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Spiders strum on leaves for love

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-22 18:07
Purring spiders use leaves as microphones and speakers to transmit their purring courtship song to a female, scientists find.

End adoption delays, councils told

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-22 18:05
Councils in England could be forced to merge their services to speed up adoption rates, under new government powers to be announced next week.

Baghdad halts Ramadi refugee flow

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-22 18:00
Authorities in Baghdad close a key bridge, stopping the flow of refugees fleeing the city of Ramadi captured by Islamic State militants this week.

Fast-Track Trade Authority, A Step Toward Asia Deal, Passes Full Senate

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-22 17:11

The bill still must clear the House. The measure would clear the way for President Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership, which is unpopular with labor groups and some Democrats.

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The strange day my father saved Harold Wilson’s life

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-22 17:02
The strange day my father saved Harold Wilson’s life

VIDEO: Is this the new face of the £20 note?

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-22 16:57
Julia Margaret Cameron was a pioneering British photographer, and should be the face of the £20 note, says Will Gompertz.

Email error reveals bank's EU project

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-22 16:46
The Bank of England confirms it is researching the financial risks of the UK leaving the EU after it "inadvertently" sent details of the project to the Guardian newspaper.

Expats Find Brazil's Reputation For Race-Blindness Is Undone By Reality

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-22 16:32

Brazil is touted as one of the most racially harmonious places in the world, but people of color who move there say they are surprised at the degree of discrimination they face, based on skin color.

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Assessing Syria's chemical weapons

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-22 16:10
For the past year, there have been reports that chemicals such as chlorine and ammonia continue to be used for attacks in Syria. So why is it so difficult to monitor what weapons Syria has?

Spain's political masters face bloody nose

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-22 16:03
Spaniards are poised to give their political masters a bloody nose in a bumper election year, reports James Badcock.

The 'Kabuliwala' Afghans of Kolkata

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-22 16:01
The Afghans who have made Kolkata their home

Does a death sentence always mean death?

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-22 15:57
Does a death sentence always mean death?

The element that made the 20th Century shine

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-22 15:53
The element that made the modern era gleam

Stage set for biggest ever Eurovision

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-22 15:50
Sweden, Russia and Italy are among the favourites to win the 60th annual Eurovision Song Contest, which takes place in Vienna later.

Who was suicide bomber Luul Dahir?

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-22 15:46
The "friendly" mother of six who killed herself in a hotel

TLC Pulls '19 Kids And Counting' Amid Reports Of Star's Sexual Misconduct As Minor

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-22 15:33

Reports say Josh Duggar, 27, molested five underage girls in 2002 and 2003. Duggar has apologized, and his family says they have been open about "one of the most difficult times of our lives."

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VIDEO: Electro Velvet's Eurovision diary

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-22 15:06
BBC News followed UK Eurovision entry Electro Velvet to find out what it is like to be thrust, from nowhere, into the gaze of Europe's showbiz media.

VIDEO: New braking system could save lives

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-22 15:06
Cambridge University is leading work on a new braking system that chops a fifth off the stopping distance of an HGV.

Councils urge blanket legal high ban

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-22 15:02
Councils across England and Wales call on the government to introduce a ban on the sale of legal highs.

CCTV 'switch-off' and Amazon tax move

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-22 14:31
Stories making Saturday's front pages include reports that councils are switching off CCTV cameras to save cash and that retailer Amazon has changed its tax arrangements.

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