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—Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield (1694-1773) [4th Earl of Chesterfield] English politician, writer


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Greece shuns debt talks with troika  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 21:01:22 GMT
Greece's new finance minister snubs his main eurozone counterpart, saying Athens will not negotiate over debts with the EU-IMF troika. 
Battle rages for key Ukraine town  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:02:47 GMT
Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian rebels trade heavy tank and artillery fire in and around Debaltseve, a strategic town in eastern Ukraine. 
Romney won't run in 2016 election  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:22:52 GMT
Mitt Romney, the Republican beaten by President Obama in the US 2012 election, has decided he will not run for president again. 
SA apartheid assassin given parole  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:57:26 GMT
South African apartheid-era death squad commander Eugene de Kock, nicknamed "Prime Evil", gets parole after 20 years for killing activists. 
Putin ally to build bridge to Crimea  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:45:48 GMT
A Russian contract for building a $3bn bridge to Crimea goes to a firm controlled by a close friend of Vladimir Putin who is under Western sanctions. 
Churches oppose three-person babies  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:26:06 GMT
Senior church figures call on the government to block the creation of so-called three-person babies, but scientists urge MPs to back a law change. 
Google agrees privacy policy changes  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:39:09 GMT
The firm will roll out a single, rewritten privacy policy across Europe after coming under fire across the continent. 
Saudis shelve blogger flogging again  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:59:12 GMT
Saudi Arabia postpones for a second time a further round of flogging against blogger Raif Badawi, whose case caused a global outcry. 
Tamil becomes Sri Lanka's top judge  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:16:01 GMT
Sri Lanka's president appoints a Tamil judge as the new chief justice - the first member of the country's minority community to hold the post in decades. 
Korean Air chief 'scolded daughter'  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:00:21 GMT
The chief of Korean Air tells a court in Seoul that he scolded his 40-year-old daughter over her now notorious reaction to being served nuts in a packet. 
Suge Knight arrested for US murder  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:43:21 GMT
Death Row Records founder Suge Knight is being held on a murder charge by police after a fatal hit-and-run. 
Woods shoots worst round of career  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 21:01:51 GMT
Tiger Woods records the worst round of his professional career with an 11-over-par 82 in the second round of the Phoenix Open. 
AUDIO: 'I lost £18m lottery win by 7 seconds'  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 10:25:22 GMT
A Canadian man has lost a seven-year legal battle to claim half of a C$27m (£18m) lottery jackpot after the Supreme Court ruled he had bought the winning ticket a few seconds too late for it to qualify. 
VIDEO: The Tibetan monk with 170 children  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:19:47 GMT
A Tibetan Buddhist monk took in 33 orphans after an earthquake in 2010 - now he is looking after 170 children. 
VIDEO: The 11m 'ghost' residents of the US  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 06:42:04 GMT
New legislation in the United States aims to allow some undocumented immigrants to stay in the US and apply for work permits but many are afraid to admit their status.