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Cubans trace roots to remote Sierra Leone village

bbc.co.uk — For decades the Ganga-Longoba of Perico have been singing the same chants, a tradition passed down the generations. But until recently this Afro-Cuban community knew little of the origin of the songs, or of their own ancestors.
RT @JosephWinter: How a song from #SierraLeone helped Cubans rediscover remote village of their slave ancestors @sarahrainsford http://t.co…
How a song from #SierraLeone helped Cubans rediscover remote village of their slave ancestors @sarahrainsford bbc.in/1rcdOlJ

David Cameron risks 'alienation', public figures claim

bbc.co.uk — David Cameron could cause "alienation" with his comments about Christianity in the UK, public figures have warned. Writers, academics and scientists - including authors Sir Terry Pratchett and Philip Pullman - make the claim in a letter to the Daily Telegraph. It follows Mr Cameron's assertion that Britain should be "more confident about our status as a Christian country".

"Food is a weapon of war"

bbc.co.uk — Chris Gunness of UNRWA and BBC's Lyse Doucet on the situation in Yarmouk refugee camp
RT @suttonnick: "The sad reality of this 21st Century war is that food is a weapon of war" bbc.in/1mqVBRi #Yarmouk @ChrisGunness
"The sad reality of this 21st Century war is that food is a weapon of war" bbc.in/1mqVBRi #Yarmouk @ChrisGunness @bbclysedoucet

Did removing lead from petrol spark a decline in crime?

bbc.co.uk — Many Western nations have experienced significant declines in crime in recent decades, but could the removal of lead from petrol explain that? Working away in his laboratory in 1921, Thomas Midgley wanted to fuel a brighter tomorrow. He created tetraethyl lead - a compound that would make car engines more efficient than ever.
Why is crime falling ? Is it connected with the ban on lead in petrol? Fascinating stuff from @BBCDomC: m.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-…
Did lead in petrol cause the 20th century crime wave? The story of one of the most controversial theories of our age bbc.in/QpOg9F
RT @vaughanbell: Surprisingly interesting: Did removing lead from petrol spark a decline in crime? is.gd/74c4L2 via @cfernyhough
Did removing lead from petrol spark a decline in crime across the US? One economist thinks so bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-… pic.twitter.com/jyXJ75vBtv

How Amazon applied the Wall Street mindset to hi-tech

bbc.co.uk — Amazon is so much part of its customers' lives that it may be about to receive the ultimate accolade - becoming a verb. "If I want to know something, I'll google it. If I want to buy something, I'll amazon it," one of the company's fans told the BBC.

Huge fire on Leeds industrial estate

bbc.co.uk — A huge fire on an industrial estate in Leeds has sent flames and a large plume of smoke up over the city. The fire at Albion Way in the Armley area began at about 02:30 BST and is being tackled by 15 fire engines.

Ukraine launches probe into deadly Sloviansk shooting

bbc.co.uk — Ukraine says it will launch an investigation into a fatal shooting in the east of the country which has raised tension with Russia further. At least three people died in the raid on a checkpoint manned by pro-Russian separatists near the town of Sloviansk.
A third of all marriages in Kyrgyzstan are conducted through abduction. See report from BBC Central Asia Service: bbc.co.uk/news/world-eur…

Death of two-year-old girl in Kelty 'suspicious'

bbc.co.uk — Detectives are investigating the death of a two-year-old girl in Fife. Officers were called to a house in Kelty at about 18:30 on Sunday night after reports of "concern for a child". The toddler was taken to the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy but was later pronounced dead.
Police treating death of 2-year-old girl in Fife as suspicious bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotla…

BBC Radio 4 - Afternoon Drama, Tittle Tattle

bbc.co.uk — Tittle Tattle by Martyn Hesford It is 1964 and the 'Carry On' films are at the height of their popularity. Kenneth Williams is taking his mother Louie out for afternoon tea to celebrate her 60th birthday. He makes sure it is in a 'select' tea room - Derry and Toms. But who does he bump into?

The Crime Conundrum

bbc.co.uk — An examination of the causes of the dramatic fall in crime over the last 20 years.
Does lead cause crime? It's one of the theories I explore in the Crime Conundrum - 8pm tonight on @BBCRadio4 bbc.in/Ro8Qbg

US teenager survives five-hour flight in wheel well

bbc.co.uk — A 16-year-old boy has survived an extraordinary journey hidden in the wheel well of a five-hour flight from California to Hawaii. A spokesman for Hawaiian Airlines said airline staff noticed the boy after the plane landed on Sunday morning. He was questioned by the FBI and given a medical screening and was said to be in a stable condition.
AP reporter @oskargarcia broke this story, he'll be on @BBCOS: 'US teenager survives five-hour flight in wheel well' bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-…

Vince Cable plans public register of company owners

bbc.co.uk — Companies will be forced to list their true owners on a public register in a bid to combat tax evasion and money-laundering, Vince Cable has said. The business secretary said the list, which could be used by tax authorities, would tackle the "darker side of capitalism".
RT @lucymarcus: Companies will be forced to list true owners on public register in bid to combat tax evasion & money-laundering http://t.co…
Companies will be forced to list true owners on public register in bid to combat tax evasion & money-laundering ow.ly/3jv4WR #UK

Gibraltar fire disrupts online gambling industry

bbc.co.uk — An explosion and fire on Gibraltar left much of the British territory without power on Sunday. Local media reported a generator at Waterport Power Station caught fire and exploded due to a mechanical failure. No-one was injured but the outage shut down the online betting operations of several firms, including William Hill and Ladbrokes.
Strange connections: Fire on Gibraltar affects power supply and hits online gambling sites worldwide. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-270981…

Teachers 'devastated' by online insults

bbc.co.uk — Online social media is being misused to insult, intimidate and smear staff in schools, the conference of the NASUWT teachers' union will hear. More than one in five teachers had "adverse comments" written about them on websites, according to a survey of 7,500 of the union's members.

Skin cancer rates 'surge since 1970s'

bbc.co.uk — The incidence of the most serious skin cancer in Great Britain is now five times higher than it was in the 1970s, figures show. Cancer Research UK statistics show more than 13,000 people develop malignant melanoma each year, compared with around 1,800 in the mid-1970s.
Skin cancer rates now 5x higher in Britain than in the 70s - 13,000 now diagnosed each year with malignant melanoma: bbc.in/1gLORc5
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