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Ryanair reports 66% rise in profits

Ryanair has reported a significant rise in profits.

Ryanair has reported a huge rise in profits. Credit: PA Wire

The Irish airline said net profit for the year to the end of March had surged by 66% to €867 million (£614 million).

Passenger numbers increased by 11% - almost three times the targeted level - to 90.6 million customers.

Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O'Leary said the firm had attracted millions of new customers through the success of its “Always Getting Better” customer experience programme.

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Headteacher: School devastated by Derin's death

The school where six-year-old Derin Jordan was a pupil has been left devastated by her murder, her headteacher has said.

Candles are lit in front of a photograph of Derrin Jordon at All Saints school in Didcot. Credit: PA Wire

Parents with young children laid flowers and teddy bears outside All Saints primary school in Didcot yesterday after news of the Year One pupil's death broke.

Headteacher John Myers said the reaction had been "devastation, shock, sadness", describing it as a "terrible tragedy".

"Anybody's life is precious and to lose parents and particularly a young girl in such a dreadful manner is truly awful."

Mr Myers described Derin as "beautiful, gentle, quiet, smiley, happy, precious, a lovely girl", adding that they seemed like "a perfectly normal, happy family".

No homicide investigation over BB King's death

There is no active homicide investigation into the death of blues legend BB King, despite claims by his daughters that his two closest aides poisoned him, Las Vegas police said.

Lieutenant Ray Steiber said any police action will depend on the findings of post-mortem tests.

BB King died at his Las Vegas home at the age of 89. Credit: PA Wire

Clark County coroner John Fudenberg said there was no immediate evidence supporting allegations by a lawyer who says she represents King's heirs Karen Williams and Patty King.

A post-mortem examination was performed on King's body on Sunday and results of forensic tests are expected to take up to eight weeks.

The lawyer for King's estate, Brent Bryson, called the claims ridiculous, adding that King was monitored by medical professionals "up until the time that he peacefully passed away in his sleep".

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Yvette Cooper: UK needs free childcare for all

Labour leadership candidate Yvette Cooper wants to adopt Scandinavian-style system of universal childcare, with 30 hours of free care for all preschool children over the age of two.

Writing in The Independent, Ms Cooper said she wanted to see new tax credits to help parents out in the period after maternity leave finishes, and that the pledge would be a cornerstone of her leadership campaign.

She said: "We should campaign for universal childcare - as other countries, including Scandinavia, have.

"That means breakfast clubs, after-school clubs, holiday clubs and free nursery places and childcare available full-time, not just for three and four-year-olds but two-year-olds too."

Yvette Cooper visits a primary school Credit: Rui Vieira / PA Wire

Sir Jony Ive promoted to chief design officer at Apple

Sir Jony Ive Credit: REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Briton Sir Jonathan Ive has inched a step closer to the top job at Apple, after being promoted to chief design officer at the tech giant.

The man behind the iconic designs of the iPod, iPhone and iPad revealed his new position in an interview with Stephen Fry in the Daily Telegraph.

The designer, from Chingford in north-east London, has led Apple's design team since the mid-1990s and, alongside former chief executive Steve Jobs, helped bring the firm back from the brink of financial ruin.

Sir Jonathan was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in 2012 for services to design and enterprise.

Didcot suspect Allen 'texted friends after murders'

Jed Allen was found dead yesterday Credit: Thames Valley Police

Jed Allen might have sent texts to several of his friends in the hours after three of his family members were killed in Didcot, according to reports.

The Sun is reporting that he sent seven of his friends a long, rambling message in which he wrote "I've done something bad".

A friend told the tabloid: "Jed texted seven of us. It was a long message but it told us that he had done something bad and asked us to call the police. It was a deeply personal message."

Police are now turning their attention to the circumstances of the killings after 21-year-old Allen was found dead in Oxford.

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