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Can conservationists save dwindling population of once-widespread woodland butterfly?

An ambitious project is underway to try save a once-common butterfly from extinction. The number of Pearl-bordered Fritillaries has fallen by almost three-quarters in the last forty years, mainly due to the loss of suitable habitat. But now conservationists are recreating ideal conditions to bring the butterflies back to our woods. Malcolm Shaw spoke to Neil Hulme of Butterfly Conservation, and Stuart Sutton from the Forestry Commission.

Malaria vaccine breakthrough could save thousands

Scientists in Oxford have made a breakthrough in developing a new vaccine that could save hundreds of thousands of lives every year.

Malaria is one of the world's biggest killers - causing the deaths of around 650,000 people every year, most of them children under the age of five.

At Oxford University they have been working to prevent the disease for seven years. But now first clinical trials of a new vaccine show it is nearly seventy percent effective. Juliette Fletcher has been to the Jenner Institute to find out more.

The interviewees from the Malaria vaccine trials at the Jenner Institute are: Katie Ewer, Senior Immunologist; and Carly Bliss, Research Assistant.


Theatre lover's legacy is a stage fit for star-crossed lovers

Tonight marks the opening performance of Brighton's new Open Air Theatre as star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet take to its grass stage.

The amphitheatre carved out of a former bowling green was the brainchild of local playwright Adrian Bunting. But as Andy Dickenson reports, he didn't live to see his dream, and it was left to his friends and supporters to continue his vision.

Andy speaks to B.O.A.T Trustee James Payne and actors Tom Kanji and Hanna McPake of the Globe Theatre on Tour.

Death of Kent student Matt Carapiet after Nepalese earthquake confirmed

Student Matt Carapiet from Kent has been confirmed as one of the casualties in the Nepalese earthquake

The family of an architecture student from Kent who was reported missing after the Nepalese earthquake have confirmed his death.

Matt Carapiet, aged 23, from Bearsted had been trekking in Nepal when the earthquake struck.

It is with great sadness that we can confirm that Matt passed away in the earthquake on April 25.

Matt was a much-loved son, brother, grandson and nephew. He also had a caring group of friends, who all have precious memories of how kind, happy, creative and brilliant he was. He made a huge impression on the lives of everyone he met.

Matt was touring Asia in a gap year before planning to continue his architecture studies in the autumn. He spoke to us regularly about how much he was enjoying his travels and we know he was doing something that he loved. He had been trekking in Nepal for two weeks before the earthquake.

The family is very grateful to everyone who has prayed for Matt and who put so much effort into spreading his picture and helping us to find him. We would like to ask for privacy at this difficult time but we will post a tribute to Matt in the coming days.

– Bring Matt Carapiet Home, Facebook page

Lusitania: "We must never forget so many who lost so much."

President Higgins speaks at Lusitania memorial ceremony Credit: Mike Pearse

"We must never forget so many who lost so much."

– Irish President, Michael Higgins

President leads tributes to 1,200 Lusitania dead of WWI

Irish president leads tributes to those who died in Lusitania tragedy

The Irish president, Michael Higgins, has lead tributes to the 1,193 passengers and crew who died when the civilian liner Lusitania was torpedoed during World War One in the sea off Ireland. The vessel was on the return leg of a trip from the USA to the UK in 1915 when it was hit by a German missile. Many relatives of those from the South who died in the tragedy are attending commemorations in Ireland.

Representatives from the British and German governments are also there.


Memorial for 1,193 killed when 'Lusitania' sank in WWI

Floral wreaths to commemorate those killed when the liner Lusitania was torpedoed in the First World War

A memorial service has been held overnight to remember more than a thousand people who died on an ocean liner during World War One.

The Germans torpedoed Cunard's 'Lusitania' one hundred years ago today killing many crew and passengers. It was the largest ever loss of lives at sea on a civilian ship during a war.

Alan Gibson, whose Great-Uncle was caught up in the tragedy, laid a wreath on behalf of all the relatives.

'It's soul crushing' - gymnast paralysed after hotel balcony fall in Spain speaks from hospital bed

Gymnast Dina Amos-Larkin is in a Dorset hospital

A gymnast has been speaking - from her hospital bed - about the moment she was told she would not be able to walk again.

Twenty-year-old Dina Amos-Larkin from Dorset is a law student at the University of Surrey. She fell from a hotel balcony during a student sports tour in Spain.

She is now back in the UK receiving care at Poole Hospital, and says she is trying to remain positive about what lies ahead.

"It's soul crushing. This is real I know what's going on. I'm living it every day, but I don't quite think it'll ever sink in. It'll never be ok."

– Dina Amos-Larkin, gymnast

Puppets in churches, dancers in tree houses, acrobats in tents - new highs for the Brighton Fringe

How would you like your home to be transformed into a theatre, or your church turned into a puppet show?

These are just two of the ways producers are putting on acts at this year's Brighton Fringe - the Festival's little brother that's growing even bigger.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Lisa Peck, director of House, Julian Caddy, managing director of the Brighton Fringe, Julie Everton, co-writer of The Bombing of the Grand Hotel, and Chris Cresswell, director of Lost in Transit.

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