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Ferry deaths 'murder' - Korea leader

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".

Russia says Kiev 'breaking accord'
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accuses the Kiev authorities of breaking last week's Geneva accord on resolving the Ukraine crisis.

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

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

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

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

PM's Christianity remarks 'divisive'
David Cameron risks causing "alienation" in society by saying Britain is a "Christian country", a group of public figures has warned.

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

'Ethnic slaughter' in South Sudan
Hundreds of people were killed because of their ethnic group after South Sudan rebels seized the oil hub of Bentiu last week, the UN says.

Syria to hold June presidential poll
The speaker of Syria's parliament says a presidential election will be held on 3 June, despite a civil war that has left an estimated 150,000 dead.

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

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

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

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

'Tiger escape' alarm halts egg hunt
Zoo visitors are shepherded inside buildings after a "tiger escape" alarm is set off "maliciously".

'Hillsborough words inspired us'
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says Hillsborough campaigner Margaret Aspinall inspired his team to victory at Norwich.

How Hamilton found edge again over Rosberg
Third consecutive win for 2008 champion cannot have failed to make an impression on team-mate, writes Andrew Benson

Why Torres will still get a hero's welcome at Atletico
Chelsea's Fernando Torres can expect a hero's return to Atletico Madrid on Tuesday - and may yet end up back there permanently

Selby opens up lead over White
World number two Mark Selby opens up a 5-4 lead over Michael White in the first round of the World Championship.

Bairstow regrets Pietersen absence
England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow is disappointed he will not get to team up with Kevin Pietersen again in the England side.

Hidden company owners to be revealed
Companies will be forced to declare their true owners on a public register in a move to tackle corruption, Business Secretary Vince Cable says.

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

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

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

Skin cancer rates 'surge since 70s'
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'
A man who suffered with chronic hand pain chopped the limb off so people "would listen."

Boycott call for early years tests
The National Union of Teachers has moved nearer a boycott of assessment checks for four year olds.

VIDEO: Ex-terror chief heads 'Trojan horse' probe
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
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
Netflix now accounts for more than half the video streamed over the internet.

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

Radcliffe play wows Broadway critics
Actor Daniel Radcliffe gets five-star reviews for the Broadway production of The Cripple of Inishmaan.

VIDEO: Film Review - the week's new releases
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
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
Rhea birds can be extremely dangerous, and more nuggets from the week's news.

Smiling Queen and two takes on skin cancer - papers
Two newspapers' differing analysis on new skin cancer figures, and a new black-and-white birthday portrait of a smiling Queen, feature on Easter Monday's front pages.

Truck 'deliberately driven at house'
The driver of a flatbed truck who "deliberately" crashed it into a house in Derby leaving it seriously damaged is hunted by police.

Murder inquiry after bodies found
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
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'.

Biker dies after crash with car
A biker dies after a collision with a car on the A9 in Perthshire which closes the road in both directions.

Legal bid over murdered man's diary
Lawyers for the family of high profile Sinn Féin official and republican informer Denis Donaldson want Irish police to hand over his secret journal.

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

Huge increase in serious skin cancer
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
A teenage girl is told she had a yeast infection by doctors who failed to spot she had cervical cancer.

More girls 'flee Nigeria kidnappers'
Seven of the 85 Nigerian schoolgirls still missing after being abducted last week escape, the local state governor says.

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

Myanmar democracy elder Win Tin dies
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.

Everest Sherpas demand better terms
Sherpa guides in Nepal demand more compensation for the families of 13 of their colleagues killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest.

Russia plans Crimea casino boom
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.

Finland air crash kills skydivers
Eight skydivers on an Easter Sunday jump are killed as their plane crashes near the town of Jamijarvi in Finland.

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

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

Three killed in Yemen drone strike
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.

Iran's Rouhani urges women's rights
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani urges equal opportunities and rights for women and condemns discrimination in a speech marking Women's Day.

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

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

Day in pictures: 16 April 2014
News photos from past 24 hours: 16 April

In pictures: South Korea ferry sinks
Passenger ferry in South Korea capsizes

Your pictures: South Africa
Readers' photos on the theme of "South Africa"

In pictures: Chile fire rages on
Huge fire in the Chilean city of Valparaiso

Day in pictures: 15 April 2014
News photos from past 24 hours: 15 April

In pictures: Nigeria bus blast
Aftermath of a bomb blast in Abuja

In pictures: Royals tour New Zealand
Duke and Duchess in New Zealand and Australia

Day in pictures: 14 April 2014
News photos from past 24 hours: 14 April

VIDEO: House of Commons
The PM is challenged over his support for Maria Miller following a row over her expenses.

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

VIDEO: Gun salute in London for Queen's birthday
The Queen's 88th birthday is being marked across the UK with traditional gun salutes.

VIDEO: Captain hails ferry safety in film
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: 'I had 2cm deep hole in my leg'
New figures show that malignant melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, is now five times more common than it was in the 1970s.

VIDEO: Footage captures Leeds Tradpak blaze
A huge fire on an industrial estate in Leeds has sent flames and a large plume of smoke up over the city.

VIDEO: Aung San Suu Kyi's tribute to Win Tin
Aung San Suu Kyi has paid tribute to Myanmar pro-democracy movement veteran Win Tin, who has died at the age of 85.

VIDEO: Footage captures tower 'welding' fire
Dramatic footage filmed on a mobile phone is released showing a high-rise building on fire in north China.

VIDEO: 'Surprising fun at 4mph'
The Disabled Ramblers Association wants to make it easier for people who use a wheelchair or have other mobility issues so that more people can enjoy routes and trails all over Britain.

Did removing lead from petrol spark a decline in crime?
Did removing lead from petrol spark a decline in crime?

Rare airing for Heller's Catch-22 staging
The 'forgotten' script for Catch-22 gets its UK premiere

Netflix battles for big budget TV
The battle for exclusive online TV shows

Where Wall Street met Silicon Valley
Two cultures collide at the online retail giant

Should the UK have more bank holidays?
Small Data asks if the UK gets enough public holidays

In pictures: Childhood vaccination
Why immunisation cards are vital for millions

Cubans trace roots to remote Sierra Leone village
Cubans trace roots back to remote Sierra Leone village

Invented tradition and the religion of the ancients
A ritual on the Ganges turns out to be not quite what it seems

Essays: In Praise of the Midlands
Cotswolds, regional TV, and the Bull Ring - what makes a Midlander?