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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.
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
Danny Alexander tells me Lib Dems won't support minority govt - and doesn't rule out becoming party leader bbc.in/1jNmpZm

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.

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.

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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NYPD Twitter campaign 'backfires' after hashtag hijacked

bbc.co.uk — A plan by the New York Police Department to use Twitter to boost its image seems to have backfired. Users were asked to tweet a photo of themselves with officers and add the hashtag #myNYPD as part of a social media campaign.

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.
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…

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.

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.

UKIP angry over similarly named rival party

bbc.co.uk — UKIP has said it is "extremely unhappy and concerned" about the name of another Eurosceptic party contesting the forthcoming European elections. A party called An Independence from Europe has been set up by a former UKIP MEP, Mike Nattrass, who was deselected as a candidate by the party.
Gotta be some scope for creation of the Aardvark Independence Party: bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politi… Free the aardvarks!
Wonderful right-wing Judean People's Front-style split: UKIP upset at "An Independence from Europe". bbc.in/Qy7FVO

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.
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…

Royal visit: Duke and Duchess learn to DJ

bbc.co.uk — The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been taught how to DJ, during the latest leg of their royal tour of Australia.
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