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An Australian spear fisherman has captured a bizarre battle between what appears to be one of the world's most venomous fish and a deadly snake. Rick Trippe spotted the elegant sea snake latching onto an apparent stonefish off Darwin last Thursday...
An Egyptian muezzin is facing disciplinary action for altering the words of the call to dawn prayer. The country's ministry of religious affairs is taking legal action against Mahmoud al-Moghazi, the cleric of the Nile Delta town of Kafr al-Dawar...
This initial contract calls for delivery of some 17,000 vehicles between 2018 and 2022, but it could ultimately be worth some $30b to the company, as the JLTV gradually replaces the US military's ageing fleet of 280,000 Hummers...
Lidiane Leite, 25, lived a life of luxury in the capital of Maranhao state, prosecutors said. They say her only contact with her town, Bom Jardim, was through daily WhatsApp messages to her cabinet.
Italian energy group Eni says it has found one of the world's largest natural gas fields off Egypt's coast. The company said the area was 1,450m (4,757 feet) beneath the surface and covered 100 sq km (39 sq miles)...
The Islamic State (IS) militant group has destroyed part of another temple at the ancient Syrian site of Palmyra, activists and witnesses say. The extent of the damage to the Temple of Bel is not clear but residents have described a large explosion.
The past several years have been bruising ones for the credibility of the social sciences. A star social psychologist was caught fabricating data, leading to more than 50 retracted papers. A top journal published a study supporting the existence of ESP that was widely criticized.
The Day of the Jackal author Frederick Forsyth has revealed he was working for MI6 for more than 20 years. The disclosure comes with the publication of the author's autobiography The Outsider: My Life...
For the first time over a billion people used Facebook on a single day, according to company founder Mark Zuckerberg. The "milestone" was reached on Monday, when "1 in 7 people on Earth used Facebook to connect with their friends and family", he said in a post...
Depressed people who display "risky behaviour", agitation and impulsivity are at least 50% more likely to attempt suicide, a study has found. Research by the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) concluded that the behaviour patterns "precede many suicide attempts"...
We tend to understand atheism as a war between religion and science - but in earlier times atheism was both more complex and more rich, says philosopher John Gray. In recent years we've come to think of atheism as an evangelical creed not unlike Christianity...
World War Two threw up many extraordinary characters. But even among this exalted company William Ash - the model for the character played by Steve McQueen in The Great Escape - stands out, writes the author of a new biography, Patrick Bishop.
It's a scenario straight out of a Hollywood movie. A disaster too dangerous for humans to enter, so a robot must drive alone into the area, and do the dirty work of inspecting, repairing and clearing the site...
Smart homewares firm Nest has launched a camera that senses movement in a user's home and alerts them via a smartphone app. The camera will have a night vision mode and customers will be able to pay for their videos to be archived for up to 30 days, Nest said...
This may be Europe's biggest migration crisis since World War Two, but it is nothing compared to the challenges facing neighbouring countries in the Middle East. Take a look at the numbers in Turkey. In Jordan. In Lebanon...
European interior ministers and transport officials are due to hold emergency talks in Paris following last week's foiled gun attack on a train. The BBC's Hugh Schofield in Paris says France wants tougher security measures after the incident on the Thalys train from Amsterdam to Paris...
French police have arrested two men suspected of stealing safes from hotel rooms by posing as Gulf tourists. The thieves allegedly pretended to reception staff they were guests who had lost keys, in order to gain access to the rooms.
We were born naked, but no one shows you the way back. I’ve just paid my €8 and walked through the pedestrian gate at Cap d’Agde’s world-famous naturist resort in the south of France. What now? A stark forecourt stretches out imposingly ahead.
On 1 March 1987, thousands of runners took to the streets of Los Angeles for the annual city marathon, unaware that many of them were about to provide crucial evidence for a study that would inspire three decades of research into the relationship between exercise and the immune system.

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