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article 21 April 2015
Italy's crackdown on Mediterranean migrant smugglers
Italian police operation against traffickers

As Italian prosecutors arrest the captain and a crew member of the boat on which as many as 900 people may have drowned, Italian police are also cracking down on people smugglers.

article 21 April 2015 World, Egypt
Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's ousted president, gets 20 years
Mohamed Morsi

Mohamed Morsi, who was toppled from the Egyptian presidency in 2013, is sentenced to 20 years in prison without parole for the killing of protesters in December 2012.

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article 21 April 2015 World, Australia
Australia storm damage
Liam Dutton by Australia storms kill three

Stormy weather in New South Wales has killed three people and left a trail of damage and destruction - including in Sydney and the surrounding area.

post 21 April 2015
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog Cameron, Clegg and Farage: watch Gary Gibbon's profiles

With the general election just over two weeks away and the result highly unpredictable, Gary Gibbon talks to three of the party leaders.

post 21 April 2015
Read more on Michael's blog Politicians should follow John Major's example and get a soapbox

John Major, who speaks in the West Midlands today, energised his 1992 election campaign by speaking from a soapbox. It's the sort of thing modern-day politicians should try.

post 20 April 2015
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog David Cameron profile: Gary Gibbon speaks to the Conservative leader

If he did get back in, what sort of David Cameron would we see? The long gone husky-cuddling eco-warrior won't make a reappearance presumably.

article 20 April 2015 World
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EU ministers meet to discuss migrant crisis

Foreign ministers from across Europe hold talks aimed at tackling the migrant crisis after a week in which more than a thousand people perished in the Mediterranean.

article 20 April 2015 World, South Africa
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South Africa's Zulu king condemns racist attacks

South Africa's Zulu King Goodwill Zweluthini has condemned the deadly anti-immigrant attacks that have swept the country as "vile".

post 20 April 2015
Read more from Paul Mason on his blog Greek cash call before critical Eurogroup

While the Riga Eurogroup meeting on Friday is not the last chance Greece has to be rescued, it is probably the last chance for it to achieve a result outside of crisis measures.

post 20 April 2015
Read more on Cathy Newman's blog Will Milimania end the way Cleggmania did?

Labour spinners frantically retweeting the hen party selfies (#Ed #henparty #adorable #lovely) should remember what happened to Cleggmania in the privacy of the ballot box.

article 20 April 2015 UK, Iraq
Brits abroad: UK citizens journeying into the Islamic State
Brits abroad: UK citizens joining the Islamic State group

UK citizens have been travelling to Syria and Iraq since the start of the uprisings against Assad. Since 2013 online recruitment has convinced thousands of western Europeans to make the journey.

post 20 April 2015
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog Nigel Farage profile: his political career began in a bar

As the Ukip leader tells it, he saw the light in a bar in 1990, on the day the UK entered the exchange rate mechanism. Since then, his mission has mushroomed into something much bigger.

post 20 April 2015
Read more from Alex Thomson on his blog SNP manifesto launch: you can take the mountain metaphors too far

What the SNP have to guard against is Acquired Sheffield Syndrome and one N Kinnock's disastrous triumphalism.

post 20 April 2015
Read more from Geoff White on Technology State-level hacking: who's got your back?

Governments are unleashing viruses often designed to take complete control of a computer, giving police and intelligence agencies access to its webcam and microphone.

article 20 April 2015 World, Somalia
UN van targeted by Al-Shabaab in Garowe, Somalia
Four Unicef staff killed in Somalia bomb attack

At least nine people, including four Unicef staff, are killed in an attack that has been claimed by militant group al-Shabaab in Somalia.

article 19 April 2015 World, Italy
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Lampedusa: 900 feared dead as migrant boat sinks off Libya

As many as 900 migrants are feared to have died after their fishing boat capsized in the Mediterranean, according to Italian news agency Ansa.

article 19 April 2015 UK, Syria
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Police hunt for missing family who may be headed to Syria

A missing family, including four young children, have gone missing and are feared to be on their way to Syria, police say.

post 19 April 2015
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog David Cameron attacks SNP on The Andrew Marr Show

The main thrust of Mr Cameron's interview was an attack on the SNP. Andrew Marr said the PM was beginning to sound like an English Nationalist, which went down pretty badly.

article 18 April 2015 World, South Africa
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South Africa violence: shops looted in xenophobic attacks

South African police fire rubber bullets at looters as Xenophobic attacks spread to Johannesburg. At least four people have been killed since violence erupted in Durban two weeks ago.

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"The participation of instructors or specialists from third countries on Ukrainian territory… could destabilise the situation."

Kremlin spokesman on the arrival of US paratroopers in Ukraine to train Kiev?s national guard.