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Ukrainian PM: Putin trying to 'wreck' election

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has accused Vladimir Putin of trying to "wreck" Ukraine's upcoming presidential election.

His comments follow Mr Putin's claim in a televised phone-in that the Ukrainian election campaign was being conducted in an "unacceptable" manner and would not be seen as legitimate.

"Russia is playing only one game: further aggravation, further provocation, because the task, that Putin today officially announced, is to wreck the presidential election on May 25," Mr Yatseniuk told reporters in Kiev.


'Mrs Doubtfire' sequel in development

Fans will be pleased to hear that the Fox 2000 studio have signed up a scriptwriter to work on a sequel to comedy favourite, Mrs Doubtfire, 21 years after the original.

David Berenbaum, who wrote Elf, is to write a script in a follow up of the 1993 film.

Doubtfire starred Robin Williams as a recently divorced father of three who, in order to be closer to his children, took on the persona of a Scottish nanny.

The Hollywood Reporter said that Williams and director Chris Columbus are attached and hopeful about the outcome.

Strong waves complicate search for ferry survivors

Strong waves and murky waters have complicated the search for hundreds of people still missing after a South Korean ferry capsized. Coastguard, navy and private divers scoured the site of the accident, about 20 km (12 miles) off the country's southwestern coast.

South Korean rescue team members search for passengers aboard the ferry. Credit: AP Photo/Yonhap

One official said authorities were investigating whether the captain had abandoned the vessel early and one of the charges he faced was violating a law that governs the conduct of shipping crew.

Many survivors told local media that Lee was one of the first to be rescued, although none actually saw him leave the ship. The coastguard and the ferry operator declined comment.

Read: Scores still missing from South Korean ferry sinking

Health officials: 'Substantial increase' in scarlet fever

Health officials have reported a 'substantial increase' in scarlet fever notifications across England with 1,049 new cases reported from March 31 to April 6.

Public Health England (PHE) said 7,198 new cases have now been reported since the season began in September 2013.

Scarlet fever causes a distinctive pink-red rash. Credit: NHS Choices

Dr Vanessa Saliba, PHE Consultant Epidemiologist, "strongly urgeed" schools to embed good hand hygiene practices within daily routines for pupils and staff.

She added: "Children and adults should be encouraged to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when they cough and sneeze and to wash their hands after using or disposing of tissues.”

Read: What is scarlet fever and how can you stop it?

Scarlet fever is a seasonal disease and this is the time of year when the highest numbers of cases are usually seen.


Edward Snowden appears on Putin phone-in

Former CIA operative Edward Snowden appeared on Russian television today to ask Vladimir Putin whether his government is engaged in the sort of mass surveillance he claims the US government is involved in.

Mr Putin tells Snowden, who appears via video link, that there is no "indiscriminate" mass surveillance in Russia and that "in accordance with the law, there cannot be".

Read: US government 'spied on human rights charities'

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Bristol's Mayor clarifies Banksy mural move

The Mayor of Bristol is hopeful that Banksy's Mobile Lovers piece will be on display at the city's museum over the Easter weekend.

In a statement, George Ferguson said:

“I’m delighted pleased that Dennis, who is a good man, has made a tough judgement call and has turned over the artwork to us, via the police.

'Mobile Lovers' has been taken to Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. Credit: ITV News West Country

"No-one’s the bad guy here; we simply need to buy time to establish where ownership lies, what Banksy’s intentions might be, if we were to get some signals, and how best we can move forward.

“I have established with our legal and museum services that we can move ahead on this basis so that, hopefully, it will be on show for people to enjoy at the City Museum and Art Gallery over the Easter weekend. It certainly would have been a cultural crime if this artwork had been lost to the city.

“I’m also asking if Banksy could provide a limited-edition print which could be sold in aid of the club.

"In the meantime we shall be working with a local publisher to produce postcards and prints for sale in aid of Broad Plain Boys' Club. And I have asked for a collection box at the museum for them. This hopefully will represent a win-win for everyone.”

Edward Snowden questions Putin on surveillance

US fugitive Edward Snowden has appeared live on Russian television to ask Vladimir Putin if his government carries out mass surveillance of its population.

The former CIA operative, who is now living in Russia after seeking asylum there, asked the question during a live phone-in with the Russian President.

Mr Putin replied that the Kremlin was not carring out mass surveillance of "citizens' data".

Beauty pageant contest descends into mass brawl

Police were called to a beauty contest in Scarborough after a mass brawl broke out when supporters of one of the contestants claimed the competition was a fix.

Security were kicked and punched after a woman was eliminated from the Miss Scarborough beauty contest.

There were also chants of "fix" from a section of the audience at the Flower of May holiday park in Lebberston, according to the Yorkshire Post.

Picture shows Miss Scarborough line up with Shannon Colling (C) the girl who was eliminated. Credit: Johnston Press© Ross Parry / SWNS Group

Miss England organiser Angie Beasley said: "It’s a great shame that it was ruined by thugs".

Picture shows the Miss Scarborough audience before a 10-person brawl. Credit: Johnston Press© Ross Parry / SWNS Group

A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "Police were called at around 11.45pm following reports of a disturbance

"We didn't receive any complaints and no one has been arrested in connection with the incident."

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