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Teachers to debate strike action over pay

Teachers are today expected to back fresh walkouts in the summer if progress is not made in resolving a bitter dispute over pay, pensions and conditions.

Teachers to debate over strike action Credit: PA

Delegates at the National Union of Teachers (NUT) annual conference in Brighton are due to debate a priority motion seeking co-ordinated national strike action in the week beginning Monday June 23.

The move comes just weeks after the NUT staged a national walkout, and raises the prospect of widespread disruption to thousands of schools in England and Wales in the summer term.

Read: A day of teacher strikes closes thousands of schools

Good Friday processions take place across world

Good Friday has been celebrated across the world today with events taking place from Paraguay to Germany to the UK.

Catholics, holding up lit candles and a statue of The Virgin of Sorrows, participate in a "Via Crucis" (Way of the Cross) in Paraguay Credit: Reuters
People gather during the Good Friday procession in Wuppertal, Germany. Credit: CAROLINE SEIDEL/dpa
Pilgrims cross from Beal sands to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne in Northumberland Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Pictures: Crowds gather for Passion of Jesus in Trafalgar Square


Peter Moores 'set for return' as England head coach

Peter Moores is set for a dramatic return as England head coach and will be unveiled on Saturday morning, according to Press Association Sport.

Lancashire head coach Peter Moores. Credit: PA

Andy Flower's replacement will be announced by Paul Downton, managing director of England cricket, at Lord's and it is understood that Moores is the chosen candidate.

The 51-year-old Lancashire coach previously held the job between 2007 and 2009, but was dismissed after disappointing on-field results and a damaging personality clash with then captain Kevin Pietersen, who was also deposed.

Report: State schools 'isolating' non-Muslims

Schools in Birmingham are illegally segregating pupils, discriminating against non-Muslim students and restricting the GCSE syllabus to “comply with conservative Islamic teaching”, The Telegraph is reporting.

Park View School in Birmingham which is being investigated as part of allegations of a "Trojan Horse" plot Credit: PA

According to the newspaper, Department for Education inspectors said that girls in a school at the centre of the alleged “Trojan Horse” plot were forced to sit at the back of the class, some Christian pupils were left to “teach themselves” and an extremist preacher was invited to speak to children.

The report, into three schools in the city, follows weeks of controversy over the alleged plot to “Islamise” secular schools in Birmingham and will lead to calls for intervention.

Read: Anti-terror chief to head 'Trojan Horse' investigation

Read: Probe into alleged 'Muslim schools plot' widens

William and Kate arrive in Queensland airbase

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived at an airbase in Queensland.

ITV News Royal Editor Tim Ewart is in Australia:


William and Kate arrive at Amberley Air Force base in Queensland. Hope they've got sun block


While William inspects the guard Kate heads for the shade. It's a scorcher here


Classical violinist wows Britain's Got Talent judges

Britain's Got Talent goes posh tonight when a classical violinist takes a bow on the hit show. Lettice Rowbotham impresses the judges - and the audience - with her electric violin and judge David Walliams tells her: "I think you might be the poshest contestant we've had on the show."

Lettice Rowbotham to appear on Britain's Got Talent. Credit: TV/Syco/ITV/PA

The 24-year-old from Surrey's audition is just the tip of the iceberg with other impressive turns including a magic act, a singer and a circus performer.

Less impressive are a duo - Operadoo - who attempt to combine opera with didgeridoo playing.

Catch the show tonight on ITV1 at 7.00pm.

More: Britain's Got Talent: The acts who made it through


South Korea captain defends decision after 'arrest'

The captain of a South Korean ferry that capsized, leaving 29 people dead and 274 others missing, was arrested on Saturday, the country's Yonhap news agency said.

Speaking to reporters (in Korean), Lee Joon-seok said: "I gave instructions regarding the route, then I briefly went to the bedroom and then it (the sinking) happened.

"At the time, the current was very strong, temperature of the ocean water was cold, and I thought that if people left the ferry without (proper) judgement, if they were not wearing a life jacket, and even if they were, they would drift away and face many other difficulties."

Warning: This footage contains flashing imagery

Obama condemns 'utterly sickening anti-Semitic flyers'

President Obama's national security adviser has said that anti-Semitic leaflets reportedly distributed in Ukraine were "utterly sickening" and that Obama had bluntly expressed his disgust.

Susan Rice was referring to leaflets demanding that Jews in eastern Ukraine register with a self-proclaimed local authority or face consequences. She says the leaflets had no place in the 21st century.

Rice said US Secretary of State John Kerry had forcefully conveyed that view to his Russian counterpart.


WHAT ? .. #Ukraine: This is document John Kerry just referred to .. calling on #Jews in Donetsk to register #Jewish


Tensions still high as pro-Russia protesters demand vote

Tensions continue to simmer in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian protesters are demanding a referendum on autonomy and closer ties with Russia.

A masked pro-Russia protester stands guard at a barricade outside a regional government building in eastern Ukraine Credit: Reuters

The Associated Press reported that pro-Russia protesters exchanged fire with the police in the town of Kramatorsk. The local TV station has also been occupied by protesters.

The local government building is where protesters are gathering together. But they said their protest will not affect the normal functioning of the government.

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