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Ireland's heroine who had sex in her baby's tomb

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 21:02
Why Ireland's heroine had sex in her baby son's tomb

Venezuela 'US reporter' ad dropped

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 20:56
Venezuelan TV withdraws a tourism advert which features an image of a US reporter detained while covering the 2013 elections.

VIDEO: Floods and mudslides hit Peruvian Amazon

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 20:46
Large parts of the Peruvian Amazon are under water after torrential rains caused rivers to burst their banks, affecting more than 3,000 families

'Skype plan' for mental health care

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 19:32
A health trust's proposal to treat patients with depression by using "staff from lower wage countries" via Skype is criticised.

Tasers 'needed for all police'

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 19:08
All front-line police officers should be offered a Taser to protect them against the increased terrorism threat, the head of the Police Federation says.

EU's Moscovici wants Greece in euro

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 18:37
EU financial commissioner Pierre Moscovici tells the BBC that Greece belongs in the eurozone, and vows to prevent a "Grexit".

Army to set up 'social media unit'

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 17:34
The Army is setting up a new unit that will use psychological operations and social media to help fight wars "in the information age".

In Qatar, Released Taliban Member Raises U.S. Concerns

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-30 17:16

There are new suspicions that one of the men released from a U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl last year might be trying to contact Taliban fighters.

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Can Islamic State move into South Asia?

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 17:09
Islamic State has its heartland in Iraq and Syria, but recent reports suggest it is building a presence in Afghanistan and Pakistan. M Ilyas Khan asks how worried should people be.

Crossing the border to attend US schools

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 16:58
Waking up in Mexico and heading for classes in Texas

Rediscovered pictures from Spanish Civil War

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 16:13
New museum reveals trove of pictures from Spanish Civil War

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Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-30 16:12

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DNA tests for babies in Mexico blast

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 16:08
Nine babies who survived a gas explosion at a Mexican hospital are given DNA testing so they can be reunited with their parents.

Venezuela issues new protest rules

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 16:00
New regulations are published in Venezuela allowing soldiers to open fire if they feel their lives are at risk during demonstrations.

'Torture' on British-owned island, and Tasers plea

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 15:57
In a mixed day for headlines, the Independent leads on evidence that the CIA interrogated terror suspects on a British-owned island and there is a plea from police to routinely carry Tasers.

Tougher A&E waiting target dropped

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 15:55
The Scottish government has abandoned plans to reintroduce a tougher waiting time target for A&E departments, BBC Scotland reveals.

Do farmers really make a loss on milk?

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 15:43
Do dairy farmers really make a loss on milk?

Castle display for Great Tapestry

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 15:42
A massive tapestry depicting millions of years of Scottish history goes on show at Stirling Castle.

An Archer Goes Old-School, And Wows The Internet

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-30 15:33

Citing archery's historic methods, a Danish archer has released a video in which he fires three arrows in 0.6 seconds. Lars Andersen argues for speed and agility, in addition to accuracy.

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Marine policy 'not fit for purpose'

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 15:24
Scottish government plans to protect the nation's seas are not fit for purpose and could even make the current situation worse, MSPs say.

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