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Tuesday 21st April 2015

Rail crossing bridge design unveiled

A design for a bridge to replace a "notorious" level crossing where 11 people, including two from Devon, have died since 2004 is unveiled by Network Rail.

Murder trial uses 3D printed bottle

A 3D printed bottle was used in the trial of a man convicted of murdering teenage footballer Alex Peguero Sosa, a college and police reveal.

Judge rules town traffic flow change

Traffic flow through a Devon town centre is set to change after a judge decides a council cannot appeal a ruling to scrap the scheme.

Plaque to honour WW2 glider veterans

Veterans of the 12th (Airborne) Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment meet to unveil a plaque in their honour in Dorset.

'Breakdown in confidence' at university

A 'breakdown in confidence' and 'fractured' relationships put the governance of a university 'in peril', according to a report.

Twins celebrate 100th birthday

Twin sisters who have rarely been apart throughout their lives celebrate their 100th birthday.

Cafe jobs lost in fears for bats

Four jobs are lost at a beauty spot cafe after a ban on evening events in case they affect bats.

'Eco-home' self-build gets under way

A group of Devon villagers start building their own affordable "eco-houses".

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Med migrant boat 'hit rescue ship'

The captain of a migrant boat that sank in the Mediterranean killing more than 800 crashed it against a rescue vessel, Italian prosecutors allege.

Egypt's Morsi jailed for 20 years

Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi gets a 20 year jail sentence over the abuse of protesters during his rule, the first of many verdicts he faces.

Japan train sets new speed record

A Japanese magnetic levitation train breaks its own world speed record, hitting 603km/h (374mph) on a test run near Mount Fuji.

Auschwitz guard admits 'moral guilt'

A 93-year-old former Nazi SS guard, known as the "Bookkeeper of Auschwitz", admits he is "morally" guilty of aiding the killing of 300,000 Jews.

SA army to tackle foreigner attacks

South Africa's army will be deployed to volatile areas to prevent attacks on foreigners as an emergency has developed, the defence minister says.

US sends carrier to Yemen patrols

The US sends an aircraft carrier to boost its patrols off Yemen, amid suspicions an Iranian naval convoy is carrying arms intended for Yemeni Houthi rebels.

Russian economy shrinks 2% in slump

Russia's economy shrank by 2% in the first quarter of this year under the pressure of sanctions and a weak oil price, Russian PM Medvedev says.

Iraq 'pushes IS from Ramadi areas'

Iraqi security forces battling Islamic State (IS) militants retake key areas in the western city of Ramadi, including a hospital, officials say.

BBC news for Devon

Rail crossing bridge design unveiled

A design for a bridge to replace a "notorious" level crossing where 11 people, including two from Devon, have died since 2004 is unveiled by Network Rail.

Murder trial uses 3D printed bottle

A 3D printed bottle was used in the trial of a man convicted of murdering teenage footballer Alex Peguero Sosa, a college and police reveal.

Judge rules town traffic flow change

Traffic flow through a Devon town centre is set to change after a judge decides a council cannot appeal a ruling to scrap the scheme.

Plaque to honour WW2 glider veterans

Veterans of the 12th (Airborne) Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment meet to unveil a plaque in their honour in Dorset.

'Breakdown in confidence' at university

A 'breakdown in confidence' and 'fractured' relationships put the governance of a university 'in peril', according to a report.

Twins celebrate 100th birthday

Twin sisters who have rarely been apart throughout their lives celebrate their 100th birthday.

Cafe jobs lost in fears for bats

Four jobs are lost at a beauty spot cafe after a ban on evening events in case they affect bats.

'Eco-home' self-build gets under way

A group of Devon villagers start building their own affordable "eco-houses".

BBC Sports News

Mayweather-Pacquiao tickets mystery

Promoter Bob Arum is unable to explain why there are still no tickets on sale for Floyd Mayweather versus Manny Pacquiao on 2 May.

Inverness reject Meekings cup ban

Inverness Caledonian Thistle will appeal against the decision to ban defender Josh Meekings for the Scottish Cup final.

O'Sullivan risks fine playing in socks

Ronnie O'Sullivan risks being fined for playing with no shoes on, and goes close to a 147 break in his Crucible opener.

World Championship scores & schedule

World Championship schedule, scores and results

Ward loses to Ilhan in Barcelona

British number three James Ward loses to Turkey's Marsel Ilhan in the first round of the Barcelona Open.

Smalling agrees new Man Utd contract

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has agreed a new contract with the club until June 2019.

'Snooker has no place at Olympics'

Five-time world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan says snooker does not merit a place at the Olympics as it bids for inclusion.

The latest BBC Video News clips

VIDEO: Moment UK fugitive arrested in Spain

Spain's Guardia Civil has issued video footage which shows police officers swooping on the Alicante villa of one of Britain's most wanted fugitives, and placing him under arrest.

VIDEO: British VC hero hands medals to Koreans

A British veteran of the Korean War returns to South Korea to give his Victoria Cross "to the people".

VIDEO: Double council tax for second homes

The Liberal Democrats would make owners of second homes in rural areas pay double the rate of council tax, if they are in power after the election.

VIDEO: Toxic diet pills 'a one-way trip'

The mother of a student who died after taking toxic 'diet pills' has said she had "absolutely no idea" her daughter was using them.

VIDEO: Christian medic 'painted as a bit crazy'

Christian health worker Victoria Wasteney speaks about accusations she tried to convert a Muslim colleague.

VIDEO: The Kelpies mark first anniversary

Celebrations are taking place in Falkirk to mark one year since the unveiling of The Kelpies.

VIDEO: Space-edge flight caught on camera

A camera mounted on a balloon and launched into space as part of an art project has captured the trip.

AUDIO: Ambulance called for dead squirrel

An ambulance service urges people to think before they dial 999 after they received a call about a squirrel injured in a "hit- and-run".

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week http://askten.co.uk


1. As political parties squabble over who will best manage the economy, the International Monetary Fund has warned that Britain will fail to balance the books until at least 2020 whoever wins the next election. The IMF said that lower-than-expected tax revenues and higher than suggested spending will keep the country’s finances in the red whoever is in government after next month’s poll. The Times

2. Hillary Clinton has launched her second attempt to become America’s first female president. The former Secretary of State announced she is seeking the Democrat nomination for 2016 with an online video in which pledges to make things better for ordinary Americans. New York Times

3. Pushy, abusive parents are turning children as young as eight off sport, according to a poll by by Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and the Chance to Shine charity. Youngsters report being told they are “too heavy”, “lazy to run” or have made a “pathetic mistake” by mums and dads who are highly critical of their performance on the playing field. The Times

4. The full line-up for this year’s Glastonbury festival has been made public - and acts will include Pharrell Williams, Mary J Blige and Motorhead. Organisers had already revealed two of the three headliners - Kanye West and Foo Fighters. Also appearing are Lionel Richie, Patti Smith, Paloma Faith and Mark Ronson. Metro

5. Unemployment has fallen to its lowest level since the start of the financial crisis according to new figures from the Office of National Statistics. Unemployment now stands at 5.6% after the number of jobless fell by 76,000 to 1.84 million in the three months to February, the lowest number since July 2008. Average weekly earnings, excluding bonuses, rose by 1.7% compared with the same period a year earlier. Daily Telegraph

6. Over one million British people are using food banks, according to the Trussell Trust. The report from the charity, which is the biggest provider of emergency food aid with more than 400 food banks in the UK, will be held up by Labour supporters as evidence that families on low incomes are not sharing in the benefits of economic recovery. Daily Mail

7. UK house prices are continuing to cool down, according to new data. The Office for National Statistics says the annual rate of house price inflation fell to 7.2% in February - down from 8.4% in January, and the lowest rate for more than a year. The average house price across the UK is now £268,000, the ONS revealed. Separate data shows mortgage lending fell significantly in February. The Observer

8. Elton John tops a list of charity backers in The Sunday Times Giving List. The musician donated £24.1m last year – some 8.92% of his wealth. Other famous personalities, including the bands One Direction and Coldplay, Liverpool footballer Steven Gerrard and the golfer Rory McIlroy, feature on the list. The Sunday Times

9. As Britain prepares to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, a survey by the National Army Museum has revealed 28% of Britons have no idea who won the battle and 14% believe the French were victorious. One in five knew absolutely nothing about it and, asked what came to mind when they heard the word, 54% mentioned the Underground station while 47% named the song by Swedish pop group ABBA. Daily Mail

10. World leaders have drawn up ambitious goals to end extreme poverty by 2030 and promote development over the next 15 years, but now they have to figure out how to pay the bill. [more]

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