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article 21 April 2015 World, France
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Calais migrants: 'We are not animals'

The boat tragedy that claimed the lives of an estimated 900 people attempting to enter Europe is being sorely felt by migrants in Calais who made similar trips. Watch Paraic O'Brien's report.

post 21 April 2015
Read more from Kylie Morris on her blog American inmates released after decades in prison

Last year in the US a record number of prisoners were released after they were found to have been wrongfully convicted. Among them was Ricky Jackson, who wrongly spent 39 years in prison.

post 21 April 2015
Read more from Jonathan Miller on his blog Haunted by memories of a journey from Damascus to Bradford

Mirvat and her family fled Syria, eventually arriving in the UK via Lebanon, Egypt, Libya and Calais. She has begun a new life - but cannot forget what she went through to get here.

post 21 April 2015
Read more from Victoria Macdonald on her blog Hunt, Lamb, Burnham - and an NHS ménage à trois

There's the married couple, Jeremy Hunt and Norman Lamb. Then a third person, Andy Burnham, comes a long to spice things up. That's what today's #healthdebate looked like.

post 21 April 2015
Read more from Paul Mason on his blog SNP: a path to fiscal autonomy, but do the sums add up?

What Scots will do if the mandate contained in the SNP manifesto is first delivered then ignored will determine whether the UK survives as a political entity.

article 21 April 2015 World, Iraq
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Isis leader al-Baghdadi 'seriously wounded'

The leader of the global terror group is recovering slowly from a coalition air strike in the Nineveh province of Iraq, according to reports.

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.

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

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.

article 21 April 2015 UK
Eloise Parry
Student dies after online diet pills 'burn her up'

A young woman has died after taking diet pills bought on the internet. Her mother has issued an emotional warning to others after her death.

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.

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

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.

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.

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