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- The only surviving copy of a road map from the late Roman Empire is a parchment scroll, made in the Middle Ages, and one of the Austrian National Library's greatest treasures.
- There are three Romanian counties with a large ethnic Hungarian population, collectively known as the Szeklerland.
- The US-based Catholic League, which frequently runs boycott campaigns against art, bills itself as America's largest Catholic civil rights organization.
- When Queen Elizabeth II visited America 50 years ago there was segregation of blacks and whites, and native Americans could not participate in the event.
- A controversial £1bn pipeline project in Britain has resulted in two significant archaeological finds - a Roman road near Yscir, west of Brecon, and a possible Bronze Age canoe near Milford.
- Classic 18th century English radical, the great William Blake supposedly claimed to have seen an angel in a tree.
- Orpheus was the greatest poet and musician of Greek myth.
- While music scores enter the public domain in Canada 50 years after a composer's death, Europe's copyright term is 20 years longer.
- The annual Bad Sex in Fiction Award is given for the most awkward description of an intimate encounter in an otherwise well-written book.
- A dating service claims there are 99 distinct factors found in successful relationships.
- A dog underwent emergency surgery after swallowing his 40th pair of pants.
- The endangered red squirrel population of Wales is facing a new killer virus.
- The Orthodox Church of Cyprus has ordered priests to pray for rain to end one of the island's worst droughts.
- Some believe climate change a greater threat to the world than international terrorism.
- Spies are ordinary people.
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