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Google's self-driving car system could soon be given the same legal definition as a human driver, paving the way for vehicles without steering wheels or pedals...
Australia's Prime Minister has admitted government efforts to help improve the lives of indigenous Australians are not on track in key areas. Malcolm Turnbull tabled his first response to the annual Closing the Gap report in Parliament on Wednesday...
Biologists say they have solved the riddle of how a tiny bacterium senses light and moves towards it: the entire organism acts like an eyeball. In a single-celled pond slime, they observed how incoming rays are bent by the bug's spherical surface and focused in a spot on the far side of the cell...
An unlucky mouse came to a sticky end after trying to create a nest in a 155-year-old trap. The dead rodent was discovered by Ollie Douglas, assistant curator at the Museum of English Rural Life in Reading.
Flights from the UK to the US could take longer due to the changes in the climate, according to a new study. Global warming is likely to speed up the jet stream, say researchers, and slow down airplanes heading for the US.
Horses are able to discriminate between happy and angry human facial expressions, according to research. In an experiment using photographs of male human faces, scientists from the University of Sussex showed that domestic horses "responded negatively" to angry expressions...
Police in India's Haryana state say they will soon begin using slingshots to control violent protesters. Policemen are being trained to use the weapons, despite concerns over their safety for crowd control...
The man lost his temper when he was refused an advance to try to win back the $300 ($210) he had lost, Nairobi police chief Japheth Koome added. He left the building but returned with a dagger and stabbed the manager and a security guard, Mr Koome said.
Author and "earth skills" expert Claire Dunn explains why she scooped a kangaroo carcass off the road for the sake of fashion. On the Australia Day long weekend, I did something more traditionally Aussie than snags [sausages] on the barbie or sunburn on the beach. I tanned a kangaroo hide...
Officers were called to the London home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at 03:42 GMT but the man was pronounced dead at the scene. The force said it was contacted by a London hospital shortly after midnight after a patient failed to return.
At least nine people were killed and scores more injured, police say, after two passenger trains collided in the German state of Bavaria. The head-on crash happened near Bad Aibling, a spa town about 60km (37 miles) south-east of Munich.
Hunting whales is irrelevant to feeding Japan's population, draws global condemnation and is certainly not economic. So why does Japan still do it?...
Flotation tanks are dark, soundproof pods in which people float in warm water for hours at a time. They have been a niche interest of various new-age and hippy communities for decades, but in recent years the number of people using them in the UK has grown, writes Tom Ireland.
The widow of a former senior leader in the Islamic State (IS) group has been charged with conspiracy in the death of a US hostage, US authorities said. Kayla Mueller was abducted when working in Aleppo, Syria and died last year.
The North has said the Kwangmyongsong-4 is a communications satellite and that Sunday's launch was a complete success. But the move was internationally condemned as North Korea is banned under UN sanctions from using any ballistic missile technology...
An Indian soldier who was buried after an avalanche struck the Siachen glacier in Indian-administered Kashmir six days ago has been found alive. Lance Naik Hanamanthappa was buried under 8m of snow at a height of nearly 6,000m on the Siachen glacier along with nine other soldiers who all died.
Dutch police are training eagles to grab illegal drones out of the sky. In this video (which is in Dutch) an eagle is seen swooping towards a hovering drone, grabbing hold of the machine with its talons and flying off.
The Metropolitan Police says it is considering using eagles to intercept drones amid concerns the aircraft are increasingly used to commit crime. The force's interest in using the birds of prey follows trials in the Netherlands...
India's telecoms regulator has blocked Facebook's Free Basics internet service as part of a ruling in favour of net neutrality. The scheme offered free access to a limited number of websites...
Algeria has reinstated a two-term limit on its presidency, seven years after it was lifted so President Abdelaziz Bouteflika could run for a third term. The limit is part of a package of constitutional reforms that authorities say will strengthen democracy.

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