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New dates rewrite Neanderthal story  Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:20:47 GMT
A new study suggests that modern humans and Neanderthals co-existed in Europe 10 times longer than previously thought. 
Thousands 'eligible for Ebola drugs'  Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:12:59 GMT
Around 30,000 people could have been eligible for drugs in the current Ebola outbreak - if they had been available, a report in Nature suggests. 
Heart deaths reach 'tipping point'  Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:54:31 GMT
Parts of Europe are reaching a "tipping point" where cardiovascular disease is no longer the leading cause of death, a study shows. 
Barcelona transfer ban appeal fails  Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:29:21 GMT
Barcelona cannot sign players until 2016 once the current transfer window shuts, after Fifa reject their appeal over a ban. 
Man Utd complete £16m Rojo signing  Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:03:50 GMT
Manchester United complete the signing of Argentina defender Marcos Rojo from Sporting Lisbon on a five-year deal. 
10 theories on how uptalk originated  Mon, 18 Aug 2014 23:13:07 GMT
The Magazine's recent piece on uptalk - the habit of making statements sound like questions - prompted lots of emails. 
Could the cravat make a comeback?  Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:41:38 GMT
Noted cravat-wearer Nicholas Parsons has lamented the neckwear's retreat from front-line fashion. 
Fear over Somali radio closure  Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:21:25 GMT
The manager of a radio station in Somalia tells the BBC he is in hiding after the authorities took it off air, accusing it of spreading hate messages. 
Pakistan protesters guard parliament  Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:38:44 GMT
Pakistan's anti-government cleric Tahirul Qadri has called on protesters to continue guarding access to all state buildings amid a massive sit-in at Islamabad. 
Bodies found after Tornado collision  Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:16:17 GMT
Two bodies are found after Italian Tornado fighter jets collide and crash during training, while the fate of two other crew members is unknown. 
Guatemalan top general dies in crash  Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:10:30 GMT
The chief of the armed forces in Guatemala, General Rudy Ortiz, dies after a military helicopter crashes near the border with Mexico, the Guatemalan government says. 
Iran MPs dismiss science minister  Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:53:07 GMT
Iran's parliament votes to dismiss Science Minister Reza Faraji-Dana, dealing a blow to reformist President Hassan Rouhani. 
Texas governor pleads not guilty  Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:05:34 GMT
Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry pleads not guilty to charges he abused his power in an attempt to pressure a political adversary to resign. 
Beheading suspect 'probably British'  Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:54:46 GMT
David Cameron says it looks "increasingly likely" a man thought to have been involved in a US journalist's beheading is British. 
Bank of England split over rate rise  Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:19:43 GMT
Two out of nine members of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee voted to raise interest rates earlier this month, the first time in three years that policymakers have done so.