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1 HOUR AGO - Yahoo! News

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Cumberbatch backs historic pardon for British gay men

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch was among some 75,000 people to sign a petition Saturday urging a pardon for all gay men convicted of indecency in Britain under historic laws. Cumberbatch is Oscar-nominated for his role as gay mathematician Alan Turing, whose code-cracking skills helped Britain fight Germany in World War II, in the film "The Imitation Game". Homosexuality was decriminalised in ...

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3 HOURS AGO - Yahoo! News

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Rouhani accuses Iranian hardliners of 'cheering on' other side in atom talks

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, growing frustrated with hardline resistance to a nuclear deal with the West, accused opponents on Saturday of effectively "cheering on" the other side in Tehran's grueling negotiations with world powers. Soon after his 2013 election victory over conservative hardliners, the pragmatist Rouhani set out to end a 12-year nuclear stand-off with the West and thereby secure ...

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4 HOURS AGO - Yahoo! News

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Ebola reveals shortcomings of African solidarity

As Africa's leaders meet in Ethiopia to discuss the Ebola crisis, expectations of firm action will be tempered by criticism over the continent's poor record in the early stages of the epidemic. The outbreak is a priority on the agenda of the 54-nation African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa on Saturday, yet the bloc is still smarting from criticism ...

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9 HOURS AGO - The Guardian

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‘Drowned in a sea of salt’ Blake Morrison on the literature of the east coast

Writers from Crabbe to Sebald have been drawn to the fragile beauty of the east coast of Britain – and have immortalised it in words• Hear Blake Morrison read his poem CovehitheSixty-two years ago today, the combination of a severe storm and high spring tide brought catastrophe to the east coast of England, as the water rose to six metres ...

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10 HOURS AGO - The Guardian

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Reduced benefit cap would 'force large families out of the south-east'

Tory plans to reduce benefit cap to £23,000 a year would leave large families on benefits unable to afford rent and facing relocation elsewhere in UKSocial housing across the south-east of England would become unaffordable for large families on benefits within days of a Conservative victory in the general election, according to one of the region’s leading social housing providers.The ...

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