• Captain 'Not At The Helm When Ferry Capsized'

    The captain of the South Korean ferry with 475 passengers on board was not at the helm of the ship when it capsized, according to investigators. It has also been revealed the captain, Lee Joon-Seok, 68, delayed evacuation for half an hour after the distress signal was sent, leading some to suggest more lives could have been saved had he acted sooner. About half an hour after passengers were told to stay where they were, Mr Lee finally gave the order to abandon ship, according to Mr Oh. By the time the order was given, it was impossible for crew members to move to passengers' rooms to help them because the ship was tilted at an impossibly acute angle, he said.

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    • Obama's Warning To Russia Over Ukraine Deal

      Western leaders have reacted cautiously to an agreement reached with Russia over a plan to ease tensions in Ukraine. US President Barack Obama warned the West stood ready to impose further sanctions on Russia if no progress was made in de-escalating the continuing crisis. He was speaking following an apparent breakthrough at emergency talks in Geneva attended by the US, Russia, the European Union and Ukraine. US Secretary of State John Kerry said progress had been made at the summit, but stressed words now needed to be translated into actions.

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      • Amanda Todd Suicide: Man's Arrest Linked To Case

        A man has been charged in connection with the case of a Canadian teenager who committed suicide after being blackmailed to expose herself in front of a webcam. Lawyer Christian van Dijk told the Associated Press one of the charges related to a 15-year-old girl from British Columbia. Amanda Todd highlighted the problem of cyber bullying after she posted a video on YouTube in which she told her story with handwritten signs, describing how she was lured by a stranger to expose her breasts on a webcam. My name is Amanda Todd."

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        • Easter exodus getting under way

          The big Easter getaway has begun, with Channel Tunnel passengers enduring a nightmare start to the holiday.

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          • Missing plane search teams 'not giving up'

            The search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is set to continue over the Easter long weekend, with officials denying reports efforts are winding down. The unmanned submarine Bluefin-21, currently tasked with mapping the ocean floor for wreckage, completed its first full mission overnight. Malaysian transport minister Hishammuddin Hussein said in a news conference on Thursday that the underwater search would be intensified in the coming days and passengers' relatives would be kept up to date on the developments. The submersible spent 16 hours on the ocean floor and has mapped a total area of 90 sq km, according to a spokesman for the Joint Air Coordination Centre (JACC) in Perth, western Australia.

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            • Heartbreaking texts from students on sinking ferry

              Heart-wrenching messages of fear, love and despair, sent by high school students from a sinking South Korean ferry, added extra emotional weight Thursday to a tragedy that has stunned the nation.

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              • Boy, 14, Charged With Raping 10-Year-Old Girl

                A 14-year-old boy is due to appear in court charged with raping a 10-year-old girl.

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                • Briton, 18, dies in Syria conflict

                  The 18-year-old nephew of a former Guantanamo detainee has been killed in conflict in Syria.

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                  • Kate wigs out at Aussie Easter show

                    The Duchess of Cambridge has suggested the perfect solution for her husband's growing bald patch - an alpaca toupee.

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                    • Pickles approves 59 allotment sales

                      Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has approved 59 applications by councils to sell allotment sites to make way for development, it has emerged.

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                      • Boy, 14, charged with rape of girl

                        A 14-year-old boy will appear in court today in connection with a serious sexual assault on a 10-year-old girl.

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                        • South West Hoping For Easter Tourism Boost

                          The tourism industry in the South West of England is hoping a successful Easter weekend will prove a much needed boost. One of the biggest setbacks was the collapse of the main railway line at Dawlish. Helen Scott, from Visit South Devon, said: "Bookings were down from the start of the year, but have picked up well in the past couple of weeks. Director Angus Murray told Sky News they expect more than 4,000 visitors through the gates over the Easter weekend.

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                          • Axelrod Role Is 'Seriously Bad News For Tories'

                            The man credited with masterminding Barack Obama's back-to-back presidential victories will play a key role in Ed Miliband's General Election campaign. David Axelrod's appointment has been described by the Labour party as "seriously bad news for the Conservatives". Mr Miliband said: "It's excellent news that David has agreed to help One Nation Labour win the next election and build our campaign to change Britain so hard-working people are better off. Following the announcement, Mr Axelrod said: "I've had several conversations with Ed Miliband over the course of the last year in which I have been struck by the power of his ideas, the strength of his vision and the focus he brings to solving the fundamental challenge facing Britain.

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                            • Labour hires Obama election strategist

                              David Axelrod, the mastermind behind US President Barack Obama's 2008 and 2012 election victories, is to advise Labour in the run up to next year's general election, the party announced.

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                              • South Korea investigates capsized ferry crew, stowage as rescue hampered

                                By Jungmin Jang and Ju-min Park MOKPO/JINDO, South Korea (Reuters) - A junior officer was steering a South Korean ferry when it capsized two days ago, investigators said on Friday, as rescuers battled strong tides and murky waters to search for hundreds of missing, many of them school children, feared trapped in the vessel. The Sewol ferry is 20 years old and was built in Japan and was acquired second-hand by the Korean operator.

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                                • Captain not at helm of capsized S. Korean ferry

                                  The captain was not at the helm of the South Korean ferry that capsized two days ago, investigators said Friday, as anger spread over stalled rescue efforts for hundreds of missing passengers trapped by the submerged vessel.

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                                  • India's election commission lifts ban on top Modi aide

                                    By Shyamantha Asokan NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's election commission has lifted a ban on a top aide of Hindu nationalist opposition leader Narendra Modi that had threatened to hobble his efforts to win votes in the country's most populous state. Amit Shah, Modi's campaign manager in the battleground state of Uttar Pradesh, was banned from election rallies and meetings this month after making speeches deemed to have stirred tensions with minority Muslims. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has named Modi as its candidate to become prime minister, is forecast to emerge as the clear leader after India's five-week general election that ends on May 12.

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                                    • Japan to arm remote western island, risking more China tension

                                      By Nobuhiro Kubo TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan is sending 100 soldiers and radar to its westernmost outpost, a tropical island off Taiwan, in a deployment that risks angering China with ties between Asia's biggest economies already hurt by a dispute over nearby islands they both claim. Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera will break ground on Saturday for a military lookout station on Yonaguni, which is home to 1,500 people and just 150 km (93 miles) from the disputed Japanese-held islands claimed by China. The mini-militarization of Yonaguni - now defended by two police officers - is part of a longstanding plan to improve defence and surveillance in Japan's far-flung frontier. Building the radar base on the island, which is much closer to China than to Japan's main islands, could extend Japanese monitoring to the Chinese mainland and track Chinese ships and aircraft circling the disputed crags, called the Senkaku by Japan and the Diaoyu by China.

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                                      • Six Killed In Mount Everest Avalanche

                                        Six Sherpa guides have been killed after an avalanche swept down the slopes of Mount Everest. "Rescuers have already retrieved four bodies and they are now trying to pull out two more bodies that are buried under snow," the president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) said. Nepal Tourism Ministry official Madhu Sudan Burlakoti said rescuers and fellow climbers are heading to the area.

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                                        • Six Nepalese dead, six missing in Everest avalanche

                                          At least six Nepalese climbing guides have been killed and six others are missing after an avalanche struck Mount Everest early Friday in one of the deadliest accidents on the world's highest peak, officials said.

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