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—William Lyon Phelps

 

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Porpoises use 'sound searchlights' 
  Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:12:58 GMT 
    Porpoises finely adjust the size of the beams of sound they use to hunt - using sound like a searchlight to trap their prey, a study finds.


Libya Tripoli-based Islamist PM fired 
  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:28:09 GMT 
    MPs remove Omar al-Hassi as head of Libya's Islamist-backed alternative government in Tripoli amid allegations of financial irregularities.


Thousands in Vietnam factory strike 
  Wed, 01 Apr 2015 07:56:27 GMT 
    Thousands of workers at a Vietnam shoe factory continue to strike, in a rare anti-government protest over a social insurance law.


Russian dissident gets asylum in UK 
  Wed, 01 Apr 2015 08:44:19 GMT 
    A key ally of Russian anti-Kremlin campaigner Alexei Navalny - Vladimir Ashurkov - is granted political asylum in the UK.


Peru prime minister deposed in spy row 
  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:19:53 GMT 
    Peruvian Prime Minister Ana Jara is sacked by Congress over allegations that the country's spy agency gathered information on thousands of Peruvians.


US lifts Egypt weapons freeze 
  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:56:21 GMT 
    President Barack Obama has told his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel Fattah al Sisi, that the US will resume military aid to Egypt, frozen since 2013.


Arkansas passes 'religion' bill 
  Wed, 01 Apr 2015 03:43:52 GMT 
    The US state of Arkansas approves a religious freedom bill similar to one that caused a storm of protest in Indiana from gay rights supporters.


Bosses' letter fuels business battle 
  Wed, 01 Apr 2015 10:20:22 GMT 
    The Conservatives welcome an "unprecedented" pre-election endorsement by 100 business leaders while Labour promise new rights for workers on zero-hours contracts.


Care system gets 'biggest shake-up' 
  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:04:24 GMT 
    Major changes to the care system in England, dubbed the biggest shake-up for 60 years, are being introduced, while Scotland merges NHS and care budgets.


Medieval graves found under college 
  Wed, 01 Apr 2015 02:26:18 GMT 
    One of the largest medieval hospital burial grounds in England, containing about 1,300 remains, is discovered under St John's College.


EU milk quota system is abolished 
  Wed, 01 Apr 2015 10:28:15 GMT 
    EU milk quotas are scrapped, bringing an end to more than 30 years of efforts to prevent overproduction.


In pictures: Open, Youth and Mobile 
  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:27:38 GMT 
    Open and Youth winners in Sony World Photo Awards


Weather in pictures: 31 March 
  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:33:51 GMT 
    Winds batter Britain causing travel disruption


Election 2015 in pictures: 31 March 
  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:33:17 GMT 
    The first full day of campaigning


No work, no football in time of Ebola 
  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 02:44:49 GMT 
    How Ebola still affects love lives and wallets
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