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  Wednesday, 26-Nov-2014 01:16 EST
Obama's Irish heritage celebrated
DUBLIN, Ireland, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama is to be given a Certificate of Irish Heritage in honor of his family's connection to Ireland, organizers said.

Greenwich observatory sets admission fee
LONDON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Visitors to Britain's Royal Observatory will pay $16 beginning in March to stand with one foot in each of the eastern and western hemispheres, officials said.

EU warns Britain on London air pollution
LONDON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- The British government must convince EU officials London will meet European clean air standards if it is to avoid a court case, officials said.

Critics: Shark fishing nations fail pledge
LONDON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Many countries whose fishing fleets take large numbers of sharks have failed to meet a pledge on conserving the species, a wildlife advocacy group says.

Date of humans out of Africa pushed back
LONDON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Artifacts unearthed in the United Arab Emirates dating back 100,000 years imply modern humans first left Africa much earlier than believed, a report indicates.

Study alters Greenland glacier melt view
LEEDS, England, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Warm summer temperatures may not melt the Greenland ice sheet as fast as previously feared and may actually slow the flow of glaciers, British researchers say.

Scientists make 'body clock' discovery
CAMBRIDGE, England, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- U.K. scientists say they've identified the mechanism that controls the internal 24-hour clock of all life forms, dating back to early life on Earth.

Call for halt to pesticides in bee deaths
LONDON, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Pesticides implicated in widespread bee deaths should be discontinued in Britain pending scientific evidence about their effects, U.K. politicians were told.

British soldier proposes to wrong number
GATESHEAD, England, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- A British soldier left a long message asking his girlfriend to marry him on the wrong answering machine, the woman who got the message said.

BBC to cut 650 jobs
LONDON, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- The British Broadcasting Corp. says it plans to slash 650 of its 2,400 World Service jobs and five language operations in an attempt to save $73 million a year.

Computer game may aid decision-making
BELFAST, Northern Ireland, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- A computer game can help those who play it improve their decision-making, researchers in Northern Ireland say.

Researchers: Chopin may have had epilepsy
LONDON, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Composer Frederic Chopin, who experienced hallucinations throughout his short life, probably had temporal lobe epilepsy, researchers say in a British journal.

Bunton and Jones to wed
LONDON, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Pregnant British pop singer Emma Bunton has announced plans to marry her longtime beau, singer and chef Jade Jones.

Patti Smith tours U.K., readies new album
LONDON, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- American rocker Patti Smith says she'll be doing some improvisational work and play a gig for the homeless during her current swing through Great Britain.

Lily Allen starts up record label
LONDON, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Lily Allen has started up a new Sony Music record label called In the Name Of, the British pop star's representatives confirmed.

2010 was coldest year in U.K. since 1986
LONDON, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- U.K. weather experts say 2010 was the coldest year recorded in Britain since 1986 while the rest of the world had one of the hottest on record.

Wild bird numbers plummet in Britain
LONDON, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Government figures show populations of wild birds are falling, with British farmland bird numbers only half what they were 40 years ago, conservationists say.

Isabelle Caro's mother kills herself
LONDON, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Marie Caro, the mother of the late anorexic French model Isabelle Caro, has committed suicide, her family said.

Daily transit users reduce infection risk
NOTTINGHAM, England, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Occasional users of mass transit are six times more likely to get an acute respiratory infection, but daily users are at less risk, researchers in Britain say.

Latest Bond book called 'Carte Blanche'
LONDON, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- The next James Bond novel is called "Carte Blanche" and set in the present, it was announced in the United Arab Emirates, where some events in the book are set.

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