• Paedophile Abused Up To 60 Pupils at School

    William James Vahey, who killed himself as investigators began to uncover the scale of his crimes, captured images of his attacks on students at Southbank International School. Executive principal Graham Lacey said images of between 50 and 60 pupils were found on Vahey's computer. Vahey was confronted about the images by a colleague at the American Nicaraguan School in Managua, Nicaragua, where he had been teaching. In a letter to parents at the elite school, Mr Lacey urged any pupils with disturbing experiences to come forward.

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    • Mum Charged With Murdering Disabled Children

      A mother arrested over the deaths of her three disabled children in south London has been charged with their murders. Tania Clarence was arrested after her four-year-old daughter and three-year-old twin sons were found dead at the family's £1.2m house in New Malden. Post-mortem examinations are being carried out at Great Ormond Street Hospital on the three children, who are understood to have had spinal muscular atrophy. The children's father, Gary Clarence, was in his family's native South Africa with his eight-year-old daughter when he heard about the deaths.

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      • US Accuses Russia Of Ukraine 'Deception'

        US Secretary of State John Kerry has accused Russia of "deception" and "destabilisation" in Ukraine and hinted at imposing more sanctions. Speaking at the State Department in Washington, Mr Kerry warned Moscow time was running out for it to change course. "Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russia face a choice," he said in unusually blunt language. "If Russia chooses the path of de-escalation ... all of us will welcome it.

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        • Women Urged To Stop Britons Fighting In Syria

          A sharp rise in the number of people being arrested for travelling to Syria has prompted a new campaign. The campaign comes after several Britons are thought to have died in Syria in the last few months. Around 400 Britons are believed to have gone to Syria over the last two years to train in camps or take part in the fighting, with an estimated 20 having died. Senior National Co-ordinator Counter-Terrorism Helen Ball, said: "We are increasingly concerned about the numbers of young people who have or are intending to travel to Syria to join the conflict.

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          • RAF Jet Chases Russian Planes Away From UK

            Two Russian bombers which flew close to UK airspace have been chased away by an RAF jet fighter. They were turned away from Britain when a Typhoon fighter was scrambled from RAF Leuchars in Fife. Aircrew stationed at the base are on standby to intercept unidentified aircraft at a moment's notice. Dutch fighter jets were also dispatched on Wednesday when the two Russian planes entered their airspace.

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            • 'Agoraphobic' Travelled The World On Benefits

              A woman who received nearly £50,000 in benefits by claiming she had agoraphobia was secretly travelling the world writing books. Tracy Johnson claimed to be so unwell that she could not leave her own house but spent time travelling in India and America, a court was told. As well as a four-month stint in India, Johnson enjoyed shopping sprees in New York and Madrid. She spent six months working in Argentina as a tour guide while receiving cold winter payments from the British taxpayer.

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              • Boy, 15, held over break-in murder

                A 15-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with the death of a man murdered during a break-in.

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                • Mother faces triple murder charge

                  A mother charged with murdering three of her children is due in court today.

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                  • Mortgage applicants face new rules

                    A mortgage lending clampdown comes into force tomorrow which will see lenders delve more deeply into people's personal lives, from their plans for parenthood to how they will spend their old age.

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                    • HSBC tower could be sold for over 1.1 billion pounds - FT

                      (Reuters) - London's largest and most expensive office building, HSBC Holding Plc's global headquarters, is up for sale and could fetch over 1.1 billion pounds (1.85 billion) a record price for the British market, the Financial Times reported. The Canary Wharf-based 44-storey, 1.1 million square foot building is being marketed by estate agents JLL and GM Real Estate, according to sources familiar with the matter, the FT said. At the height of the British property boom in 2007, the HSBC tower became the most expensive building in London when it sold for 1.09 billion pounds. The FT said HSBC had a 13-year lease on the building and is committed to annual upward-only inflation-linked rent reviews, citing sources familiar with the tenancy arrangements.

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                      • Health Atlas Reveals Patterns Of Illness

                        The series of high resolution maps covering England and Wales show striking variations in the risk of cancer and other diseases in different areas. Lung cancer is far more common in the North West and North East of England than in mid-Wales and the South-West. The online tool (www.envhealthatlas.co.uk), published by the Small Area Health Statistics Unit at Imperial College London, also maps air quality, levels of sunshine and pesticides, and chlorine by-products in the water supply. Dr Anna Hansell, lead author of the atlas, told Sky News: "Ideally if we could measure things on every single person in the country we would do that, but we can't.

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                        • Royals rise early for Anzac service

                          The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined Australia in commemorating its war dead at a national ceremony of remembrance.

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                          • Hillsborough slurs 'from Whitehall'

                            The Cabinet Office is making "urgent inquiries" following claims that government computers were used to make offensive and inflammatory comments about the Hillsborough disaster.

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                            • Sandy Jardine: Rangers Legend Dies Aged 65

                              Sir Alex Ferguson has led tributes to Rangers and Scotland footballer Sandy Jardine, who has died at the age of 65. The European Cup Winners' Cup-winning full-back was among the Ibrox side's most decorated servants and played 38 times for his country. Jardine - who was also named Scotland's player of the year at the age of 38 during a stint as joint manager of Hearts - was diagnosed with cancer 18 months ago. Sir Alex, a former Rangers team-mate, said: "From Cathy and I, this is some of the worst news we have heard.

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                              • Korean school tribute leaves empty spaces for unfound ferry victims

                                By Ju-min Park and James Pearson ANSAN, South Korea/SEOUL (Reuters) - A floral tribute to the children who drowned in a sinking South Korean ferry features photographs of the victims in their school uniforms and lines of empty spaces waiting to be filled with photos as the confirmed death toll rises.

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                                • Ukraine forces kill up to five rebels; Russia starts drill near border

                                  By Aleksandar Vasovic and Alexei Anishchuk SLAVIANSK, Ukraine/ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Ukrainian forces killed up to five pro-Moscow rebels on Thursday as they closed in on the separatists' military stronghold in the east, and Russia launched army drills near the border in response, raising fears its troops would invade. The Ukrainian offensive amounts to the first time Kiev's troops have used lethal force to recapture territory from the fighters, who have seized swaths of eastern Ukraine since April 6 and proclaimed an independent "People's Republic of Donetsk." Ukraine's acting president accused Moscow of supporting "terrorism at the state level" against his country for backing the rebels, whom the government blames for kidnapping and torturing a politician found dead on Saturday. "The window to change course is closing," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned in a hastily arranged appearance in the State Department, where he cited President Barack Obama's comments earlier on Thursday that Washington was ready to impose new sanctions if Moscow did not alter its policy.

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                                  • Obama wraps up Japan visit after security pledge but no trade deal

                                    By Antoni Slodkowski and Matt Spetalnick TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama neared the end of a state visit to Japan on Friday during which he assured America's close ally that Washington would come to its defence but failed to clinch a trade deal vital to his promised "pivot" to Asia. Failure to reach a trade deal has delayed a joint statement on security and economic ties that Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe were expected to issue after their summit on Thursday. Obama and Abe had ordered their top aides to make a final push to reach a trade agreement but Economy Minister Akira Amari told reporters on Friday that gaps remained despite recent progress. Obama, who ends his three-day Japan state visit early on Friday and heads for South Korea, assured Japan that Washington was committed to its defence, including over tiny isles at the heart of a row with China, but denied he had drawn any new "red line" and urged peaceful dialogue over the dispute.

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                                    • Rio police fire tear gas after dancer's funeral

                                      Brazilian police fired tear gas to disperse dozens of angry mourners who attended the Rio funeral of a dancer friends and family say was the victim of police brutality.

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                                      • Life for Mexican convicted over US consulate murders

                                        A Mexican crime boss who ordered the killings of three people linked to the US consulate in the border city of Ciudad Juarez was jailed for life in Texas.

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                                        • Japan says no trade deal with U.S. as Obama prepares to depart

                                          Japan and the United States have made progress in trade talks but not reached the deal that they were hoping to seal at a bilateral summit, Economy Minister Akira Amari said on Friday. But he said, "Overall, the gaps are steadily narrowing" between the two sides, which did not issue the customary joint statement after Thursday's summit between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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