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The Afghan government is investigating new reports that Taliban leader Mullah Omar has died, a spokesman said. The Taliban has yet to comment on the claim, which was made by top sources within the Afghan administration and intelligence agency.
There’s a bit of a lull in the news from Europe, but the underlying situation is as terrible as ever. Greece is experiencing a slump worse than the Great Depression, and nothing happening now offers hope of recovery.
The creators of Facegloria claim the site has attracted 100,000 members since its launch last month. There are 600 words which are forbidden on the site and an "Amen" button for expressing appreciation for a post...
Scientists have unpicked how the skin of the Texas horned lizard funnels water towards its mouth - and copied the principles in a plastic version. This reptile can collect water from anywhere, including the sand it walks on; the fluid then travels to its mouth through channels between its scales.
It's not the most beautiful dinner to look at and it has a very odd name... but in China the geoduck is an expensive delicacy, so on North America's Pacific coast the race is on to farm them and cash in. The first thing people notice is the shape - it's not nicknamed the King Clam for nothing...
As our phones get more complicated, they use more power and need to be charged more often. Last month, a Broadway show was halted when a man tried to charge his phone to a fake plug on a Broadway stage. We asked readers to name the oddest places they had charged their mobile phones.
Growing emissions from the burning of fossil fuels are threatening the effectiveness of radiocarbon dating, according to new research. The dating method has been used for decades to accurately determine the age of a wide range of artefacts.
Engineers have successfully tested a mobile bridge based on origami that could be deployed in disaster zones. In a test, Mobile Bridge version 4.0 was set up without any foundations by only a few people over the Hongo River in Fukuyama City, Japan. A vehicle travelled easily and safely across it.
He and his family were watching a pod of dolphins when one of them suddenly leapt aboard, says the OC Register. Dirk Frickman described scenes of chaos when the dolphin knocked him over and landed on his wife's legs...
Amazon has introduced its one-hour delivery service for Prime members in parts of central London in its first expansion outside the US. The company has launched Prime Now which gives customers in certain areas of the capital the chance to have items delivered to their door within an hour.
The US physicist who first discovered "photonic crystals" which can repel, trap and steer light is to receive the Newton Medal, the BBC can reveal. This is the highest honour given by the Institute of Physics in London...
In 2012 Valentin Gruener rescued a young lion cub and raised it himself at a wildlife park in Botswana. It was the start of an extraordinary relationship. Now an astonishing scene is repeated each time they meet - the young lion leaps on Gruener and holds him in an affectionate embrace.
The bird combines sounds in different combinations to convey meaning. Co-researcher Dr Andy Russell from the University of Exeter said: "It is the first evidence outside of a human that an animal can use the same meaningless sounds in different arrangements to generate new meaning...
The Washington Post has begun encrypting parts of its website to make it harder for cyberspies and hackers to monitor the stories users are reading. The US newspaper said it wanted users to "feel secure", adding that it was the "first major general news organisation" to make such a move...
IBM has said it has overcome technical hurdles threatening to delay the manufacture of silicon chips with the smallest components so far. It said it could now make chips with parts 7nm (nanometres) wide - 1,000 times smaller than a red blood cell.
Julius Kivimaki was found guilty of 50,700 "instances of aggravated computer break-ins". Court documents state that his attacks affected Harvard University and MIT among others, and involved hijacking emails, blocking traffic to websites and the theft of credit card details...
The development of a completely novel type of telecommunications satellite has been approved. To be called Quantum and built in the UK, the 3.5-tonne spacecraft will break new ground by being totally reconfigurable in orbit.
The shimmering beauty of a tropical coral reef submerged in a sapphire sea is often equated with paradise. But there's a darker side to the idyll, writes Mary Colwell. Coral reefs "are beautiful places", says Ken Johnson, a researcher specialising in coral at the Natural History Museum in London...
Prof Stephen Hawking has launched a new effort to answer the question of whether there is life elsewhere in space. The venture is said to be the biggest yet in support of the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence.
Several car infotainment systems are vulnerable to a hack attack that could potentially put lives at risk, a leading security company has said. NCC Group said the exploit could be used to seize control of a vehicle's brakes and other critical systems...

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