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New dates rewrite Neanderthal story 
  Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:20:47 GMT 
    A new study suggests that modern humans and Neanderthals co-existed in Europe 10 times longer than previously thought.


Thousands 'eligible for Ebola drugs' 
  Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:12:59 GMT 
    Around 30,000 people could have been eligible for drugs in the current Ebola outbreak - if they had been available, a report in Nature suggests.


Heart deaths reach 'tipping point' 
  Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:54:31 GMT 
    Parts of Europe are reaching a "tipping point" where cardiovascular disease is no longer the leading cause of death, a study shows.


Maribor 1-1 Celtic 
  Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:34:14 GMT 
    Callum McGregor scores an away goal as Celtic draw with NK Maribor in the first leg of their Champions League play-off.


Barcelona transfer ban appeal fails 
  Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:29:21 GMT 
    Barcelona cannot sign players until 2016 once the current transfer window shuts, after Fifa reject their appeal over a ban.


10 theories on how uptalk originated 
  Mon, 18 Aug 2014 23:13:07 GMT 
    The Magazine's recent piece on uptalk - the habit of making statements sound like questions - prompted lots of emails.


Could the cravat make a comeback? 
  Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:41:38 GMT 
    Noted cravat-wearer Nicholas Parsons has lamented the neckwear's retreat from front-line fashion.


Fear over Somali radio closure 
  Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:21:25 GMT 
    The manager of a radio station in Somalia tells the BBC he is in hiding after the authorities took it off air, accusing it of spreading hate messages.


India activist Irom Sharmila freed 
  Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:01:53 GMT 
    Indian activist Irom Sharmila Chanu, who has been on a hunger strike for 14 years, is freed following a court order.


Bodies found after Tornado collision 
  Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:16:17 GMT 
    Two bodies are found after Italian Tornado fighter jets collide and crash during training, while the fate of two other crew members is unknown.


Brazilian rapist doctor rearrested 
  Wed, 20 Aug 2014 01:22:03 GMT 
    Police in Paraguay arrest a fugitive Brazilian fertility doctor, Roger Abdelmassih, convicted of sexually abusing 39 of his patients.


Iran MPs dismiss science minister 
  Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:53:07 GMT 
    Iran's parliament votes to dismiss Science Minister Reza Faraji-Dana, dealing a blow to reformist President Hassan Rouhani.


Texas governor pleads not guilty 
  Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:05:34 GMT 
    Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry pleads not guilty to charges he abused his power in an attempt to pressure a political adversary to resign.


Beheading suspect 'probably British' 
  Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:54:46 GMT 
    David Cameron says it looks "increasingly likely" a man thought to have been involved in a US journalist's beheading is British.


Second arrest over Tilbury death 
  Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:01:02 GMT 
    A second person is arrested on suspicion of manslaughter over the death of man in a shipping container in Essex.
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