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The truth about the Sound of Music family 
  Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:04:03 GMT 
    The Sound of Music was released 50 years ago - but what did the real von Trapp family portrayed in the move think of it?


Why Iceland banned beer 
  Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:02:38 GMT 
    A century ago, Iceland introduced full prohibition. Within a decade, red wine had been legalised, followed by spirits in the 1930s. But beer remained off-limits until 1989. Why?


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.


Afghan president sacks police chiefs 
  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18:40:35 GMT 
    Twenty-seven senior Afghan police officers are sacked as part an anti-corruption drive by President Ashraf Ghani.


EU 'mediating' Greece bailout row 
  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 19:24:02 GMT 
    The European Commission says it is trying to maintain EU unity after Greece accused Spain and Portugal of conspiring against it in bailout talks.


Argentine leader hails lower debt 
  Sun, 01 Mar 2015 22:44:41 GMT 
    Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner defends her economic policy in her last speech to Congress before she steps down in December.


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.


US police shoot homeless man dead 
  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 10:55:55 GMT 
    A video captures the moment three US police officers shoot dead a homeless man during a scuffle in the Skid Row area of central Los Angeles.


'No hiding' from abuse failures 
  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 22:30:39 GMT 
    There is "no hiding" from the failures of authorities in Oxfordshire where young girls were groomed, a retired detective tells Newsnight.


Murder arrests in Becky Watts probe 
  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 19:05:46 GMT 
    Police arrest a man and woman on suspicion of murder in the investigation into the disappearance of teenager Becky Watts.


Parliament may be abandoned - Bercow 
  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 21:55:47 GMT 
    The Houses of Parliament could have to be "abandoned" within 20 years without extensive repair work, Commons Speaker John Bercow says.


Fire death dad lured sons with train 
  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18:30:08 GMT 
    A newly-divorced father lured his two sons with a new model train set before setting fire to his house, killing all three of them, an inquest hears.


Leonard 'Spock' Nimoy: Life in pictures 
  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:08:51 GMT 
    Leonard 'Spock' Nimoy has died
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