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World News From BBC

Ferry transcript reveals crew panic  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:05:21 GMT
The last communications between the South Korean ferry that sank on Wednesday and traffic services reveal panic and indecision by the crew. 
Russian outrage at Ukraine killing  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:46:44 GMT
The Russian foreign ministry expresses outrage at a fatal shooting incident in eastern Ukraine which it blames on Ukrainian nationalists. 
Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:51:06 GMT
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the US boxer whose wrongful conviction for murder caused an international outcry, dies aged 76. 
Hostage reporters 'chained' in Syria  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:11:44 GMT
Four French journalists who spent 10 months in captivity in Syria were chained to each other and kept in basements without light, one recounts. 
Finland air crash kills skydivers  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:04:23 GMT
Eight skydivers on an Easter Sunday jump are killed as their plane crashes near the town of Jamijarvi in Finland. 
Pope celebrates Easter Sunday Mass  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:46:21 GMT
Pope Francis celebrates Easter in front of thousands in St Peter's Square, praying for peace in Syria and Ukraine and "an end to all war". 
Iran's Rouhani urges women's rights  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:33:10 GMT
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani urges equal opportunities and rights for women and condemns discrimination in a speech marking Women's Day. 
Abdullah 'extends Afghan poll lead'  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:27:40 GMT
Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has extended his lead over his rival Ashraf Ghani, latest results from the presidential polls suggest. 
Algeria militants kill 14 soldiers  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:36:05 GMT
Islamist militants kill 14 Algerian soldiers in an ambush on a military convoy in mountains east of the capital Algiers. 
Kuwait newspapers ordered to close  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:43:25 GMT
A Kuwaiti judge orders the temporary closure of two independent newspapers for breaking a news blackout about an alleged plot to topple the emir. 
IPL investigative panel appointed  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:51:22 GMT
India's cricket board appoints a three-member investigative panel to look into allegations of corruption in the Indian Premier League. 
VIDEO: Russian outrage at Ukraine killing  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:36:19 GMT
Russia has expressed outrage after at least three people were killed at a pro-Russian checkpoint in eastern Ukraine. 
VIDEO: Baby prince meets a Bilby at the zoo  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 06:51:06 GMT
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge continued their royal tour of Australia with a tour of Taronga Zoo accompanied by their son Prince George. 
VIDEO: Pope prays for Syria and Ukraine  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:50:56 GMT
The pope has prayed for an end to conflicts around the world including in Syria and Ukraine, in his Easter address. 
VIDEO: One-minute World News  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:47:33 GMT
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