• South Korea: 295 Missing After Ferry Sinks

    Almost 300 people are missing after a ferry sank off the coast of South Korea. The South Korean Coastguard says 164 people have been rescued and 295 remain unaccounted for. The ferry, with 459 people and 150 vehicles on board, was sailing to the southern island of Jeju when it sent a distress call at 9am local time (1am UK time) on Wednesday morning as it began listing to one side. There is no indication yet what caused the ship to list and roll onto its side, although one witness told television channel YTN there had been a "loud impact and noise" before it began sinking.

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    • Pistorius Trial: Reeva Bullet Wound Evidence

      Oscar Pistorius has buried his head in his hands during a graphic account of how bullets he fired fatally injured his girlfriend. Forensic expert Roger Dixon, who has suggested neighbours who gave evidence for the prosecution were mistaken in what they heard, gave further evidence on day 24 of the trial.  Pistorius lowered his head and clasped his hands around his ears as Mr Dixon provided details of the injuries Reeva Steenkamp suffered. The witness used a photograph placed on the back of a junior member of the defendant's legal team to illustrate where the Black Talon bullets hit Ms Steenkamp's back.

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      • Ukraine: Nato Bolsters Forces In Eastern Europe

        Nato has said it is taking immediate steps to boost its military presence in eastern Europe in response to Russian "aggression" in Ukraine. Its Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, announced the 28-nation alliance - which does not include Ukraine - had agreed on a package of further military measures to reinforce its members' defences. Mr Rasmussen said Moscow must make clear "it doesn't support the violent actions of well-armed militias or pro-Russian separatists" in eastern Ukraine. Ukraine's defence minister said the two men had been seized "by extremists" near the town of Krasnyi Luch in Lugansk province and taken to an unknown destination.

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        • 'Shocking' rise in UK food banks use

          A million adults and children got supplies in past year

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          • Thousands miss out on first choice school

            "Shortage of primary school places throughout country"

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            • William and Kate touch down for Oz trip

              Second part of their Antipodean tour

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              • Thousands miss out on school place

                Almost one in seven children have missed out on their first choice of primary school amid a continuing squeeze on places, it has been revealed.

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                • Tesco Full-Year Profit Slumps 6% To £3.3bn

                  Tesco has reported a 6% fall in full-year group trading profit of £3.3bn. The results do not include figures for Tesco Bank, which reports separately. Tesco's market share hit a 10-year low of 28.6% - its lowest since 2004 - in the 12 weeks to March 30 compared with the same period the year before, according to the latest data from market researcher Kantar Worldpanel. The company, led by chief executive Philip Clarke, is 24 months into a turnaround plan for its main UK business that has seen over £1bn invested in store revamps, more staff, new product ranges and pricing initiatives.

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                  • Builders 'rely on British work'

                    Larger construction companies are heavily reliant on work outside Northern Ireland to maintain their businesses, employers claimed.

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                    • School Places: Parents Warned About 'Crisis'

                      Families are facing a "growing crisis" when it comes to getting their children into primary schools, the head of a teaching union has said. Dr Mary Bousted, of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, accused the Education Secretary Michael Gove of failing to deliver on his main responsibility "to provide school places for the nation's children". According to the Local Government Association, some areas - Costessey in Norfolk, Purfleet in Essex and central Croydon in south London - will see 75% more pupils than school places by next year. The increasing squeeze on school places has been blamed on a rising birth rate and the impact of immigration.

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                      • Ex-PM Brown 'to remain an MP'

                        Former prime minister Gordon Brown " will remain" an MP, his office said in response to speculation that he could stand down in 2015.

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                        • Iraq killing claims 'conspiracy'

                          Allegations that British troops killed and tortured Iraqi civilians a decade ago were the product of a conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and get compensation payments, a public inquiry has heard.

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                          • Burberry bags rising quarterly sales

                            British fashion group Burberry on Wednesday reported a rise in second-quarter sales, boosted by its online division, but cautioned that currency fluctuations would hit profits this year.

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                            • Drug Charges For Former Co-op Boss Flowers

                              Former Co-op Bank boss Paul Flowers has been charged with two counts of possession of a class A drug and one of a class C drug. The former Methodist minister was arrested in Liverpool by West Yorkshire Police officers last year. A police spokesman said: "Paul Flowers, 63, of Hollingwood Drive, Bradford, has been charged with two offences of possession of a class A drug and one offence of possession of a class C drug. Mr Flowers stepped down as chairman of the Co-op bank in June last year.

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                              • Bomb Scare On Boston Attack Anniversary

                                Two unattended bags have been destroyed near the finish line of the Boston Marathon - one year to the day after three people were killed by a pair of bombs at the same location. The man had a rice cooker in his backpack and has been charged with possessing a hoax device. Reports said the rice cooker was filled with confetti, but the incident rattled nerves just days ahead of this year's marathon. "With the marathon coming, our officers are taking it seriously," Police Superintendent Randall Halstead said.

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                                • Iran expects next payment under nuclear deal, signalling compliance

                                  By Fredrik Dahl and Mehrdad Balali VIENNA/DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran expects to get a fifth instalment this week of previously blocked overseas funds, a senior official was quoted as saying, a payment that would confirm Tehran's compliance with an interim deal with world powers to curb its nuclear programme. Separately, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said "tough issues" faced the Islamic Republic and the six major powers in negotiating a permanent accord to resolve the decade-old nuclear dispute but that it was still possible by a late July deadline. "This means removal of sanctions and restoring financial relations with the rest of the world," he said, making clear Iran's aim to have sanctions that limit oil exports and make financial transactions difficult lifted as soon as possible. Diplomats and experts say it will be difficult, but not impossible, to resolve the standoff over nuclear activities which Iran says are peaceful but the West fears may be aimed at developing nuclear weapons capability.

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                                  • Analysis - Brazil's Rousseff looks weak, but so do her election rivals

                                    By Brian Winter SAO PAULO (Reuters) - With Brazil's economy struggling, a scandal at its state-run oil company and nearly three-quarters of voters saying they want change from their government, President Dilma Rousseff looks vulnerable in her bid for re-election this October. Senator Aecio Neves and former governor Eduardo Campos, who are both running on centrist, pro-business platforms, have failed to make significant headway in polls and still badly trail the left-leaning Rousseff despite her recent struggles. A recent surge in Brazil's stock and currency markets - fuelled by investors who are tired of Rousseff's heavy hand in the economy and are betting on a change in government - risks being overdone, or at least premature. The challengers' biggest problem, polls suggest, is an inability to win over Brazil's lower-middle class, which swelled during an economic boom last decade and now accounts for more than half of the country's 200 million people.

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                                    • India's Modi says committed to no first use of nuclear weapons

                                      India prime ministerial frontrunner Narendra Modi said he was committed to a policy of no first use of nuclear weapons, seeking to assuage concern after his Hindu nationalist BJP party vowed to revise the nuclear doctrine if elected to power. India declared itself a nuclear weapons state after carrying out tests in the summer of 1998, which were followed by tests by Pakistan. Since then both have been developing nuclear weapons and testing longer range missiles. But he said he would pursue a policy of continuity based on the approach of former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who declared a policy of no first use of nuclear weapons after ordering the tests.

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                                      • Algeria's bloody past, energy wealth keep status quo for now

                                        By Patrick Markey and Lamine Chikhi ALGIERS (Reuters) - Cramped with his young wife and three infants in a shack in Algiers' Citi Hofra slum, Amin Kerchach could be forgiven for being angry at missing out on Algeria's gas wealth. But after waiting for years to get a new state-built apartment from President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, his memories of Algeria's bloody past and the promise of state largesse to come are reasons enough to hold out a little longer. Where frustrations in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Syria brought the Arab Spring revolts of 2011, in Algeria, stability wins over anger at unemployment and economic torpor in a system critics say is little changed since independence in 1962. Algerians like Kerchach show why Bouteflika will likely be re-elected on Thursday by those who see him as a symbol of public spending and a guarantee of security in a country where many are still scarred by the Islamist war of the 1990s.

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                                        • Separatists fly Russian flag over Ukrainian armoured vehicles

                                          By Gabriela Baczynska and Thomas Grove KRAMATORSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - Separatists flew the Russian flag on armoured vehicles taken from the Ukrainian army on Wednesday, humiliating a Kiev government operation to recapture eastern towns controlled by pro-Moscow partisans. The armoured personnel carriers were driven into the rebel-held town of Slaviansk to waves and shouts of "Russia! Russia!". The military setback leaves Kiev looking impotent before a peace conference in Geneva on Thursday, when its foreign minister will meet his Russian counterpart for the first time since Moscow-backed president Viktor Yanukovich was toppled in February after deadly protests. Moscow has responded to the overthrow of Yanukovich by declaring the Kiev government an illegitimate gang of fascists and announcing its right to intervene militarily across the former Soviet Union to protect Russian speakers, a new doctrine that has overturned decades of post-Cold War diplomacy.

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