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Blurred Lines dispute to go to trial  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:43:07 GMT
A US judge rules the long-running dispute between Marvin Gaye's family, Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams over claims of plagiarism should go to trial. 
Dench and Watson honoured in LA  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:57:08 GMT
Actors Dame Judi Dench, Emma Watson and Robert Downey Junior are among the stars honoured at the Britannia Awards hosted by Bafta in LA. 
Newt flesh fungus 'brought by pets'  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:00:27 GMT
A skin-eating fungus threatens salamanders and newts across Europe, and probably arrived on pet amphibians imported from Asia. 
Rockets 'destroy chemical weapons'  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:22:15 GMT
A team has developed micro-sized rockets, powered by seawater, that can neutralise chemical and biological weapons. 
Ebola cases 'slowing in Liberia'  Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:40:11 GMT
The WHO says Liberia, the country hardest hit in the Ebola outbreak, has seen a decline in infections, but warns the crisis is far from over. 
Google developing a cancer detector  Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:35:15 GMT
Google is attempting to diagnose cancers, heart attack risks and other ailments with a system that combines nanoparticles and a wrist-worn sensor. 
Gerrard open to move from Liverpool  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:27:03 GMT
Steven Gerrard says he could join another club next summer if Liverpool do not offer him a new contract. 
Hamilton critical of double points  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:08:58 GMT
Lewis Hamilton says it would "suck" if he lost the world title as a result of the controversial final-race double points rule. 
Can you cheat your way to fitness?  Wed, 29 Oct 2014 01:41:01 GMT
Not everyone can get to the gym - but is it really possible to stay fit through everyday household activity? 
The Swiss children used as cheap farm labour  Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:37:25 GMT
Thousands of people in Switzerland who were forced into child labour are demanding compensation for their stolen childhoods. 
Cows to keep Kenyan girls in school  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:18:27 GMT
Nine cows will be offered to fathers in areas of northern Kenya to ensure their daughters finish their education, a county governor says. 
India bans official luxury travel  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 05:16:37 GMT
India's government bans first class air travel for bureaucrats, meetings in five-star hotels and purchases of cars in a series of tough austerity measures. 
Government to 'retire' some WW1 debt  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:14:46 GMT
The UK Government has said that it will 'retire' £218m of the UK's £2bn First World War debt by refinancing bonds originally issued by Winston Churchill. 
Colombian Farc in civilian admission  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:43:07 GMT
Colombia's Farc rebel group acknowledges for the first time that its actions in Latin America's longest internal conflict "affected civilians". 
Mass graves found in western Iraq  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:29:32 GMT
Scores of bodies of Sunni Muslim tribesmen apparently killed by Islamic State militants are found in mass graves in western Iraq.