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‘Sorry’ ferry captain tells of delay

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 03:25:00 GMT

The captain of a South Korean ferry that capsized and sank this week explains after his arrest why he delayed giving evacuation orders.

US raises Ukraine pressure on Russia

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:49:41 GMT

The US threatens tougher economic sanctions if Russia fails to abide by a new international deal to help de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine.

Dissident republican death condemned

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 04:04:45 GMT

The fatal shooting of prominent dissident republican Tommy Crossan is condemned by Northern Ireland's first and deputy first ministers as detectives continue to investigate.

Police probe 'tragic' burns incident

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 06:01:28 GMT

Police investigating how a seven-year-old boy received serious burn injuries in Aberdeen say there is "no evidence" so far of "any deliberate act".

Hunt to warn of schools extremism

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:42:23 GMT

Labour's Tristram Hunt is to issue a tough warning against religious extremism in schools.

Welby talks of gay marriage struggle

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:00:50 GMT

The Archbishop of Canterbury speaks of the Church of England's struggle to do "what is right" over the divisive issue of same-sex marriage.

'Rogue directors' crackdown planned

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:02:57 GMT

People convicted of commercial crimes overseas could be banned from running UK firms in an attempt to tackle "rogue directors", Business Secretary Vince Cable says.

Obama signs UN envoy visa ban law

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:19:22 GMT

President Barack Obama signs into law a measure that would bar entry to any UN ambassador whom the US says has engaged in "terrorist activity".

UN outrage at South Sudan attack

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:35:58 GMT

The UN expresses outrage at a deadly attack on one of its bases in South Sudan, saying it could "constitute a war crime".

Teachers demand qualified status

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 05:57:13 GMT

Teachers' union conferences are demanding that schools in England should only employ qualified teachers.

Pope leads Good Friday services

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:55:54 GMT

Pope Francis highlights the plight of the poor, elderly and abandoned during the Way of the Cross procession in Rome to mark Good Friday.

Court order halts Brazil match

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:47:19 GMT

A Brazilian second division football game is abandoned after 16 minutes, with one team saying they now have a court order to play in the top division.

Pensions and privacy - front pages

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 04:57:50 GMT

The Daily Express says people are releasing equity from homes to "top up" their pensions, while other papers are concerned about state intrusion into privacy.

VIDEO: World's prettiest Easter eggs?

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:09:40 GMT

A Slavic community museum in Germany is keeping alive the traditional craft of Easter egg painting.

Prince re-signs with 'slave' label

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:49:23 GMT

Pop star Prince signs a major deal with Warner Bros Records, the label he famously fell out with nearly 20 years ago.

Moores to be new England coach

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:09:19 GMT

Peter Moores is to be named England coach for a second time, BBC Sport understands.

O'Sullivan 'not in Hendry's league yet'

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:10:18 GMT

Ronnie O'Sullivan believes he would need to win two more world titles to be considered snooker's greatest player.

I deserve more recognition - Toure

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:36:26 GMT

Manchester City's Yaya Toure thinks he is not regarded as one of the best players on the planet because he is from Africa.

Moyes who? Martinez magic has charmed Everton

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:53:53 GMT

Man Utd boss David Moyes will not get a warm welcome back at Everton, whose fans have fallen under Roberto Martinez's spell, writes Phil McNulty

Simmonds qualifies for IPC Euros

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:00:23 GMT

Ellie Simmonds, Stephanie Slater and Amy Marren qualify for the European Championships at the British Para-Swimming meet.

Giorgio Armani settles tax dispute

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:53:07 GMT

The fashion house Giorgio Armani pays 270m euros (£222m; $374m) to the Italian authorities to settle a tax bill.

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.

Labour hires Obama poll guru Axelrod

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:17:00 GMT

David Axelrod, the strategist who masterminded Barack Obama's presidential victories, will be a key adviser on Ed Miliband's 2015 general election campaign, the Labour Party says.

AUDIO: Axelrod 'fully in tune with Labour'

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:42:12 GMT

Labour's Douglas Alexander discusses the appointment of David Axelrod, Barack Obama's chief election strategist, to advise the party on its 2015 election campaign.

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."

Bullied children still suffer at 50

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:01:11 GMT

Children can experience the negative effects of bullying on their physical and mental health more than 40 years later, says a study from King's College London.

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.

Female cave insects have 'penises'

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 04:51:03 GMT

Female insects with 'penises' have been discovered in Brazil - the first example of an animal with sex-reversed genitalia.

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.

Kim Novak speaks out over jibes

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:07:13 GMT

Vertigo actress Kim Novak says she felt bullied after people attacked her looks at this year's Oscars.

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.

Why is Good Friday called Good Friday?

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:03:18 GMT

It is the day when Christians commemorate Jesus Christ's crucifixion. So why is it called Good Friday?

Quiz of the week's news

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:42:52 GMT

The Magazine's weekly quiz of the news, 7 days 7 questions.

British teenager killed in Syria

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:41:24 GMT

A British teenager said to have "died in battle" fighting with anti-government forces in Syria, is described as a "martyr" by his father.

Man killed as pleasure boat capsizes

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:09:43 GMT

One man dies and another is in hospital after a boat capsizes in a Devon river estuary described by a coastguard officer as "quite treacherous".

Airport boss hits out at state aid

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:28:13 GMT

The chief executive of Edinburgh Airport hits out at state support for other airports for "distorting" competition.

Highland clans celebrate anniversary

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:30:17 GMT

Clan members from northern and western Highlands are expected to attend an anniversary celebration in Inverness which will also help mark this year's Homecoming festival.

Independent MLA David McClarty dies

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:32:32 GMT

The independent unionist Northern Ireland Assembly member David McClarty has died after an illness.

Two vehicles in serious road crash

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:29:17 GMT

There has been a serious two-vehicle road crash at Fivemiletown in County Tyrone.

Redundancy threat at building firm

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:31:34 GMT

Workers at a Newport building firm face redundancy after the company warned it was going into administration, union leaders claim.

Three die in separate road crashes

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:34:53 GMT

Two motorcyclists and a car passenger have died in separate crashes in south and west Wales, say police.

Nigeria schoolgirls 'still missing'

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:53:11 GMT

Nigeria's military rows back on an earlier statement that most of the teenage girls abducted by suspected Islamist militants had been freed.

Algeria's president gets fourth term

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:54:31 GMT

Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who suffered a stroke last year, wins a fourth term in office taking more than 81% of the vote.

Everest avalanche kills 12 guides

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:08:34 GMT

At least 12 local guides have been killed after an avalanche on the slopes of Mount Everest, officials in Nepal say.

Pakistan library named 'Bin Laden'

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:37:12 GMT

An Islamic seminary for women in Pakistan's capital renames its library after Osama Bin Laden, the slain al-Qaeda leader.

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.

Charges over Todd cyber-bullying

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:09:40 GMT

A man is charged in the Netherlands in connection with the suicide of Canadian teenager Amanda Todd, who killed herself after cyber bullying.

Tributes for Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:16:11 GMT

Presidents and fellow writers pay tribute to Nobel prize-winning Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez ,who has died in Mexico aged 87.

Mexico shaken by powerful earthquake

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:44:18 GMT

A 7.2-magnitude earthquake hits states in south and west Mexico, shaking buildings in the capital, but there are no reports of casualties or damage.

Bomb kills at least 14 in Syria

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:49:32 GMT

At least 14 people are killed after a car bomb explodes in a government-controlled area of the besieged Syrian city of Homs.

US freeing Iran funds as deal 'kept'

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:30:38 GMT

The United States is to release frozen Iranian funds, saying Tehran has kept commitments made under an interim deal over its nuclear programme.

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.

Calgary killing suspect's dad speaks

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:39:25 GMT

The father of a man suspected of stabbing to death five people in the Canadian city of Calgary says his son was a "great kid" with a bright future.

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

Your pictures: South Africa

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:27:54 GMT

Readers' photos on the theme of "South Africa"

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

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: Guides killed in Everest avalanche

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:42:26 GMT

At least 12 Sherpa guides have been killed after an avalanche on the slopes of Mount Everest, Nepali officials say.

VIDEO: Kate meets Manly Beach life-savers

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:11:00 GMT

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have made an appearance at Sydney's Royal Easter Show, during their tour of Australia.

VIDEO: Camel birth shocks sheep farmer

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:43:43 GMT

A farmer who was hoping for some rest after a busy lambing season has been surprised by his latest newborn - a camel.

VIDEO: Easter story in a shipping container

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:54:03 GMT

The North East town of South Shields is commemorating the Passion of Christ on Good Friday in a different way.

VIDEO: 'Tug of war' Banksy art in museum

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:53:02 GMT

The Banksy painting which was controversially removed from a wall in Bristol has gone back on display.

VIDEO: A day in the life of the BBC in Ukraine

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:11:21 GMT

The BBC's James Reynolds recorded his day as he and a BBC team covered events in the eastern Ukraine.

VIDEO: Volcano spews ash in Peru

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:25:50 GMT

Four thousand people living near Peru's most active volcano Ubinas are being evacuated from their homes.

VIDEO: How four men can play one piano

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:18:42 GMT

The Piano Guys talk to BBC Breakfast about their worldwide success thanks to a viral video aimed at drumming up business for a Utah shop

Week in pictures: 12-18 April 2014

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:01:46 GMT

Selection of the best news photographs from around the world

Top 10 Tips: Susanne du Toit

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:46:49 GMT

Portrait painter Susanne du Toit on being an artist

Cheaper stamps if Scots go it alone?

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:13:56 GMT

Will stamps get cheaper if Scots go it alone?

10 things we didn't know last week

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:17:06 GMT

Rhea birds can be extremely dangerous, plus other factlets

Shannon Airport: A curious history of celebrity visitors

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:26:49 GMT

The airport that hosted a roll-call of presidents

The eight tribes of vinyl collector

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:29:15 GMT

The 8 tribes of people who keep buying records

The tale of the lion and the spa break

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:34:41 GMT

A lion on the loose in Llandrindod Wells

John Lewis celebrates 150 years

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:47:25 GMT

What's the story of John Lewis' 150 years of success?

Chlorine: From toxic chemical to household cleaner

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:26:03 GMT

The element that makes a familiar smell when mixed with urine

Analysis: Putin's hopes and fears

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:59:29 GMT

Putin's chilling threats on Ukraine are clear, says Bridget Kendall

It's getting mighty crowded

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:17:11 GMT

Parents face tough time getting primary school places