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

 

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Helsinki 'lacks luxury hotels'  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:36:34 GMT
Finnish capital loses out on chance to host music awards show, because there aren't enough swanky hotels for stars. 
Kenya leader signs tough security law  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:40:03 GMT
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta signs into law a controversial anti-terror bill which sparked fighting between MPs in parliament on Thursday. 
Peshawar spurs Pakistan executions  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:50:38 GMT
Pakistan carries out its first executions since lifting a moratorium on the death penalty in the wake of the Peshawar school massacre. 
Turkey issues warrant for Gulen  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:17:08 GMT
Turkey issues an arrest warrant for influential US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is accused of organising an anti-government movement. 
US Congress threat to Cuba thaw  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:55:31 GMT
Opponents of President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy threaten to block his efforts to restore diplomatic relations after 50 years of hostility. 
Kurds 'break IS mountain siege'  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:37:31 GMT
Kurdish forces in northern Iraq say they have broken Islamic State's siege of Mount Sinjar, claiming their biggest victory yet against the militants. 
Plea by parents of Aurora accused  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:19:26 GMT
The parents of James Holmes, the man charged with killing 12 and injuring 70 in a 2012 Colorado theatre massacre, have pleaded he be spared the death penalty. 
Off-duty PC murder suspect arrested  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 02:05:15 GMT
A 28-year-old man is detained on suspicion of the murder of an off-duty PC who died after being attacked in Liverpool city centre. 
£1.2bn spent on 'Panic Saturday'  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:09:47 GMT
UK shoppers are expected to spend a record £1.2bn buying Christmas presents and groceries on what researchers are calling "Panic Saturday". 
Hart still UK's most desirable place  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 12:07:31 GMT
The most desirable place to live in the UK is named as Hart in Hampshire where residents are found to be the healthiest and live the longest. 
Migration system 'in intensive care'  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:26:45 GMT
A parliamentary committee warns ministers over UK exit controls, record-keeping and the use of a net migration target. 
Day in pictures: 18 December 2014  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:31:09 GMT
Images from around the world: 18 December 
Your pictures of the year 2014  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:52:07 GMT
A selection of the best readers' photos 
In pictures: US-Cuban relations  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:53:41 GMT
Story of Cuba's relationship with the US 
Picture power: Under the dress  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:55:37 GMT
Actress America Ferrera red-faced