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—Mark Twain (1835-1910) [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] American author, humorist

 

World News From BBC

Foreign doctors 'need tougher tests'  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:03:35 GMT
Tests taken by foreign doctors who want to work in the NHS should be made harder to pass to bring them in line with UK standards, a study says. 
Sensors to prevent pain for amputees  Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:41:59 GMT
Researchers have developed a new type of pressure sensor - dubbed a "second skin" - which they say could prevent dangerous sores. 
Moores to be new England coach  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:09:19 GMT
Peter Moores is to be named England coach for a second time on Saturday, BBC Sport understands. 
How 420 became code for marijuana  Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:22:46 GMT
The number 420 has become a popular code for marijuana. Where does the term come from and why did it catch on, asks Aidan Lewis. 
The spooky world of the 'numbers stations'  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:27:32 GMT
This is the era of hyper-tech espionage, encrypted emails and mindboggling cryptography. But you can hear a very old-fashioned form of espionage on shortwave radio. 
ICC calls Kenya Ruto trial witnesses  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:22:12 GMT
The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague summons reluctant witnesses to testify at the trial of Kenya's Vice-President William Ruto. 
Japan to launch Pacific whale hunt  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:32:09 GMT
Japan says it will catch fewer whales in the Pacific this year after a court banned its whaling off Antarctica. 
Top aide to French president resigns  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:51:40 GMT
A close aide to French President Francois Hollande resigns following allegations he had a conflict of interest in a previous post. 
Brazilian police end strike over pay  Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:53:14 GMT
Police in the state of Bahia in Brazil vote to end a two-day strike which prompted the deployment of federal troops to restore order on the streets. 
Bomb kills at least 14 in Syria  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:49:32 GMT
At least 14 people are killed after a car bomb explodes in a government-controlled area of the besieged Syrian city of Homs. 
US 'delays' Keystone XL decision  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:20:31 GMT
The US state department gives federal agencies more time to review the Keystone XL oil pipeline before determining whether to issue a permit. 
Hunt to warn of schools extremism  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:42:23 GMT
Labour's Tristram Hunt is to issue a tough warning against religious extremism in schools. 
Welby talks of gay marriage struggle  Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:00:50 GMT
The Archbishop of Canterbury speaks of the Church of England's struggle to do "what is right" over the divisive issue of same-sex marriage. 
'Rogue directors' crackdown planned  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:02:57 GMT
People convicted of commercial crimes overseas could be banned from running UK firms in an attempt to tackle "rogue directors", Business Secretary Vince Cable says. 
Man falls to death near Snowdon  Sat, 19 Apr 2014 04:11:00 GMT
A 21-year-old man is killed in a fall near Mount Snowdon, North Wales Police reveal. 
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