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BBC Radio 4 Today on Twitter: "Mungo Park, the first person to buy a mobile phone from Vodafone, with a selection of early mobile phones #r4today http://t.co/7ICJVMiE2g"

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Despite high-profile tragedies, 2014 was the safest year on record for flying

With yet another airliner gone missing over Southeast Asian airspace, there's no question that 2014 has been a year beset by mysterious air tragedies. But there's a surprising fact hiding behind this year's high-profile air tragedies: 2014 has been the safest year for flying since, well, ever.<p>These …

grough — MBEs for Lake District mountain rescuers and veteran mountaineer

The awards will be presented at Buckingham Palace<p>Two long-serving mountain rescue volunteers and a veteran mountaineer have been recognised in the …

Verdict against Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny galvanises opposition

A court has handed Russia’s most prominent opposition figure a suspended sentence and jailed his brother on fraud charges they say are politically motivated. The case will only reflect badly on the Kremlin, writes Mark Galeotti<p>A three-and-a-half year suspended prison sentence for Alexei Navalny on …

No alternate leads in Sony hack

A briefing for FBI agents investigating the Sony Pictures hack by a security firm that says its research points to laid-off Sony staff, not North Korea, as the perpetrator provided no usable new evidence, an official said Tuesday.<p>The news that the FBI had taken the three-hour briefing Monday added …

Palestinian Statehood Push Fails at United Nations

A Palestinian-backed resolution demanding an end to Israel’s occupation was defeated at the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday, failing to …

The Tech That Will Change Your Life in 2015

Gadgets and Ideas With the Best Chance of Making an Impact … and What You Can Do to Prepare for Them<p>This was a year of big technology promises—2015 is the year we find out how many live up to the hype.<p>We looked into our crystal ball for the gadgets, upgrades and ideas we think have the greatest …

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Aid charities hit by banks’ fear of terrorism fines

Transfers earmarked for urgent charity work are being blocked by banks amid fears of incurring penalties for terrorist links<p>Charities working in crisis-hit regions are failing to receive millions of pounds in funding because of banks’ fears of incurring tough penalties for failing to stop the flow …