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  1. We are trying out a new format for our news coverage. This is a test live page.
  2. PM warns the world could be heading back into financial crisis
  3. First confirmed case of bird flu in Britain for six years
  4. Tributes paid to five teenagers killed in a crash in South Yorkshire

Live Reporting

By Matthew Davis and Gerry Holt

All times stated are UK

That concludes this live page test for today.

Bird flu

Hugh Pym

BBC health editor

On eating poultry, the message loud and clear is that if you cook a chicken, turkey or duck properly then the risk of catching bird flu is virtually non-existent.

It is a serious issue for the agriculture industry but not one to worry about at all for humans.

Q&A on threat to humans.

Bird Flu

Danny Savage

North of England Correspondent, BBC News

is in East Yorkshire. He says EU officials currently believe that the virus is being spread by migratory birds heading south for the winter and they would not be surprised if there are more outbreaks to come along their migratory paths through southern Europe if indeed it is being spread by birds on the move.

World Cup boycott

Is a World Cup Boycott possible?

BBC sports editor Dan Roan investigates.

Ex-FA chairman David Bernstein called for a boycott by European teams unless Fifa - football's world governing body - is reformed.

It follows a string of controversies in recent years, including criticism of the decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

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Latest headlines

David Cameron has warned of a "dangerous backdrop of instability" in the global economy that is

threatening Britain's recovery.

Police span a "web of lies" that destroyed the political career of the former chief whip, Andrew Mitchell, after a row over which gate he should use in Downing Street, a court has heard.

Bankers should have their fixed salaries docked, as well as their bonuses, if they're found guilty of wrongdoing, the Governor of the Bank of England has said.

Scientists believe there may be a link between an outbreak of bird flu in the Netherlands and a case at a duck-breeding farm in East Yorkshire

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tweets: Pupils

quiz convicted twitter troll about why she was #cyberbullying

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Bird flu

Damian Grammaticas

BBC Europe Correspondent

EU officials have said the outbreak of bird flu in the UK is 'most likely' the same H5N8 strain of the virus as another current outbreak in the Netherlands, and one that happened a fortnight ago in Germany.

Car crash deaths

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"They had tremendous lives ahead."

A community pays tribute to five teenagers killed in car crash.

Global economy

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett has been

responding to David Cameron's remarks.

"We need to slash the size of the financial sector and see that it serves the needs of a boosted real economy that manufactures the goods and grows the food that we need, providing jobs that workers can live on, and homes they can afford."

Murder investigation

Jon Kay

BBC News correspondent

tweets: Wiltshire Police reclassify the search for Sally Ann John as a murder investigation. She went missing in 1995, aged 23. Never found.

Sallyann John

Police say they are not currently linking her disappearance to any other cases.

Full story here.

Global economy

George Osborne said it would be a "complete disaster" to divert from the government's economic plan, because it would "put Britain in a place where many other countries find themselves today".


George Osborne

It comes after data published today

showed Japan was in recession. Italy returned to recession last week while Germany narrowly avoided the same fate.

Global economy

Chancellor George Osborne, who is campaigning in Rochester and Strood ahead of Thursday's by-election, was asked about

David Cameron's warning that a third recession in the eurozone was possible.

He said a "realistic assessment" of the global economy was needed and, although the British economy was performing well, the country was "not immune" to instability elsewhere.

"It is all the more reason why we've got to go on working through our long-term economic plan," he said.

Bird flu

What risk does bird flu pose to people? Key questions answered after a case was confirmed at a farm in England.

Bird flu

Cannibal murder


inquest into the death of Cerys Yemm who was found murdered at a hostel in Argoed near Newport will be held on Friday.

Cerys Yemm
BBC Sport

The 22-year-old died after being attacked in an act of cannibalism by Matthew Williams, 34, on 6 November.

Williams died after police fired a stun gun at him during the attack.

News from Elsewhere...

Women in South Korea should tell potential employers they don't mind "casual jokes about sex" in the workplace,

according to guidelines from the country's Labour Ministry.

The interview tips offered "ideal answers" to questions women might face in an interview, and were posted on a government-run recruitment information site, the Korea Herald reports.

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Women were advised to respond to a question about sexual harassment by saying: "It is sometimes necessary to deal with it by making a joke in return."

For questions about family life, it was suggested they should lie about any any plans to tie the knot because "it is common for female workers to quit their jobs after getting married".

Mediterranean diets

Get involved

You have been sending us your views on whether a

Mediterranean diet is the best way to tackle obesity.

Chris comments: "Since moving to Spain my health has improved an awful lot. The food is a lot better. We take time and effort in cooking healthy meals instead of packaged stuff that really doesn't exist. Also the weather helps with motivation to exercise. Living in a Mediterranean country is (health speaking) a lot better."

Ed Stone adds: "This all sounds great but the Mediterranean diet is just part of the Mediterranean lifestyle... Year round warmth and sunshine, a huge emphasis on family life, shorter working hours, daily siesta's.... It's just not going to happen is it!"

Megan suggests it just won't work in the UK: "The Mediterranean diet works well if you are fortunate enough to be living on the Mediterranean. When you are contending with bad weather, rain and cold, you need something warming and comforting."


A rising number of students from the UK are

choosing to go to US universities.

More than 10,000 students from the UK were at US universities in 2013-14, up by 8% on the previous year, according to annual figures from the Institute of International Education.

These students applied in the autumn of 2012, as tuition fees of £9,000 were introduced in England.

'Plebgate' libel case

Andrew Mitchell "apologises unreservedly" for swearing in front of police officers but denies calling one a "pleb".

Looking directly at the judge, he says: "My Lord, I did not say those words."

IS air strikes

The Ministry of Defence has just

tweeted a video of the latest RAF strike against Islamic State in Iraq, carried out at the weekend.

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The MoD says Tornados struck an IS communications vehicle with a single Brimstone missile.

Stat of the day

Dewani case

Lawyers for Shrien Dewani, the man accused of organising the murder of his wife on their honeymoon, are to

apply for the case to be dismissed.

Shrien Dewani

Swedish national Anni, 28, died in Cape Town, South Africa in 2010 after an apparent carjacking that went wrong.

Mr Dewani, 34, of Bristol, has pleaded not guilty to charges including kidnapping and murder.

Defence lawyer Francois van Zyl said he would apply for the dismissal after the state rested its case on Monday.

Nolan defends Interstellar

Director Christopher Nolan has

defended the sound in his film Interstellar after some viewers complained sections of dialogue were difficult to hear.

Nolan told the Hollywood Reporter that was intentional, saying the idea was "to experience the journey the character is going on".

"I've always loved films that approach sound in an impressionistic way and that is an unusual approach for a mainstream blockbuster, but I feel it's the right approach."

Christopher Nolan
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Bird flu

Get involved

Martin Brown lives near Nafferton and has concerns about the possible spread of bird flu: "My daughter has a suppressed immune system due to having Leukaemia. This is very worrying given that last time we had something similar we would have been in a 'serious risk' group had she had her illness then. I'm really hoping it turns out not to be a serious problem."

Email your views to

'Plebgate' libel case

Andrew Mitchell MP has just been called into the witness box to give evidence.

Andrew Mitchell
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Bird flu

Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss is to give a statement to the Commons later this afternoon on the bird flu case in east Yorkshire.

The prime minister's official spokesman has reiterated that the risk to the public remains "extremely low".

A policeman stands guard at a farm near Nafferton, East Yorkshire where a strain of bird flu has been confirmed
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IS hostage killing

The prime minister will chair a meeting of the government's emergency Cobra committee in the next 36 hours

following the latest killing of a hostage by IS.

Downing Street says David Cameron will get the latest briefing from intelligence chiefs, although he was was kept up to date over the weekend during his trip to the G20 in Australia.

April Jones murder

Demolition work has just begun on the house in Ceinws, Wales, where Mark Bridger is thought to have murdered April Jones.

Demolition work

MH17 crash

Debris and human remains is continuing to be removed from the crash site of the MH17 jet in rebel-held eastern Ukraine, to be taken to the Netherlands for examination.

A pro-Russian separatist watches as a crane carries wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane at the site of the plane crash near the village of Hrabove in Donetsk region

The Dutch Safety Board, which is overseeing the exercise, said: "The recovery of wreckage of flight MH17 has been continuing this morning. For the second day wreckage will be recovered for the investigation into the cause of the crash of flight MH17.

"The wreckage will be brought to (the Ukrainian town of) Torez, where it will be placed on trains. Later on it will be transported to Kharkov and finally to the Netherlands."

The plane was

shot down in July killing all 298 people on board - mostly Dutch nationals. Russia-backed rebels have been blamed, though they deny it.

Hyde Park gigs announced

Rock veterans The Who will end their 50th anniversary tour by returning to Hyde Park, it's just been announced.

The My Generation singers will headline Hyde Park for the third time next summer, with special guests Paul Weller, Kaiser Chiefs and Johnny Marr.

Roger Daltry (left) and Pete Townshend of the Who

The performance will mark the end of their 10-date UK tour, which they have described as the start of their "long goodbye".

The Who will headline the Barclaycard British Summer Time event on Friday 26 June next year, while US singer Taylor Swift tops the bill the following day.

'Plebgate' libel case

Danny Shaw

Home affairs correspondent, BBC News

#plebgate James Price QC tells court Andrew Mitchell is "innocent man" as he outlines his case at start of libel action

Price says police responsible for a "web of lies, deceit & indiscipline" which led to "vitriolic" press campaign against Mitchell

Bird flu

The latest pictures from a farm in Nafferton, east Yorkshire, where measures to prevent the spread of bird flu are in place after

the first serious case in the UK for six years.

The latest image from a farm in Nafferton, east Yorkshire, where measures to prevent the spread of bird flu are in place after the first serious case in the UK for six years
The latest image from a farm in Nafferton, east Yorkshire, where measures to prevent the spread of bird flu are in place after the first serious case in the UK for six years
The latest image from a farm in Nafferton, east Yorkshire, where measures to prevent the spread of bird flu are in place after the first serious case in the UK for six years

Global economy

More from shadow work and pensions secretary Rachel Reeves, who spoke to the BBC News Channel earlier about

David Cameron's warning on the global economy:

"Of course it's true that the UK economy is not going to be immune to things that are happening around the world.

"But what I would say to David Cameron is, instead of getting your excuses in early, the government should be doing much more to secure the economic recovery for ordinary working people.

"And despite some of the hubristic language in the last few weeks, actually in the last four and a half years, life has got harder not easier for many working people."

Get involved:

What is your take on the PM's warning?

Knight Rider creator dies


TV writer and producer Glen Larson has died at the age of 77.

The executive was responsible for a string of action-packed hits, including Knight Rider, Magnum PI, Quincy ME and Battlestar Galactica.

Glen Larson

Knight Rider's David Hasselhoff paid tribute on Twitter, saying: "(He) had seven TV series at one time! Without him there'd be no KITT & Michael."

Larson died of oesophageal cancer at the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center, on Friday night.

Latest headlines

Farmers have been warned to be on the alert after

a case of bird flu was confirmed at a duck breeding farm in East Yorkshire.

The Governor of the Bank of England has suggested that

errant bankers should face losing not just their bonuses but their regular pay too.

Labour has accused David Cameron of using the global economy as an excuse for poor growth in the UK.

A judge

lifts restrictions on reporting that a law student was found guilty last week of possessing a bomb making document, likely to be useful to a terrorist.

'Plebgate' libel case

For more tweets from the "Plebgate" libel case follow

@BBCDanielS and

We'll bring you the main lines as we get them.


A libel judge at the High Court will investigate the Downing Street encounter between former government chief whip Andrew Mitchell and Pc Toby Rowland.

Here's a

timeline to remind you what the story is all about.

Robert Peston

Economics editor

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tweets: Morning guv'nor (geddit!) @thinktankmuseum

(Robert Peston is filming at Birmingham's Thinktank science museum this morning).

Bird flu

Anna Holligan

BBC News, The Hague

tweets: Within meters of #Birdflu farm - health & safety guys going in & out.. fire retardant barriers erected #vogelgriep

Bird flu pic