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Four cranes arrive to lift sunken South Korean ship

Four seaborne cranes have arrived to salvage the sunken South Korean ferry as the search continues for 270 missing passengers.

Rescue and recovery attempts were continuing on Friday, but the work was expected to be slow.

One of the four cranes arrive to lift the wreckage. Credit: RTV

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Captain evacuating first goes against 'common sense'

The captain of the South Korean ferry who was not at he the helm as it capsized and evacuated the ship before passengers was "going against tradition" and "common sense", a maritime expert told Daybreak.

Chris Ware also commented on reports the third officer was at the helm as the ship ran into trouble, saying an officer of that ranking should be "competent" enough to help evacuate passengers.

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Six dead and nine missing after Everest avalanche

Six local guides have been killed and nine more are missing after an avalanche swept a route used to scale the world's highest peak, a Nepalese tourism official said.

Base camp, Everest. Credit: David Cheskin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The avalanche hit just below Mount Everest Camp 2 around 6.30am local time, Krishna Lamsal said.

He added that four bodies have been recovered and rescuers are digging two more out of the snow. Nine other Sherpa guides are unaccounted for and believed to be buried in the snow.

All those killed and missing had gone early in the morning to the area to fix ropes for climbers along the route to the 29,000ft summit.

Hundreds of climbers and guides have gathered at the base camp, gearing up for their final attempt to scale Everest early next month when weather conditions get favourable.

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PM calls for Ukraine deal to be 'rapidly implemented'

The deal aimed at calming tensions in Ukraine must be "rapidly implemented", David Cameron has said.

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Extra sanctions should be prepared by the EU, if the current deal does not quell unrest in Ukraine, the PM said. Credit: PA

The European Union should continue preparations for potential extra sanctions against Russia although it will also do all it can to help bring in yesterday's deal, the Prime Minister and Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Council, agreed in a phone conversation.

A Downing Street spokesman said of Mr Cameron's conversation with Mr Van Rompuy: "They agreed that the outcome of the Geneva meeting represented a positive step forward, but that it was essential that the agreements reached were rapidly implemented.

"They agreed that the European Union should do all it could to help implement these agreements, but in the meantime should continue preparatory work on potential additional sanctions, so that the EU was ready if the agreement was not implemented."

Govt: 'We're far from complacent' on rent rises

The Government has claimed it is "far from complacent" about the cost of rent, but argued the slowing in the rise of accommodation costs showed their long-term economic plan was working.

Housing Minister Kris Hopkins said:

Today's figures clearly show how our long-term economic plan is working, with more properties being made available to rent, meaning more choice for tenants and average rents down compared to last month.

But we're far from complacent and with millions of people renting privately we're working to expand the sector even further.

– Kris Hopkins

Five feared missing after Mount Everest avalanche

Up to five climbers are feared missing after an avalanche swept the slopes of Mount Everest and hit a route used to scale the world's highest peak.

Everest Base Camp Nepal on the ( left),Khumbu Icefall (middle) Everest summit (top right) . Credit: David Cheskin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The avalanche hit the area just below Camp 2, according to Nepal Tourism Ministry official Madhu Sudan Burlakoti.

Rescuers and fellow climbers at the base camp are heading to the area to help, and a helicopter is on the way from Katmandu.

Ang Tshering of the Nepal Mountaineering Association said four or five climbers are believed to have been buried and more injured by the avalanche.

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