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VIDEO: South Korea ferry rescue under way

58 min 14 sec ago
A major rescue operation is under way after a ferry carrying 476 people capsized off South Korea, coastguard officials say.

Royals treated like celebrities in New Zealand

1 hour 38 sec ago
How New Zealand reacted to William, Kate - and George

Warning over bowel cancer screening

1 hour 20 min ago
Bowel cancer screening uptake needs to improve, campaigners say, after figures showed just half of people eligible in England come forward for the test.

EU to back alien species blacklist

1 hour 24 min ago
The European Parliament is voting on a bill to draw up a blacklist to fight the spread of invasive alien species such as killer shrimp.

South Korea ferry rescue under way

1 hour 31 min ago
A major rescue operation is under way after a ferry carrying 476 people capsized off South Korea, coastguard officials say.

UB40 gig 'made fan's ear bleed'

1 hour 37 min ago
Music at a UB40 concert was so loud it was "altering heart rhythms" and caused a fan's ear to bleed, it is claimed.

Parents find out primary places

1 hour 45 min ago
Parents across England are going to find whether they have their preferred choice of primary school place.

China's 7.4% growth beats forecast

2 hours 9 min ago
China's economy expanded by 7.4% in the first quarter of the year, better than expected but down from 7.7% at the end of 2013.

'Shocking' rise in use of food banks

2 hours 16 min ago
Hundreds of thousands more people are turning to food banks to stop themselves from going hungry, says charity the Trussell Trust.

Birds choose best building materials

2 hours 50 min ago
Birds learn to choose the the best building materials for their nests, rather than building from instinct, say scientists.

Boston marks bombing anniversary

3 hours 46 min ago
Boston marks the anniversary of the deadly bombing at last year's marathon, honouring the dead and lauding the strength of the survivors.

Mini-sub resumes search for plane

3 hours 56 min ago
A robotic submarine resumes its search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on the seabed of the southern Indian Ocean.

Exhuming remains at Florida school

4 hours 20 min ago
Who was buried behind a boys' school in Florida?

The spooky world of the 'numbers stations'

4 hours 27 min ago
What are the mysterious sequences of numbers read out on shortwave radio?

Uplifting letters of hope sent to children of Syria

4 hours 34 min ago
Children's uplifting letters of hope to homeless Syrians

VIDEO: Son of slain Sikh plans US House run

4 hours 37 min ago
Son of slain Sikh leader running for US Congress

VIDEO: China's reform could slow growth

4 hours 37 min ago
China's economic reform agenda could slow growth on the mainland, first quarter economic figures will be closely watched.

BBC Two's disastrous launch night

4 hours 39 min ago
Why BBC Two's launch was not all right on the night

Ukraine begins 'anti-terror' action

5 hours 3 min ago
Authorities in Kiev announce the start of an "anti-terrorist operation" against pro-Russian separatists, as Moscow warns that Ukraine is on the brink of civil war.

VIDEO: The Spanish hamlet being given away for free

5 hours 15 min ago
The abandoned hamlet its mayor wants to give away

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