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Bosses sign letter supporting Tories
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:33:17 GMT

More than 100 company leaders declare support for a Conservative-led government as Labour pledges to end "exploitative" zero hours contracts.

Care system 'gets biggest shake-up'
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:04:24 GMT

Major changes to the care system in England, dubbed the biggest shake-up for 60 years, are being introduced, while Scotland merges NHS and care budgets.

Deadline for Iran talks extended
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:21:00 GMT

Nuclear talks between world powers and Iran will continue past a midnight deadline into Wednesday, US officials say.

EU milk quota system is abolished
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:02:31 GMT

EU milk quotas are scrapped, bringing an end to more than 30 years of efforts to prevent overproduction.

Scotch whisky exports fall by 7%
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:00:56 GMT

A decade of strong growth in Scotch whisky exports came to an end last year as overseas sales fell, according to new figures.

Opposition wins Nigeria election
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:06:04 GMT

Muhammadu Buhari wins Nigeria's presidential poll, in the country's first ever election victory by the opposition.

Lufthansa knew of co-pilot depression
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 20:10:49 GMT

The Alps crash co-pilot Andreas Lubitz informed Lufthansa's flight school in 2009 of a "serious depressive episode", the airline says.

Paracetamol ‘no good for back pain'
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:06:01 GMT

Paracetamol is ineffective at treating back pain and osteoarthritis despite being a recommended treatment, a group of Australian researchers warns.

Bloody end to Turkey hostage crisis
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 22:44:40 GMT

A Turkish prosecutor and two gunmen who took him hostage have been killed after a shootout in Istanbul, officials say.

MS drug 'may already be out there'
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:00:41 GMT

Depression and heart disease drugs are to be tested in a new trial to find treatments for Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

Clarkson live tour set to go ahead
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:09:02 GMT

Jeremy Clarkson is to appear on planned live dates with his former Top Gear co-stars Richard Hammond and James May, BBC Worldwide announces.

Turkey hit by massive power cut
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 22:50:02 GMT

A huge power cut hits dozens of provinces across Turkey for several hours, causing transport chaos.

Business warning, zero hours policy, and feckless fathers
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:45:27 GMT

A warning 'not to change course' from senior business leaders, Labours plans for 'zero hours' contracts, and a couple of extremely fecund fathers feature in Wednesday's papers.

Virtual reality take on refugee life
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:24:43 GMT

Virtual reality was shown off as a tool for immersive, empathetic journalism at the recent Ted conference - but does it have a future in film-making?

Two schools worlds apart in Lancashire
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 01:25:50 GMT

Two schools in widely differing, but neighbouring areas of Lancashire illustrate the flaws of thinking the problems of one community are faced by all, says Sanchia Berg.

What's wrong with party politics?
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 01:29:36 GMT

There is a deep structural problem with the current system of party politics in the UK, says Danny Kruger.

Why Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan lost
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:22:09 GMT

Nigerians are so used to the idea that an incumbent should win the presidential election that President Goodluck Jonathan's failure to beat Gen Muhammadu Buhari needs some explaining.

Giant slides return to London
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:32:18 GMT

Giant slides by the artist Carsten Holler are returning to London this summer, this time at the Hayward Gallery on London's South Bank.

Passenger's thank you note to pilots
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:15:46 GMT

An airline passenger's touching handwritten letter thanking her pilots for taking her home is being shared across Twitter.

Italy 1-1 England
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:20:03 GMT

Andros Townsend's second-half equaliser earns England a 1-1 draw against Italy in a friendly in Turin.

Wasps' Hughes banned for North blow
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:07:32 GMT

Wasps forward Nathan Hughes is banned for three weeks for "striking with the knee and/or shin" against Northampton.

VIDEO: Bale's basketball half-court hat-trick
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:34:50 GMT

Real Madrid and Wales forward Gareth Bale takes part in the NBA's half-court challenge, testing his basketball shooting accuracy.

Murray reaches 500 career wins
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:13:28 GMT

Andy Murray reaches 500 career wins with victory over Kevin Anderson at the Miami Open, beating the South African 6-4 3-6 6-3.

Israel 0-1 Belgium
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:54:25 GMT

Belgium knock Wales off top spot in their Euro 2016 qualifying group with a narrow win over Israel.

Air passenger duty cut from 1 April
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:01:06 GMT

A number of tax changes come in on 1 April, which will mean cheaper flights for thousands of people who travel over 4,000 miles.

Buffett 'wouldn't raise US rates'
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:59:58 GMT

The billionaire investor, Warren Buffett, says if he ran the US Federal Reserve, he wouldn't raise interest rates significantly.

Election 2015: Celebrities on the campaign trail
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:41:16 GMT

Celebrities who back political parties

Balls and Clegg campaign in Scotland
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:49:41 GMT

Westminster figures will travel to Scotland on the third day of campaigning in the general election.

More veterans seek mental health aid
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 23:45:59 GMT

A mental health charity which treats military veterans says referrals have increased by 26% in the last year.

E-cigarette use 'high among teens'
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 23:00:53 GMT

A substantial number of teenagers are experimenting with e-cigarettes, even those who have never smoked, a study suggests.

'More teachers leave in first year'
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:46:57 GMT

Rising numbers of new teachers are leaving the profession within a year of qualifying, says a teachers' union leader.

Poorer children's brains 'smaller'
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:18:11 GMT

Poorer children 'have smaller brains' than their more prosperous counterparts, researchers from California have found.

VIDEO: Big leap in 4K video streaming tech
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:22:56 GMT

A new method of compression could see ultra-HD video streamed to TVs and other devices using around 50% of the bandwidth currently needed.

Evidence links China to GitHub attack
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:03:32 GMT

Security researchers say "innocent" internet users are unwittingly carrying out the attack, most likely hijacked by the Chinese government.

US makes climate pledge to UN
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:27:37 GMT

The US has pledged to tackle climate change by cutting its carbon emissions 26-28% by 2025.

LHC fixes glitch, prepares for beams
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:05:13 GMT

The short circuit delaying the restart of the Large Hadron Collider has been fixed, after a blast of high current melted the metal particle responsible.

Dutch royals to return Nazi art
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:39:49 GMT

The Dutch royal family says it will return a painting believed to have been confiscated from Jewish owners during World War Two.

TV channel 'sorry' over on-air curse
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:18:49 GMT

A local TV channel apologises after a presenter uses a sexually explicit swearword to describe a colleague.

Why doesn't McDonald's sell all-day breakfasts?
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:49:14 GMT

McDonald's plans to test all-day breakfast in the US. Why can't you buy an Egg McMuffin after 10:30?

10 things we didn't know last week
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:15:38 GMT

How to make rice less calorific, and more news nuggets.

Spurs agreement over stadium land
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:46:18 GMT

Tottenham Hotspur says it has struck a private deal to buy disputed land for a proposed £400m football stadium.

Election candidate's email 'stupid'
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:43:03 GMT

An election candidate is criticised for telling a woman in a gay marriage that he did not want to hear from her again.

Businessman backs fiscal autonomy
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:56:51 GMT

One of Scotland's most successful businessmen, Jim McColl, has called for Holyrood to have full control over its finances by 2020.

New laws streamline care in Scotland
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:54:20 GMT

The way care is organised is radically changing across the whole of Scotland with councils and the NHS working together to streamline services.

Councils in court battle over centre
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:08:51 GMT

A row over Castlereagh's Robinson leisure centre has led to a court battle between two councils on their last day of business.

Safety fears over Windsor Park stand
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:24:42 GMT

Club and international games at Windsor Park, Belfast could be in doubt because of possible subsidence in the West Stand.

Woman in fatal bus crash was officer
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 20:20:40 GMT

A woman who died after being hit by a bus in Swansea city centre was an off-duty officer, police confirm.

Plaid's public services cash pledge
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:25:57 GMT

Plaid Cymru promises more cash for Welsh public services, an extra 1,000 medical jobs and to scrap taxes for 70,000 small businesses as it launches its general election manifesto.

Mining massacre report given to Zuma
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:48:34 GMT

The findings of an inquiry into the killings of 34 workers at the Marikana mine in South Africa are given to President Jacob Zuma.

Libya Tripoli-based Islamist PM fired
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:28:09 GMT

MPs remove Omar al-Hassi as head of Libya's Islamist-backed alternative government in Tripoli amid allegations of financial irregularities.

Myanmar drafts ceasefire with rebels
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:44:43 GMT

Myanmar's President Thein Sein witnesses the signing of a draft ceasefire deal between the government and 16 rebel groups, which the UN says is "historic".

Tokyo ward certifies 'gay marriage'
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:26:24 GMT

The Shibuya ward in Tokyo has become the first place in Japan to recognise same-sex partnerships.

Fatal storms hit northern Europe
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:46:23 GMT

Four people have been killed in gales that have battered Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and the UK.

France scraps payment for sex fines
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:09:26 GMT

France's Senate rejects a planned 2013 law penalising people who pay for sex and decides to maintain the offence of soliciting.

Peru prime minister deposed in spy row
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:19:53 GMT

Peruvian Prime Minister Ana Jara is sacked by Congress over allegations that the country's spy agency gathered information on thousands of Peruvians.

Buenos Aires empty as strike hits
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:29:52 GMT

Residents of Buenos Aires woke up to empty streets on Tuesday as a one-day strike by transportation workers began.

US lifts Egypt weapons freeze
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:56:21 GMT

President Barack Obama has told his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel Fattah al Sisi, that the US will resume military aid to Egypt, frozen since 2013.

Iraqi forces in 'major Tikrit push'
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:22:06 GMT

Iraqi forces have made major advances against Islamic State (IS) in Tikrit - retaking the government headquarters, officials say.

Arkansas passes 'religion' bill
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 01:11:36 GMT

The US state of Arkansas approves a religious freedom bill similar to one that caused a storm of protest in Indiana from gay rights supporters.

Boston bombing defence finishes
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:09:38 GMT

The defence in the Boston Marathon bombing trial rests its case against defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, charged with 30 counts related to the attack.

Election 2015 in pictures: 31 March
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:33:17 GMT

The first full day of campaigning

No work, no football in time of Ebola
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 02:44:49 GMT

How Ebola still affects love lives and wallets

Your pictures: Docks
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:44:05 GMT

Readers' photographs on the theme of docks.

Election 2015 in pictures: 30 March
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 15:47:45 GMT

Parliament is dissolved and the race for No 10 begins

Week in pictures: 21-27 March 2015
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:02:40 GMT

A selection of the best news photographs from around the world, taken over the past week.

Kathmandu graffiti
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 09:08:49 GMT

The walls of the Nepali capital come to life

Day in pictures: 27 March 2015
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:31:23 GMT

Images from around the world: 27 March

In pictures: I'm not voting because...
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 04:30:52 GMT

Denise Felkin's MA project

VIDEO: Finance Bill second reading
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 20:08:15 GMT

MPs pass the Finance Bill at second reading.

VIDEO: Day two election campaign highlights
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:16:27 GMT

In the run-up to the general election on 7 May, the BBC brings you a daily guide to the key stories from the campaign trail.

VIDEO: 'Homophobic' Indiana bill 'needs fix'
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 22:14:29 GMT

The governor of Indiana is calling on lawmakers there to "fix" a controversial law meant to protect religious freedoms.

VIDEO: Police hunt Colombia drug baron
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:47:47 GMT

A massive police hunt is under way in Colombia for a man known as "Otoniel" who is said to run an enormous drug trafficking empire.

VIDEO: Alps crash site search intensifies
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:14:23 GMT

One week on from the Germanwings plane crash in the Alps, the search for victims' remains intensifies.

VIDEO: Ultra-thin models could face jail
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:46:12 GMT

Models with a BMI of less than 18 could be fined or sent to prison, under legislation being considered by France.

VIDEO: £135k to move voles: Money well spent?
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:21:23 GMT

£135,000 was spent relocating water voles so work could begin dredging two Somerset rivers in 2014.

VIDEO: Bandleader Last bows out
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 22:06:25 GMT

Bandleader and composer James last talks to David Sillito as he performs his last shows in Britain before his retirement

VIDEO: Abandoned horses 'crisis' - RSPCA
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:28:34 GMT

The RSPCA says it is looking after so many abandoned horses, donkeys and ponies that it cannot take in any more.

From prison to the Paralympics
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 01:01:24 GMT

From cannabis conspiracy to Paralympics chance

VIDEO: Landmark London clothes shop closes
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:45:41 GMT

The women's fashion shop that resisted the decades

VIDEO: A history of capitalism - in 233 seconds
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 01:08:54 GMT

What would Karl Marx make of the 21st Century?

How well do you know your constituencies?
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 01:13:54 GMT

Baldrick's rotten borough and other remarkable constituencies

Can you win at anything if you practise hard enough?
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:02:56 GMT

Can you win at anything with enough practice?

Weather in pictures: 31 March
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:33:51 GMT

How winds have been battering parts of Britain

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