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—Julius Henry Marx (1890-1977) [Groucho] American comedian, actor, Horse Feathers, Duck Soup


World News From BBC

Ceasefire aim as Gaza deaths top 800 
  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:00:54 GMT 
    Efforts to secure a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas are intensifying as more people are killed in the 18-day conflict.

'No survivors' in Air Algerie crash 
  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:41:51 GMT 
    There are no survivors from the Air Algerie AH5017 passenger jet that crashed in Mali, says the French President, Francois Hollande.

UK economy back at pre-crisis level 
  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:42:48 GMT 
    The UK economy grew 0.8% in the second quarter and has now recovered the ground lost since the downturn began in 2008, according to official figures.

Dutch and Australians in MH17 talks 
  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:58:13 GMT 
    The Netherlands and Australia seek access to the rebel-controlled crash site of MH17 in eastern Ukraine as more bodies arrive in Eindhoven.

S Leone hunts seized Ebola patient 
  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:30:13 GMT 
    A hunt is launched in Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown, for a woman with Ebola who was forcibly removed from hospital by her relatives.

Isis 'overruns' Syrian military base 
  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:11:02 GMT 
    Fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) say they have overrun a large Syrian military base on the outskirts of the city of Raqqa.

Greste appeal over Egypt conviction 
  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:20:43 GMT 
    Jailed al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste is to appeal against his conviction and jail term on terrorism-related charges in Egypt, his family says.

Ferry owner death cause 'unknown' 
  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:51:40 GMT 
    South Korea's forensic agency says it cannot determine the cause of death for the fugitive tycoon blamed for the recent ferry disaster.

McDonald's in Russian court case 
  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:22:19 GMT 
    Russia's main consumer watchdog takes McDonald's to court, accusing the restaurant chain of quality infringements.

Wikipedia blocks US Congress edits 
  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:12:08 GMT 
    Administrators have imposed a ban on Wikipedia alterations from the US House of Representatives, following "persistent disruptive editing".

American reporter held in Iran 
  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:38:16 GMT 
    An American reporter for the Washington Post, his wife and two other US journalists have been detained in Tehran, an Iranian official confirms.

Thousands welcome Giants to city 
  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:09:22 GMT 
    An estimated 100,000 people line Liverpool's streets to welcome three giant marionettes which will tell the story of the city during World War One.

VIDEO: Thunderstorms on Air Algerie route 
  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:00:19 GMT 
    BBC Weather's Tomasz Schafernaker says there were thunderstorms in the area where Air Algerie flight AH5017 was flying before it crashed.

VIDEO: Honour for 101-year-old weatherman 
  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:38:16 GMT 
    America's longest serving volunteer weather observer, 101-year-old Richard G Hendrickson, will be honoured on Sunday for 84 years service.

VIDEO: Gillan denies Star Wars wig claims 
  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:02:14 GMT 
    Former Doctor Who star Karen Gillan has denied rumours that her hair was donated to the new Star Wars film.
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