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PM warns voters of 'stark choice'

David Cameron is to tell voters they face a "stark choice" between him and Labour's Ed Miliband, as the election campaign officially gets under way.

Iran minister to meet world powers
Ministers from six world powers are to hold their first full session with Iran's foreign minister over its nuclear programme, as a deadline looms.

Parents rarely spot child obesity
Parents hardly ever spot obesity in their children resulting in damaging consequences for health, doctors warn.

Pension data 'sales' investigated
The information watchdog launches an investigation into claims that details of millions of people's pensions are being sold to fraudsters and cold-calling firms.

'Conservative surge' in French polls
French ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy's Conservative UMP and its allies make major gains in the final round of local elections, exit polls suggest.

Council bans 'lead to bizarre laws'
A law that allows councils in England and Wales to ban certain activities in public is leading to "bizarre new criminal offences", campaigners say.

Count begins after close Nigeria vote
Counting is under way in Nigeria's presidential election, which has been praised by the UN despite technical problems and violence.

False allegations 'blight' teaching
Schools must ensure blameless members of staff do not have their careers wrecked by false allegations, a union's annual conference will hear.

Inspector independence concerns MPs
The independence of chief inspectors in areas like prisons and the border force could be threatened by the way they are selected and budgets are set, MPs say.

Fraud office fined £180k for breach
The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is fined £180,000 after thousands of confidential documents from a high-profile investigation were sent to the wrong person.

Solar aeroplane heads for China
Solar Impulse, the fuel-free aeroplane, heads out of Myanmar and on to China on leg five of its attempt to fly around the world.

DNA of 78 Germanwings victims found
Five days after the crash of Germanwings flight 4U 9525 in the French Alps, investigators say they have isolated DNA of 78 people on board.

Tax and EU claims as campaign starts
Tit-for-tat claims from the Conservatives and Labour appear on front pages, as the general election campaign formally gets under way.

Do MPs need a new building?
The Houses of Parliament are said to require £3bn of maintenance work taking 10 years. Would MPs be better off moving to a new, modern building?

Legal aid reforms 'risk justice'
Critics of cuts to legal aid say they will inevitably lead to more miscarriages of justice, says Raphael Rowe.

How Newcastle's arts venues survived cuts
How one Newcastle's arts venues found new ways to survive

A very Singaporean send-off
The BBC looks at some of the ways the city-state of Singapore and its people have paid tribute to founding father Lee Kuan Yew.

Porpoises use 'sound searchlights'
Porpoises finely adjust the size of the beams of sound they use to hunt - using sound like a searchlight to trap their prey, a study finds.

Jess Glynne scores UK number one
Jess Glynne tops the UK singles chart for the first time as a solo artist with her track Hold My Hand.

Northern Ireland 2-1 Finland
Kyle Lafferty continues his hot goalscoring streak as Northern Ireland beat Finland to boost their chances of making Euro 2016.

Scotland 6-1 Gibraltar
Steven Fletcher scores Scotland's first hat-trick for 46 years as they record an emphatic 6-1 victory over Gibraltar.