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The South Korean ferry that sank on Wednesday was steered by a ship's mate unfamiliar with the waters where the accident occurred, officials say.
4/20/2014 12:48:00 AM
Ukraine suspends operations against pro-Russian militants occupying government offices in the east over Easter, but the stand-off remains.
4/19/2014 10:41:37 AM
The UN envoy to the Middle East accuses Israel of blocking his way to an Easter ceremony in Jerusalem, as Israel questions his judgement.
4/20/2014 1:08:38 AM
The Archbishop of Canterbury is to highlight the suffering of people in conflicts around the world during his Easter Sunday sermon.
4/20/2014 12:07:26 AM
A family is left with nowhere to run when their car catches fire - in the lion enclosure at Longleat Safari Park.
4/19/2014 10:46:19 PM
Four French journalists held captive in Syria for months have been freed and are in "good health", says President Francois Hollande.
4/19/2014 10:42:33 PM
Japan begins building a military radar station near the Senkaku islands, focus of a bitter territorial row with China, which calls them the Diaoyus.
4/19/2014 10:29:15 PM
Dozens of people are killed in a cattle raid in a remote herders' camp in South Sudan's northern Warrap state, local officials say.
4/19/2014 10:37:15 PM
Teachers are warning that CCTV safety cameras are being misused by senior staff as a way of spying on lessons.
4/20/2014 12:32:30 AM
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.
4/20/2014 1:43:20 AM
Iran condemns a decision by the US to seize a Manhattan high-rise belonging to a charitable foundation and sell proceeds to victims of attacks by Iran-backed militants.
4/19/2014 11:05:03 PM
Colombia announces its own ceremony to honour author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who was cremated in Mexico, where he lived for more than 30 years.
4/19/2014 9:41:56 PM
A newspaper investigation prompting a sacking by Downing Street, Labour's election plans and the latest in the alleged plot to "Islamise" schools all feature on Sunday's front pages.
4/20/2014 1:02:34 AM
Manchester rapper MC Tunes' second album is to get its public debut, 23 years after it was due to be heard.
4/19/2014 1:52:13 PM
A Devon farm which features in Michael Morpurgo's book War Horse opens a museum dedicated to the story.
4/19/2014 2:25:03 PM
Bottom club Sunderland earn a stunning win at Chelsea that dents the Blues' title hopes and gives Liverpool a major boost.
4/19/2014 8:03:27 PM
Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton admits he starts Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix as strong favourite after qualifying on pole position.
4/19/2014 12:25:38 PM
Cardiff claim what could yet prove a vital point in their fight against relegation against visitors Stoke.
4/19/2014 5:47:45 PM
Ronnie O'Sullivan progresses to the World Snooker Championship second round with a 10-4 victory over Robin Hull.
4/19/2014 10:42:21 PM
After Anfield flop Fabio Borini derails Chelsea, Liverpool will have only themselves to blame if they miss a first title in 24 years - Phil McNulty
4/19/2014 10:02:54 PM
People convicted of commercial crimes overseas could be banned from running UK firms in an attempt to tackle "rogue directors", Business Secretary Vince Cable says.
4/19/2014 9:35:24 AM
Almost half of Britons believe the UK will become a nation of renters within a generation, research suggests.
4/18/2014 12:16:51 PM
David Axelrod, the strategist who masterminded Barack Obama's presidential victories, will be a key adviser on Ed Miliband's 2015 general election campaign, the Labour Party says.
4/18/2014 6:17:00 PM
Tristram Hunt, Labour's shadow education secretary, has warned against religious extremism in schools.
4/19/2014 1:59:18 PM
Tests taken by foreign doctors who want to work in the NHS should be made harder to pass to bring them in line with UK standards, a study says.
4/18/2014 1:03:35 PM
A man who suffered with chronic hand pain chopped the limb off so people "would listen."
4/17/2014 12:37:38 PM
High temperatures, poor ventilation and lack of drinking water in schools make the menopause particularly tough for teachers, the NUT conference hears.
4/20/2014 12:17:52 AM
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.
4/15/2014 7:43:35 PM
In an open letter to Google's Eric Schmidt the boss of German publishing firm Axel Springer says it is afraid of the search giant.
4/17/2014 2:20:24 PM
A Japanese researcher shows off glasses that display computer-generated eyes, which express emotions to save their wearer the effort.
4/16/2014 11:58:26 PM
Ancient grasses from the Pampas of Argentina were preserved when asteroids struck the area, scientists report.
4/18/2014 2:54:53 AM
People in the Americas have been treated to a rare "blood moon" lunar eclipse. Jonathan Amos explains the science behind the colour change.
4/15/2014 11:15:43 AM
Pop star Prince signs a major deal with Warner Bros Records, the label he famously fell out with nearly 20 years ago.
4/18/2014 4:49:23 PM
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.
4/18/2014 6:54:14 PM
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.
4/19/2014 2:34:41 AM
Rhea birds can be extremely dangerous, and more nuggets from the week's news.
4/19/2014 2:17:06 AM
Hundreds of people stage a protest against badger culling in Gloucestershire.
4/19/2014 4:40:54 PM
A police officer remains in hospital after sustaining injuries when a suspected drink-driver crashed into the side of a police response vehicle.
4/19/2014 1:28:35 PM
Police are investigating the suspicious death of a 46-year-old woman after her body is found in a flat.
4/19/2014 1:43:21 PM
The Scottish government announces a women-only Scottish cabinet event to debate issues related to the independence referendum.
4/20/2014 12:34:35 AM
Police in Northern Ireland arrest a 26-year-old man over the murder of former dissident republican leader Tommy Crossan.
4/19/2014 2:08:26 PM
Two motorcyclists die in separate collisions with tractors in Counties Londonderry and Fermanagh.
4/19/2014 4:38:18 PM
The family of a disabled man who died after a routine operation are told they can finally have an inquest, a year after his death.
4/19/2014 1:13:31 PM
A motorcyclist dies in a three-vehicle collision, while two men on a machine are seriously hurt in another crash with a truck towing a boat.
4/19/2014 6:15:27 PM
The headmistress of a school in Nigeria calls on the government to do more to save teenage girls abducted by suspected Islamist militants.
4/19/2014 7:26:13 PM
Egyptian left-winger Hamdeen Sabahi submits his official bid to run for president, the only challenger so far to ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
4/19/2014 3:22:12 PM
Hamid Mir, one of Pakistan's best known television presenters, is injured in an attack by unidentified gunmen in the southern city of Karachi.
4/19/2014 4:32:17 PM
The search area for the missing Malaysian plane has narrowed and will be at "a critical juncture" in the next two days, says the transport minister.
4/19/2014 8:37:18 AM
Roger Federer reaches his fourth Monte Carlo Masters final with victory over defending champion Novak Djokovic.
4/19/2014 4:03:39 PM
Pope Francis highlights the plight of the poor, elderly and abandoned during the Way of the Cross procession in Rome to mark Good Friday.
4/18/2014 11:55:54 PM
A 7.2-magnitude earthquake hits states in south and west Mexico, shaking buildings in the capital, but there are no reports of casualties or damage.
4/19/2014 2:44:18 AM
A Brazilian second division football game is abandoned after 16 minutes, with one team saying they now have a court order to play in the top division.
4/19/2014 3:47:19 AM
An air strike kills at least 13 suspected al-Qaeda militants in central Yemen, with some reports saying three civilians also died.
4/19/2014 10:33:37 AM
Two people killed and a third severely wounded after the car they were travelling in exploded in a village near Manama.
4/19/2014 3:32:29 PM
The US state department gives federal agencies more time to review the Keystone XL oil pipeline before determining whether to issue a permit.
4/18/2014 9:20:31 PM
The father of a man suspected of stabbing to death five people in the Canadian city of Calgary says his son was a "great kid" with a bright future.
4/18/2014 3:39:25 PM
News photos from past 24 hours: 16 April
4/16/2014 12:54:07 PM
Passenger ferry in South Korea capsizes
4/16/2014 6:43:18 PM
Huge fire in the Chilean city of Valparaiso
4/14/2014 9:41:57 PM
News photos from past 24 hours: 15 April
4/15/2014 1:01:43 PM
Aftermath of a bomb blast in Abuja
4/14/2014 4:53:51 PM
Duke and Duchess in New Zealand and Australia
4/14/2014 11:20:01 AM
News photos from past 24 hours: 14 April
4/14/2014 3:16:33 PM
Readers' photos on the theme of "growth"
4/9/2014 2:09:39 PM
The PM is challenged over his support for Maria Miller following a row over her expenses.
4/9/2014 12:55:29 PM
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit an air base in Queensland on day four of their tour of Australia.
4/19/2014 7:47:28 AM
A driver has been talking about the moment her car caught fire - while in the middle of the lion enclosure at Longleat Safari Park.
4/19/2014 10:30:17 PM
A powerful earthquake has struck Mexico City, shaking buildings and causing widespread panic.
4/19/2014 2:43:15 AM
Posters and leaflets have appeared in Donetsk, Eastern Ukrainian, demanding Jews register, pay a new tax or leave, because of 'their support for the Kiev government'.
4/19/2014 8:37:38 AM
The Archbishop of York has baptised 16 people by immersing them in a large tank of water outside York Minster.
4/19/2014 4:41:18 PM
US company SpaceX launches its latest re-supply mission to the International Space Station, sending up a Dragon freighter to rendezvous with the orbiting platform on Sunday.
4/19/2014 11:55:06 AM
A seven-year-old boy who was badly burnt in Aberdeen is in a "critical" condition in hospital, as police appeal for help in finding out what happened.
4/19/2014 11:56:45 AM
The Banksy painting which was controversially removed from a wall in Bristol has gone back on display.
4/18/2014 10:53:02 PM
Readers' photos on the theme of South Africa
4/16/2014 9:27:54 AM
Preserving the identities of England's counties
4/20/2014 1:21:43 AM
Why budget buttock ops can be bad for your health
4/20/2014 12:16:23 AM
Fifty landmark shows from 50 years of BBC Two
4/20/2014 1:08:49 AM
France falls back in love with tea - but don't expect a British cuppa
4/20/2014 12:10:58 AM
A mod and a rocker look back on the Clacton clashes 50 years ago
4/20/2014 1:23:11 AM
Sleep-deprived coders enjoy an epic adventure
4/20/2014 12:22:37 AM
Some of the UK's biggest entrepreneurs share their stories
4/20/2014 1:13:13 AM
Remembering two of the greatest travel writers
4/18/2014 5:20:11 PM
Anti-Semitic leaflets in Donetsk stir old fears
4/19/2014 3:25:13 PM