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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.


'Quantum Cheshire Cat' observed 
  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:36:04 GMT 
    Scientists have separated a particle from one of its physical properties - proving a theory known as the "quantum Cheshire Cat".


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.


More than five-a-day 'no effect' 
  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:05:24 GMT 
    New research backs the five-a-day target for fruit and vegetables, but suggests eating more may have no added benefits.


Kallis retires from internationals 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:11:03 GMT 
    South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis announces his retirement from all international cricket at the age of 38.


Van Gaal right about fitness - Shaw 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:48:55 GMT 
    Manchester United full-back Luke Shaw says boss Louis van Gaal was right to question his fitness after joining the club.


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.


Guinea concert stampede 'kills 34' 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:38:07 GMT 
    At least 24 people have died after a stampede at a beach concert in Conakry, the capital of Guinea, with dozens reported injured.


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.


Fastest growth in Spain since 2007 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:46:00 GMT 
    Spain's economy is growing at its fastest quarterly rate since the end of 2007, but it is also facing a deflation threat.


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.


Los Angeles flood hits university 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:03:18 GMT 
    A burst water main causes flooding along Los Angeles' Sunset Boulevard at the University of California, Los Angeles, officials say.


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".
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