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VIDEO: Pensioner 'descendant of King Alfred'

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-09 19:46
A man from Taunton has traced his family tree back to England's first king, Alfred the Great.

Hamilton fastest in China practice

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-09 19:39
Lewis Hamilton sets an impressive pace for Mercedes in the first practice session at the Chinese Grand Prix.

VIDEO: Lighthouse revamp work gets underway

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-09 19:34
Work on a £500,000 scheme to revamp a derelict lighthouse on a nature reserve in East Yorkshire is underway.

Biden praises Iraq over IS fight

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-09 19:14
US Vice-President Joe Biden gives an upbeat assessment of Iraq's progress against Islamic State, saying the militant group's advance has been "halted".

Turkey and Iran shelve suspicions

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-09 18:27
There are many tensions between Turkey and Iran, writes Khashiyar Joneidi - but the two nations are keen to work with each other.

Visual whispers: From image to sketch via text

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-09 18:24
From image to sketch via text

Tories vow to extend rail fare freeze

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-09 18:23
The Conservatives promise a real-term freeze affecting about half of all rail fares if they win the election.

VIDEO: Second video of US shooting released

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-09 18:19
US officials release more footage showing the moments before a South Carolina police officer shot dead an unarmed black man in the back.

Civilians Can Record Police Encounters, But When Is It Interference?

NPR News - Thu, 2015-04-09 18:15

Courts have ruled that civilians have a constitutional right to videotape police encounters in public. But civilians are not allowed to interfere with police activity.

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US 'told to lift Cuba terror status'

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-09 18:03
The US State Department recommends removing Cuba from its list of states said to sponsor terrorism, a member of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee says.

Quiz of the week's news

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-09 18:03
What makes the British most stressed out?

Is an 'owl cafe' ethical?

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-09 17:52
'Owl cafe' to open despite cruelty claims

Good Kill: Tackling the ethics of drone warfare

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-09 17:49
Ethan Hawke questions the job of the military drone pilot

Has the light faded in Tiger Woods?

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-09 17:19
Tiger Woods is like an ageing prize fighter trying to convince he has one more title shot in him, writes Tom Fordyce.

Labour 'to protect police numbers'

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-09 17:16
Labour is pledging to guarantee neighbourhood policing in every area - and protect the number of officers on the beat - if elected in May.

The 'Backbone of England' at 50

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-09 17:15
'England's backbone' celebrates 50 years

Japan's Nikkei hits 15-year high

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-09 17:12
Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index trades above the 20,000 level for the first time since April 2000.

Parties resume election campaigning

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-09 17:07
Issues including Scotland's fiscal future, health budgets and patchy mobile phone reception are to be highlighted on the election trail.

The man who defied death threats to play at the Masters

BBC - Thu, 2015-04-09 16:57
The man who defied death threats to play at the Masters

Reports: State Department Recommends Removing Cuba From Terror List

NPR News - Thu, 2015-04-09 16:55

President Obama said the State Department completed its review. The AP and Reuters are reporting that the department has recommended removing Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism.

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