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Rescuers hammer on ferry hull in hope of survivors

Rescuers were hammering on the upturned hull of a capsized South Korea ferry hoping for a response from hundreds of people believed trapped after the vessel started sinking more than 24 hours before.

Coastguard and navy divers were diving into the waters at the site of the accident, about 20 km (12 miles) off the country's southwestern coast, searching for any sign of the 290 missing people.

Grieving parents accused officials of being slow to react and for lack of information. "I am really angry with the government," said Kwak Hyun-ok, whose daughter who was one of 340 children and teachers from one school on the vessel.

"There is no meaning to life without my daughter," Kwak told Reuters.


Biden joins selfie craze with photo of him and Obama

US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. Credit: Instagram/Joe Biden.

Joe Biden has joined in with the selfie craze with none other than Barack Obama.

The US Vice President posted the photograph - taken in the back of the presidential limousine- on Instagram with the message: "Found a friend to join my first selfie on Instagram, Thanks for following and stay tuned. VP."

Read more: US talk show host posts 'selfie' with Clintons

Funeral of pupil killed in wall collapse to be held

The funeral of a 12-year-old Edinburgh school girl who was killed when a wall collapsed on her will be held later today.

Read: Police investigate wall collapse at Edinburgh school

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Liberton High School, in south Edinburgh will re-open after the Easter break. Credit: PA

Keane Wallis-Bennett was fatally hurt when a free-standing wall collapsed on her at Liberton High School on April 1.

Her family have asked mourners to wear bright colours to the funeral and it is believed her friends will wear onesies for the service at Mortonhall Crematorium.

The school is due to open on 22 April following the Easter break.

The gym building where Keane died will remain closed, and could be demolished following the completion of a police investigation.

Read: Girl, 12, killed by school wall collapse 'was our princess'

Duke and Duchess meet bush fire survivors

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are visiting the Blue Mountains region, which was devastated by wildfires last October.

The royal couple met with families in Winmalee who lost their homes to the fires and members of the emergency services who helped tackle them.

More than 100 homes were destroyed in Winmalee when the fires swept thorough the regions, to the west of Sydney.

The Duke and Duchess talk with members of the O'Dell family who lost their home during bushfires last year. Credit: Reuters/Phil Noble
The Duchess of Cambridge talks with members of the Rural Fire Service. Credit: RTV
The Duke of Cambridge talks with fire service volunteers in the Blue Mountains. Credit: RTV

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

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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.

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