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South Korea ferry sinking: Divers recover three bodies

The confirmed death toll has risen to 36 as divers remove three bodies from the stricken South Korean ferry.


Divers recover 3 bodies from inside South Korean ferry, confirmed death toll at 36. official says:

More: South Korea ferry salvage operation 'could take months'

Easter truce holds as Russian troops mass near border

A Ukrainian Orthodox priest sprays holy water before an Easter service in Slaviansk. Credit: Reuters

Ukraine's foreign ministry has said that the 'anti-terror operation' against pro-Russian separatists has been put on hold over Easter.

The SBU, Ukraine's state security service said the suspension was "linked to the implementation of the Geneva agreement and the Easter holidays".

Earlier a Kremlin spokesman said that military forces near the border with Ukraine were deployed there in response to regional "instability."


'Trojan Horse' school tells of 'disruption bid'

Attempts were made to destabilise a Birmingham school named in the alleged "Trojan Horse" takeover plot, its governors have claimed.

In a statement issued after the arrest of four of its former staff members as part of a fraud inquiry, Adderley Primary alleged that a well organised group had tried to disrupt the school.

The school is one of four which were named in the "Trojan Horse" letter purporting to detail efforts by Muslim hard-liners to take over the management of several Birmingham schools.

Adderley Primary is located in the Saltley area of Birmingham. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

In its statement to parents, Adderley Primary's governing body confirmed that several headteachers in the city had informed the authorities of "malicious and targeted" efforts to remove them from their posts.

"Attempts have been made at Adderley to destabilise the school by a very small but well organised group of individuals," the statement read.

Sunderland shock Chelsea to end Mourinho home run

Bottom of the table Sunderland beat Chelsea 2-1 and ended Blues manager Jose Mourinho's 77-game undefeated home run in one of the Premier League's biggest ever shock results.

Mourinho's unbeaten league record at Stamford Bridge, unparalleled in English football, stretched back almost 10 years to the Portuguese's arrival in west London in 2004.

Jose Mourinho had never lost a Premier League match at Stamford Bridge. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Chelsea missed the chance to go top of the table with the defeat, while Fabio Borini's 82nd-minute winner from the penalty spot kept alive Sunderland's faint hopes of avoiding relegation.

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11 killed in Iraq violence

A suicide bomber attacked an army checkpoint north of Iraq's capital - part of a day of violence that left 11 people dead throughout the country.

Police said the suicide bomber killed five soldiers and injured eight others in Mishada, 20 miles north of the capital.

Police also said two bombs planted in Baghdad's predominantly Sunni neighbourhood of Dora killed four people. Later, police said a roadside bomb killed two soldiers on patrol and wounded five people in Tarmiyah, 30 miles north of Baghdad.


Holy fire ceremony draws thousands to shrine

Worshippers hold candles as they take part in the Christian Orthodox Holy Fire ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Credit: Reuters/Amir Cohen

Christianity's holiest shrine was lit up with the flames of thousands of candles today as worshippers celebrated the holy fire ceremony, a key spiritual event in Orthodox Easter rites.

Some Christians believe Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected at the site where the Church of the Holy Sepulcher now stands in the Old City of Jerusalem

Worshippers hold candles as they take part in the Christian Orthodox Holy Fire ceremony. Credit: Reuters

The source of the holy fire is a closely guarded secret but believers say the flame appears spontaneously from his tomb on the day before Easter to show Jesus has not forgotten his followers.

The ritual dates back at least 1,200 years.

Photo released of 7-year-old boy found "on fire"

Preston Flores is in a critical condition in hospital. Credit: Newsline Media

An image has been released of Preston Flores, the 7-year-old boy who suffered serious burns after neighbours found him "on fire" in the street in Aberdeen.

Flores has been moved to a specialist hospital unit and remains in a critical condition, police said.

Education Secretary under fire at NUT conference

File photo dated of Education Secretary Michael Gove. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Michael Gove has been described as a "demented Dalek on speed" today as teachers debated calls for a major escalation of strike action.

Teachers need to put "maximum pressure" on the Government to force them to change their policies on issues such as pay and working conditions, activists at the National Union of Teachers annual conference also heard.

Ian Murch, a member of the union's executive, launched a stinging attack on the Education Secretary, saying: "We need a secretary of state who believes in treating teachers properly and respecting their professionalism."

He told the conference: "We are here to do the public a favour, to make sure Michael Gove's days are numbered. Michael Gove you have to go."

He then described the minister as "a parody of an Education Secretary"

"Michael Gove, the demented Dalek on speed who wants to exterminate anything good in education that's come along since the 1950s." Murch continued.

"Michael Gove, the man who says he wants to set schools free and then sends in the Spanish inquisition."

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