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Police investigate after Ed Balls hits parked car

bbc.co.uk — Police are looking into an incident in which senior Labour politician Ed Balls allegedly drove off after his vehicle hit a parked car. The shadow chancellor and MP for Morley and Outwood said he had not known any damage was done when their "bumpers touched" during a "seven-point" turn.
Police looking into claims Ed Balls drove off after his vehicle hit a parked car bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politi…
"As soon as I was made aware of what had happened, I took full responsibility for any damage caused." bbc.in/QoWkHn
RT @TimHarford: Ed Balls alleged to hit parked car, drive off without realising he'd damaged anything. METAPHOR? bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politi…
RT @TimHarford: Ed Balls alleged to hit parked car, drive off without realising he'd damaged anything. METAPHOR? bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politi…
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S Korea ferry carrying 350 'sinking'

bbc.co.uk — South Korea ferry with about 350 people on board is sinking off south-west coast, local media reports say
Jeju whr ill-fated South Korean ferry was heading to, is an incredibly beautiful place bbc.in/1mbfo7g pic.twitter.com/3m5TGj63Rh
RT @BBCBreaking: At least 290 people unaccounted for after ferry capsized off South Korea, officials say bbc.in/1mbfo7g
RT @BBCBreaking: At least 290 people unaccounted for after ferry capsized off South Korea, officials say bbc.in/1mbfo7g
RT @BBCBreaking: At least 290 people unaccounted for after ferry capsized off South Korea, officials say bbc.in/1mbfo7g
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Putin warns of Ukraine civil war as Kiev moves on rebels

bbc.co.uk — Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that Ukraine is "on the verge of civil war" after Kiev sent in troops against pro-Russia separatists. Mr Putin, in a phone call to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, described the move as a "sharp escalation". Ukraine announced the start of an "anti-terrorist operation" in the east of the country on Tuesday.
Ukrainian troops blocked in Kramatorsk by civilians and reports some soldiers have switched sides. #Ukraine. bbc.co.uk/news/world-eur…
RT @patrickgjackson: Just refreshed our Ukraine story. Added some amazing photos from Reuters and AP bbc.in/1naoljQ
RT @BBCBreaking: Nato to deploy more planes and ships and reinforce land defences in eastern Europe as it responds to Ukraine crisis http:/…
RT @BBCBreaking: Nato to deploy more planes and ships and reinforce land defences in eastern Europe as it responds to Ukraine crisis http:/…
Putin warns Ukraine on brink of civil war. He must be very pleased with his wrecking work bbc.in/1naoljQ
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UB40 Corn Exchange gig draws complaints about loud music

bbc.co.uk — Music at a UB40 concert was so loud it was "altering heart rhythms" and caused a fan's ear to bleed, it has been claimed. Anna Webster said she left Monday's gig in Cambridge along with up to 30 other people because of the noise.

Syria crisis: 'Torture' photos shown to UN Security Council

bbc.co.uk — Graphic photographs of prisoners allegedly tortured by Syrian government forces have been shown to members of the UN Security Council. The images, reportedly smuggled out by a defector, appear to show evidence of abuse, including beatings, strangulation and long-term starvation. The photos were first released in January in a report commissioned by Qatar, which backs Syria's opposition.
RT @NickBryantNY: Syria 'torture' photos shown to #UN - one of the most gruesome press conferences I've ever attended #Syria http://t.co/OA…
RT @NickBryantNY: Syria 'torture' photos shown to #UN - one of the most gruesome press conferences I've ever attended #Syria http://t.co/OA…
RT @NickBryantNY: Syria 'torture' photos shown to #UN - one of the most gruesome press conferences I've ever attended #Syria http://t.co/OA…
RT @NickBryantNY: Syria 'torture' photos shown to #UN - one of the most gruesome press conferences I've ever attended #Syria http://t.co/OA…
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Paul Weller wins damages from the Mail Online

bbc.co.uk — Rock musician Paul Weller has won £10,000 damages after the Mail Online published pictures of his children. The High Court in London ordered Associated Newspapers to pay the sum after Weller and his family complained.
Good on him "@pollybirkbeck: BBC News - Paul Weller wins damages from the Mail Online bbc.in/1hUjR90"
RT @BBCBreaking: Paul Weller wins £10,000 damages after @MailOnline published photos of his children bbc.in/1hUjR90 http://t.co/lki…
RT @BBCNews: Paul Weller wins £10,000 damages after @MailOnline published pictures of his children bbc.in/1hUjR90 http://t.co/96FcE…

'Mass abduction' at Nigeria school

bbc.co.uk — Scores of girls are abducted in an attack on a girls' school in north-east Nigeria, parents say.
100 schoolgirls thought to have been taken by extremists - situ in Northern Nigeria desperate. bbc.co.uk/news/world-afr…
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South Korea ferry disaster

bbc.co.uk — Welcome to our live coverage of the unfolding tragedy in South Korea where a ferry carrying hundreds of people - mainly school children - to a resort island has sunk with loss of life. Hours after the disaster at least 290 people remain missing and a major rescue effort is under way.

Can Twitter co-founder Stone repeat success with Jelly?

bbc.co.uk — Do we need a new social network? Twitter co-founder Biz Stone thinks so and has launched a new app called Jelly which he hopes will encourage people to help each other out. But with Reddit, Yahoo Answers and Quora offering similar services, LJ Rich takes a closer look at Jelly to see if it can break the question and answer mould.

Sweet or sour? Altering how we taste our food

bbc.co.uk — What can you taste when you swirl a mouthful of malt whisky around your mouth? Peaty flavours, honey, sea salt? Talk to any whisky drinker and they'll be happy to discuss at length. But it turns out that not all you are getting is down to your taste buds - or even your nose.
RT @JonathanHaynes: This is absolutely fascinating - does your perception of a taste change if you change the plate colour, or the shape? h…
This is absolutely fascinating - does your perception of a taste change if you change the plate colour, or the shape? bbc.in/1p9CWOg

LaCie warns of suspected credit card data breach

bbc.co.uk — French computer storage specialist LaCie has said credit card details and passwords of shoppers who used its site may have been stolen. The hard-disk maker said the FBI had alerted it to "indications" of a hacker having used malware to copy details entered into its online store.

Chris Lilley's Jonah From Tonga to premiere on BBC iPlayer

bbc.co.uk — BBC Three will for the first time make all episodes of a new series available on BBC iPlayer ahead of its linear transmission. All six episodes of Jonah From Tonga, the new series from the writer and star of Summer Heights High and Ja'mie: Private School Girl, will be made available on BBC iPlayer from Friday 2 May for 48 hours.

Phone-hacking trial: Andy Coulson 'shocked' at Blunkett voicemail story

bbc.co.uk — Andy Coulson has said he was "shocked" and "angry" when a reporter told him he had heard voicemails showing minister David Blunkett was having an affair. The ex-News of the World editor told the hacking trial he had ordered any "investigation" into the MP to stop.
coulson admits listening to blunkett messages but tells jury he didn't know it was illegal at the time bbc.co.uk/news/uk-270461…
coulson admits he listened to blunkett voicemail messages in 2004 which were 'intercepted' bbc.co.uk/news/uk-270461…
RT @BBCNews: Andy Coulson tells #hacking trial he was "shocked" and "angry" when reporter told him of David Blunkett voicemails http://t.co…

Ukrainian military surrounded by pro-Russians

bbc.co.uk — A Ukrainian military convoy - including armoured vehicles - has been barricaded by pro-Russia protesters and armed forces in the town of Kramatorsk. The BBC's James Reynolds was watching as events unfolded and described the situation as "very unusual". Tension is running high, with Russia's President Putin warning Ukraine is "on the verge of civil war".
The BBC's @JamesEReynolds reports on the stand-off between pro-Russian gunmen and Ukrainian troops at Kramatorsk: bit.ly/1hUiIOO

UK unemployment rate now at 6.9%

bbc.co.uk — UK unemployment fell by 77,000 to 2.24m (6.9%) between December and February, average earnings grew 1.7%, says ONS
Unemployment at 6.9%, wages overtake inflation. Erm… over to you Ed Miliband. bbc.co.uk/news/business-…
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