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How faces drive first impressions 
  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:23:36 GMT 
    UK scientists model the physical attributes that underpin our social judgements about strangers.


More than five-a-day 'no effect' 
  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:05:24 GMT 
    New research backs the five-a-day target for fruit and vegetables, but suggests eating more may have no added benefits.


Middle-aged drinking 'impairs memory' 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:15:25 GMT 
    Problem drinking in middle age doubles the risk of memory loss in later life, research suggests.


England make India batsmen struggle 
  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:21:46 GMT 
    James Anderson and Stuart Broad help England continue to dominate India on day three of the third Test at Southampton.


Home nations win three golds in pool 
  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:59:28 GMT 
    England's Ben Proud and the 4x100m medley team win Commonwealth Games gold in Glasgow, as does Wales' Georgia Davies.


The pre-nup that can end a happy marriage 
  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:40:09 GMT 
    In parts of Yemen when a brother and sister from one family marry siblings from another, the couples' fates can be locked together regardless of how happy they are.


The mini version of Britain in WW1 Berlin 
  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:29:44 GMT 
    In World War One, thousands of British men interned in the German camp Ruhleben took to gardening to feed themselves and improve their living conditions.


Italy to 'help douse' Libya fire 
  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:53:53 GMT 
    Italy offers to help extinguish a huge blaze that has engulfed the biggest fuel storage facility in the Libyan capital, Libya's government says.


Japan girl 'admits dismemberment' 
  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:19:44 GMT 
    The Japanese schoolgirl arrested on Sunday has reportedly confessed to killing and dismembering her classmate, say local media


US: Russia 'violated missile treaty' 
  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:46:18 GMT 
    The US accuses Russia of violating a Cold War arms treaty by testing a nuclear cruise missile, saying the breach is "very serious".


Mexico firm rues false quake alarm 
  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:22:27 GMT 
    SkyAlert, a Mexican company which issues seismic warnings, apologises for sending a false earthquake alert to users in Mexico City on Monday.


France offers Iraq Christians asylum 
  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:59:45 GMT 
    France says it is ready to offer asylum to Iraqi Christians forced to flee by Islamic State militants holding the Iraqi city of Mosul.


Deal on US college sport concussions 
  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:24:25 GMT 
    The US collegiate sport authority offers to settle 10 lawsuits by former athletes who suffered concussions with a $70m (£41.3m) medical fund.


Record breaking Games for Glasgow 
  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:41:37 GMT 
    As Glasgow becomes Scotland's most successful Games, more records are broken by athletes and visitors alike.


Airline sued over pilot abuse claims 
  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:40:57 GMT 
    British Airways is to be sued for damages over claims one of its pilots sexually abused children in African schools and orphanages.
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