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Are humans getting cleverer?  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 00:03:55 GMT
What is behind the so-called Flynn Effect - the pattern of rising IQ scores around the world? 
Finnish punk band set for Eurovision  Sun, 01 Mar 2015 14:46:24 GMT
A punk band made up of musicians with learning disabilities is chosen to represent Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest. 
Iceland paper published back to front  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:20:19 GMT
An Icelandic newspaper publishes an issue back to front in honour of its audience's traditional reading habits. 
Namibia president wins $5m award  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 17:36:26 GMT
Outgoing Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba wins the world's most valuable individual award, the Mo Ibrahim prize for African leadership. 
Australia to bolster force in Iraq  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 02:59:37 GMT
Australia is to more than double its contingent of troops training local forces in Iraq, Prime Minister Tony Abbott says. 
France 'rebuked over smacking'  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18:50:25 GMT
Europe's top rights watchdog is set to rule that France's guidance over spanking children is not sufficiently clear, Le Monde newspaper reports. 
Argentine leader hails lower debt  Sun, 01 Mar 2015 22:44:41 GMT
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner defends her economic policy in her last speech to Congress before she steps down in December. 
Libya names Haftar as army chief  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18:15:06 GMT
Libya's internationally recognised government in Tobruk names former controversial anti-Islamist Khalifa Haftar as the new head of the national army. 
FBI sued for Boston bombing death  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18:20:33 GMT
The family of a man who was killed by the FBI as agents investigated the Boston marathon bombings is suing the agency. 
'No hiding' from abuse failures  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 22:30:39 GMT
There is "no hiding" from the failures of authorities in Oxfordshire where young girls were groomed, a retired detective tells Newsnight. 
Baby deaths inquiry report due  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 01:06:17 GMT
Failures at a maternity unit where a number of newborn babies and mothers died are expected to be exposed later. 
Ex-Spurs midfielder Mackay dies  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 00:26:49 GMT
Former Tottenham, Derby, Hearts and Scotland midfielder Dave Mackay dies, aged 80. 
'Attractive jihadists lure UK girls'  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 00:58:06 GMT
"Attractive" jihadist fighters can be "eye candy" to lure in British Muslim girls, a woman who was radicalised online tells BBC Newsnight. 
Day in pictures: 2 March 2015  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:33:44 GMT
Images from around the world: 2 March 
Leonard 'Spock' Nimoy: Life in pictures  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:08:51 GMT
Leonard 'Spock' Nimoy has died 
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