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Scientists think they can now explain the discovery of a graveyard of fossil whales in Chile that accumulated more than five million years ago.
US Secretary of State John Kerry says Ukraine is not caught in a battle between East and West, as tensions rise in mainly-Russian speaking areas.
The scale of ancient woodland being lost to development in Britain is being made worse because of a lack of accurate data, say campaigners.
Doctors have devised a new way to treat amputees with phantom limb pain.
Mexican courts order the drug baron Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman to remain in prison awaiting trial on new organised crime charges.
Are most new technology products just fashion items?
Why Somalia's Islamist fighters keep biting back
My tape recorder revolution that rocked a superpower
What has the European Parliament ever done for us?
Five of the strangest online communities
For the likes of Michael McIntyre, Russell Brand and Micky Flanagan a stand-up tour can be lucrative affair, but at the other end of the spectrum there are many hard gigging comedians struggling to make a living.
Spending on flood risk management should be substantially increased in next month's Budget, urges a leading engineering organisation.
Manager David Moyes accepts responsibility for Manchester United's Champions League last-16 first-leg defeat by Olympiakos.
An area of Los Angeles was brought to a standstill on Tuesday, after a vehicle crashed into a fire hydrant, causing it to burst open.
The obesity rate among young US children fell by 43% since 2003-2004, the first broad decline in years, according to a new study.
Former Australian leader Julia Gillard on sexism and politics
The BBC's Mark Gregory tries out Seene, an app that can create 3D images without the need for a special camera.
Sports giant Adidas says it is suspending the sale World Cup t-shirts after Brazil's authorities complained they sexualised the country's image.
The BBC's Nick Childs gets access to Nato's latest addition to its defence against ballistic missile attacks.
A German cartoonist who depicted Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg as a hook-nosed octopus apologises for causing offence.