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Bacteria programmed to spot tumours in the liver have been shown off at the Ted (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference in Vancouver. Tal Danino, a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), described how he programmed the bacteria with genetic code.
Sitting on a bench in the April sunshine, Al Cree is listing the birds he has spotted recently. He points to the river, where he lives on a houseboat.
Two disabled men, one blind, one a double amputee, have spent over ten years planting trees together in rural China. Every day Jia Haixia and Jia Wenqi walk to work carrying a hammer and a metal rod. Work is an eight-hectare plot of land they lease from the local government.
So here's a funny thing. The day after the EU accuses Google of abusing its dominance of the search market, new figures are published showing it's not quite so dominant after all...
Doctors need to move beyond a "one-size-fits-all" approach to tackling obesity, say scientists in Sheffield. The analysis of 4,144 obese people in Yorkshire showed they fitted into six distinct categories, each of which may need a different weight-loss strategy...
At least 22 people have been killed and 50 injured in an explosion in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad. The blast happened outside a bank, said the chief of police for Nangahar province, Fazel Ahmad Sherzad.
The first Nigerian to do the North Pole Marathon tells the BBC how proud she felt to plant her country's flag in the snow at the end of the race...
Is the UK's role on the world stage a decades-long story of managed decline, including the orderly withdrawal from a once vast empire? Or is it the story of a medium-sized power whose standing in the world reflects the new global reality?...
French police are searching for three thieves who stole a handbag containing five million euros (£3.6m; $5.4m) worth of jewels in a daring Paris raid. The owner of the handbag, a Taiwanese art collector, was stuck in traffic in a tunnel when the thieves smashed her car window.
The operator of the aircraft has been arrested by Capitol police. The Tampa Bay Times tells the BBC the pilot is Doug Hughes, a Florida post man who wanted to deliver a message about campaign finance reform to Congress.
In the deepest salvage operation in history, a British-led team has recovered a $50m (£34m; €47m) trove of coins that has lain on the seabed since the steamship carrying them from Bombay to England was sunk in 1942.
A fun way to use machine translation services is to start with a text, translate it in a different language and then translate the result in the original language. Translation Party extends this idea by repeating the translation until the text is no longer modified.
The city centre is set to become the second largest pedestrian precinct in Europe. The exact date of the operation will be announced next week. In order to allow this to proceed smoothly many changes are needed. At present work is underway on footpaths and on the rerouting of buses.
They told officials that the boat capsized when many migrants moved to one side as a rescue ship approached. Monday's sinking is among the worst migrant tragedies in the Mediterranean...
Can Christianity survive, in the face of persecution and conflict, in the region of its birth? The BBC's Jane Corbin travelled across the Middle East - through Iraq and Syria - to investigate the plight of Christians, as hundreds of thousands flee Islamic militancy in the region...
The female gray whale made a round trip of 22,500 km (14,000 miles) from the east coast of Russia to breeding grounds off Mexico and back. The study, published in Biology Letters, raises questions about the whale's conservation status...
Chinese vehicle maker Ninebot has bought iconic US rival Segway, the company announced on Wednesday. The Beijing-based firm did not disclose the amount of the acquisition, but did say that it received $80m (£54m) in funding from smartphone maker Xiaomi and investment firm Sequoia Capital.
Nokia says it has agreed to buy smaller French rival Alcatel-Lucent in a €15.6bn (£11.2bn) takeover deal. Under the all-share deal, Alcatel-Lucent shareholders will own 33.5% of the new combined firm, and Nokia shareholders 66.5%.
The remains of nearly 400 US servicemen killed at Pearl Harbor are to be exhumed so they may be identified and given individual burials, the US says. The sailors and Marines were aboard the battleship USS Oklahoma when it was struck by Japanese torpedoes in 1941.
The European Union has filed a complaint against Google over its alleged anti-competitive behaviour. The competition commissioner said she had issued a "statement of objection", stating that the firm's promotion of its own shopping links amounted to an abuse of its dominance in search...

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