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Blurred Lines dispute to go to trial 
  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:43:07 GMT 
    A US judge rules the long-running dispute between Marvin Gaye's family, Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams over claims of plagiarism should go to trial.


Dench and Watson honoured in LA 
  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:57:08 GMT 
    Actors Dame Judi Dench, Emma Watson and Robert Downey Junior are among the stars honoured at the Britannia Awards hosted by Bafta in LA.


Newt flesh fungus 'brought by pets' 
  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:00:27 GMT 
    A skin-eating fungus threatens salamanders and newts across Europe, and probably arrived on pet amphibians imported from Asia.


Rockets 'destroy chemical weapons' 
  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:22:15 GMT 
    A team has developed micro-sized rockets, powered by seawater, that can neutralise chemical and biological weapons.


Ebola cases 'slowing in Liberia' 
  Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:40:11 GMT 
    The WHO says Liberia, the country hardest hit in the Ebola outbreak, has seen a decline in infections, but warns the crisis is far from over.


Google developing a cancer detector 
  Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:35:15 GMT 
    Google is attempting to diagnose cancers, heart attack risks and other ailments with a system that combines nanoparticles and a wrist-worn sensor.


Costa set to make Chelsea return 
  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:03:04 GMT 
    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho confirms striker Diego Costa will be available for Saturday's Premier League game with QPR.


Hamilton critical of double points 
  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:08:58 GMT 
    Lewis Hamilton says it would "suck" if he lost the world title as a result of the controversial final-race double points rule.


Can you cheat your way to fitness? 
  Wed, 29 Oct 2014 01:41:01 GMT 
    Not everyone can get to the gym - but is it really possible to stay fit through everyday household activity?


The Swiss children used as cheap farm labour 
  Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:37:25 GMT 
    Thousands of people in Switzerland who were forced into child labour are demanding compensation for their stolen childhoods.


Cows to keep Kenyan girls in school 
  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:18:27 GMT 
    Nine cows will be offered to fathers in areas of northern Kenya to ensure their daughters finish their education, a county governor says.


Three held over India bank heist 
  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:56:58 GMT 
    Police in India say they have arrested three people who they suspect robbed a bank by digging a 125-foot (40-metre) tunnel straight into the vault.


French radio station catches fire 
  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:08:49 GMT 
    A major fire forces the evacuation of the French national radio building in Paris but there are no immediate reports of casualties.


Colombian Farc in civilian admission 
  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:43:07 GMT 
    Colombia's Farc rebel group acknowledges for the first time that its actions in Latin America's longest internal conflict "affected civilians".


Mass graves found in western Iraq 
  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:29:32 GMT 
    Scores of bodies of Sunni Muslim tribesmen apparently killed by Islamic State militants are found in mass graves in western Iraq.
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