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One of America's largest circus companies has said it will phase out the use of elephants in its shows. The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus told the Associated Press news agency that it plans to stop using the animals by 2018...
An expat American has been arrested in the United Arab Emirates for comments he posted on Facebook while in the US. Helicopter mechanic Ryan Pate wrote the Facebook post while in Florida after arguing with employer Global Aerospace Logistics (Gal) over sick leave.
New York City's only remaining classical sheet music store will close on Friday, as more and more musicians buy their musical score online. Thousands of musicians have shopped at Frank Music Company since it opened in 1937...
US actor Harrison Ford has been injured in a small plane crash in Los Angeles, US media report. He was reportedly piloting a single-engine plane that crashed onto a golf course in Venice, near the Santa Monica Municipal Airport.
In the mid-1960s, Australian athlete Reg Spiers found himself stranded in London with no money to buy a plane ticket home. Desperate to get back to Australia in time for his daughter's birthday, he decided to post himself in a wooden crate. "I just got in the thing and went...
A major analysis by the University of Oxford estimates the population of England has risen by 565,000 since 2011 due to immigration. The figures suggest the migrant population of every local authority in the country may have risen.
Physicists are abuzz with possibilities for "metamaterials" that can be designed to have surprising properties. Tweaking the structure of materials to manipulate things like their appearance is already fairly well-known; the next phase is changing their mechanics...
Scientists have unearthed the jawbone of what they claim is one of the very first humans. The 2.8 million-year-old specimen is 400,000 years older than researchers thought that our kind first emerged.
US ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert has been injured by an attacker in Seoul, officials say and media say. They say the attack happened as Mr Lippert, 42, was about to attend a breakfast meeting in the capital.
Here's something that surprised us when we saw it trending in China: the "handsome" men of the London public transport system. The Tube - as London's underground system is known - is famous around the world for all sorts of reasons, from its history to its distinctive logo and map...
Ouch's recent article on what a blind BBC journalist "sees" prompted lots of readers to email their own experiences. Damon Rose completely lost his sight as a child, but his world is far from pitch black - rather, it is an ever-changing array of luminous colours and light...
Before-and-after adverts, showing pictures of people who have lost weight or become fitter, feature in thousands of magazines. But how reliable are they, asks Justin Parkinson. Wow, what a transformation. Two volunteers go from looking pale and unfit to tanned, toned and dynamic.
Amateur photographer Martin Le-May, from Essex, has recorded the extraordinary image of a weasel riding on the back of a green woodpecker as it flies through the air. The photograph was taken at Hornchurch Country Park in east London on Monday afternoon.
The Israeli prime minister has begun a controversial speech to the US Congress, in which he will warn against a nuclear deal with Iran. It comes a day after Benjamin Netanyahu told a pro-Israel lobby group that Iran was enveloping the world with its "tentacles of terror"...
A coffin-within-a-coffin discovered next to Richard III's remains contained a woman who could have been an early Church benefactor, experts have said...
When American Buffalo were cross-bred with domestic cattle, a hybrid dubbed the "Beefalo" was spawned. But the creatures escaped and are now causing environmental havoc in The Grand Canyon. Some want a cull, but is this the best way to deal with the animals?...
A century ago, Iceland banned all alcoholic drinks. Within a decade, red wine had been legalised, followed by spirits in the 1930s. But full-strength beer remained off-limits until 1 March 1989. Megan Lane asks why it took so long for the amber nectar to come in from the Icelandic cold.
British industry has completed construction of the modules that make up the Lisa Pathfinder satellite. This remarkable probe will test the key technologies needed to detect gravitational waves in space.
It’s been just over 45 years since the Apollo Moon landings, and some would have it that we are failing to build big anymore; that we've since become too fascinated with the small, too impressed by our tablet computers, games consoles, and smartphones that we don't invest in grand, world-chan...
The revelation that police are holding a database of around 18 million mugshots has provoked an examination of the balance between civil liberties and catching criminals. But how effective is the technology?

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