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No appeal over Rolf Harris sentence  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:52:24 GMT
Rolf Harris's five-year-and-nine-month jail sentence over sex offences will not be referred to the appeal court, despite 150 complaints over its "leniency". 
Lawyers quit director's sex case  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:57:10 GMT
Two lawyers acting for a man who claims he was sexually abused by X-Men director Bryan Singer as a teenager ask to withdraw from the case. 
Birds beat machines in hover test  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:52:18 GMT
Micro-drones are just starting to catch up with the hovering and flight performance of the tiny hummingbird, say scientists. 
How faces drive first impressions  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:23:36 GMT
UK scientists model the physical attributes that underpin our social judgements about strangers. 
West Africa flight ban over Ebola  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:33:43 GMT
A West African airline halts flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone amid concern about Ebola as a leading doctor dies of the virus in Sierra Leone. 
Middle-aged drinking 'impairs memory'  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:15:25 GMT
Problem drinking in middle age doubles the risk of memory loss in later life, research suggests. 
Kallis retires from internationals  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:34:57 GMT
South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis announces his retirement from all international cricket at the age of 38. 
Bolt: Games slur reports 'nonsense'  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:34:41 GMT
Usain Bolt denies newspaper claims that he made disparaging comments about the Commonwealth Games. 
The pre-nup that can end a happy marriage  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:40:09 GMT
In parts of Yemen when a brother and sister from one family marry siblings from another, the couples' fates can be locked together regardless of how happy they are. 
The mini version of Britain in WW1 Berlin  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:29:44 GMT
In World War One, thousands of British men interned in the German camp Ruhleben took to gardening to feed themselves and improve their living conditions. 
Cameroon army officers sacked  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:55:43 GMT
Cameroon's President Paul Biya sacks two senior army officers at the forefront of the battle against militant Islamist group Boko Haram, state radio reports. 
Khmer Rouge duo begin genocide trial  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:14:29 GMT
The last two surviving leaders of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge regime are to begin their second trial, this time for genocide, in Phnom Penh. 
Aer Lingus reports improved fortunes  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:42:57 GMT
Aer Lingus reports a "significant" improvement in its operating profit over the last six months, which rose by 40% compared to the same period last year. 
Colombian city on alert after attack  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:20:58 GMT
After a key transmission tower was blown up in Buenaventura, leaving the Colombian port city without power, the authorities ban alcohol and weapons. 
Libya militias seize Benghazi base  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 01:53:22 GMT
A special forces base in Libya has been seized by militias, the fighters and officials say, as a blaze continues at a fuel depot in the capital Tripoli.