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—Ezra Loomis Pound (1885-1972) American writer, poet, Cantos, ABC of Reading


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Abraham Lincoln hair fetches $25,000 
  Sun, 25 Jan 2015 11:18:06 GMT 
    A lock of President Abraham Lincoln's hair fetches $25,000 (£16,600) at an auction of memorabilia that sells for more than $800,000 in total.

Post-traumatic stress 'in 1300BC' 
  Sat, 24 Jan 2015 07:40:47 GMT 
    Evidence of post-traumatic stress disorder can be traced back to 1300BC - much earlier than previously thought - say researchers.

Euro falls sharply on Syriza victory 
  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:17:38 GMT 
    The euro dipped to an 11-year low against the dollar after Syriza won the Greek general election.

Aer Lingus considers higher IAG bid 
  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:00:28 GMT 
    Irish airline Aer Lingus says it is considering a revised offer of €2.55 a share from British Airways owner IAG.

Reporter jailed for stolen data links 
  Thu, 22 Jan 2015 23:55:12 GMT 
    A journalist with connections to the hacking collective Anonymous is sentenced to five years in jail after posting online links to stolen data.

US plans 'regulated' Bitcoin exchange 
  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:28:38 GMT 
    High-profile Bitcoin backers are seeking to establish a Bitcoin exchange in the US that would be overseen by mainstream financial regulators.

Birdman given boost in Oscars race 
  Sun, 25 Jan 2015 08:33:01 GMT 
    Michael Keaton's film Birdman emerges as a strong contender for the Academy Awards after being given the Producers Guild of America's top prize.

Sniper film 'stoking Islamophobia' 
  Sun, 25 Jan 2015 12:21:47 GMT 
    The release of the film American Sniper has led to an increase in threats against Muslims in the US, an Arab-American civil rights group says.

MPs: Ban fracking on carbon grounds 
  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:09:26 GMT 
    A committee of MPs has called for a moratorium on shale gas fracking on the grounds that it could derail efforts to tackle climate change.

Eyes on Pluto for historic encounter 
  Sun, 25 Jan 2015 11:28:06 GMT 
    Nasa's mission to Pluto gets under way in earnest as the New Horizons probe starts taking the pictures needed for July's close fly-by.

WHO vows reform after Ebola 'shocks' 
  Sun, 25 Jan 2015 15:01:32 GMT 
    The World Health Organization sets out plans for reform, admitting it was too slow to respond to the "horrific" Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Cosmetic surgery 'popularity falls' 
  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:06:08 GMT 
    The popularity of cosmetic surgery in the UK has plummeted in 2014, figures from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons show.

Uefa lack courage to stand - Blatter 
  Sun, 25 Jan 2015 23:49:09 GMT 
    Fifa president Sepp Blatter accuses Uefa of lacking the "courage" to challenge his leadership in May's election.

Serena battles into quarter-finals 
  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 04:57:06 GMT 
    Serena Williams fights back to beat Garbine Muguruza and reach the Australian Open quarter-finals.

Where do the wealthiest 1% live? 
  Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:53:08 GMT 
    There was much talk in Davos this week of the wealthiest 1% in the world. Despite what you might think, they don't all live in hollowed-out volcanoes on private islands.
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