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  • Paxman slams BBC bosses' pay-offs
    Paxman slams BBC bosses' pay-offs 3 hours ago

    Newsnight host Jeremy Paxman has described the BBC as "smug" and criticised senior staff being paid huge sums "merely for walking out of the door". More »

  • Lamplugh Trust backs EastEnders
    Lamplugh Trust backs EastEnders 3 hours ago

    EastEnders' upcoming Lucy Beale murder plot has received support from The Suzy Lamplugh Trust. More »

  • Windsor doesn't want soap return
    Windsor doesn't want soap return 4 hours ago

    EastEnders legend Barbara Windsor has said she isn't planning a return to the BBC soap. More »

  • Corden tries to prank Harry Styles
    Corden tries to prank Harry Styles 5 hours ago

    Harry Styles rumbled James Corden when the actor tried to prank his friend on Michael McIntyre's chat show. More »

  • DJ Travis charged with another sex assault
    DJ Travis charged with another sex assault 10 hours ago

    Radio DJ Dave Lee Travis, who faces a retrial over one charge of indecent assault and one of sexual assault, was charged with another count of indecent assault. More »

  • Clifford faces sex assault verdict
    Clifford faces sex assault verdict 13 hours ago

    Max Clifford, the country's top public relations guru, could on Wednesday find out if he is guilty of sex assault charges as jurors enter the second day of deliberations. More »

  • For east Ukraine, Kremlin adapts Crimea playbook 15 hours ago

    By Thomas Grove SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - There are important differences between Russia's intervention in Crimea and the events unfolding this week in eastern Ukraine which suggest Moscow has adapted its Crimea playbook and may be pursuing a different outcome. Unlike the Black Sea peninsula, where thousands of Russian troops were already based at ex-Soviet naval facilities leased from Ukraine, there is little clear evidence of Moscow deploying significant forces on the ground in the east of the country. In eastern towns where armed, pro-Russian rebels have seized public buildings and raised the Russian flag, some gunmen identify themselves to journalists as "Russians" - but that says little about citizenship in Russian-speaking parts of Ukraine. More »

  • Here’s What Happened Today: Tuesday
    Here’s What Happened Today: Tuesday 15 hours ago

    Everyone’s talking about a teenager drowning in a reservoir, a Dublin shooting, and tensions in Ukraine… More »

  • Luton back in Football League after five years 15 hours ago

    (Reuters) - Luton Town won promotion back to the Football League after an absence of five years without kicking a ball on Tuesday when they were handed the Conference Premier crown. Luton, a Championship (second tier) club in 2007 before being relegated three times in a row, clinched the title when second-placed Cambridge United lost 2-0 at Kidderminster. Former League Cup winners Luton, nicknamed the Hatters, have a 10-point lead over Cambridge with three matches to play. "It is wonderful to be back in the Football League," Luton chairman and TV presenter Nick Owen told the BBC. More »

  • Soccer-Luton back in Football League after five years 16 hours ago

    Luton Town won promotion back to the Football League after an absence of five years without kicking a ball on Tuesday when they were handed the Conference Premier crown. Luton, a Championship (second tier) club in 2007 before being relegated three times in a row, clinched the title when second-placed Cambridge United lost 2-0 at Kidderminster. Former League Cup winners Luton, nicknamed the Hatters, have a 10-point lead over Cambridge with three matches to play. "It is wonderful to be back in the Football League," Luton chairman and TV presenter Nick Owen told the BBC. More »

  • DLT charged with indecent assault
    DLT charged with indecent assault 18 hours ago

    Veteran DJ Dave Lee Travis has been charged with one count of indecent assault. More »

  • Britain's anti-EU leader denies expenses allegations
    Britain's anti-EU leader denies expenses allegations 20 hours ago

    Eurosceptic UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage said Tuesday he was considering legal action after a British newspaper reported that he faces an investigation over his EU expenses. More »

  • United Nations: Britain Ravaged By Sexism Because of Boys' Club Culture
    United Nations: Britain Ravaged By Sexism Because of Boys' Club Culture 20 hours ago

    Sexism is more widespread in Britain than any other country because of a pervasive "boys' club culture", a human rights expert for the UN has warned. Rashida Manjoo, a South African human rights expert, is the UN's Special Rapporteur on an official inquiry into violence against women in Britain. The Home Office organised her itinerary, the first UK visit of its kind by an independent expert charged by the UN human rights council to monitor the issue. Ms Manjoo said the availability of pornography was influencing a negative portrayal of women and girls. Ms Manjoo has reported on violence against women in over ten countries since 2009, including America, Algeria, Jordan, Zambia and Somalia. Her findings on the UK came from meetings with individual survivors of violence, civil society organisations and UK government officials. More »

  • Jury out in British PR guru's sex assault trial
    Jury out in British PR guru's sex assault trial 21 hours ago

    Jurors retired Tuesday to consider their verdicts in the sex assault trial of Max Clifford, Britain's top public relations guru. More »

  • UKIP chief defends expenses record ahead of vote
    UKIP chief defends expenses record ahead of vote 21 hours ago

    By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - The leader of anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) denied wrongdoing on Tuesday after a former party member referred him to the European Union's anti-fraud office less than six weeks before elections to the European Parliament. UKIP, which wants Britain to leave the EU and an end to "open door" immigration, is forecast to poll strongly in the vote, an achievement it hopes will pave the way for it to win its first seats in the British parliament next year. Styling itself as an antidote to the mainstream politicians it says are self-serving, the party has siphoned off support from all three main parties, and its leader, Nigel Farage, has become a regular on British television screens. But on Tuesday, an unnamed former UKIP official queried whether Farage was using the expense allowances he gets as a member of the European Parliament (MEP) to fund one of his offices in Britain, as he says, or whether he uses it for other purposes. More »

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram Kidnaps 200 Girls from Borno State School
    Nigeria: Boko Haram Kidnaps 200 Girls from Borno State School 22 hours ago

    Members of the Boko Haram Islamist terrorist group have allegedly kidnapped at least 200 girls from a school in northeastern Nigeria's Borno state, according to reports. Boko Haram, which has been conducting an armed campaign to establish an Islamic state in northern Nigeria, is also thought to be responsible for a series of attacks that left at least 120 civilians dead last week. Amnesty International estimated that 1,500 civilians had died since the beginning of the year in Boko Haram assaults but the group blamed the Nigerian army for many of the deaths. After a Boko Haram attack in March, troops army killed 600 people in Maiduguri, Amnesty said. More »

  • Attacks on Teflon Man Nigel Farage Get Serious over EU Expenses Claims
    Attacks on Teflon Man Nigel Farage Get Serious over EU Expenses Claims Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Ukip's Nigel Farage has become the new Teflon man of British politics. Previous claims by a party official that he had sex with a Latvian woman seven times in one night were not only laughed off by Farage as hilariously untrue, but become part of his after-dinner speeches. More »

  • Arsenal v West Ham United, Premier League: Where to Watch Live, Preview and …
    Arsenal v West Ham United, Premier League: Where to Watch Live, Preview and … Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Arsenal take on West Ham United in their midweek Premier League fixture at the Emirates on Tuesday evening. Live coverage is on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD. Arsenal snapped their four-game winless run in all competitions by registering a hard fought victory against Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup semi-final after a penalty shootout at Wembley last Saturday. Arsene Wenger's side maintained their cool and triumphed 4-2 in penalty shootout. More »

  • Optimism ahead of Giro cycling race
    Optimism ahead of Giro cycling race Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Organisers of one of cycling's flagship professional events are extremely confident ahead of the opening stages in Northern Ireland, a race director said. More »

  • Matt Smith Picks Favourite Doctor Who Series
    Matt Smith Picks Favourite Doctor Who Series Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Matt Smith has spoken about his time as the eleventh Doctor of BBC's hit family sci-fi adventure Doctor Who. Speaking at the Wizard World Comic Con in Minneapolis, USA, Smith explained why he considers his first series in the role his best, and his favourite. More »

  • Britton allotment show full of gags
    Britton allotment show full of gags Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Fern Britton has said her new series The Big Allotment Challenge is full of silly jokes about melons. More »

  • BBC to review pay for top stars
    BBC to review pay for top stars Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    The pay bill for some of the BBC's biggest screen and radio stars including Graham Norton and Jeremy Clarkson is to be examined in a review by the BBC Trust which will look at how the costs compare to commercial rivals. More »