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—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-82) American writer, best-known 19th century poet in US, The Song of Hiawatha

 

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Israeli Arab 'second class' protest  Thu, 27 Nov 2014 14:00:06 GMT
Hundreds of Israeli Arabs stamp their Facebook pictures with "second class citizen" to protest at a proposed law. 
Tanzania PM caught in corruption row  Thu, 27 Nov 2014 12:59:37 GMT
Tanzania's prime minister is under parliamentary pressure to resign over alleged fraudulent payments worth $120m (£76m) to an energy firm. 
HK student leader taken to court  Thu, 27 Nov 2014 08:51:29 GMT
Prominent student leader Joshua Wong and other activists appear in a Hong Kong court to face charges following their arrests in Mong Kok. 
Greek services paralysed by strike  Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:15:46 GMT
A 24-hour general strike over austerity measures shuts schools and public offices in Greece and heavily disrupted transport. 
Colombia rebels release two soldiers  Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:47:42 GMT
Colombia's Farc rebels release two soldiers taken hostage earlier this month, a first step towards resuming peace talks. 
Yemen raid missed Western hostages  Thu, 27 Nov 2014 12:41:39 GMT
US and Yemeni troops who freed eight people held by al-Qaeda in a raid in eastern Yemen this week were looking for Western hostages who had been moved. 
Snow snarls up Thanksgiving getaway  Wed, 26 Nov 2014 21:29:19 GMT
Harsh weather along the US east coast has disrupted one of the busiest travel days ahead of the country's Thanksgiving holiday. 
Scotland 'should set income tax'  Thu, 27 Nov 2014 12:40:59 GMT
The Scottish Parliament should have the power to set income tax rates and bands, the body on strengthening devolution recommends. 
English votes plans 'by Christmas'  Thu, 27 Nov 2014 12:04:25 GMT
Proposals for English MPs to vote on English laws are to be brought in before Christmas, David Cameron says. 
Sex abuse gangs jailed for grooming  Thu, 27 Nov 2014 13:43:38 GMT
Thirteen men are convicted of a string of child sex crimes in Bristol involving the abuse, rape and prostitution of teenage girls. 
East Coast rail winner announced  Thu, 27 Nov 2014 14:06:45 GMT
A joint venture between Stagecoach and Virgin wins the franchise to run the East Coast mainline rail route, which has been in public hands since 2009. 
Your pictures: Insects  Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:12:17 GMT
Readers' photos on the theme of "insects" 
Day in pictures: 26 November 2014  Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:54:02 GMT
24 hours of news images: 25 November 
In pictures: Ferguson riots aftermath  Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:28:14 GMT
Scenes of widespread damage in Ferguson 
Picture power: Pausing the moment  Wed, 26 Nov 2014 04:12:21 GMT
Story behind an image of a student protest