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—Helen Adams Keller (1880-1968) American memoirist, lecturer


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'German bomber' struck Somali hotel 
  Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:15:52 GMT 
    A German of Somali origin is suspected to have been the suicide bomber who struck a hotel in Somalia, an intelligence officer says.

UK and Indonesia agree 'anti-IS plan' 
  Mon, 27 Jul 2015 21:03:33 GMT 
    The UK and Indonesia agree measures to counter the "shared enemy" of Islamic State extremism at the start of David Cameron's four-day tour of South East Asia.

Australia schools in extremism probe 
  Tue, 28 Jul 2015 02:52:45 GMT 
    Allegations a Sydney student was preaching radical ideology at his school has prompted a state-wide audit.

Russia sees Arctic as naval priority 
  Mon, 27 Jul 2015 09:02:15 GMT 
    Russia will strengthen its naval forces in the Arctic and Atlantic as a response to Nato activities close to Russia's borders, the Kremlin says.

French farmers block border roads 
  Mon, 27 Jul 2015 10:18:32 GMT 
    French farmers stop lorries importing farm produce from Germany and Spain, in a border protest over alleged unfair price competition.

Jamaica 1-3 Mexico 
  Mon, 27 Jul 2015 06:11:17 GMT 
    Mexico win a record seventh Gold Cup with a dominant win against first-time finalists Jamaica in Philadelphia.

Mexico search finds 60 mass graves 
  Mon, 27 Jul 2015 04:52:31 GMT 
    Sixty mass graves have been found in Mexico's Guerrero state during a search for 43 students abducted there last year, officials reveal.

Air strikes pierce truce in Yemen 
  Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:18:32 GMT 
    A Saudi-led coalition resumes air strikes in Yemen, hours after a humanitarian truce came into effect.

Huckabee Israel comments spark row 
  Sun, 26 Jul 2015 23:43:49 GMT 
    US Republican Mike Huckabee triggers a row by accusing President Obama of marching Israelis "to the door of the oven" over the Iran nuclear deal.

US sex worker shoots 'serial killer' 
  Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:45:54 GMT 
    A woman working as a prostitute may have put an end to a nationwide killing spree after she killed a man in self-defence, police say.

US ends Boston 2024 Olympic bid 
  Mon, 27 Jul 2015 19:56:53 GMT 
    Boston and the US Olympic Committee agree to end the city's bid for the 2024 Olympics due to lack of public support.

Where Hunting Dogs Rest 
  Mon, 27 Jul 2015 03:03:59 GMT 
    Martin Usborne documents the plight of abandoned Spanish hunting dogs

Where Hunting Dogs Rest 
  Mon, 27 Jul 2015 03:03:59 GMT 
    Martin Usborne documents the plight of abandoned Spanish hunting dogs

How to tell if Iran tries to cheat 
  Mon, 27 Jul 2015 23:39:02 GMT 
    The tools which will tell if Iran tries to cheat the nuclear deal

Why we like to believe that dinosaurs were scaly 
  Mon, 27 Jul 2015 23:04:07 GMT 
    Why do we like to believe that dinosaurs were scaly?
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