• Ferry Disaster: Sewol Captain Faces Arrest

    It comes as it emerged captain Lee Joon-Seok was not at the helm of the ship when it capsized, according to investigators. The third officer was understood to be piloting the ship when the tragedy occurred, an investigating prosecutor told a news conference, and the captain may not have been on the bridge.

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    • Vice-Principal Rescued From Ferry Found Hanged

      Kang Min-Kyu, 52, was one of more than 300 teachers and students on board the Sewol ferry and was reported missing on Thursday night. His body was found near the school gymnasium on Jindo island where many of the relatives and rescued people have been staying, according to Yonhap news agency. "I will once again become a teacher in the afterlife for my students whose bodies have not been discovered." The group from Danwon High School, in Ansan city south of Seoul, were going on an excursion to the resort island of Jeju.

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      • Mexico City Hit By Magnitude 7.2 Earthquake

        A powerful earthquake has been felt in Mexico's capital, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street. Its centre was 165 miles south west of the capital, the US Geological Survey said. The quake shook Mexico City for at least 30 seconds. Journalist James Blears, based near Mexico City, told Sky News: "This earthquake had tremendous power - it lasted 30 seconds, instead of just a few seconds.

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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.

              • British Teen Killed In Syria 'No Danger' To UK

                The father of a Brighton teenager who was killed fighting in Syria has told Sky News his son was "no danger" to the UK. Abdullah Deghayes and his older brother Amer travelled to Syria without their parents' permission, Abubaker Deghayes said, adding that they only found out about the 18-year-old's death through a message on Facebook. "I think if somebody has a just cause and he believes in it he should do it," Mr Deghayes said. The student is the nephew of Omar Deghayes, who was held by the United States as an enemy combatant at Guantanamo Bay detention camp between 2002 and 2007 after he was arrested in Pakistan.

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                • One Dead As Boat Capsizes In Devon

                  One person has died and another has been injured after a boat capsized at Bideford Bar, north Devon. Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed that one person died, and another was being treated by ambulance crews.

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                  • Anger as CBI backs Scots 'no' vote

                    A major business lobbying organisation has registered with the Electoral Commission to formally back a "no" vote in the independence referendum, prompting some of its members to leave.

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                    • Farage calls for zero-hours curbs

                      Large firms should sign up to a "tough code of conduct" to prevent them exploiting workers on zero-hours contracts, Ukip leader Nigel Farage has said.

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                      • Teachers considering fresh strikes

                        Teachers are gearing up for a fresh round of strikes this summer in a long-running bitter row over pay, pensions and conditions.

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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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                          • Kate And William: Royals Visit Aussie Beach

                            The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have taken to the beaches of Sydney - but kept their shoes on. Accompanied by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, William and Kate watched a surf life-saving demonstration and met with some of the lifeguards taking part. The Duchess seemed at ease on the sand despite wearing wedges as she started a race between eight youngsters. Earlier the Duchess delivered her first and only speech during this tour as she and the Duke visited the Bear Cottage children's hospice, which is forging links with the East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH), a UK charity of which she is patron.

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                            • British teenager killed in Syrian battle

                              A British teenager was killed in a battle in Syria, his father said on Friday, as he revealed that two of his other sons have also gone to fight in the conflit.

                              • Powerful earthquake rattles Mexico, shakes buildings

                                A powerful earthquake struck Mexico on Friday, shaking buildings in the capital and sending people running out into the street, though there were no early reports of major damage. The magnitude 7.5 quake was centred in the southwestern state of Guerrero, close to the Pacific beach resort of Acapulco, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said. Luis Felipe Puente, head of the Mexican government's emergency services, said on Twitter there were no immediate reports of damage and the U.S. Pacific Warning Center said it did not expect the quake to trigger a destructive tsunami. Nevertheless, residents of the capital were shaken by the quake, one of the biggest to hit Mexico in several years.

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                                • Poles most worried about their independence in at least 23 years - poll

                                  Poles are more worried about their national independence than at any time since at least 1991, soon after the collapse of communism in the region, and 80 percent name Russia as the main threat, a survey shows. Most of those surveyed would like NATO to increase its military presence in Poland, according to the CBOS poll, quoted by local media. The survey showed 47 percent saw a risk to national independence - the highest level in the poll's history dating back to 1991 - as a result of the Ukraine crisis. In December last year, before tensions in Ukraine escalated, the survey showed one in seven Poles saw a risk to independence.

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                                  • Ukraine separatists reject diplomatic deal to disarm

                                    By Thomas Grove and Aleksandar Vasovic SLAVIANSK/DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - Armed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said on Friday they were not bound by an international deal ordering them to disarm and would not move out of public buildings they have seized until the Kiev government stepped down. The agreement, brokered by the United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union in Geneva on Thursday, seemed to be the best hope of defusing a stand-off in Ukraine that has dragged East-West relations to their lowest level since the Cold War. Ukraine said the drive to root the separatists out would continue and warned it could take "more concrete actions" next week if they do not back down.

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                                    • Turkish president rules out role swap with Erdogan

                                      By Orhan Coskun and Humeyra Pamuk ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's president appeared to rule out a job swap with Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan when his term as head of state ends in a few months, signalling strains between the allies following months of political tension. President Abdullah Gul's comments on Friday threw open the question of who might succeed Erdogan if he runs for president in an August election as expected, and raised the prospect of him picking a close loyalist to cement his grip on power.

                                      • Ukraine Separatists Stay Put Despite Deal

                                        Pro-Russian separatists occupying public buildings in 10 eastern Ukrainian cities have been told to leave in the next few days or face "more concrete actions" from the interim government. Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsia gave no details but  said: "Hopefully, if those people are ready to leave the buildings, to surrender weapons, today, tomorrow, so we can encourage the OSCE (European security) mission to negotiate, to mediate and implement this. Separatists occupying government buildings in eastern Ukraine say they will only leave them if the interim government in Kiev resigns. Denis Pushilin, a leader of the self-appointed Donetsk People's Republic, said that the insurgents do not recognise the Ukrainian government as legitimate.

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