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      Novice 'steered South Korea ferry'

      The South Korean ferry that sank on Wednesday was steered by a ship's mate unfamiliar with the waters where the accident occurred, officials say.

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      Ukraine calls Easter truce in east

      Ukraine suspends operations against pro-Russian militants occupying government offices in the east over Easter, but the stand-off remains.

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      Man held over NI dissident murder

      Police in Northern Ireland arrest a 26-year-old man over the murder of former dissident republican leader Tommy Crossan.

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      Family car catches fire among lions

      A family is left with nowhere to run when their car catches fire - in the lion enclosure at Longleat Safari Park.

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      Pakistan TV anchor shot in attack

      Hamid Mir, one of Pakistan's best known television presenters, is injured in an attack by unidentified gunmen in the southern city of Karachi.

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      Teachers put strike vote on hold

      The NUT conference rejects calls for a four-day autumn strike, but could still press for a summer classroom walk-out

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      Burnt boy in 'critical condition'

      A seven-year-old boy who was badly burnt in an incident in Aberdeen is in a "critical" condition in hospital, police reveal.

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      Syria-held French journalists freed

      Four French journalists held captive in Syria for months have been freed and are in "good health", says President Francois Hollande.

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      'Dozens die' in S Sudan cattle raid

      Dozens of people are killed in a cattle raid in a remote herders' camp in South Sudan's northern Warrap state, local officials say.

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      Japan to base troops near Senkakus

      Japan begins building a military radar station near the Senkaku islands, focus of a bitter territorial row with China, which calls them the Diaoyus.

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      Source: BBC International