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—B. A. Billingsly

 

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FA wants Team GB sides at Rio 2016 
  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 22:29:29 GMT 
    The Football Association is planning to enter men's and women's Great Britain teams at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.


The dogged old man of the badlands 
  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 00:05:28 GMT 
    Chris Haslam meets a man determined to see his remarkable life in the mountains as quite mundane.


Are humans getting cleverer? 
  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 00:03:55 GMT 
    What is behind the so-called Flynn Effect - the pattern of rising IQ scores around the world?


Finnish punk band set for Eurovision 
  Sun, 01 Mar 2015 14:46:24 GMT 
    A punk band made up of musicians with learning disabilities is chosen to represent Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest.


Iceland paper published back to front 
  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:20:19 GMT 
    An Icelandic newspaper publishes an issue back to front in honour of its audience's traditional reading habits.


Namibia president wins $5m award 
  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 17:36:26 GMT 
    Outgoing Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba wins the world's most valuable individual award, the Mo Ibrahim prize for African leadership.


Australia to bolster force in Iraq 
  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 02:59:37 GMT 
    Australia is to more than double its contingent of troops training local forces in Iraq, Prime Minister Tony Abbott says.


France 'rebuked over smacking' 
  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18:50:25 GMT 
    Europe's top rights watchdog is set to rule that France's guidance over spanking children is not sufficiently clear, Le Monde newspaper reports.


Castro's revolutionary lover dies 
  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 20:39:12 GMT 
    Natalia Revuelta, who supported Fidel Castro when he was planning his insurgency and became his lover, has died at the age of 89 in Havana.


Libya names Haftar as army chief 
  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18:15:06 GMT 
    Libya's internationally recognised government in Tobruk names former controversial anti-Islamist Khalifa Haftar as the new head of the national army.


FBI sued for Boston bombing death 
  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18:20:33 GMT 
    The family of a man who was killed by the FBI as agents investigated the Boston marathon bombings is suing the agency.


Jail threat for sex abuse 'neglect' 
  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 03:33:56 GMT 
    Senior public officials who fail to protect children from sexual exploitation would face up to five years in jail under proposals being considered by ministers.


Baby deaths inquiry report due 
  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 01:06:17 GMT 
    Failures at a maternity unit where a number of newborn babies and mothers died are expected to be exposed later.


Ex-Spurs midfielder Mackay dies 
  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 00:26:49 GMT 
    Former Tottenham, Derby, Hearts and Scotland midfielder Dave Mackay dies, aged 80.


'Attractive jihadists lure UK girls' 
  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 00:58:06 GMT 
    "Attractive" jihadist fighters can be "eye candy" to lure in British Muslim girls, a woman who was radicalised online tells BBC Newsnight.
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