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Former Army Major thought to be Britain’s oldest female WWII veteran ‘who always had a naughty twinkle in her eye’ dies aged 108 Gladys Robson, known as Anne, served in the Auxiliary Territorial Service
Women’s Royal Army Corps veteran moved into Edinburgh care home read more

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VIENNA, Austria – The leader of Austria’s conservatives Sebastian Kurz was sworn in Tuesday, January 7, as the world’s youngest democratically elected leader at the head of an unlikely coalition with the Greens following the collapse of his previous alliance with the far-right. Vowing to “protect the climate and the read more

Then and now: the Spencer Dam near Spencer in November 2013, top, vs. March 2019, after the dam came crashing dow during a flood (below)

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America’s aging dams could put tens of thousands of people across 44 states at risk of deadly floods as 1,700 are rated ‘poor or unsatisfactory’
Built for flood control, irrigation, water supply, hydropower, recreation or industrial waste storage, read more

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The way hospitals respond to a cyberattack can result in a slower response to critical heart patients.
After an attack, corrective actions to improve security in hospital information technology systems may “disrupt care processes” and reduce the quality of care, according to a study published by researchers at Vanderbilt University and read more

“Two women work in hut 6 at Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire, during the Second World War. Cryptographers deciphered top-secret military communiques between Hitler and his armed forces, which ultimately aided the victory of the Allied forces”

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The ‘Codebreakers’ poppy has special meaning for Kate because her paternal grandmother Valerie Glassborow was among those who worked to decipher the secrets of the German Enigma machine at Bletchley Park during the war.
It was the first time the royal has worn the elegant brooch, read more

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A Viking bridge that took three years to build in Denmark is finally done.
The bridge, which is now considered to be the world’s longest Viking bridge, was built using the tools and methods that Vikings would have used. More than 1,000 people, including craftspeople and children, helped build the bridge throughout read more

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Clarence Smoyer received the surprise — and the award — of a lifetime, when the Army bestowed on him the Bronze Star for his heroism as a tank gunner during World War II.
Flanked by a Sherman tank parked on the National Mall just behind the World War II Memorial, Mr. Smoyer and relatives of three of his late crew members read more

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Some fifty years before the Mayflower left port, a band of French colonists came to the New World.
Like the later English Pilgrims, these Protestants were victims of religious wars, raging across France and much of Europe. And like those later Pilgrims, they too wanted religious freedom and the chance for a new life. But they also wanted to read more

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Britain’s first plastic-free nursery has been unveiled, as artificial toys are swapped with wooden alternatives and food with unrecyclable packaging is banned.

New World Nursery in Washington, Tyne and Wear, has spent two years and £400 making its rooms eco-friendly to help stimulate children’s read more

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Next year, French company Agripolis is opening a 150,000-square-foot urban farm in Paris, where, according to The Guardian, it will grow more than 2,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables every day during high season. The farm is located in the 15th arrondissement, where it will occupy the rooftop of a sprawling entertainment complex that’s currently read more

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Brazil has banned most legal fires used to clear land for 60 days in a bid to stop the spread of burning which has destroyed parts of the Amazon rain forest. The ban coincides with the dry season in Brazil, which is when most fires are usually set.

There has been more than an 80 per cent increase in the number of fires read more