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—Omar Khayyám (1050?-1123) Persian poet, mathematician, astronomer


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Algerian jet missing on Sahara route 
  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:02:14 GMT 
    Algeria's national airline, Air Algerie, says it has lost contact with one of its planes flying from Burkina Faso, with 116 people on board.

UN warns of 'dire' Gaza situation 
  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:36:40 GMT 
    UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos expresses extreme concern at the situation in Gaza, warning that residents are running out of food and water.

'Apostasy' woman flies out of Sudan 
  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:44:50 GMT 
    A Sudanese woman who was spared a death sentence for renouncing Islam has flown to Italy after more than a month in the US embassy.

More MH17 bodies to leave Ukraine 
  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:51:52 GMT 
    Another 74 bodies from the MH17 plane crash are due to leave Ukraine, as UK experts are to start examining data from the two flight recorders.

Poland 'helped in CIA rendition' 
  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:55:33 GMT 
    Poland violated the human rights convention and helped the CIA's rendition of terror suspects, the European Court of Human Rights finds.

Iraq MPs elect Massoum as president 
  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:56:38 GMT 
    Iraqi parliament elects Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum as the country's next president, succeeding Jalal Talabani.

Norway in Syria-linked terror alert 
  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:01:34 GMT 
    Norway is boosting security because of an imminent threat from people linked to Islamist militants in Syria, Norway's intelligence chief says.

Taiwan plane crash toll reaches 48 
  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:29:17 GMT 
    Forty-eight people are now known to have died after a passenger plane crashed in Taiwan's Penghu island, as a storm passed over the area.

Deadly ambush on Iraq prison convoy 
  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:58:39 GMT 
    Suicide attackers mount a bomb and gun attack on a prison convoy in Iraq, killing 51 prisoners and nine police officers, security sources say.

Children dead in Indian train crash 
  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:40:03 GMT 
    At least 18 children are killed along with their driver when a school bus is hit by a train in the Indian state of Telangana, police say.

Aid workers shot dead in Herat 
  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:18:37 GMT 
    Gunmen in Afghanistan shoot dead two Finnish women working with an international aid organisation in the western city of Herat.

Google to face Europe data watchdogs 
  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:11:38 GMT 
    Google will meet data regulators from across the EU to discuss the implications of the controversial "right to be forgotten" ruling.

VIDEO: 'Cheesegrater' construction complete 
  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:23:33 GMT 
    Building work is completed on the tallest skyscraper in the City of London.

VIDEO: How to build and fly your own drone 
  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:00:13 GMT 
    Personal aerial drones that take pictures could soon become a lot more common, thanks to a new invention.

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  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:43:35 GMT 
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