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Labour to pledge not to increase VAT

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-23 19:20
Labour's general election manifesto will contain a pledge not to raise VAT, shadow chancellor Ed Balls will say.

Utah Brings Back Firing Squads As Lethal Injection Drugs Remain Scarce

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-23 18:51

The Republican governor, who signed the bill Monday, has said Utah needs a backup execution method in case a shortage of drugs persists — though he's called firing squads "a little bit gruesome."

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VIDEO: Family's story after 'hell' of Donetsk

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-23 18:38
Ukrainian soldier Sergeant Major Anatoly Svyryd tells BBC News how his family were reunited after he fought in the vicious battle for Donetsk Airport.

Cuts 'hitting poor children hardest'

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-23 18:35
Government cuts have disproportionately affected disadvantaged children, a cross-party committee of MPs says.

Devolution plans 'rushed through'

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-23 18:25
UK government proposals for further devolution for Scotland were rushed through with insufficient consultation, a parliamentary report warns.

Scottish economy 'slows sharply'

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-23 18:19
The Scottish economy slowed at the start of the year but is expected to return to growth over the next few months, a report suggests.

Emergency doctors A&E staffing call

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-23 18:17
An organisation representing emergency care doctors is calling for four steps to be taken to address the challenges facing emergency departments.

Methadone programme 'a black hole'

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-23 18:14
The methadone programme in Scotland is "out of control", an expert warns.

Tunis museum to reopen after attack

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-23 18:04
Tunisia's Bardo Museum is due to reopen less than a week after gunmen killed at least 22 people, mostly European tourists, in the capital Tunis.

Radio 1 chart show moving to Friday

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-23 18:01
BBC Radio 1 is moving the official chart countdown to Friday afternoons, where it will become part of Greg James' drivetime show.

Iron Maiden to receive Silver Clef

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-23 17:39
Rock group Iron Maiden are to receive the Silver Clef prize for outstanding contribution to music at this year's Nordoff Robbins awards luncheon.

Family 'concerned' for missing boy

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-23 17:35
The family of an 11-year-old boy who has not been seen since leaving school are said to be "increasingly concerned".

'Monster salamanders' in mass grave

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-23 17:31
Scientists report a new species of giant amphibian after digging up multiple fossils from an ancient, dried-up lake where hundreds of the beasts probably died.

'Give children time to really learn'

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-23 17:16
Campaigners say children need time to learn how to learn to think deeply and independently, writes Branwen Jeffreys.

No-one can predict European politics

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-23 17:15
Local elections in Spain and France have produced remarkable results, says Chris Morris.

VIDEO: Inside Iwo Jima battle tunnels

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-23 16:57
Rupert Wingfield-Hayes looks at the site of the Battle of Iwo Jima, 70 years after American forces landed there.

Uruguay: No more Guantanamo inmates

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-23 16:47
The new Uruguayan government announces it will no longer accept detainees from the Guantanamo Bay detention centre.

Mo'ne Davis Says Player Who Sent Offensive Tweet Deserves Second Chance

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-23 16:36

Davis, a Little League phenom, said "everyone makes mistakes," and one tweet shouldn't mark the end of Joey Casselberry's baseball career.

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Liverpool's poorest 'struggling'

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-23 16:31
Liverpool's poorest families are suffering falling income and are having to rely on charitable hand-outs, a city council report finds.

Why nine hours sleep may be bad for you

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-23 16:25
Why nine hours in bed might be worse for you than five hours