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Campaign for Real Ale: Beer 'just as healthy as wine'

Most people wrongly believe wine is healthier than beer, a study by the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) found.

Camra says in moderation beer is just as healthy as wine. Credit: Katie Collins/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A survey of 1,000 adults revealed that two-thirds thought drinking wine was the most healthy, compared with just 13% for beer.

The group said it is a "myth" that wine is healthier than other alcoholic drinks, pointing to previous research showing that the effect of drinking on health often depends on other aspects of lifestyle such as smoking, diet and weight.

Camra chairman Colin Valentine said: "In moderation, beer is just as healthy as wine."

PM: 'Easier to be Jewish or Muslim' in UK

It is "easier to be Jewish or Muslim" in the UK than some secular countries, according to the Prime Minister.

David Cameron set out his Christian beliefs in an article for the Church Times and defended his faith by arguing that "tolerance" was one of its core values.

Many people tell me it is easier to be Jewish or Muslim in Britain than in a secular country precisely because the tolerance that Christianity demands of our society provides greater space for other religious faiths, too.

Crucially, the Christian values of responsibility, hard work, charity, compassion, humility, and love are shared by people of every faith and none - and we should be confident in standing up to defend them.

Read: UK should 'be more confident' about Christianity


UK should 'be more confident' about Christianity

David Cameron has called on the UK to be "more confident about our status as a Christian country" ahead of the Easter weekend.

Read: Former Archbishop attacks PM

David Cameron
The PM said Christian's should not be afraid to discuss their faith publicly in a secular age. Credit: PA

Read: Religious leaders warn Cameron

In an article for the Church Times, the Prime Minister insisted that being a Christian country did not mean "doing down" other religions or "passing judgment" on those with no faith at all.

The leader of the Conservative party was speaking after the Government's welfare reforms came under attack from members of the senior clergy.

However, Mr Cameron said "we all believe in many of the same principles" and churches were "vital partners".

Read: 27 bishops and 16 clergy 'attack coalition welfare policy'

Mini-sub completes first 16-hour search for MH370

A robotic submarine has completed its first full 16-hour mission scanning the floor of the Indian Ocean for wreckage of the missing Malaysian airliner after two previous missions were cut short by technical problems and deep water.

A woman prays for passengers onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Credit: Reuters

The Bluefin 21 covered 35 square miles of the Sea bed off the west Australian coast in its first three missions, the search co-ordination centre said. While data collected by the sub from its latest mission is still being analysed, nothing of note has yet been discovered, the centre said.

A total of 12 planes and 11 ships are joining what could be the final day of the surface ocean search for debris from the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777.

The search will cover a 15,600 square mile patch of sea about 1,400 miles north west of the Australian city of Perth, the centre said.

Foreign ministers to meet in Geneva for Ukraine talks

Russia, the United States, Ukraine and the European Union will hold talks in Geneva today to try to negotiate an end to the crisis in Ukraine.

A fighter jet flies above as Ukrainian soldiers sit on an armoured personnel carrier in Kramatorsk, in eastern Ukraine. Credit: Reuters

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, US Secretary of State John Kerry, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andrii Deshchytsia and EU High Representative Catherine Ashton are expected to lead the respective delegations.

Meanwhile, Nato is increasing activity in member states bordering Russia. Pro-Russian militants in eastern Ukraine have seized six Ukrainian armoured vehicles, the defence ministry in Kiev says.

Reports say the occupants were disarmed after the vehicles were blockaded by locals in the city of Kramatorsk. The incident comes a day after the military began an operation to remove pro-Russian protesters from public buildings across eastern Ukraine.

FSA: 'Renewed effort' needed to tackle food fraud

The continuing nature of food fraud - where products are deliberately mislabelled - shows there is a need for a "renewed effort" in order to force businesses to act honestly about the produce they sell, according to the food regulator.

Andrew Rhodes, chief operating officer at the Food Standards Agency, said:

Prosecutions have taken place against business owners for mislabelling lamb dishes, but the recurring nature of the problem shows there needs to be a renewed effort to tackle this problem. Clearly the message isn't getting through to some businesses.

The further priority testing we have announced today will focus the efforts of enforcement officers and raise awareness amongst food businesses of the action they face for defrauding consumers."

– Andrew Rhodes

Read: Food regulators launch crackdown on lamb takeaways


20-month-old girl born deaf to hear for first time

A 20-month-old baby girl, who was born deaf, will hear for the first time today following cochlear implant surgery. Amelie Rings' implants will be turned on today, allowing the tot from North Wales to initially hear a whisper.

Amelie Ring will hear for the first time today with the aid of cochlear implants. Credit: AAP AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATED PRESS/AAP/Press Association Images

As the weeks go on, the implants will be altered and the sounds will gradually get louder.

Amelie's mum Vicky told News North Wales: "It is going to be emotional. It will also be interesting to see how she reacts. She might cry, laugh or smile – I just hope she likes it.”

Read more: Deaf woman given hearing after 39 years of silence

Food regulators launch crackdown on lamb takeaways

The food watchdog has announced a crackdown on takeaway restaurants selling lamb dishes to customers, when they are in fact using a different meat, like beef or chicken.

Read: Supermarkets still felling impact of horsemeat scandal

The FSA found cheaper cuts of meat were being sold to customers who had ordered lamb. Credit: PA

Read: Two charged over mislabelling of goat meat

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) said priority testing would take place across the UK from the beginning of May.

Businesses selling fake lamb dishes could face prosecution if it is found the meat was deliberately mislabelled.

An FSA review of local authority sampling data, from July to December 2013, found that 43 out of 145 samples of lamb takeaway meals contained meat other than lamb.

None of the dishes tested were found to contain horsemeat, the FSA added.

Read: A third of food products on sale are 'mislabelled'

'I'm alive, there are students alive, please save us'

The ferry reportedly hit a rock before it began to list 12 miles from the coast. Credit: APTN

People are still alive in a capsized South Korean ferry, the father of one of the schoolchildren trapped inside the upturned ship told Reuters.

"(The child) told me in the text message, 'I am alive, there are students alive, please save us quickly'," the father said.

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