Francesco Schettino with his lawyer

Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino launches last-ditch plea bargain

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Prime Minister David Cameron, right, and his wife Samantha, left, take a drink by a beach during their holiday on the Spanish Island of Ibiza

Destination, destination, destination: The Camerons head off on holiday... again

It’s time for the yearly tabloid screaming fit about where (and when) the Prime Minister is off on holiday.  So news that David Cameron  has “jetted off” to Ibiza only days after the Woolwich stabbing has set off a red-top frenzy and sent Rupert Murdoch scuttling to his smartphone to tweet: “With UK on terror alert, Cameron off on holiday in Ibiza. Unbelievable.”

Costa Concordia captain, Francesco Schettino, to be tried for manslaughter

The captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, which capsized off Italy’s west coast last year, killing 32 people, will face trial for manslaughter as well as other charges, an Italian judge has ruled.

Costa Concordia captain set to stand trial alone for disaster in which 32 people were killed

Francesco Schettino, who captained the Costa Concordia when it capsized off the Italian coast in January last year killing 32 people, looks set to stand trial alone for the disaster.

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Get me out of here - Istanbul, Florence, Cornwall

Now... BA Holidays is offering three nights in Istanbul, departing in May, for £279pp. The package includes accommodation at the four-star Avicenna Hotel, next to the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, plus breakfast and flights from Heathrow. Ba.com/holidayfinder

2012 disaster off Tuscany that killed 32 people

Italy court considers possible charges in Costa Concordia disaster after deaths of 32 passengers

Prosecutors want captain to stand trial for manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship

Italy court considers possible charges in Costa Concordia disaster after deaths of 32 passengers

Prosecutors want captain to stand trial for manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship

The Costa Concordia, once towed to Sicily, will be cut into pieces and sold for scrap

€1m cap on Costa Concordia fine: 'It hardly seems a lot given the magnitude of the disaster'

Costa Cruises, the company whose Concordia cruise liner capsized in January last year with the loss of 32 lives, has made a deal with an Italian court that will limit its criminal liability for a fine of just €1 million.

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