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—Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) British writer, critic

 

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Nigeria court backs prisoners' vote 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:31:39 GMT 
    A court in Nigeria rules that all prisoners should be able to vote, with general elections looming in February 2015.


Appeal against Mumbai suspect bail 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:21:41 GMT 
    A Pakistani government prosecutor says he is challenging the bail granted to a man accused of being behind the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.


Belarus moves to protect currency 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:03:28 GMT 
    Belarus's central bank moves to protect its currency by imposing a new tax, as it feels the knock-on effects of the fall in the Russian rouble.


US Congress threat to Cuba thaw 
  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:55:31 GMT 
    Opponents of President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy threaten to block his efforts to restore diplomatic relations after 50 years of hostility.


Talks 'failed to save IS hostage' 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 08:59:52 GMT 
    Details emerge of an attempt to secure the release of kidnapped US aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig before he was killed by Islamic State militants.


Plea by parents of Aurora accused 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:19:26 GMT 
    The parents of James Holmes, the man charged with killing 12 and injuring 70 in a 2012 Colorado theatre massacre, have pleaded he be spared the death penalty.


Toddler's parents cleared of murder 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:43:21 GMT 
    The parents of Levi-Blu Cassin are cleared of his murder at Birmingham Crown Court - but convicted of causing or allowing his death.


Killed PC 'may have been recognised' 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:52:18 GMT 
    An off-duty PC who died after being attacked in Liverpool city centre might have been recognised as an officer, the chief constable says.


Dalglish recalls Hillsborough mayhem 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:56:16 GMT 
    Former Liverpool player Kenny Dalglish has described the "mayhem" during the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.


Man, 80, jailed for teen acid attack 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:17:28 GMT 
    An 80-year-old man is jailed for 18 years for masterminding an acid revenge attack on his teenage ex-girlfriend.


Week in pictures: 13-19 December 2014 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:42:43 GMT 
    News photo from around the world


Day in pictures: 18 December 2014 
  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:31:09 GMT 
    Images from around the world: 18 December


Your pictures of the year 2014 
  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:52:07 GMT 
    A selection of the best readers' photos


In pictures: US-Cuban relations 
  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:53:41 GMT 
    Story of Cuba's relationship with the US


Picture power: Under the dress 
  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:55:37 GMT 
    Actress America Ferrera red-faced
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