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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 @sharonhemans82: BBC News - Cubans trace roots to remote Sierra Leone village bbc.in/1rcdOlJ
RT @sarahrainsford: Now with video! My feature on how Cubans discovered their African roots, through song: goo.gl/mNUA3U
RT @john_pether: Brilliant story - the music which came with slaves from W Africa still played in a corner of Cuba bbc.co.uk/news/world-lat…
"Cubans trace roots to remote Sierra Leone village" This is great!! bbc.co.uk/news/world-lat…
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D H Lawrence and the Men of the Midlands: Does that include me?

bbc.co.uk — As part of a BBC Radio 3 series marking the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth five essayists are shedding light on the history and culture of the Midlands. In the first essay, novelist and journalist Geoff Dyer tries to work out what is the true home of the Midlander.
RT @Sathnam: This is a cool thing: five essayists shedding light on the history and culture of the Midlands. First: Geoff Dyer. http://t.co…
RT @GroomB: Novelist Geoff Dyer on Midlanders. True home "shifting middle land between definitive answers" bbc.co.uk/news/uk-englan… http://t.…
This is a cool thing: five essayists shedding light on the history and culture of the Midlands. First: Geoff Dyer. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-englan…

Teachers vote for strike in June

bbc.co.uk — UK's National Union of Teachers vote for strike action in June over pay, pensions and conditions.
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RT @BBCBreaking: UK's National Union of Teachers vote for strike action in June over pay, pensions and conditions bbc.in/1muABLU
RT @BBCBreaking: UK's National Union of Teachers vote for strike action in June over pay, pensions and conditions bbc.in/1muABLU

Russia says Kiev 'breaking Geneva accord' on Ukraine

bbc.co.uk — Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accuses the Kiev authorities of breaking last week's Geneva accord on resolving the Ukraine crisis.
Everyone was surprised at the ease with which agreement reached in Geneva. Now Russia says Kiev breaching accord m.bbc.co.uk/news/world-eur…
RT @BBCBreaking: Russian foreign minister accuses Kiev authorities of breaking last week's Geneva accord on resolving Ukraine crisis http:…
RT @BBCBreaking: Russian foreign minister accuses Kiev authorities of breaking last week's Geneva accord on resolving Ukraine crisis http:…

Chibok abductions in Nigeria: More girls 'flee kidnappers'

bbc.co.uk — Seven of the 85 Nigerian schoolgirls still missing after being abducted last week have escaped, the local state governor says. Another girl had run home on the day of the attack, meaning 77 are still missing, said Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima. About 130 girls were seized from their school hostel by gunmen last Monday.
RT @BBCWorld: More girls flee kidnappers in Nigeria, 77 still missing, local state governor says bbc.in/1mv5G1Y
RT @BBCWorld: More girls flee kidnappers in Nigeria, 77 still missing, local state governor says bbc.in/1mv5G1Y

Netflix dominates online video streaming market

bbc.co.uk — Netflix now accounts for more than half the video streamed over the internet. 44 million people around the world have signed up to its video-on-demand service. Producing its own series like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black has given it an edge, but Amazon Prime and Google Play amongst others are jostling for space in a fast-growing market.

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".
David Cameron says UK is a 'Christian country'. Now dozens of public figures are saying that is wrong. Do you agree? bbc.co.uk/news/uk-270997…
Most read on BBC News website: Reactions to PM Cameron saying UK is 'a Christian country'. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-270997… @BBCOS
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Scottish independence: CBI head defends Electoral Commission move

bbc.co.uk — The head of the CBI has said the business organisation does not think the economic case for Scottish independence has been made. However, John Cridland said the body was not seeking to influence how people voted in the referendum.

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.
RT @BBCDomC: Did lead in petrol cause the 20th century crime wave? The story of one of the most controversial theories of our age http://t.…
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
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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.
"Boy survives flight in wheel well" His only carry on was a comb. Unconscious for most of flight> #teenager bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-…
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-…

"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

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.

Fracas follows Hearts' Jamie Hamill goal celebration

bbc.co.uk — Hearts player Jamie Hamill receives a second yellow card after his penalty-scoring celebration leads to a touchline altercation with Ross County players and management.

Tight security for Boston Marathon a year after bombings

bbc.co.uk — Thousands of runners are preparing to take part in an emotional Boston Marathon amid unprecedented security. In last year's race two bombs exploded near the finish line, killing three people and wounding more than 260. But the attack has not deterred runners from Monday's event. More than 36,000 will start - 9,000 more than normal.
RT @BBCWorld: Tight security as runners prepare to take part in Boston marathon a year after bombings bbc.in/1r6Yfxw http://t.co/qf…

Escuche a García Márquez leer "Cien años de soledad"

bbc.co.uk — El premio Nobel de literatura colombiano, Gabriel García Márquez, leyó fragmentos de una de sus obras más emblemáticas, Cien años de soledad. Escuche algunos pasajes en la voz del escritor. Gentileza: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México y su serie "Voz Viva de América Latina".
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