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West criticises Syria election plan
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:51:55 GMT

The Syrian government's plan to hold a presidential election on 3 June is a "parody of democracy" that could torpedo peace efforts, Western powers warn.

Family justice changes take effect
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 23:38:54 GMT

Changes to family justice in England and Wales come into force which ministers say will put the welfare of children at the centre of the system.

Man Utd silent on Moyes's future
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:04:33 GMT

Manchester United say David Moyes has not been sacked but decline to comment about the manager's longer-term future.

'Ethnic slaughter' in South Sudan
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:11:17 GMT

Hundreds of people were killed because of their ethnicity after South Sudan rebels seized the oil hub of Bentiu last week, the UN says.

Photos show 'Russia army' in Ukraine
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:48:37 GMT

The US State Department releases photos that it says shows Russian soldiers among the militants holding official buildings in eastern Ukraine.

Savile victims alerted to pay-outs
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 23:40:19 GMT

People who claim they were sexually abused by Jimmy Savile are being alerted by newspaper adverts as to how they can claim compensation.

Boston marathon honours bomb victims
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:06:39 GMT

Thousands of runners take to the streets of Boston as it honours those killed and injured in a bomb attack last year at the marathon's finish line.

Farage defends UKIP poster campaign
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 01:15:59 GMT

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has defended a poster campaign about immigration as "a hard-hitting reflection of reality" after it is condemned as "racist".

Scottish universities leave CBI
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:21:02 GMT

Two Scottish universities become the latest organisations to quit the CBI over its stance in the Scottish independence referendum debate.

Accused dead in courtroom shooting
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 23:16:25 GMT

A man accused of robbery and assault is shot and killed in a Salt Lake City courthouse after he lunged at a witness giving evidence.

Executions delayed in 'secrecy' row
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 23:26:50 GMT

Oklahoma's highest court delays the execution of two murderers who challenged state secrecy over the drugs used to kill death row inmates.

Twin memorials for Garcia Marquez
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 01:27:24 GMT

Mexico and Colombia hold commemorations for renowned author and Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who died on Thursday.

'Game over' for Moyes - front pages
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 23:14:25 GMT

Tuesday's newspapers predict David Moyes' tenure as Manchester United manager is set to come to an end, while the funeral of TV presenter Peaches Geldof attracts front page headlines.

VIDEO: Near miss at train safety briefing
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:54:42 GMT

US senator Richard Blumenthal has had a close call with a train during a news conference on rail safety.

Blurred Lines tops all-time chart
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:59:39 GMT

Robin Thicke's controversial hit single Blurred Lines is named the UK's most-downloaded song of all time.

Burnley 2-0 Wigan Athletic
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:09:30 GMT

Burnley are promoted after first-half goals from Ashley Barnes and Michael Kightly secure a 2-0 win over Wigan.

Wasley shocks Ding at Crucible
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 23:20:23 GMT

World Championship debutant Michael Wasley causes the shock of the tournament so far by defeating Ding Junhui.

Manchester City 3-1 West Bromwich Albion
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:04:19 GMT

Pablo Zabaleta, Sergio Aguero and Martin Demichelis score as Manchester City beat West Brom to keep alive their title hopes.

Tuesday's gossip column
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:18:59 GMT

Ryan Giggs to replace David Moyes at Manchester United, Real to bid for Suarez, Courtois to stay at Chelsea plus more.

Racing broadcaster Wilson dies aged 73
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:45:19 GMT

Former BBC racing presenter and commentator Julian Wilson dies aged 73 following a long illness.

Lethal chainsaws among port seizures
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 23:14:35 GMT

"Lethal" chainsaws and dangerous toy dolls were among more than a million unsafe goods that have been seized at the UK's ports and borders.

VIDEO: Interest in Alibaba's US share debut
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:57:18 GMT

The success in Weibo has investors excited about the US stock debut of Alibaba, which is China's largest internet company.

Faith groups back PM on religion row
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:12:48 GMT

Religious groups back Prime Minister David Cameron's assertion that Britain is "a Christian country".

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.

Skin cancer rates 'surge since 70s'
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:32:58 GMT

The incidence of the most serious skin cancer is now five times higher than it was in the 1970s, figures show.

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 vote for strike in June
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:29:11 GMT

National Union of Teachers' conference votes for a summer-term strike over pay and workload.

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.

UK scares sports piracy site offline
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:51:52 GMT

One of the biggest sports file-sharing sites closes down after a UK police force warns its operators that they could face jail.

VIDEO: Netflix dominates streaming market
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:55:31 GMT

Netflix now accounts for more than half the video streamed over the internet.

Flood defence assessment completed
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:25:16 GMT

For the first time in its history, the Environment Agency assesses the state of all flood defences in England following 'unprecedented' winter storms.

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.

Family says farewell to Peaches
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:29:45 GMT

Friends and family join Bob Geldof to pay their last respects to his daughter Peaches, as her funeral is held in Kent.

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.

What are the hazards facing a plane stowaway?
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:28:36 GMT

The 16-year-old boy who flew in a wheel well of an airplane from California to Hawaii appeared to defy the odds.

Should the UK have more bank holidays?
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 23:57:50 GMT

Does the UK have enough bank holidays, asks Anthony Reuben.

Major blaze 'risked other buildings'
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:41:43 GMT

More than 100 firefighters tackling a huge blaze on an industrial estate in Leeds save nearby buildings from "certain destruction".

Murder inquiry after bodies found
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:51:09 GMT

Police arrest a 28-year-old man on suspicion of murder after two bodies are found in a house in Worksop in Nottinghamshire.

Police investigate toddler's death
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:57:21 GMT

Detectives say they are treating the death of a two-year-old girl at a property in the town of Kelty in Fife as 'suspicious'.

Burnt boy's mother praises medics
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:25:32 GMT

The mother of a seven-year-old boy who was badly burned in an incident in Aberdeen thanks the medical staff who have been caring for him.

Seven arrested in Belfast disorder
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:50:23 GMT

Police make seven arrests after they were called to deal with disorder in several parts of Belfast on Monday, including a public park and the city's main train station.

Man released in death investigation
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:31:08 GMT

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

Huge increase in serious skin cancer
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:17:23 GMT

Wales has seen a dramatic increase in the number of people diagnosed with the most serious form of skin cancer since the 1970s, says a cancer charity.

Teen told 'too young' for cancer
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:27:41 GMT

A teenage girl is told she had a yeast infection by doctors who failed to spot she had cervical cancer.

Nigeria school kidnap - '230 seized'
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:07:55 GMT

Some 190 Nigerian schoolgirls remain missing after being abducted last week, their head teacher tells the BBC - far more than the official figure.

Player dies in Gabon after fatal kick
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:48:11 GMT

Goalkeeper Sylvain Azougoui dies on the way to the hospital after taking a kick to the head during a league match in Gabon

Ferry deaths 'murder' - Korea leader
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:30:33 GMT

South Korean President Park Geun-hye condemns the conduct of some of the crew of the ferry that sank last week, calling it "akin to murder".

Myanmar democracy elder Win Tin dies
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:09:53 GMT

Win Tin, the journalist who helped found Myanmar's pro-democracy movement and served 19 years in prison for his activism, dies at the age of 85.

Russia plans Crimea casino boom
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:17:50 GMT

Russia's President Putin presents a draft law to create a gambling zone in Crimea, now that the Kremlin has made it part of Russia.

Victoria Coren makes poker history
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:59:05 GMT

Journalist and broadcaster Victoria Coren Mitchell becomes the first two-time winner of the European Poker Tour.

Fresh violence erupts in Venezuela
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 01:46:49 GMT

Fresh violence erupts in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, between police and opponents of President Nicolas Maduro.

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.

Three killed in Yemen drone strike
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:57:58 GMT

Three more suspected al-Qaeda militants die in a drone strike in southern Yemen, reports say, bringing the total killed in three days to more than 40.

Death penalty for 2003 Saudi attack
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:22:04 GMT

A Saudi court sentences five men to death for their role in three suicide bomb attacks on expatriate residential compounds in Riyadh in May 2003.

Boy survives flight in wheel well
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:10:11 GMT

A 16-year-old boy survives an extraordinary journey hidden in the wheel well of a five-hour flight from California to Hawaii.

'Gay leader' scout troop disbanded
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:53:19 GMT

The Boy Scouts of America revokes the charter of a scouting group at a church in the US state of Washington after learning its leader is gay.

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: Mourners attend Peaches' funeral
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:07:08 GMT

The funeral has taken place of the TV presenter and writer Peaches Geldof, who died suddenly, two weeks ago, at the age 25.

VIDEO: Boy survives flight in wheel well
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 01:10:29 GMT

A 16-year-old boy survives an extraordinary journey hidden in the wheel well of a five-hour flight from California to Hawaii.

VIDEO: Mixed emotions at Boston marathon
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:32:47 GMT

Spectators cheer on the runners, reporting feelings of solidarity and defiance one year on from the bombings which killed three and injured more than 260.

VIDEO: Captain hails ferry safety in film
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:43:30 GMT

A promotional video from 2010 has emerged in which the captain of the South Korean ferry which sank last week says he believes ferries are the safest form of transport.

VIDEO: Truck 'deliberately driven into house'
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:07:37 GMT

Police in Derby are investigating after a lorry was driven deliberately into a house in the city causing extensive damage.

VIDEO: Gun salute in London for Queen's birthday
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:13:42 GMT

The Queen's 88th birthday is being marked across the UK with traditional gun salutes.

VIDEO: Thousands at bottle kicking contest
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:04:08 GMT

A 200-year-old Easter Monday tradition - the Hallaton Bottle Kicking contest - has been taking place in Leicestershire before an audience of thousands.

VIDEO: Footage captures Leeds Tradpak blaze
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 04:32:28 GMT

A huge fire on an industrial estate in Leeds has sent flames and a large plume of smoke up over the city.

Making work more than just a job
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 23:33:49 GMT

Making work about more than just a salary

Back to the future with Isaac Asimov
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 23:13:48 GMT

What 2014 looked like 50 years ago

The man who takes troubled youths to therapy camp
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:06:17 GMT

The man who takes wayward children to therapy camp

National revives Irish anti-war play
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 23:59:23 GMT

Anti-war play The Silver Tassie aims to shake up audiences

10 strange things on Taobao
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:18:24 GMT

10 strange things found on China's biggest online marketplace

What women want from independence debate
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:02:38 GMT

What do women think about Scottish independence debate?

Rome's international community of the dead
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:14:42 GMT

An international community of the dead in Italy's capital

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