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"A Book of Verses undeneath the Bough, A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread - and Thou Beside me singing in the Wilderness- Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow!"

—Omar Khayyám (1050?-1123) Persian poet, mathematician, astronomer


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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. 
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. 
China investigates ex-security chief  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:22:31 GMT
China's former security chief Zhou Yongkang has been placed under investigation for "serious disciplinary violation", state media say. 
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. 
Road rage driver used lorry to kill  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:53:15 GMT
A lorry driver is convicted of using his 17-tonne truck to murder another motorist by deliberately driving over him. 
Peers query 'right to be forgotten'  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:02:22 GMT
Demands for web firms to remove personal data to respect people's "right to be forgotten" are unreasonable, peers say.