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Obama leads Leonard Nimoy tributes  Sat, 28 Feb 2015 10:55:57 GMT
President Obama is among those paying tribute to Leonard Nimoy, the Star Trek actor who has died aged 83, saying: "I loved Spock." 
'Exquisite' gravity probe leaves UK  Sat, 28 Feb 2015 10:54:23 GMT
UK industry completes construction of the modules that make up the Lisa Pathfinder satellite - a remarkable probe that will test the key technologies needed to detect gravitational waves in space. 
Wheat present in UK 'for 8,000 years'  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 03:23:25 GMT
Fragments of wheat DNA suggest wheat was present in Britain 8,000 years ago, long before it was grown by British farmers. 
Distinct ME stages found, says study  Sat, 28 Feb 2015 02:31:15 GMT
Scientists say they have found distinct changes in the immune systems of patients with ME or chronic fatigue syndrome, which could lead to better diagnosis and treatment. 
Cut music to 'an hour a day' - WHO  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:27:20 GMT
People should listen to music for no more than one hour a day to protect their hearing, the World Health Organization suggests. 
Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur  Sun, 01 Mar 2015 18:21:30 GMT
Jose Mourinho lifts his first trophy since returning to Chelsea as his side see off Tottenham 2-0 in the League Cup final. 
Ireland 19-9 England  Sun, 01 Mar 2015 16:41:49 GMT
Ireland remain on course for a Six Nations Grand Slam after a convincing 19-9 win over England in Dublin. 
The truth about the Sound of Music family  Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:04:03 GMT
The Sound of Music was released 50 years ago - but what did the real von Trapp family portrayed in the move think of it? 
Why Iceland banned beer  Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:02:38 GMT
A century ago, Iceland introduced full prohibition. Within a decade, red wine had been legalised, followed by spirits in the 1930s. But beer remained off-limits until 1989. Why? 
Dutch town terrorised by rogue owl  Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:36:41 GMT
Residents of the Dutch town of Purmerend are advised to take umbrellas out at night after a rogue owl leaves man requiring stitches to head wounds. 
Rare bear cub found outside circus  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:12:51 GMT
A rare two-week-old Asiatic black bear cub is found abandoned in a box outside a Russian circus. 
'Hundreds' of S Sudan boys seized  Sun, 01 Mar 2015 12:20:59 GMT
Hundreds of South Sudanese boys have been kidnapped and forced to become child soldiers, the UN says, blaming a government-allied militia. 
Brother pleads for 'Bali Nine' man  Sun, 01 Mar 2015 21:44:50 GMT
Michael Chan, whose brother Andrew is on death row in Indonesia for drug trafficking, pleads to President Joko Widodo on television for clemency. 
US 'to deport Bosnian war suspects'  Sun, 01 Mar 2015 08:48:15 GMT
US officials are trying to deport 150 Bosnian immigrants suspected of involvement in war crimes during the 1992-95 war, the New York Times says. 
Chilean girl appeals to president  Sun, 01 Mar 2015 08:03:48 GMT
A 14-year-old girl suffering from cystic fibrosis asks Chile's president to allow her to die in an online video viewed by thousands of people.