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Homeless woman challenges thief and returns goods to shop

A homeless woman and her dog who "courageously" confronted a thief in England were able to return goods worth over £1,000 stolen from a beauty store.

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Premature babies could have their brain development stunted by the noisy fan of the incubator

A study has highlighted the fact that an incubator is a “neurodevelopmental dungeon”.

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1,000 pages of Hillary Clinton emails released

The US State Department has released more than 1,000 new pages of Hillary Clinton's emails.

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Police search for woman 'abducted from street' by gang of men

Detectives in England believe they have established the identity of a woman thought to have been abducted from a city street.

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Don't panic, but the world may be heading for a chocolate deficit

The typical Western consumer eats an average of 286 chocolate bars a year – more if they are from Belgium, the report found.

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If robots are capable of doing almost any human work, what's left for us?

Is your job at risk from robots? The answer is it probably is, and if so, what next?

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Somalia's al Shabab admit responsibility for suicide bomb on plane

Somalia's Islamic extremist rebels, al Shabab, say they carried out the bombing of a commercial passenger jet earlier this month that blew a hole in the fuselage, ...

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I never stop thinking of Columbine victims, says killer's mother

The mother of Columbine High School killer Dylan Klebold has said she had no idea anything was wrong with her son before the attack and thinks about the victims ...

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Brazilian troops join fight against Zika virus

More than 200,000 army, navy and air force troops are fanning out across Brazil to show people how to eliminate the mosquito that spreads the Zika virus.

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Shootings at Arizona high school 'an apparent murder-suicide'

The shooting of two 15-year-old girls at an Arizona high school was an apparent murder-suicide, police have said.

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Russia prime minister accuses West of rekindling Cold War

Russia's prime minister has accused the West of rekindling the Cold War.

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Shots fired during casino raid in southern France

Police are searching for four gunmen who stormed a casino in the southern French city of Aix-en-Provence, causing several injuries and stealing cash before fleeing. ...

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Democratic US presidential hopefuls woo African-American voters

Democratic US presidential hopefuls fighting for African-American voters have been seeking an edge in South Carolina as Republicans criss-crossed the state for a ...

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115 bodies pulled from Taiwan earthquake rubble

Rescuers have pulled out 115 bodies in the week since a powerful earthquake struck Taiwan's oldest city of Tainan, leaving only two missing in the rubble of a collapsed ...

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US sends more Patriot missiles in response to North Korea nuclear test

The United States has temporarily deployed an additional Patriot missile battery in South Korea in response to North Korea's nuclear test and a long-range rocket ...

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Levi Bellfield 'denies confessing to abducting and killing Milly Dowler'

Bellfield’s solicitor Julie Cooper has contacted Surrey Police.

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Pope and Russian Orthodox Patriarch hold historic meeting in Cuba

Pope Francis has met the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, in an historic development in the 1,000-year-old schism that divided Christianity.

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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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'Minibrains' breakthrough in neuro-research

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

Anti-cancer agent bexarotene has already been shown to prevent early brain changes linked to the disease.

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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 girls seriously injured by car in Liverpool

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

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Teenagers shot at US high school

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

Facebook has lost a crucial legal battle in France as a court ruled the social network can be sued over its decision to remove the account of a user who posted a ...

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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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Zika vaccine 'at least 18 months away', as researchers query whether it is causing latest outbreak

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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Gravitational waves explained in 5 simple steps

Wondering what all the fuss is about? We’ve got it covered.

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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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'Legend' who tripped up suspected drug dealer revealed as soldier

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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You could blame being a heavy smoker on your Neanderthal DNA

So apparently our ancestry from hundreds of thousands of years ago can influence several health-related traits.

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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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Albert Einstein's gravity waves detected 100 years after his prediction

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

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