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New Banksy art removed with crowbar  Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:33:13 GMT
New street art by "guerrilla artist" Banksy is removed within hours of appearing in Bristol. 
Birds choose best building materials  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 01:55:07 GMT
Birds learn to choose the the best building materials for their nests, rather than building from instinct, say scientists. 
Early air points to cold, dry Mars  Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:23:21 GMT
Scientists have worked out the characteristics of the air on Mars 3.6 billion years ago. 
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. 
Glaxo 'paid Polish doctors bribes'  Sun, 13 Apr 2014 23:04:46 GMT
UK drug company GlaxoSmithKline is facing a criminal investigation in Poland for allegedly bribing doctors, BBC Panorama discovers. 
Man City players 'best paid in sport'  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:57:59 GMT
Premier League players at Manchester City are the best paid in global sport, according to a recently published report. 
A 13-year-old eagle huntress in Mongolia  Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:12:29 GMT
A photographer recently snapped perhaps the only girl in the world learning to hunt with a golden eagle. 
How to move a T-Rex dinosaur  Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:16:49 GMT
One of the most complete tyrannosaurus skeletons ever found is being moved from Montana to Washington DC. There, hundreds of millions of people will eventually be able to view it. 
South Sudan rebels 'seize' oil hub  Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:56:24 GMT
Rebel forces in South Sudan say they have recaptured the oil hub of Bentiu and want oil companies to halt operations. 
Six killed in India bus fire  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:04:02 GMT
At least six people die after the bus they were travelling in caught fire in India's southern state of Karnataka, police say. 
Credit Suisse rebuffs forex probe  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:51:32 GMT
Swiss bank Credit Suisse has found nothing "materially untoward" in how it trades foreign currencies, finance officer David Mathers has said. 
Venezuela rejects protest amnesty  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:17:59 GMT
The Venezuelan government says it will not grant jailed opposition leaders an amnesty at talks aimed at ending anti-government protests. 
Syria 'torture' photos shown to UN  Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:48:02 GMT
Members of the UN Security Council view graphic photographs of prisoners allegedly tortured by Syrian government forces. 
Boston marks bombing anniversary  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:58:42 GMT
Boston marks the anniversary of the deadly bombing at last year's marathon, honouring the dead and lauding the strength of the survivors. 
Former Co-op boss faces drug charges  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:20:23 GMT
Paul Flowers, the former chairman of the Co-operative Bank and ex-Methodist Church minister, is charged with three counts of drug possession. 
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