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HK tycoon found guilty of corruption  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 08:59:33 GMT
Hong Kong property tycoon Thomas Kwok and a former government official have been found guilty in the city's biggest-ever corruption case. 
Microsoft takes on tech scammers  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:33:32 GMT
The US software giant takes legal action against firms it alleges have been offering bogus tech support in its name to unwitting consumers. 
Millions deleted in Instagram purge  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:30:02 GMT
Photo-sharing app Instagram has removed millions of accounts believed to be posting spam, angering many legitimate users. 
Sony hack is 'US security issue'  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:49:09 GMT
The cyber attack on Sony that forced a major film release to be pulled is being viewed as a national security matter, the White House says. 
Morricone regrets Eastwood rejection  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:03:20 GMT
Renowned Italian film composer Ennio Morricone tells the BBC's Will Gompertz that he regrets turning down the chance to compose music for Clint Eastwood. 
Carbon mission returns global maps  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:36:20 GMT
Nasa's Orbiting Carbon Observatory produces its first global maps of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere. 
7ft marine reptile fossil beach find  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:27:21 GMT
An amateur fossil hunter has unearthed a 7ft skeleton of a carnivorous marine reptile on a beach in south Wales. 
EU approves first stem cell therapy  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:48:00 GMT
A stem cell therapy has been approved for widespread medical use in the EU for the first time. 
Painkillers 'cut skin cancer risk'  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:57:07 GMT
Regularly taking painkillers such as aspirin and ibuprofen may help protect against some forms of skin cancer, research suggests. 
'Sierra Leone has become part of me'  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:25:21 GMT
Ex-Sierra Leone manager Johnny McKinstry, appointed at 27, recounts his departure from the Ebola-hit West African country. 
Smith ton leaves Test finely poised  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:48:26 GMT
Captain Steve Smith's second century in two Tests helps Australia open up a slender lead over India in Brisbane. 
The Russians fighting a 'holy war' in Ukraine  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:27:16 GMT
The Kremlin denies sending Russian troops to Ukraine, but Russian volunteers there are proud to talk about their crusade to revive an Orthodox empire. 
The buildings that would have been impossible  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:11:52 GMT
How computers helped build some of the world's most distinct buildings. 
Kazakh villages in guard wolf craze  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:49:32 GMT
Villagers in Kazakhstan are increasingly buying wolves to guard their land. 
Helsinki 'lacks luxury hotels'  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:36:34 GMT
Finnish capital loses out on chance to host music awards show, because there aren't enough swanky hotels for stars.