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  • Victim of a 430,000-year-old murder

    Victim of a 430,000-year-old murder

    It is the ultimate cold case file - a death 430,000 years ago that may be the first confirmed murder in human history. Scientists used modern forensic techniques to determine the victim was probably killed by two blows to the head before being...

  • Judge hears chimpanzee rights case

    Judge hears chimpanzee rights case

    A New York City judge has heard arguments over the rights of two chimpanzees that advocates hope to free from a state university where they are kept. Manhattan Supreme Court judge Barbara Jaffe did not make a ruling on Leo and Hercules' fate. But...

  • US couple welcome 100th grandchild

    An Illinois couple have celebrated the birth of their 100th grandchild. Leo and Ruth Zanger, from Quincy, have 53 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. The birth of great-grandson Jaxton Leo on April 8 made the...

  • Hong Kong says Hello to a Hello Kitty-themed restaurant

    Hong Kong says Hello to a Hello Kitty-themed restaurant

      The first Chinese cuisine Hello Kitty-themed restaurant had opened in Hong Kong, with fans queuing to sample a meal.    The famous Japanese cartoon cat is a theme for restaurants throughout the world. But owner Man Kwong says his Hello Kitty...

  • Big bucks for composers' hair strands

    Strands of hair belonging to two master composers are expected to fetch at least £12,000 when they go under the auctioneer's hammer in the UK. A lock of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's fair hair has been valued at an estimated £10,000 by Sotheby's...

  • Thousands roar into Washington DC for annual Rolling Thunder

    Thousands roar into Washington DC for annual Rolling Thunder

    Thousands of motorcyclists roared into Washington DC for the annual Rolling Thunder run aimed at raising awareness for service members who were prisoners of war or missing in action in Vietnam. The riders drove in from all across the country, many...

  • Interview training for Hong Kong toddlers

    Interview training for Hong Kong toddlers

    Hong Kong's parents send their toddlers to interview classes, in a bid to beat fierce competition for a seat in a good kindergarten. Yiming Woo reports.

  • Animals scrubbed clean after US oil spill

    Animals scrubbed clean after US oil spill

    Pelicans and sea lions covered in oil are examined and scrubbed clean following a large oil spill along the coast of southern California. Yiming Woo reports.

  • German woman, 65, 'has quadruplets'

    A 65-year-old teacher from Berlin has given birth to quadruplets, according to German media reports. Television station RTL says the three boys and a girl were born by caesarean section at a Berlin hospital on Tuesday. RTL said in a statement that...

  • Giant kangaroo moves into Brisbane suburb in Australia

    Giant kangaroo moves into Brisbane suburb in Australia

    Residents of a suburb of Brisbane in Australia say they are getting used to seeing a two metre tall kangaroo that has moved into the area, local media reported. The big buck, thought to weight in at around 95kg is regularly seen in Northlake...

  • Sweet 116

    Sweet 116

      Jeralean Talley, the world's oldest-known living person, is gearing up to celebrate her 116th birthday today. Her family plans to take her out to dinner -- and indulge a shared sweet tooth with birthday cake. Earlier this year at her home in a...

  • Dunkirk's 'Little Ships' return to France for 75th anniversary

    Dunkirk's 'Little Ships' return to France for 75th anniversary

    A flotilla of small boats arrived in Dunkirk 75 years on from their first cross-Channel voyage to rescue thousands of allied troops from the beaches of northern France in the early days of the Second World War. Some 50 vessels took part in the...

  • Computer games collection on show

    The world's largest collection of playable computer games has gone on display covering five decades of gaming technology. Game On 2.0 will take fans on a gaming journey from retro consoles and arcade games to the very latest developments in...

  • Argentine court weighs whether an orangutan can be moved to a sanctuary

    Argentine court weighs whether an orangutan can be moved to a sanctuary

      A court in Argentina is set to decide if Sandra, a 29-year-old orangutan legally recognised as a "non-human person," should be released from the Buenos Aires zoo to live the rest of her life in freedom.   Last December, another court granted the...

  • Stones wow fans with surprise Hollywood show

    Stones wow fans with surprise Hollywood show

    A surprise Rolling Stones concert leaves 1,200 lucky fans thoroughly satisfied. Julie Noce reports.

  • World Turtle Day: Queensland's turtle preservation programmes now tourist attraction

    World Turtle Day: Queensland's turtle preservation programmes now tourist attraction

    Visitors to Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef can get up close and personal with six of the world’s seven species of marine turtle and be part of their preservation.

  • Guns and butter as Bolivia's troops called in to bake during strike

    Guns and butter as Bolivia's troops called in to bake during strike

    Barracks become makeshift bakeries in Bolivia as soldiers step in to produce thousands of bread rolls after bakers in La Paz go on strike. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.  

  • Australian koalas welcome visitors in Singapore zoo

    Australian koalas welcome visitors in Singapore zoo

    Four koalas on loan to Singapore by the Australian government moved into their new home at the city's zoo. Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop opened the new exhibit alongside her Singapore counterpart K. Shanmugam. The marsupials...

  • Cannes carpeted over heels policy

    Cannes carpeted over heels policy

    The Cannes Film Festival has come under scrutiny for its policy of only allowing women dressed in high heels to walk on the red carpet for its formal premieres. Many are criticising the festival after Screen International reported that several...

  • Why do men exist? Scientific study offers an explanation

    Why do men exist? Scientific study offers an explanation

    Since in many species, sperm is males' only contribution to reproduction, biologists have long puzzled about why evolutionary selection, known for its ruthless efficiency, allows them to exist. Now British scientists have an explanation: Males are...

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