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'Service failures' at hospital
A private firm hired to provide cleaning and catering services at a hospital repeatedly failed to meet standards, it emerges.

Arctic bowhead whale seen off Scilly
A bowhead whale rarely spotted south of the Arctic has been seen off the Isles of Scilly, wildlife watchers say.

Crash-land Navy pilot awarded medal
A Royal Navy officer who crash landed a historic plane at an air show is awarded the Air Force Cross.

Health trusts move off 'black alert'
Cornwall and a major health trust in Devon are taken off "black alert" status, NHS managers say.

Councils make £50m from sell-offs
Cash-strapped Cornwall Council raises £28m over the last three years by selling off land and buildings, figures reveal.

Police fail to reach 999 target
Devon and Cornwall Police are failing to reach more than a quarter of 999 calls within their target time, according to figures obtained by the BBC.

Tasers drawn on '400 children in 2013'
Devon and Cornwall Police were among forces more likely to deploy Taser stuns guns, including on under-18s, in 2013, figures obtained by the BBC show.

Libor fines benefit air ambulances
Air ambulance charities are to receive £250,000 each from the government as part of the Libor fine fund.

Truro offer new ground to Pirates
Truro City chairman Peter Masters says rugby union side Cornish Pirates are welcome to share his club's planned new stadium.

From lightsabers to sabre fencing
Truro's Star Wars inspired fencing club

Magna Carta cake replica on display
Magna Carta cake replica on display

St Austell eye FA Vase semi-finals
St Austell must focus on beating Ascot United and reaching the FA Vase semi-finals, says manager Phil Lafferty.

Truro ready for Cirencester trip
Truro City boss Steve Tully says his side must not take Cirencester Town lightly when the two sides clash in the Southern Premier League.

Redruth 'coming together', says Cook
Veteran Redruth forward Damien Cook says "things are coming together" under head coach Steve Larkins.

Bristol sign Cornish Pirates duo
Cornish Pirates duo Tom Kessell and Jamal Ford-Robinson sign for Championship rivals Bristol for next season.

Saints bring in Kessell from Pirates
Northampton Saints will sign Cornish Pirates scrum-half Tom Kessell for the 2015-16 season.

BBC News | UK | World Edition
UK 'must prepare for Russian threat'
Russia has become a danger to Britain and the country must be prepared to take steps to defend itself and its allies, the former head of MI6 says.

First-time buyers get 20% discount
First-time home buyers aged under 40 in the UK can now register to buy new homes at a discount of up to a fifth off the normal price.

Emwazi had anger therapy - teacher
A former teacher of the man named as extremist "Jihadi John" says he received anger management therapy at secondary school after getting into fights.

Compensation call over energy switch
Energy price comparison sites should compensate customers who changed to tariffs that may not have been the cheapest deals, MPs say.

Sir Cliff's lawyers criticise MPs
Sir Cliff Richard's lawyers criticise a parliamentary committee for publishing a letter about the police inquiry into sex abuse allegations against the singer.

Pakistani massacre boy gets UK care
A Pakistani boy who was seriously wounded during a school massacre undergoes surgery in Birmingham, paid for by his country's government.

Spy watchdog 'taken in' by spies
Tory MP David Davis accuses Sir Malcolm Rifkind's Intelligence and Security Committee of being taken in by the "glamour" of spying and failing to do its job properly.

Lloyds to resume dividend payments
Lloyds Banking Group confirms that it will resume paying dividends to shareholders for the first time since the financial crisis in 2008.

Farage: UKIP backs Tories on deficit
Nigel Farage says UKIP will back Conservative efforts to eliminate the deficit by 2018 but only if they stick to their plans.

Start date for 'Devo Manc' NHS plan
Greater Manchester will begin taking control of its health budget from April after a devolution agreement is signed by the Chancellor George Osborne.

Labour pledges £6,000 tuition fees
Ed Miliband says £9,000 tuition fees in England have been a "disaster" and promises Labour would fund a reduction by cutting tax relief on high earners' pensions.

Gary Glitter jailed for 16 years
Former pop star Gary Glitter is jailed for 16 years for sexually abusing three young girls between 1975 and 1980.

Stamp prices set to increase by 1p
The cost of first and second class stamps are each to rise by 1p from 30 March, Royal Mail announces.

Council says 'Clean your own loos'
A cash-strapped council is asking people to clean their own public toilets.

PSNI appeal over poster bomb attack
Police appeal after Frank McCabe Jr is seriously injured in Crossmaglen booby trap poster bomb.

Ulster 25-20 Scarlets
Ulster score three tries in the second half to clinch a 25-20 win over the Scarlets in Friday's Pro12 match.

Boy, 12, dies after being hit by car
A 12-year-old boy dies and a man is arrested after a car crash in Cardiff.

'No question' of tax referendum
Calls for a referendum on income tax powers for Wales are rejected by the first minister, despite a pledge by David Cameron on minimum funding.

Man cleared of dog walker murder
A 21-year-old man is cleared of murdering 53-year-old Jean Campbell in a Glasgow park.

Murphy will stand for Westminster
Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy says he is the party's candidate for East Renfrewshire at the general election in May.

Judge admits Muslim Bible oath error
A judge who stopped a trial because a Muslim witness had sworn an oath on the Bible says he should have accepted the man's evidence.

Lake searched in missing teen hunt
A lake is searched as police attempt to locate a teenager who has been missing for more than a week.

Bayern Munich 4-1 FC Köln
Bayern Munich take their Bundesliga goal tally to 18 in three games with a comfortable 4-1 win over Cologne.

Parma game off after strike threat
Parma have had their Serie A match at Genoa on Sunday called off after players threatened to strike over unpaid wages.

NZ scrape to victory over Australia
New Zealand survive a late collapse to beat Australia by one wicket in a thrilling climax to their World Cup Pool A game.

Singapore at 50: From swamp to skyscrapers
Fifty years ago Singapore gained independence - it became one of the region's leading economies thanks to immigrants like Sharanjit Leyl's grandfather.

The 30-day worm and cricket diet
A US student is just finishing a 30-day diet in which he has eaten insects three times a day - and he says they're much better than you might think.

Kidnapped by North Korea - and forced to make films
The story of how a director and an actress were kidnapped by North Korea and forced to make films for Kim Jong-il.

'No barriers' to income tax poll
A new devolution package for Wales removes "the last remaining barriers" to an income tax referendum, Prime Minister David Cameron says.

PM defends spies over 'Jihadi John'
The prime minister defends the security services amid criticisms they failed to stop the Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John" from travelling to Syria.

Osborne rebuked on EU surcharge claim
MPs say Chancellor George Osborne's claim to have "halved" the UK's £1.7bn EU budget surcharge last year is "not supported by the facts".

VIDEO: Treasury Committee
MPs take evidence on the Bank of England’s Inflation Report.

VIDEO: Prince and Emperor meet in Japan
Prince William continues his visit to Japan, lunching with the Japanese Emperor Akihito, as Peter Hunt reports from Tokyo.

VIDEO: Meet the men who went part-time
Close to one million men are now choosing to reduce their hours and take part-time employment. Emma Simpson reports.

VIDEO: The dress question stressing the world...
A debate has raged on social media over the colour of a dress which looks different to different people.

VIDEO: Teacher: 'Jihadi John' had therapy
The BBC has learned that Mohammed Emwazi, who has been identified as the Islamic State extremist 'Jihadi John', had anger management therapy at his secondary school in north-west London.

VIDEO: Gary Glitter jailed for 16 years
The former singer, Gary Glitter, has been jailed for 16 years for sexually abusing three young girls between 1975 and 1980.

AUDIO: Ex-MI6 chief on 'Jihadi John' claims
The former head of MI6, Sir John Sawers, defends the security services amid criticisms they failed to stop Mohammed Emwazi - known as "Jihadi John'" - from joining Islamic State.

VIDEO: Fees pledge: What do students think?
The BBC asks students at Leeds University for their reactions to a Labour pledge to reduce tuition fees in England have been a "disaster" and promises Labour would fund a reduction by cutting tax relief on high earners' pensions.

VIDEO: Inside UKIP's 'get Nigel elected' rally
Robin Brant reports from UKIP's Spring Conference in Margate, an event a senior party figure describes as a 'get Nigel elected' rally.

Apps in pockets, bums on seats
Keeping cinema affordable after Orange Wednesday's demise

10 things we didn't know last week
What time of day squid fly, and other news nuggets

Why Sam's 'wobbly brain' is important
Why everyone should be aware of Sam's symptoms

'I change my disabled son's nappy on urine-soaked floors'
'I change my disabled son's nappy on urine-soaked floors'

Campaignspotting: BBC's 2016 blog
What do Americans make of Nigel Farage?

The 'What colour is this dress?' meme
Why everyone is asking 'what colour is this dress?'

'When bandits shot me in the Congo'
Missionary midwife recalls her brush with Congo bandits

Stormont shake-up evokes comedy gold
Stormont shake-up evokes comedy gold

Spock 'boldly gone' and 'Jihadi John' hunt - papers
Papers mark the death of Star Trek's Spock


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