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Day in pictures: 30 January 2015

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 06:20
Images from around the world: 30 January

VIDEO: More snow forecast for parts of UK

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 06:07
Wintry weather continues to cause travel disruption in parts of England.

Jailed Saudi Blogger Granted Another Reprieve From Flogging; Reason Unclear

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-30 06:04

Raif Badawi is being punished for insulting Islam. He was flogged Jan. 9, part of a sentence of 50 lashes a week for 20 weeks, along with a decade in prison. Two previous rounds were also canceled.

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After Testing Positive For EPO, Running Star Rita Jeptoo Banned For 2 Years

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-30 05:55

Jeptoo, the three-time winner of the Boston Marathon, tested positive for EPO, a performance-enhancing drug. Last year, she was well on her way to winning the World Marathon Majors championship.

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McIlroy leads in Dubai after 64

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 05:54
Rory McIlroy surges into the lead at the halfway stage of the Dubai Desert Classic after firing a superb 64.

Curfew in Kirkuk amid IS attacks

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 05:53
A curfew is imposed in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk following fierce overnight fighting between Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Islamic State militants.

Kenya bid to beat reading record

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 05:31
Pupils at about 400 Kenyan schools try to break the world record for having the most people reading aloud simultaneously from the same book.

Controllers banking on Philae wake-up

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 05:28
The European Space Agency says it will conduct no more dedicated searches for its lost comet lander, and will now wait for the probe itself to call home.

China Cracks Down On University Textbooks Promoting 'Western Values'

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-30 05:26

Education Minister Yuan Guiren says the country's institutions of higher learning should stop using textbooks that criticize China's leaders and political system.

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Mitchell 'refused' libel settlement

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 05:25
Former cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell refused an offer to settle his "Plebgate" libel case just two months before he lost, court papers show.

President Correa's troll warfare

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 05:24
The politician who names and shames online abusers

Burglars jailed for lecturer attack

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 05:23
Four burglars who took part in a raid which left a lecturer "unrecognisable" are given lengthy jail sentences.

US growth slows in fourth quarter

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 05:04
The economy expanded by 2.6% in the last three months of 2014 - sharply lower than in the third quarter.

US rejects Guantanamo Bay demand

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 04:55
The US dismisses a Cuban demand to hand back the Guantanamo Bay naval base as part of efforts to normalise bilateral ties.

Songwriter, Poet Rod McKuen Dies At 81

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-30 04:52

Rod McKuen is credited with more than 200 albums and more than 30 collections of poetry. He died on Thursday after a lengthy illness.

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Super-prison's £23m for Wrexham

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 04:40
The "super-prison" being built in Wrexham will bring £23m a year to the local economy and 1,000 jobs.

VIDEO: Churchill funeral flotilla recreated

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 04:39
Fifty years after the funeral for Sir Winston Churchill, the boat that carried his coffin long the Thames repeats its journey.

Google agrees privacy policy changes

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 04:39
The firm will roll out a single, rewritten privacy policy across Europe after coming under fire across the continent.

As Deadline Passes, The Fate Of ISIS Hostages Is Uncertain

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-30 04:30

The Sunni militants had given Jordan until sunset Thursday to release a convicted terrorist. The exchange did not happen.

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Funeral for escapee D-Day veteran

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 04:19
The funeral is held of the Sussex war veteran who made headlines when he left his care home to attend D-Day commemorations in France.

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