Chelyabinsk meteor tinted by ancient crashes

The meteor that blew up over southwestern Russia in February had survived long-ago collisions that blackened its surface, making it harder to spot, a scientist who studied its pieces said Wednesday.

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Delhi prepares for baton arrival

The Queen’s Baton Relay arrives at its first international destination today and it’s a city which, three years ago, had observers on the edge of their seats.

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Meerkats ‘pay rent’ to top female

Some subordinate female meerkats wet-nurse a dominant female’s offspring in exchange for not being evicted from the group, a study suggests.

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Cause célèbre?: Nobel Peace Prize: prestige, outrage and controversy

Since its inception, the Nobel Peace Prize has brought controversy. It is hardly fitting that the prize allotted to person or organisation that has done the most ‘for the holding and promotion of peace’ was started by the man who invented dynamite. And like Alfred Nobel himself, the Nobel Prize seems to hold the contradictions between the world as it ...

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Rise in council tax court summonses

Hundreds of thousands of people have been taken to court in England for non-payment of council tax as a result of the government’s benefit changes, the Labour Party says.

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Vitamin D ‘no effect’ on the healthy

Healthy adults do not need to take vitamin D supplements, suggests a study in The Lancet which found they had no beneficial effect on bone density, a sign of osteoporosis.

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‘Get flu vaccine this winter’ plea

People at most risk from flu this winter should make sure they get vaccinated against the virus, says Public Health England.

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Refugees ‘told to show they are gay’

Gay and lesbian people seeking asylum in the UK from persecution abroad are being ordered to “prove” their sexuality to immigration officers, MPs say.

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Handcuffs and Russian roulette: Hannah Anderson talks of captivity

Two months after a nationwide manhunt helped authorities track down kidnapped California teen Hannah Anderson, she’s revealing new details about her conversations with the man who allegedly held her hostage and killed her mother and brother.

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Yeti classic among Doctor Who haul

The discovery in Nigeria of nine lost episodes of 1960s Doctor Who includes the classic story The Web of Fear, in which Patrick Troughton’s Doctor battles robot yeti in the London underground.

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