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Nigeria's grief over the abducted school girls is uniting our country

Boko Haram's attempts to tear the country apart have succeeded in showing just how much Nigerians can care about one another 200 girls are missing so why doesn't anybody care?The mood in Nigeria at present reminds me of one of those adventure-horror films where an unseen fiend is let loose upon a community and survivors keep glancing backwards in dread, not knowing when or whom it might strik

MH370: nearly completed underwater search fails to find any signs

The autonomous underwater vehicle, Bluefin-21, has so far searched 95% of the focused underwater search areaAs the 13th underwater search for Malaysia Airlines flight 370 begins, authorities have yet to find any signs of the wreckage despite examining almost all of the search zone.The autonomous underwater vehicle, Bluefin-21, has so far searched 95% of the focused underwater search area,

South Korea ferry: angry relatives confront minister and coast guard chief

Families camped out at information centre surround officials and accuse them of lying about the rescue operationFrustrated relatives of the scores of people still missing from the sinking of the ferry Sewol staged a marathon confrontation with the fisheries minister and the coast guard chief, surrounding the senior officials in a standoff that lasted overnight and into Friday morning as they

Green groups to wage legal war against Tony Abbott's pro-development agenda

Conservationists will move away from lobbying in favour of legal confrontation with a government they see as anti-environment Continue reading...

Russia not easing Ukraine crisis would be 'expensive mistake' John Kerry

Secretary of state warns unless Moscow takes steps to de-escalate situation, Washington would impose more sanctionsThe US secretary of state, John Kerry has accused Russia of failing to live up to commitments it made to ease the crisis in Ukraine.In unusually blunt language, Kerry said on Thursday that unless Moscow takes immediate steps to de-escalate the situation, Washington will have no

Ukraine crisis: Vladimir Putin warns of 'consequences' after Slavyansk skirmish

Russian troops manoeuvre on the border after Kiev government attempts to wrest back control of city Continue reading...

Nationwide announces it will sign up to Living Wage campaign

Move by UK's biggest building society provides boost to campaign to persuade employers to pay staff fair wageThe campaign to persuade employers to pay their staff a fair wage has received a boost the UK's biggest building society announcing it is to sign up to the Living Wage campaign. Continue reading...

Panini World Cup sticker heist: Brazil thieves pocket 300,000 collectibles

Collectors panic after van stolen carrying stickers 'The city of Rio is well supplied there is no shortage'Barry Glendenning: my World Cup sticker highs and lowsPanini quiz: name the player from the stickerAvid World Cup sticker collectors in Rio de Janeiro were given a shock this week when a van carrying hundreds of thousands of Panini stickers was stolen during a delivery.Thieves made o

First-time housebuyers at highest level since 2007

Sales boosted by government's Help to Buy scheme, which has made 95% mortgages more readily availableThe number of first-time buyers last month reached its highest level since 2007 as increased availability of high loan to value mortgages helped new entrants to the market, according to Britain's largest estate agency chain.LSL figures, owner of Your Move and Reeds Rains, showed there were 31

Jamie Oliver calls for crackdown on junk food being sold near schools

Chef says outlets being allowed to sell fast food close to schools is in conflict with the investment in food educationCampaigning chef Jamie Oliver has demanded a crackdown on the "crazy" policy of fast food premises opening near schools, as part of a renewed drive to tackle childhood obesity.Outlets being licensed to start selling unhealthy products near schools was completely at odds with

England and Wales health atlas shows areas with high and low disease risk

Central London, north Norfolk and parts of Suffolk and Brighton and Hove revealed are healthiest places to live, say researchersCentral London, north Norfolk, parts of Suffolk, and Brighton and Hove are the healthiest places to live in England and Wales, according to 25 years of data matching environmental hazards and diseases to geographical location.The health atlas, published in print and

Terminally ill teenager 'still fighting' as he smashes £2m fundraising target

Stephen Sutton, who has cancer, supported by celebrities including Simon Pegg and Steve Coogan for his bucket listA teenager who is terminally ill with cancer has raised more than £2m for charity in an online campaign, smashing his £10,000 fundraising target. Continue reading...

David Moyes ignored Manchester United staff's advice, says Meulensteen

Ex United coach says Moyes made fundamental mistakes 'I warned him it was like going from a yacht to a cruise liner'David Moyes has been accused of "ignoring the advice" of more experienced Manchester United staff and making a series of fundamental mistakes because he did not realise that leaving Everton to replace Sir Alex Ferguson was like "going from a yacht to a cruise liner".René Meule

Chelsea's Ramires accepts four-game ban and will miss title run-in

Ban follows a FA charge of violent conduct José Mourinho also subject to disciplinary action by FA Continue reading...

Israel suspends peace talks with Palestinians after Fatah-Hamas deal

Despite confusion over whether Netanyahu or security cabinet took decision, announcement appears to end US-led initiativeIsrael has hit back hard following an agreement on Palestinian unity by suspending already faltering peace negotiations just days before the expiry of a deadline for the US-brokered process.The Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, accused the western-backed Palestin

Zero-hours contracts not controlled if Scotland votes yes Ed Miliband

Labour cabinet travelling north to unveil review into contracts, claiming independence will make it difficult to regulate themEd Miliband will on Friday promise strict controls on zero-hours contracts across the UK including Scotland, as he seeks to warn the Scots that independence might force their country to compete with England by becoming a low tax, low regulation economy.Miliband's aide

Ukraine: government troops move against pro-Russia separatists - live

*Ukrainian troops move into Slavyansk and Donetsk*Russian armour on the move in border area*Kiev asks Moscow for explanation 'within 48 hours'*Putin warns of 'consequences' for military action*Read the latest blog summary Continue reading...

Amazon reports soaring earnings amid batch of new initiatives

Company's revenue up 23% in first quarter of the year Positive report follows months of plummeting sharesAmazon, whose shares have dropped sharply in the past three months, announced rapidly growing earnings on Thursday amid a flurry of new initiatives.The company said that its revenue rocketed 23% to $19.74bn in the first three months of this year, compared with $16.07bn at the same tim

Lima gives Benfica narrow lead after Juventus's Carlos Tevez ends drought

A brilliantly-worked Lima goal gave last year's runners-up Benfica a 2-1 win at home to Juventus in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final.Ezequiel Garay headed the recently-crowned Portuguese champions in front early on and were resolute in defence for 73 minutes until Carlos Tevez waltzed through the defence to score a fine equaliser. Continue reading...

Alexander McQueen's Savage Beauty show to come to London

Fashion designer's retrospective, the eighth most visited exhibition in Metropolitan Museum's 142-year history, to be at V&A in 2015One of the most popular shows in the history of New York's Metropolitan Museum, a retrospective devoted to the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen, is to come to London in 2015, the V&A said on Thursday.The Savage Beauty show was wildly successful, attractin

Luis García: I doubted Liverpool 'ghost goal', then I started screaming

Former Anfield star says he is still asked about the controversial Champions League goal he scored against Chelsea in 2005Luis García is still asked about the "ghost goal" and José Mourinho is still moaning about it. The Spaniard's fourth-minute finish for Liverpool in the 2005 Champions League semi-final second leg against Chelsea was the strike that took Rafael Benítez's team to Istanbul, whe

Putin calls internet a 'CIA project' renewing fears of web breakup

Russian president's remark fans idea that has gained ground in Germany, Brazil and elsewhere after Edward Snowden's revelationsVladimir Putin gave his clearest signal yet that he aims to break up the global nature of the internet when he branded the network a "CIA project" on Thursday.The Russian president told a media conference in St Petersburg that America's overseas espionage agency had

Benfica v Juventus: Europa League semi-final as it happened

Lima's stunning late strike secured the win for Benfica but the tie remains in the balance thanks to Carlos Tevez Continue reading...

Heineken Cup semi-finals: Saracens face trial of strength against Clermont

Saracens' boys have become men and they will have to prove it against Clermont Auvergne, whose game is all about muscleThis weekend is about power. The semi-finals at Twickenham and Marseille are not just about unlimited budgets, as Mark McCall pointed out this week. It's about proving you know how to spend the money.The Saracens director of rugby was spot on when he said that the last time

Readers recommend: songs about feet

Astaire's tap dancing? Zidane's sublime passing? Thurman's stylish acting? Let inspiration leap and vote with your feet in this week's song themeFeet are too often the overburdened, ugly cousins of hands. We stand on them. We batter them against the ground. We encase them in tight leather or plastic. And yet they are capable of extraordinary skill and dexterity. And often beauty too, because th

Paul Farbrace: joining England from Sri Lanka is beyond my wildest dreams

Peter Moores' new assistant met England players on Thursday 'It doesn't look great, someone leaving a job after four months'Paul Farbrace will have "mixed feelings" about taking on his former employers Sri Lanka next month but felt the chance to work with his own national side was too good to turn down.England's new assistant coach met up with the returning head coach Peter Moores and a han

Apple and Google settle antitrust lawsuit over hiring collusion charges

Adobe and Intel were also faced with court case Lawyers had sought $9bn over alleged collusionTechnology companies including Apple and Google on Thursday agreed to settle an embarrassing antitrust lawsuit that exposed the dark side of Silicon Valleys hiring practices and alleged some of its biggest names colluded in order to avoid poaching each other's talent.Apple, Adobe, Google and Int

Paedophile teacher had images of British schoolchildren

Headteacher of Southbank International School in London says 50 to 60 images found on William Vahey's computerParents at the elite Southbank International school in London were told on Thursday evening that a paedophile American teacher held images of dozens of their children on his computer, some of which showed they had been molested.Graham Lacey, the school's head, said that 50 to 60 imag

Nigerian mother loses battle to stay in UK and avoid FGM risk to daughters

Last-ditch bid fails to stop deportation to Nigeria of Afusat Saliu, herself a victim of FGM, and her daughtersA mother faces deportation on Friday after the Home Office rejected new evidence that suggested her young daughters were at risk of having female genital mutilation performed on them in her native Nigeria.More than 100,000 people have signed a petition calling on the Home Office to

Luis Suárez says Liverpool have surprised even themselves with title run

Liverpool have exceeded all Uruguayan's expectations Winning title 'would be something no one would believe'Luis Suárez has admitted Liverpool are punching above their weight to be competing for the title against big-spending clubs such as Chelsea and Manchester City and acknowledged that this season has surpassed all of his expectations.After a season that began with him serving a 10-match


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