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Roast peanuts 'spark more allergies'  Sun, 21 Sep 2014 23:40:38 GMT
Roasted peanuts may be more likely to trigger allergic reactions than raw peanuts, according to an Oxford University study carried out on mice. 
Man Utd £200m off title - Neville  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 06:07:31 GMT
Ex-Manchester United player Phil Neville believes the club need another two transfer windows of heavy spending to contend. 
Watson targets Europe's key players  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:40:57 GMT
US captain Tom Watson says his team will be targeting Europe's best player and talisman in this week's Ryder Cup. 
Ants v humans  Sun, 21 Sep 2014 23:04:48 GMT
A recent wildlife programme suggested that all the ants in the world weigh as much as all the people - but is that true? 
Getting a driving licence without a test  Sat, 20 Sep 2014 23:03:59 GMT
In most places you need to pass a test to get a driving licence - for now Mexico City is an exception. 
More dead in Nigeria church collapse  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:32:00 GMT
The number of deaths in Nigeria's church hostel collapse rises to 115, including 84 South Africans, a South African minister says. 
Ghani praises Afghan vote deal  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:41:31 GMT
Afghanistan's President-elect Ashraf Ghani hails the "first democratic transfer of power" as a "big victory" that may secure peace. 
UN plea over Turkey refugee crisis  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 19:12:54 GMT
The UN says Turkey urgently needs help to care for 130,000 Syrian refugees who have crossed the border fleeing Islamist militants. 
Venezuela launches disarmament plan  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:44:35 GMT
Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro invests almost $50m in an initiative to disarm civilians, in an effort to cut down on the country's high murder rate. 
Top Israeli spy Harari dies  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:00:05 GMT
Mike Harari, the Mossad agent who oversaw a string of Israeli operations involving the assassination of Palestinian militants abroad, has died, aged 87. 
Hannah police issue arrest warrant  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:37:38 GMT
Police searching for a missing British-born student in Virginia issue an arrest warrant for a man they believe is the last person to see her. 
Miliband: Give me decade to fix UK  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 22:42:56 GMT
Labour leader Ed Miliband will set out a 10-year plan to make Britain a "world class country" in his final conference speech before the general election. 
Cameron to hold IS talks with Iran  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 04:19:23 GMT
David Cameron is to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to persuade his country to join international action against Islamic State. 
Salmond to make voting age call  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 23:38:31 GMT
Alex Salmond is to address Holyrood for the first time since Scotland rejected independence and is expected to call for the voting age to be lowered. 
Rail delay passengers 'dissatisfied'  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 22:56:37 GMT
Two-thirds of rail passengers are unhappy with the way their train company deals with delays or cancellations, a survey suggests.