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—Ronald Wilson Reagan (b. 1911) 40th US President, Republican


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Liberia shuts borders to curb Ebola  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:40:50 GMT
Most border crossings in Liberia are closed and communities hit by an Ebola outbreak face quarantine to stop the virus spreading. 
Fist bumps 'cleaner than handshakes'  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:00:49 GMT
Scientists at Aberystwyth University in Wales have shown that more bacteria are transferred by shaking hands, than by fist-bumping or high-fiving. 
Van Gaal to bide time over new faces  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:29:51 GMT
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal will not rush to make signings despite "having" to play with wing-backs recently. 
Williams fit for US Open after virus  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:59:29 GMT
World number one Serena Williams will be fit to defend her US Open title next month after recovering from a virus. 
Germany's super-shy super-rich  Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:31:29 GMT
Why do some of Germany's wealthiest families dodge the limelight and avoid conspicuous consumption? 
The people who want to be near a tornado  Sat, 26 Jul 2014 22:58:37 GMT
In the US, the number of people who chase tornados is growing - why do they put themselves in danger? 
Stunning Okagbare storms to 100m gold  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:03:44 GMT
Blessing Okagbare takes the gold in the women's 100m while England's Asha Philips produces a personal best to finish fourth. 
Australia approves $15.5bn coal mine  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:30:16 GMT
Australia approves a $15.5bn (£9bn) coal project despite concern over its potential environmental impact, including on the Great Barrier Reef. 
Russia plans $50bn Yukos appeal  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:54:12 GMT
Russia will appeal against a court decision ordering it to pay the biggest compensation package to date, amounting to $50bn (£29.5bn) in damages. 
Hero's welcome for freed Venezuelan  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:13:58 GMT
Venezuelan official Gen Hugo Carvajal is warmly welcomed in Caracas after his release in Aruba, where he had been arrested on drug-trafficking charges. 
Tripoli fuel fire 'out of control'  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:12:03 GMT
A second fuel tank at Libya's biggest fuel storage facility is in flames as the government requests international assistance to contain the huge blaze. 
LA Clippers sale 'can go ahead'  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:11:35 GMT
A US judge rules that the LA Clippers basketball team can be sold, despite the objections of banned co-owner Donald Sterling. 
PM to meet families of MH17 victims  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:01:43 GMT
Prime Minister David Cameron is to meet the families of British victims of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 plane crash at Downing Street. 
Diesels 'face £10 pollution charge'  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:30:32 GMT
Plans to charge drivers of diesel cars £10 to drive into central London are being considered, it is reported. 
Band 'didn't believe' Watkins abuse  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:22:17 GMT
Former members of Lostprophets say they originally hoped child abuse reports about singer Ian Watkins were a "mistake" and now want to move forward.