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Labour plans exploitation crackdown
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 23:18:51 GMT

Labour leader Ed Miliband is to announce plans for a new task force to crack down on the illegal exploitation of workers in a speech on immigration.

Charges dropped for nine journalists
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 19:09:06 GMT

Charges against nine journalists accused of making illegal payments to public officials are dropped - and the broader investigation is branded an "incredible fiasco".

Top Iraqi militant leader 'killed'
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 22:39:45 GMT

Fugitive Iraqi militant leader Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, a former right-hand man to Saddam Hussein, has been killed, Iraqi officials say.

Boy, 13, detained for woman's murder
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:05:06 GMT

A 13-year-old boy is given a life sentence for murdering a woman he punched and then stamped on.

Farage to face BBC audience questions
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 21:34:57 GMT

UKIP's Nigel Farage will be among leaders to face audience questions in BBC regional election special broadcasts.

UK sailors face Canada sex charge
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 20:49:17 GMT

Four members of the Royal Navy have been charged with sexual assault after an alleged incident in Nova Scotia, Canada's military police says.

Anderson breaks Botham wicket record
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 22:04:48 GMT

James Anderson surpasses Sir Ian Botham as England's highest Test wicket-taker as England draw with West Indies.

Oxford city centre hotel hit by fire
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 19:54:03 GMT

The five-star Randolph Hotel in Oxford is damaged by a fire leading to huge plumes of smoke to spread across the city.

Hundreds attend Karen Buckley vigil
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:30:17 GMT

Hundreds of people attend a candelit vigil in Glasgow for murdered student Karen Buckley, her parents among them.

Rap mogul 'hit-and-run' video shown
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 23:13:34 GMT

A US court releases footage of rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight running over two men with his pick-up truck, as part of a murder case against him.

Obama appeal to Gulf states on Libya
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 00:08:42 GMT

President Obama says Gulf nations should use their "influence" to help resolve the instability in Libya, warning that military action is not enough.

US schools seek Apple iPad refunds
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 10:59:09 GMT

Schools in Los Angeles seek refunds from Apple and others over a $1.3bn (£870m) iPad-based education project that has gone awry.

Focus on post-election power plans
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 22:58:55 GMT

Speculation about the preparations being drawn up by the political parties for potential post-election deals and policies attracts headlines.

High cost for Bangladesh war closure
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 23:37:19 GMT

The reverberations of the Bangladeshi war of independence in 1971 are still creating big Islamic turmoil in the world’s third-most populous Muslim nation.

Britain’s foreign policy calculations
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 21:01:39 GMT

China is keeping Britain on its toes in the global race to capture China's attention.

What is misconduct in public office?
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:28:11 GMT

Misconduct in public office is an ancient common law offence, created by judges, which can be traced back to the 13th century.

Why use negative interest rates?
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 00:56:02 GMT

Interest rates have fallen below zero for a growing number of borrowers, meaning that in effect they are being paid to borrow someone else's money. Why?

VIDEO: Lorry full of bees overturns in US
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:49:29 GMT

A lorry carrying honeybees overturned in the US state of Washington, spewing bees across a motorway.

Airline launching Star Wars plane
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 06:26:19 GMT

Star Wars plane being launched by All Nippon Airways later this year ahead of the release of The Force Awakens.

Norwich City 0-1 Middlesbrough
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 20:44:09 GMT

Middlesbrough move back to the top of the Championship table with an edgy win over fellow promotion-chasers Norwich.

Why you should watch FA Cup semi-finals
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 22:37:41 GMT

Semi-finals have long been the stage for memorable upsets, will there be two more this weekend?

'It's hard to break Crucible curse'
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 10:13:51 GMT

Defending world champion Mark Selby knows he must buck the trend if he is to recapture his Crucible crown.

Anderson: Story of a record-breaker
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 20:20:28 GMT

From his Burnley breakthrough to beating Sir Ian Botham, BBC Sport traces James Anderson's journey to the top.

West Indies hold on to deny England
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 21:27:05 GMT

West Indies hold on to draw the first Test on the day James Anderson becomes England's leading Test wicket-taker.

Jobless total lowest since July 2008
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 10:58:38 GMT

UK unemployment has fallen to its lowest rate since July 2008, official figures have shown.

Argentina acts over Falklands oil
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:32:59 GMT

Argentina begins legal proceedings against three British and two US companies for drilling oil near the Falkland Islands.

Six things the SNP, Greens and Plaid have in common
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 22:24:06 GMT

An image of the leaders of the SNP, the Green Party and Plaid Cymru hugging went viral after Thursday's BBC debate. But what do their parties have in common?

How the dog pics you like could change who you vote for
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 23:25:28 GMT

The filter bubble effect is limiting what news users of social media see about the General Election

'One-size-fits-all' on obesity opposed
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 23:01:16 GMT

Doctors need to move beyond 'one-size-fits-all' approach to tackling obesity, say scientists in Sheffield.

Warning of 'funeral time bomb' in UK
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:25:29 GMT

The UK death rate has reached a tipping point with the numbers of deaths expected to rise after 2015, suggests a report.

Trainee teachers 'being deterred'
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 23:05:12 GMT

A heads' leader says would-be teachers are being put off by a complexity of routes into the profession.

Children 'put off sport by parents'
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 23:18:01 GMT

Children as young as eight are being put off sport by the behaviour of their parents, a new study has found.

Zuckerberg defends Internet.org
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 11:37:09 GMT

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg defends the aims of his free Internet.org service after several Indian firms pull out of the project.

'Eternal' camera takes endless snaps
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:13:27 GMT

A camera powered by the light it uses to take pictures has been invented by American scientists.

'3D Cryosat' tracks Arctic winter ice
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:00:03 GMT

Although Arctic sea ice set a record this year for its lowest ever satellite-observed winter extent - that was not the case for its volume, new data reveals.

Demand for rubber 'threatens forests'
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:46:41 GMT

The global demand for rubber tyres is threatening protected forests in Southeast Asia, according to a study.

Doctor Who movie mooted in Sony leak
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:03:08 GMT

Plans for a Doctor Who movie and George Clooney's email address are among the details posted on WikiLeaks, following last year's cyber-attack on Sony Pictures.

BBC Election debate draws 4.3 million
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 11:18:53 GMT

More than four million tune into the BBC's televised election debate, more than two million short of the previous debate on ITV.

10 things we didn't know last week
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:14:46 GMT

When did the New York Times first explain pizza to its readers, and other news nuggets.

Go Figure: The week in numbers
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:01:03 GMT

The week's big numbers, visualised.

Abandoned arcade baby's mother found
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:53:16 GMT

The mother of a newborn baby girl, abandoned inside an amusement arcade toilet block, is found.

Charity success of crash death racer
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 01:26:43 GMT

A Luton rugby player who died after crashing while racing his car raises £60,000 for a children's charity via a fundraising page he set up before he died.

Scots parties on campaign trail
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 00:58:48 GMT

The Scottish Liberal Democrats will unveil their strategy on mental health services for young people as the election campaign continues.

Body of hillwalker found in search
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:18:15 GMT

The body of missing hillwalker Kyle Knox is found by a Royal Navy helicopter conducting a search of the Glen Nevis area.

Boy injured at Newtownabbey school
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 20:03:31 GMT

A schoolboy is taken to hospital after an incident at Belfast High School at Jordanstown in Newtownabbey.

Brothers have jail terms increased
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:14:55 GMT

Two brothers from Enniskillen received unduly lenient sentences for beating a man unconscious in a bar in 2013, the Lord Chief Justice rules.

Flyers tell Muslims not to vote
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:26:21 GMT

Flyers posted in Cardiff tell Muslims not to vote as democracy "violates the right of Allah".

County footballer jailed for attacks
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:44:46 GMT

Newport County footballer Chris Zebroski is jailed for four years and four months for robbery and assault.

SA shops hit by xenophobic attacks
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:32:56 GMT

Foreign-owned shops in South Africa are attacked and looted overnight in Johannesburg, despite thousands rallying against xenophobia on Thursday.

Burundi clashes over third-term bid
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:23:02 GMT

Police in Burundi fire tear gas and water cannon to disperse opposition supporters calling for the president not to run for a third term.

Chinese journalist jailed over leak
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 06:36:01 GMT

China jails prominent journalist Gao Yu for seven years for leaking a confidential Communist Party strategy paper to a foreign website.

China 'building runway in Spratlys'
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 07:36:02 GMT

Satellite images show China is making progress on building an airstrip on a reef in disputed territory in the South China Sea, a report says.

Email claim over Kiev killings
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 01:39:52 GMT

A group calling itself the Ukrainian Insurgent Army says it was behind the deaths of two anti-government figures in Kiev this week.

Russian opposition parties to unite
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 22:29:39 GMT

The political party founded by murdered Russian dissident Boris Nemtsov says it will form a loose anti-Putin alliance ahead of 2016 elections.

Univision cancels Sabado Gigante
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 22:55:03 GMT

Television variety show Sabado Gigante, much loved among Hispanics in the US, is to end after 53 years, network Univision announces.

Dead fish clog Rio Olympic venue
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 00:30:51 GMT

Brazilian workers remove more than 33 tonnes of dead fish from a lagoon in Rio where Olympic rowing and canoeing events are due to take place in 2016.

Syria attack video moves UN to tears
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:53:51 GMT

A video showing desperate attempts by doctors to save three children after an apparent chlorine gas attack in Syria moves UN Security Council members to tears.

UN makes $275m appeal for Yemen aid
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:21:52 GMT

The UN launches an appeal for nearly $275m to help civilians after fighting and air strikes worsen the country's humanitarian crisis.

Boston parents say no death penalty
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:49:18 GMT

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should spend life in prison without parole, write the parents of the youngest victim of Boston marathon attack

CBC sackings after Ghomeshi inquiry
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:38:17 GMT

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation lets go two executives after an independent report found that management condoned the actions of former radio host Jian Ghomeshi.

Week in pictures: 11-17 April 2015
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:07:39 GMT

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

Street fashion: Tokyo Camera Style
Wed, 15 Apr 2015 20:53:31 GMT

Film cameras spotted on the streets of Tokyo

Election 2015 in pictures: 16 April
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:02:29 GMT

Images from the campaign trail: 16 April

Bedrooms of the remembered
Mon, 13 Apr 2015 19:58:00 GMT

The untouched bedrooms of the child victims of Sewol ferry disaster

Election 2015 in pictures: 15 April
Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:07:53 GMT

Images from the campaign trail: 15 April

The forgotten mosques of Delhi
Mon, 13 Apr 2015 02:09:22 GMT

Hashim Ahmad Hakeem documents the forgotten mosques of Delhi

Election 2015 in pictures: 14 April
Tue, 14 Apr 2015 16:47:01 GMT

Images from the campaign trail: 14 April

Your pictures: United Arab Emirates
Thu, 09 Apr 2015 07:26:10 GMT

Readers pictures from the United Arab Emirates.

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

MPs pass the Finance Bill at second reading.

VIDEO: 'Scenes of chaos' at Oxford blaze
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:36:44 GMT

Firefighters are battling flames at The Randolph, a grand gothic hotel in the centre of Oxford.

VIDEO: Spending the day queuing in Venezuela
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:25:02 GMT

Venezuela has the biggest oil reserves in the world, yet its economy is in crisis.

VIDEO: Falkland Islands oil sparks dispute
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 20:00:44 GMT

Argentina has started legal proceedings against three British and two US companies for drilling oil near the Falkland Islands.

VIDEO: Glasgow vigil for murdered student
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 20:08:35 GMT

Hundreds of people have attended a candelit vigil in Glasgow for murdered student Karen Buckley.

VIDEO: Footage of US train track rescue
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 20:19:52 GMT

Footage of a man falling from a subway platform in Philadelphia in front of shocked passengers before being rescued by a passer-by, Charles Collins.

VIDEO: Zebras crossing Brussels roads
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 22:12:09 GMT

Zebras went on the loose in Brussels but were soon captured

VIDEO: Week three of election campaigning
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 22:37:11 GMT

BBC News rounds up the third week of election campaigning.

VIDEO: Star Wars fans greet trailer with glee
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 06:46:58 GMT

Footage from the new Star Wars film has been included in a trailer shown at an official fan convention in California.

The strange afterlife of Einstein's brain
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 23:22:57 GMT

The strange afterlife of Einstein's brain

The photographers who refuse to abandon traditional film cameras
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 23:24:08 GMT

The photographers staying loyal to traditional film cameras

'I am his eyes and he is my arms'
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 23:27:39 GMT

How a blind man and a double amputee became each other’s arms and legs

Where on Earth is Umm al Qaiwain?
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 23:29:13 GMT

The United Arab Emirates you've probably never heard of

The death and rebirth of Y264 TKP
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 21:02:33 GMT

There's no such thing as the scrapheap

Can big data reveal electorate's mood?
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 01:28:09 GMT

Can big data reveal the mood of the electorate?

The officer who refused to lie about being black
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 23:53:44 GMT

The officer who refused to lie about being black

Ukraine crisis: The factory that has been shelled 165 times
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 11:21:25 GMT

The Ukraine factory that has been shelled 165 times

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