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Putin asserts right to use force in east Ukraine

The Guardian
44 minutes ago
Written by
Amelia Gentleman
A live TV broadcast with Vladimir Putin, watched by people on the seafront in Sevastopol. Photograph: Anton Pedko/EPA. Vladimir Putin has sought to mobilise history in support of Russia's designs on Ukraine, reminding the world that the east of the country ...
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South Korea ferry disaster: harrowing text messages highlight tragedy - ‎53 minutes ago‎
Shin Young-Jin: "Mom, I'm sending you this now because I'm afraid I might not be able to say it later. I love you." Mother: "Why..? I was wondering why you weren't checking the messenger ..." Mother again when no reply: "I love you too, son.".
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South Korea ferry: Messages from a sinking ship
Chris Veerabadran
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South Korea ferry passengers who were told to stay put got trapped in sinking ship It's tragic, many student passengers followed the rules it appears and got killed. In another report I heard the captain jumped first instead of rescuing the passengers. "The rescue wasn't done well. We were wearing life jackets. We had time...If people had jumped into the water... they could have been rescued. But we were told not to go out." ...
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Lucas cleared over fracking protest

BBC News - ‎53 minutes ago‎
Green MP Caroline Lucas and four co-defendants have been cleared of obstructing a public highway during an anti-fracking protest in Balcombe, West Sussex.
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Gloom Gets Darker for Barcelona

New York Times - ‎18 minutes ago‎
Gareth Bale, Real Madrid's $140 million winger, celebrates his goal against Barcelona in the final of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday.
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Co-op Admits 'Disastrous Year' Amid £2.5bn Loss

Sky News - ‎18 minutes ago‎
The embattled Co-operative Group confirms it lost £2.5bn last year amid major problems at its banking group and food division. 4:06pm UK, Thursday 17 April 2014.
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Tony Pulis reveals Sir Alex Ferguson convinced him to take Crystal Palace job

SkySports - ‎14 minutes ago‎
Tony Pulis has revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson played in a key role in convincing him to take the Crystal Palace job. Pulis has done a superb job since being appointed as Palace boss on 23 November, replacing Ian Holloway, who left with the club bottom of ...
Why even a fifth-placed finish won't ruin Everton's success story
Pulis reveals Ferguson advice over Palace job
Jonathan Seyghal
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Liverpool are still heavy favourites with the bookies, but who can say?! Will the relative fixture congestion of Chelsea (having to play the Liverpool 'final' between games against Atletico Madrid) hurt them? How will Chelsea feel about playing Sunderland, who managed a draw against Man City, in their next game?! What about Liverpool playing Crystal Palace, the victors over Everton, in the penultimate game?! The advantage lies with Liver...
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Snowden questions Putin on surveillance during live TV phone-in

The Independent
19 minutes ago
Written by
heather saul
Edward Snowden, the former US spy agency contractor who leaked details of mass surveillance, made a 'surprise' appearance on Vladimir Putin's annual televised live phone in.
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Fate of Kidnapped Nigeria Schoolgirls Still Unknown

Wall Street Journal - ‎27 minutes ago‎
The fate of more than 100 kidnapped schoolgirls believed by authorities to be in the hands of a militant Islamist sect in northern Nigeria remained uncertain Thursday, as the West African nation's military issued disputed figures about the number of girls still ...
Nigeria schoolgirls still missing - principal
Unprecedented Wave of Terror Divides Nation
CCTV Africa
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Nigeria's military says its forces have freed most of 100 teenage schoolgirls abducted by Islamist Boko Haram militants. It also said they were continuing the search for eight students still missing. One of the "terrorists" involved in Monday's abduction, is also said to have been captured. The mass abduction of schoolgirls aged between 15 and 18 has shocked Nigeria. CCTV's Deji Badmus reports.
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Voting begins in Algerian presidential election amid opposition boycott

The Guardian - ‎1 hour ago‎
Algeria's president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, casts his vote on Thursday. At 77, and in poor health, he has rarely been seen in public during the campaign.
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika casts his vote
Ailing Bouteflika votes in wheelchair
Al Arabiya News - English
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Infographic: Profile: Abdelaziz Bouteflika (Design by Farwa Rizwan/ Al Arabiya News) The polls opened in Algeria’s presidential election on Thursday with the incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika widely expected to win after 15 years in power.
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Man jailed for beheading teenage girlfriend with kitchen knife in "chilling and ...
26 minutes ago
Written by
Jessica Best
A man has been jailed for life for beheading his teenage girlfriend with a kitchen knife while she was still alive. Aras Hussein, 21, was found guilty of murdering 18-year-old Reema Ramzan in his kitchen last year.
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Tube strike threat to London commuters

Financial Times - ‎28 minutes ago‎
London commuters face severe travel disruption in the coming weeks after the RMT union announced five days of strikes on the London Underground to protest against the planned closure of ticket offices and hundreds of job cuts.
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Fletcher family's justice plea

Belfast Telegraph - ‎27 minutes ago‎
The family of murdered policewoman Yvonne Fletcher said it is "time this case was closed" - but 30 years later they added it seems they are "no closer to achieving justice".
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Pickles at war with town hall 'Pravdas' - ‎1 hour ago‎
Councils are flouting restrictions on taxpayer-funded newspapers, Eric Pickles has said. The Communities Secretary has written to five London boroughs ordering them to comply with rules curbing the printing of “town hall Pravdas”.

Barclays Rises on Plan to Unveil Cost-Cut Update Next Month (2)

Businessweek - ‎1 hour ago‎
Barclays Plc Chief Executive Officer Antony Jenkins will face shareholders at its annual meeting on April 24. Photographer: Jin Lee/Bloomberg.
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RBS: review has found no evidence of business fraud

Herald Scotland - ‎1 hour ago‎
Royal Bank of Scotland today said a review by law firm Clifford Chance had found no evidence that it set out to defraud small business customers.
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Mulberry sees rocky road ahead as it reverts to lower-priced handbags

Reuters - ‎26 minutes ago‎
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Mulberry (MUL.L) could take up to two years to return to profit growth after deciding to scrap an unpopular push into higher-priced handbags and return to more affordable luxury, its acting head said on Thursday.
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Drop in Diageo takes the fizz out of FTSE

Reuters UK - ‎4 minutes ago‎
LONDON (Reuters) - FTSE edged lower on Thursday, reversing the previous session's advance, led by a drop in drinks group Diageo's shares.
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Nokia halts UK Lumia 2520 sales after faulty charger warning
23 minutes ago
Written by
Dan Worth
Nokia has suffered a major setback in its attempts to build its share of the tablet market as it has been forced to halt sales of its Lumia 2520 device - video review embedded below - due to faulty chargers.

PayPal 'Bans' Users From Sharing Computers

Key 103 Manchester - ‎1 hour ago‎
Online payment firm PayPal has announced plans to effectively ban users from sharing their computers, smartphones and tablets with anyone else, even family members.
Justin Hill
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PayPal 'Bans' Users From Sharing Computers :- PayPal tightens rules to prevent unauthorised transactions and the result is a 'ban' on users sharing computers, Sky News learns.
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Robin Williams to return as Mrs Doubtfire in sequel to 90s comedy new Today in ...

Belfast Telegraph - ‎50 minutes ago‎
Today in important Nineties nostalgia news, the eminently watchable Mrs Doubtfire is to get a sequel, with Robin Williams reportedly stepping back into his apron as the irrepressible Euphegenia Doubtfire.
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Mike Leigh and Ken Loach films selected for Cannes

BBC News - ‎5 minutes ago‎
Mike Leigh and Ken Loach have had their new films selected for competition at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Leigh's Mr Turner stars Timothy Spall as the artist JMW Turner, while Loach's Jimmy's Hall dramatises the deportation of a 1930s Irish activist.
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World Snooker Championship: Ronnie O'Sullivan to face Hull

BBC News - ‎50 minutes ago‎
Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV, Red Button, online, connected TVs, mobiles and tablets. Updates on BBC Radio 5 live. Defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan will face Robin Hull, the lowest-ranked player in the competition, in round one of the World ...
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Connor Wickham hopes his brace on Wednesday heralds a new start for him at ...

SkySports - ‎50 minutes ago‎
Sunderland forward Connor Wickham says scoring twice against Manchester City on Wednesday night was a huge relief. The 21-year-old bagged his first Premier League goals since October 2011 in the 2-2 draw at the Etihad, having been recalled from a ...
Wickham fears the drop
Man City 2 - Sunderland 2: CATastrophe! Connor Wickham brace destroys hosts ...
Jonathan Seyghal
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Liverpool are still heavy favourites with the bookies, but who can say?! Will the relative fixture congestion of Chelsea (having to play the Liverpool 'final' between games against Atletico Madrid) hurt them? How will Chelsea feel about playing Sunderland, who managed a draw against Man City, in their next game?! What about Liverpool playing Crystal Palace, the victors over Everton, in the penultimate game?! The advantage lies with Liver...
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Fernando Alonso says new Ferrari boss Marco Mattiacci must be given time to ... - ‎1 hour ago‎
The double champion was speaking publicly for the first time since Stefano Domenicali stepped down and Mattiacci was appointed to fill his boots.
Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo will spend more time with the struggling ...
Alonso insists crisis team Ferrari must now improve in all areas
Formula 1 Fans On Google+
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#F1 Fernando Alonso has yet to speak to new Ferrari Formula 1 team boss Matteo Mattiacci, and says he needs time to judge if the management change will prove a success. Fernando Alonso : "I didn9;t have a chance. I don't know if he is coming here, I guess so. It will be a good time to welcome him and I have really not much to say. I drive the car and hopefully he will be good enough to recognize what are the weak areas of the team, what...
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Three Celtic players make PFA player of year shortlist

BBC Sport - ‎14 minutes ago‎
Three Celtic players have been shortlisted for the PFA Scotland Premiership player of the year award. Fraser Forster, Virgil van Dijk and Kris Commons are contenders, along with Kilmarnock striker Kris Boyd.
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Just 5% of British garden owners have seen red squirrel

Daily Mail - ‎5 hours ago‎
The red squirrel is a British native but the little animal is quickly becoming a rare sight in our gardens. Only five per cent of Britons have ever spotted a red squirrel outside their home, a new wildlife survey has found.
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Artists 'have structurally different brains'

BBC News - ‎11 minutes ago‎
Participants' brain scans revealed that artists had increased neural matter in areas relating to fine motor movements and visual imagery.
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Ancient Roman port 'larger than thought', researchers find

BBC News - ‎53 minutes ago‎
British scientists say a newly discovered section of the wall at the Roman port of Ostia shows the city was larger than previously thought.
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Is the NHS really so broke it's considering charging pensioners £4 for a neck ... - ‎1 hour ago‎
One NHS commissioning group has considered charging patients for crutches and neck braces as a way to save money. The proposal would save less than 0.15% of the South Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group's annual budget, but it's a sign of ...
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Trial aims for 'tailored' lung cancer drugs

The Times (subscription) - ‎1 hour ago‎
Lung cancer patients will test more than a dozen potentially life-saving drugs in a groundbreaking study that turns the traditional clinical trial on its head.
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