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BBC News: Italy holds two over migrant deaths
Tuesday 21st April 2015

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Arson arrest after fire at house

A man is arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life over a fire started at the front of a house.

Memorial unveiled for war dead

A memorial is unveiled to honour 160 men who died fighting in World War One but were never publicly commemorated.

Fewer drivers punished for mobile use

Staffordshire Police issued just four fixed penalty notices for mobile phone use last year.

Fears over future of jobs agreement

There are fears a bid to bring jobs and government money to Stoke-on-Trent and eastern Cheshire may be delayed by the election.

Diver 'panicked' in deadly pool

A diver from Staffordshire panicked and drowned after an equipment failure at a notorious pool in Snowdonia, an inquest hears.

'I am keeping my promise to Stephen'

The mother of teenage cancer fundraiser Stephen Sutton is running the London marathon to continue his legacy.

VIDEO: Political week in 60 seconds

Headlines from the West Midlands

Health issues for Staffordshire?

The political landscape and potential issues

Live BBC World News

Italy holds two over migrant deaths

The captain and a crew member of a boat that capsized off Libya on Sunday, killing hundreds of migrants, have been arrested, Italian officials say.

'Spy charge' for US reporter in Iran

Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, who was detained nine months ago in Iran, is facing four charges including espionage, his lawyer says.

AC/DC drummer Rudd pleads guilty

Phil Rudd, drummer with Australian hard rock group AC/DC, unexpectedly pleads guilty at a New Zealand court to making a threat to kill.

Utah woman jailed for killing babies

A Utah woman who admitted killing six of her own babies and hiding their bodies in her garage is sentenced to up to life in prison.

Deadly strike on Yemen arms depot

An air strike on an arms depot in Yemen's capital Sanaa causes a huge explosion, killing at least 25 people and injuring 300.

Ferguson wins local paper a Pulitzer

Several local papers join national broadsheets on the winners' list of the 2015 Pulitzer Prizes, US journalism's top awards.

Solar plane aims for Chinese coast

The round-the-world, fuel-free aeroplane, Solar Impulse, head to Nanjing to prepare for an epic Pacific crossing.

Turkey says it 'shares' Armenia pain

Ahmet Davutoglu says Turkey will "respectfully remember" deaths of Armenians in 1915 but stops short of recognising the killings as genocide.

BBC Sports News

England should pick Rashid - Vaughan

Leg-spinner Adil Rashid should make his England Test debut in the second match of the series in the West Indies, says Michael Vaughan.

York travel to St Helens in Cup

York, the lowest-ranked team in the competition, will travel to St Helens in the sixth round of the Challenge Cup.

Team GB announce relay squads

Great Britain will take a team of 22 to the World Relay Championships in the Bahamas on 2 and 3 May.

Tuesday's gossip column

Henderson set for £100,000 a week, Liverpool target Depay, Klopp rejects West Ham, plus more.

Celtic write to SFA over Cup referee

Celtic write to the Scottish Football Association about the refereeing of their Scottish Cup semi-final defeat by Inverness CT.

Arson arrest after fire at house

A man is arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life over a fire started at the front of a house.

Memorial unveiled for war dead

A memorial is unveiled to honour 160 men who died fighting in World War One but were never publicly commemorated.

Fewer drivers punished for mobile use

Staffordshire Police issued just four fixed penalty notices for mobile phone use last year.

Fears over future of jobs agreement

There are fears a bid to bring jobs and government money to Stoke-on-Trent and eastern Cheshire may be delayed by the election.

Diver 'panicked' in deadly pool

A diver from Staffordshire panicked and drowned after an equipment failure at a notorious pool in Snowdonia, an inquest hears.

'I am keeping my promise to Stephen'

The mother of teenage cancer fundraiser Stephen Sutton is running the London marathon to continue his legacy.

VIDEO: Political week in 60 seconds

Headlines from the West Midlands

Health issues for Staffordshire?

The political landscape and potential issues

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]

The latest BBC Video News clips

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A 56-year-old man is injured after a building in the Holborn area of London collapses.

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VIDEO: Drawing a true Victorian superhero

Ada Lovelace, arguably the first computer programmer, is being brought to life in a graphic novel.

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The BBC's Arif Ansari caught up Adam Dant, the official election artist as he follows the leaders out campaigning.

VIDEO: Parkinson's mistaken for drunkenness

According to a new study, a quarter of people with Parkinson's say they have had their symptoms mistaken for drunkenness. Jayne McCubbin reports.

VIDEO: Welby: 'Islamic State is deeply evil'

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has spoken out against what he called ''atrocious pressure'' on Christians and other minority communities across the Middle East.

VIDEO: Arran diver wins environmental award

A diver, from the Isle of Arran, receives one of the world's most prestigious environmental awards.

VIDEO: England's Scott sent off for headbutt

England international Jill Scott headbutts Arsenal defender Jade Bailey as her Manchester City side lose 1-0 at home to the Gunners.