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High-powered hairdryers under threat  Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:01:07 GMT
High-powered hairdryers are on a list of household electrical items the EU is considering banning in an attempt to curb energy consumption. 
Trucker jailed for killing cyclists  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:12:46 GMT
A lorry driver who killed two cyclists on a charity ride from Land's End to John O'Groats is jailed for eight and a half years. 
Day in pictures: 28 August 2014  Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:13:22 GMT
News images from around the world: 28 August 
New Documentary Photography from Scotland & Wales  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:17:12 GMT
Photographers' images of Scotland and Wales 
Day in pictures: 27 August 2014  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:19:24 GMT
News images from around the world: 27 August 
Richard Attenborough career in pictures  Sun, 24 Aug 2014 22:36:55 GMT
British actor and director's illustrious career 
In pictures: India's 'untouchable' scavengers  Mon, 25 Aug 2014 05:37:59 GMT
Calls to end India's low-caste manual scavenging 
Day in pictures: 26 August 2014  Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:11:10 GMT
News images from around the world: 26 August 
In pictures: Emmy Awards 2014  Tue, 26 Aug 2014 07:28:08 GMT
Images from the 2014 awards in Los Angeles 
In pictures: The Maliki years  Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:08:59 GMT
Career of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki 
How Britain and Poland came to be intertwined  Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:13:31 GMT
Does the UK still feel a sense of obligation towards Poles? 
The girl with three biological parents  Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:15:16 GMT
The girl who has three biological parents 
Islamic State: Who supports the jihadist group?  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 04:45:08 GMT
Where Islamic State finds support to become a formidable force 
Foreign fighters in east Ukraine  Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:32:34 GMT
The Europeans who pitch up in Ukraine to join the fight 
VIDEO: Dumpster divers seek out free food  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:06:15 GMT
Living off the food other people throw away 
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National News From NPR
More Evidence That ADHD Drugs Don't Curb Ultimate Height  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:03:14 -0400
Librarians Are A Luxury Chicago Public Schools Can't Afford  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 04:22:00 -0400
Our Use Of Little Words Can, Uh, Reveal Hidden Interests  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 03:17:00 -0400
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World News From BBC
Ukraine troops abandon key airport  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:22:50 GMT
Ashya parents in extradition hearing  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:45:27 GMT
Mexico probes mass fish death in lake  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:40:48 GMT
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