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Ancient life 'frozen' by impacts  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:54:53 GMT
Ancient grasses from the Pampas of Argentina were preserved when asteroids struck the area, scientists report. 
SpaceX launches station cargo flight  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:06:02 GMT
US company SpaceX launches its latest re-supply mission to the International Space Station, sending up a Dragon freighter to rendezvous with the orbiting platform on Sunday. 
Foreign doctors 'need tougher tests'  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:03:35 GMT
Tests taken by foreign doctors who want to work in the NHS should be made harder to pass to bring them in line with UK standards, a study says. 
Sensors to prevent pain for amputees  Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:41:59 GMT
Researchers have developed a new type of pressure sensor - dubbed a "second skin" - which they say could prevent dangerous sores. 
Norwich City 2-3 Liverpool  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:52:22 GMT
Liverpool open up a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League after a hard-fought win over relegation-battling Norwich. 
How 420 became code for marijuana  Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:22:46 GMT
The number 420 has become a popular code for marijuana. Where does the term come from and why did it catch on, asks Aidan Lewis. 
The spooky world of the 'numbers stations'  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:27:32 GMT
This is the era of hyper-tech espionage, encrypted emails and mindboggling cryptography. But you can hear a very old-fashioned form of espionage on shortwave radio. 
Nigeria teacher in seized girls plea  Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:26:13 GMT
The headmistress of a school in Nigeria calls on the government to do more to save teenage girls abducted by suspected Islamist militants. 
William and Kate at Easter service  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:21:18 GMT
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend an Easter Sunday church service in Sydney and take Prince George to the zoo as part of their overseas tour. 
Top aide to French president resigns  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:51:40 GMT
A close aide to French President Francois Hollande resigns following allegations he had a conflict of interest in a previous post. 
Colombia to honour Garcia Marquez  Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:41:56 GMT
Colombia announces its own ceremony to honour author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who was cremated in Mexico, where he lived for more than 30 years. 
Egypt left-winger to challenge Sisi  Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:22:12 GMT
Egyptian left-winger Hamdeen Sabahi submits his official bid to run for president, the only challenger so far to ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. 
US 'delays' Keystone XL decision  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:20:31 GMT
The US state department gives federal agencies more time to review the Keystone XL oil pipeline before determining whether to issue a permit. 
Quango chair resigns over bankruptcy  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:34:58 GMT
A businessman appointed by the prime minister to head a multibillion-pound quango steps down after it was revealed that he was bankrupt. 
Archbishop highlights suffering  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:01:20 GMT
The Archbishop of Canterbury highlights the suffering of people in conflicts around the world during his Easter Sunday sermon. 
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Anger over 'slow' Korea ferry rescue  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:43:38 GMT
Russian outrage at Ukraine killing  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:08:22 GMT
Hostage reporters 'chained' in Syria  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:11:44 GMT
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