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1 Vatican denies Pope Francis performed 'exorcism'
The Vatican has denied claims that Pope Francis performed an exorcism, after TV images showed a man apparently reacting to him putting his hands on his head. The encounter - during Sunday Mass - was shown on a TV channel owned by the Italian bishops' conference.
2 Nasa backs Boeing's astronaut crew ship design
Boeing is the big winner in the competition to develop a new system to take American astronauts into orbit. It has beaten two other companies to the lion's share of US space agency (Nasa) funds, to help complete work on a seven-crew capsule known as CST-100.
3 US man held after attempt to 'swim to N Korea'
South Korean authorities say they have detained an American man they believe was trying to swim to North Korea. Guards arrested the man, in his late 20s or early 30s, on Tuesday at a river border near the demilitarised zone.
4 Indian villagers shave their heads to mourn dead monkey
Nearly 200 Indian villagers have shaved their heads to mourn the death of a monkey from their local temple. The macaque drowned when it fell into a pond after being chased by dogs.
5 King Richard III killed by skull and pelvis injuries
King Richard III was most likely to have been killed by two blows to the head and one to his pelvis, according to new scientific research. The English king was killed at the Battle of Bosworth on 22 August, 1485.
6 Thailand woman dead after jumping into crocodile pit
A 65-year-old woman from Bangkok has killed herself by jumping into a pit of crocodiles at a reptile farm near the capital, police say. Witnesses saw Wanpen Inyai jumping into a pond at Samut Prakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo on Friday, reported The Bangkok Post. Staff failed to rescue her.
7 Are dolphins cleverer than dogs?
8 Traitors in Vladimir Putin's Russia
In a Moscow café, Andrei Lugovoi talks to me about a subject close to his heart: betrayal. The man British police view as prime suspect in the killing of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko is making his TV debut, as host of a documentary series called Traitors.
9 Brain may 'compensate' for Alzheimer's damage
The human brain may be able to compensate for some of the early changes seen in Alzheimer's disease, research in Nature Neuroscience shows. The study suggests some people recruit extra nerve power to help maintain their ability to think.
10 500 feared dead in Malta boat sinking
About 500 migrants are feared dead after their ship was rammed by another boat near Malta last week, a migration body said. The International Organisation for Migration said it spoke to two survivors rescued on Thursday.
11 A Giant Basket That Uses Condensation to Gather Drinking Water
Around the world, 768 million people don’t have access to safe water, and every day 1,400 children under the age of five die from water-based diseases.
12 Ebola mutation 'presents nightmare scenario'
Virologists may not be publicly talking about the possibility that the Ebola virus could someday mutate into an airborne strain, writes Michael T Osterholm in the New York Times, but it's something they are "definitely considering in private".
13 Suspended between life and death
When Ariel Sharon died in January this year, eight years after a stroke, he'd survived for longer than would probably be expected had he lived elsewhere in the world. Since 2005 it's been illegal in Israel to turn off ventilators when a person is dying or has no hope of recovery.
14 David Haines's 'evil murder' condemned by PM
The murder of David Haines was an "act of pure evil", David Cameron has said after the release of a video purporting to show the UK hostage's beheading. The Foreign Office said it was "working urgently to verify" the video and was offering support to Mr Haines's family.
15 American Sniper author Chris Kyle shot dead in Texas
Iraq veteran and ex-US Navy seal Chris Kyle, known as the deadliest sniper in US history, has been shot dead on a Texas shooting range, reports say. His body was found at Rough Creek Lodge range on Saturday along with that of his neighbour, Chad Littlefield.
16 'Pocket' diagnosis for Parkinson’s
Smartphone technology revealed at the British Science Festival could help diagnose and treat Parkinson's disease. Symptoms of Parkinson's are currently difficult to measure objectively after the patient leaves the doctor's clinic.
17 Stonehenge secrets revealed by underground map
Archaeologists have unveiled the most detailed map ever produced of the earth beneath Stonehenge and its surrounds. They combined different instruments to scan the area to a depth of three metres, with unprecedented resolution.
18 China's Island Factory
New islands are being made in the disputed South China Sea by the might of the Chinese state. Can anyone stand in the way? China's Island Factory is an immersive story told through text, images and video, best viewed on an up-to-date browser.
19 How do you stop the flow of lava?
Authorities on Hawaii's Big Island have declared a state of emergency as lava from the Kilauea volcano threatens residential communities and roads. Is there any way to stop a lava flow and save the homes in its path?
20 Paypal unit to 'embrace' Bitcoin crypto-currency
Paypal subsidiary Braintree has started working on ways to process payments using the Bitcoin virtual currency. The work is due to be completed within "the coming months", said Braintree boss Bill Ready in a conference speech.


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