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Bangladesh building collapsed 

Rescue workers have found 40 survivors in a building which collapsed in a suburb of Dhaka, which has prompted questions over its chronically poor safety standards.

Increased unemployment rate in Spain

Spain’s unemployment rate hiked to a new record of 27.2% of the workforce in the first quarter of 2013 and Prime Minister will unveil fiscal and policy measures aimed at halting recession in the eurozone’s fourth-largest economy on Friday.

Russian  NGO is fined

Election watchdog Golos has become the first non-governmental organisation (NGO) to be fined in Russia as it had failed to declare itself as a “foreign agent” after receiving funds from abroad under a controversial new law.

AP Twitter account hacked

A fake tweet claiming President Barack Obama had been injured in an explosion at the White House has been sent from the Twitter account of the Associated Press news agency. The hacked account has since been suspended.

First Minister urged children to be vaccinated

First Minister Carwyn Jones has urged parents to make sure their children have both doses of the MMR vaccine, as the number of measles cases in the Swansea epidemic rises to 886.

South Korea to talk with North
South Korea is trying to propose formal talks with the North over restarting operations at the jointly-run Kaesong Industrial Complex after Pyongyang blocked South Korean access to the site and pulled out its 53,000 workers earlier this month.

Fighters to withdraw from Turkey
The military leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party has announced the withdraw of fighters from Turkey in early May after at least 40,000 people have died in the 30-year fight for an ethnic Kurdish homeland in Turkey’s south-east.

Dropped crime rate

Crimes recorded by police in England and Wales fell by 8% last year compared to 2011, including violent and sex crimes while pickpocketing increased by 8%, the Office for National Statistics said.

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