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Possible Zika vaccines '18 months away from broad trials'

Possible Zika vaccines are at least 18 months away from large-scale trials, according to the World Health Organisation.

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Scientists have creates tiny human, cell-based models that may change the future of brain research as we know it.

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'Neurostatin' drug could help protect against Alzheimer's

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UK's Independent newspapers to cease print editions

The owners of The Independent and The Independent on Sunday newspapers in the UK have confirmed the print version of the titles will close, leaving an online-only ...

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Five children have been hit by a car in south Liverpool, England, leaving a number of them with serious injuries.

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Two teenagers have been shot at a high school in Arizona, but there is no more danger to the rest of the campus, police said.

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Scientists are going to investigate the effects of 'broken heart syndrome'

The condition often follows an episode of acute stress such as a bereavement, accident or divorce.

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Facebook loses French ruling in nude painting case

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Civil servant who 'did absolutely no work' for six years must pay back €27,000 in wages

A Spanish court has ruled that a civil servant who failed to show up to work for years in the southern city of Cadiz must pay back nearly €27,000 in wages.

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Rolf Harris to be charged with seven counts of indecent assault

Rolf Harris is to be charged with seven counts of indecent assault.

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Scientists stop calling out to Philae comet lander as hope fades

The comet is 138 million miles from Earth, between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.

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The World Health Organisation has set out a rough timescale for developing a vaccine to combat the Zika virus infecting thousands in south America.

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George Clooney and wife Amal meet Angela Merkel to discuss refugee crisis

Hollywood star George Clooney and his lawyer wife Amal have had a private meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the crisis in Syria and Europe's ...

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Richard Dawkins suffers stroke, cancels Australia trip

Outspoken academic and writer Richard Dawkins has pulled out of a tour of Australia and New Zealand after suffering a minor stroke.

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Plumber finds baby's body in garden drain

A police investigation is now under way.

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Woman faces manslaughter charge over baby found in freezer

A South Florida woman has been charged over the death of her baby son found dead in a freezer at her home.

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Russian PM Medvedev warns of world war over Syria conflict

The use of ground troops in the Syrian conflict could result in world war, according to the Russian prime minister.

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Sian Blake's partner arrested at Heathrow in connection with murder of actress and children

Arthur Simpson-Kent agreed to return to the UK after heading to Ghana days after the Eastenders actress was reported missing in December.

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Bernie Sanders' promises unrealistic, Hillary Clinton tells US

US presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have battled for the crucial support of black and Hispanic voters in a Democratic debate in Milwaukee.

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Murder of ex-EastEnders actress Sian Blake and children: Police arrest man at Heathrow

A man has been arrested on suspicion of the murders of ex-EastEnders actress Sian Blake and her two children, police said.

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Pair jailed over 'regime of terror' at Coventry children's home

Two retired social workers responsible for a sadistic “regime of terror” at a children’s home during the 1980s have been handed lengthy jail terms.

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A man who tripped up a suspected drug dealer running from police has been revealed as a soldier, who said his military training kicked in when he saw the chase.

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Teacher 'shoots dead six colleagues' in Saudi Arabia

A teacher in Saudi Arabia has opened fire on colleagues, killing at least six people and wounding two, state television reported.

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52 inmates killed in Mexican prison riot

A brutal fight between rival factions has killed 52 inmates and injured 12 at a prison in northern Mexico, the state governor said.

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Germany train crash death toll rises

The death toll from a head-on train crash in Bavaria has risen to 11, police in Germany said.

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Toxic chemicals have been found in whales that were stranded in Scotland in 2012

Scientists found high levels of toxic metals mercury and cadmium in all organs.

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City asks for ambulance costs from family of boy shot dead by police

A 12-year-old boy’s estate has been asked to pay $500 (€443) for ambulance and medical services he received after being shot dead by a police officer in Ohio.

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Gravity waves – ripples in spacetime – have been detected by scientists a century after Albert Einstein predicted their existence.

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Auschwitz survivor makes emotional plea to former SS guard at trial

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Kim Jong Un 'has military chief executed'

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has reportedly had his military chief executed for corruption and other offences.

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IS release new video showing 'British boy blowing up prisoners'

Islamic State (IS) has released a new video purportedly showing a young British boy blowing up a car and killing three prisoners inside.

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Nato ships ordered into Aegean Sea to tackle migrant smugglers

The Nato Maritime Group is being ordered immediately into the Aegean Sea to help end smuggling of migrants between Turkey and Greece, the secretary general said.

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Two alleged people-smugglers on trial over Alan Kurdi death

Two alleged people-smugglers have gone on trial in Turkey accused of causing the death of three-year-old Syrian migrant boy Alan Kurdi and four other people.

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Six children killed in French school bus crash

Six students have been killed in a collision between a school bus and another vehicle in a town on France’s Atlantic coast.

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North Korea vows to deport all South Koreans from factory park

North Korea has vowed to immediately deport all South Korean nationals and freeze all South Korean assets at a jointly run factory park in the North.

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US brushes off Russia’s plan for March 1 Syria ceasefire

The US has dismissed a proposal by Russia for a March 1 ceasefire in Syria, saying Moscow is giving itself and the Syrian government a three-week window to try to ...

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Lucian Freud's Pregnant Girl fetches £16m at auction

The painting of his pregnant lover had been expected to fetch between £7m and £10m.

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Triumphant Trump and Sanders unnerve party rivals in US election race

Republican Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders are focusing their presidential election efforts on the next state battle for votes after decisive ...

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CCTV released after McDonald's customer threatened with 'bottle of acid' during attempted robbery

The Met Police want to speak to three men in connection with the incident.

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Deepcut soldier Cheryl James was 'shaken' after a sergeant 'tried to have his way with her'

The incident occurred less than a fortnight before the 18-year-old was found dead from a bullet wound at Deepcut Army barracks in 1995.

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Judge gives doctors go-ahead to carry out c-section on mentally ill mother-to-be

A judge has given doctors permission to perform a caesarean section on a 21-year-old expectant mother detained under the terms of mental health legislation.

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