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Lib Dems 'won't back Tory or Labour minority rule'

bbc.co.uk — Senior Liberal Democrat Danny Alexander has ruled out suggestions his party could support a minority Labour or Tory government after the next election. The Treasury minister said the Lib Dems would be willing to form a coalition with Labour as much the Conservatives, despite differences over the economy.
Lib Dems seem desperate to stay in power seeing as they're set to be wiped out in 2015 bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politi…
RT @BBCJLandale: Danny Alexander tells me LDs won't support minority govt + doesn't rule out becoming party leader bbc.in/1jNmpZm
Danny Alexander tells @bbcjlandale Lib Dems won't support minority govt - and doesn't rule out becoming party leader bbc.in/1jNmpZm
RT @BBCJLandale: Danny Alexander tells me Lib Dems won't support minority govt - and doesn't rule out becoming party leader bbc.in/1jNmpZm
RT @BBCJLandale: Danny Alexander tells me Lib Dems won't support minority govt - and doesn't rule out becoming party leader bbc.in/1jNmpZm
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Stephen Sutton close to £1m cancer charity target

bbc.co.uk — A teenage blogger with terminal cancer is close to raising £1m for charity after posting his final message to followers. Stephen Sutton, 19, from Burntwood, Staffordshire, was diagnosed with bowel cancer aged 15 and started raising funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust. After reaching his initial target of £10,000, he then set out to raise £1m.
RT @BBCNews: Teenage blogger with terminal cancer reaches £1m charity target bbc.in/1riRIzO pic.twitter.com/bj3pLQvlyB
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Kenya car bomb kills four in Nairobi's Pangani quarter

bbc.co.uk — A car bomb has exploded outside a police station in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, killing four people. Police were taking the occupants of the car in for questioning in the Pangani neighbourhood when it exploded, the interior ministry said. Two of those killed were police.
RT @BBCWorld: Four people killed, including two policemen, after a car bomb explodes in the Kenyan capital Nairobi bbc.in/1ig9w7u
RT @BBCWorld: Four people killed, including two policemen, after a car bomb explodes in the Kenyan capital Nairobi bbc.in/1ig9w7u

S Sudan attacks an abomination, says White House

bbc.co.uk — The massacre of hundreds of civilians in South Sudan is an "abomination" and a betrayal of the people by their leaders, the White House has said. Rebels have denied a UN report that they killed civilians after taking over the oil hub of Bentiu last week.

Palestinian Hamas-Fatah unity deal announced

bbc.co.uk — Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas have announced a reconciliation deal after a meeting in the Gaza Strip. They have agreed to begin negotiations to form a unity government within the coming weeks. It comes as peace talks between the Fatah party of President Mahmoud Abbas and Israel face collapse.

Fire brigade worried about London's 'hidden homes'

bbc.co.uk — Thousands of people in London are living in hidden homes - often in disturbing conditions - because they cannot afford to live elsewhere. The BBC has found people paying to live in shop storerooms, above car repair garages, on industrial estates and in former warehouses.
i'll bet this is the situation in SF too RT @PitmanTozer: Shadow housing - ingenuity v risk: London's 'hidden homes' bbc.in/1hnXDMx
Fascinating BBC piece on shadow housing market - Londoners living in shop storerooms, above car repair garages etc bbc.co.uk/news/uk-271239…
This is what happens when politicians let London rents spiral out of control bbc.co.uk/news/uk-271239…

RAF fighter jets scrambled to investigate Russian planes

bbc.co.uk — Fighter jets were scrambled after two Russian military aircraft were spotted approaching UK airspace, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said. Royal Air Force Typhoon fighter jets took off from RAF Leuchars in St Andrews, Fife, on Wednesday. The jets were sent to investigate the Russian planes, which are believed to have turned away shortly afterwards.
DEFENCE: Typhons scrambled to escort snooping Russian aircraft. Story on PA wire. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-271301…
Here we go. Get ready to hate the Russians as 2 of their fighter jets are said to have approached UK airspace. bbc.in/QyPVJW

Shakespeare's England: Where do you find it today?

bbc.co.uk — The inns, brothels, battlefields and towns of England are sprinkled throughout William Shakespeare's plays. On the Bard's 450th birthday, take a tour of the "sceptred isle" that inspired his works - and look at how the locations have changed. From Birmingham to Milton Keynes - Shakespeare's legacy exists far beyond the confines of his Stratford-upon-Avon birthplace.
BBC News - Shakespeare's England: Where do you find it today? bbc.in/1fmHw27
RT @khaddon: #Shakespeare's England today. The inn where Richard III spent one of his last nights is now a Travelodge motel: bbc.co.uk/news/uk-englan…
#Shakespeare's England today. The inn where Richard III spent one of his last nights is now a Travelodge motel: bbc.co.uk/news/uk-englan…

Tony Blair: 'West should focus on radical Islam'

bbc.co.uk — Tony Blair will warn Western leaders they must put aside their differences with Russia over Ukraine to focus on the threat of Islamic extremism. In a speech later, the former UK prime minister will say the threat of radical Islam is "spreading across the world".
You're lonely, you're confused, he turns up violent and ugly and charming as ever, bothering you for one last fumble. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politi…
Not the first to observe that Tony Blair keeps popping up like that awful ex boyfriend you wonder why you were with: bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politi…
RT @ianbirrell: Blair's speeches becoming more absurd & risible. Now the backer of despots & coups seems to be saying lay off Putin http://…
RT @ianbirrell: Blair's speeches becoming more absurd & risible. Now the backer of despots & coups seems to be saying lay off Putin http://…
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Antidote to 'Neknomination' - random acts of kindness

bbc.co.uk — BBC News has been hearing from the man behind 'RAK Nomination' - the act of carrying out random acts of kindness. Luke Cameron got fed up with drunken teenagers filming themselves in so-called 'Neknomination' games. Jon Kay reports from Gloucestershire.
BBC News - Antidote to 'Neknomination' - random acts of kindness bbc.in/RM7fvX And @lopwert was every bit as nice as you'd expect.

Andy Murray in tears at freedom of Stirling award

bbc.co.uk — Tennis star Andy Murray has been awarded the freedom of Stirling in a visit to the area in which he grew up. The 26-year-old Wimbledon champion broke down in tears as he became a freeman of the city at a special meeting of Stirling Council in Dunblane High School.

David Moyes: Sacked Man Utd boss thanks Ferguson for chance

bbc.co.uk — Last updated at 12:56 David Moyes has thanked Sir Alex Ferguson for giving him the chance to manage Manchester United. In his first public statement since his dismissal on Tuesday, Moyes said results had not been what he wanted. "Performances and results have not been what Manchester United expect," said the 50-year-old Scot.
Have to say I feel for Moyes. Feel he needed more time to build his own team > Man Utd criticised for Moyes sacking bbc.co.uk/sport/0/footba…
David Moyes says he understands and shares frustration at Man Utd's recent form bbc.co.uk/sport/0/footba…

Duchess of Cornwall brother injured

bbc.co.uk — Duchess of Cornwall's brother, Mark Shand, taken to New York hospital after sustaining serious head injury in fall
RT @bbcnews_ticker: Duchess of Cornwall's brother, Mark Shand, taken to New York hospital after sustaining serious head injury in fall bbc.in/1pr3OJK

How South Africa is learning to live with mixed-race couples

bbc.co.uk — Under apartheid inter-racial relationships were banned in South Africa. Journalist Mpho Lakaje, who is married to a white woman, reflects on how the country has changed in the 20 years since the end of white minority rule.

Mystery of 'ocean quack sound' solved

bbc.co.uk — The mystery of a bizarre quacking sound heard in the ocean has finally been solved, scientists report. The noise - nicknamed "the bio-duck" - appears in the winter and spring in the Southern Ocean. However, its source has baffled researchers for decades.
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