: 15 April

In pictures: Nigeria bus blast
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:53:51 GMT

Aftermath of a bomb blast in Abuja

In pictures: Royals tour New Zealand
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:20:01 GMT

Duke and Duchess in New Zealand and Australia

Day in pictures: 14 April 2014
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:16:33 GMT

News photos from past 24 hours: 14 April

Your pictures: Growth
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:09:39 GMT

Readers' photos on the theme of "growth"

VIDEO: House of Commons
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:55:29 GMT

The PM is challenged over his support for Maria Miller following a row over her expenses.

VIDEO: Baby prince meets a Bilby at the zoo
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 06:51:06 GMT

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge continued their royal tour of Australia with a tour of Taronga Zoo accompanied by their son Prince George.

VIDEO: Greek skies light up for Easter
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 06:44:35 GMT

Rival parishes on the Greek island of Chios have marked the evening before Orthodox Easter - by firing hundreds of rockets at each other's churches.

VIDEO: Pro-Russians 'shot dead in Ukraine'
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:28:54 GMT

Russian media is reporting that up to 5 people were killed after gunmen attacked a checkpoint manned by pro-Russian activists near Sloviansk.

VIDEO: More bodies found in ferry search
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:59:34 GMT

More bodies have been recovered in the search for missing passengers from a South Korean ferry which capsized and sank with hundreds of people on board.

VIDEO: Archbishop's sermon highlights suffering
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:50:52 GMT

The Archbishop of Canterbury has highlighted the suffering of people facing conflict around the world during his Easter sermon.

VIDEO: Why France is rediscovering tea
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:10:12 GMT

France has been rediscovering a passion for tea, with a recent boom in sales of high-quality scented and non-scented blends.

VIDEO: Phillips completes BMX World Cup double
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:54:13 GMT

Great Britain's Liam Phillips wins the Supercross title at the first round of the BMX World Cup series in Manchester, adding to his time-trial victory.

VIDEO: Rural poverty aid 'reluctance'
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:34:39 GMT

The UK's largest operator of food banks, the Trussell Trust, revealed this week that it handed out nearly a million food parcels in the past year, but in rural Scotland there is reluctance amongst some people to seek help with poverty.

In Pictures: 50 landmark BBC Two shows
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:08:49 GMT

Fifty landmark shows from 50 years of BBC Two

France's silent tea revolution
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:10:58 GMT

France falls back in love with tea - but don't expect a British cuppa

Remembering Peter and Paddy
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:20:11 GMT

Remembering two of the greatest travel writers

It's tough luck to lose to your team-mate
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:35:56 GMT

Lewis Hamilton builds edge in F1 championship

Flying the flag for county pride
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:21:43 GMT

Preserving the identities of England's counties

Why big buttocks can be bad for your health
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:16:23 GMT

Why budget buttock ops can be bad for your health

Your pictures: South Africa
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:27:54 GMT

Readers' photos on the theme of South Africa

What hours do teachers really work?
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:08:08 GMT

What hours do teachers really work?