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Sensors to prevent pain for amputees  Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:41:59 GMT
Researchers have developed a new type of pressure sensor - dubbed a "second skin" - which they say could prevent dangerous sores. 
Mourinho 'congratulates' referee Dean  Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:24:06 GMT
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho 'congratulates' Mike Dean after the Blues' title bid was dented by a loss to Sunderland. 
How 420 became code for marijuana  Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:22:46 GMT
The number 420 has become a popular code for marijuana. Where does the term come from and why did it catch on, asks Aidan Lewis. 
The spooky world of the 'numbers stations'  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:27:32 GMT
This is the era of hyper-tech espionage, encrypted emails and mindboggling cryptography. But you can hear a very old-fashioned form of espionage on shortwave radio. 
Nigeria teacher in seized girls plea  Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:26:13 GMT
The headmistress of a school in Nigeria calls on the government to do more to save teenage girls abducted by suspected Islamist militants. 
William and Kate at Easter service  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:21:18 GMT
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend an Easter Sunday church service in Sydney and take Prince George to the zoo as part of their overseas tour. 
Top aide to French president resigns  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:51:40 GMT
A close aide to French President Francois Hollande resigns following allegations he had a conflict of interest in a previous post. 
Mexico shaken by powerful earthquake  Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:44:18 GMT
A 7.2-magnitude earthquake hits states in south and west Mexico, shaking buildings in the capital, but there are no reports of casualties or damage. 
Egypt left-winger to challenge Sisi  Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:22:12 GMT
Egyptian left-winger Hamdeen Sabahi submits his official bid to run for president, the only challenger so far to ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. 
US 'delays' Keystone XL decision  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:20:31 GMT
The US state department gives federal agencies more time to review the Keystone XL oil pipeline before determining whether to issue a permit. 
Quango chair resigns over bankruptcy  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 03:24:57 GMT
A businessman appointed by the prime minister to head a multibillion-pound quango steps down after it was revealed that he was bankrupt. 
Charities chief warns of extremism  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 01:25:05 GMT
Islamic extremism is the "most deadly" threat to charities in England and Wales, says William Shawcross, chairman of the Charity Commission. 
Archbishop to highlight suffering  Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:07:26 GMT
The Archbishop of Canterbury is to highlight the suffering of people in conflicts around the world during his Easter Sunday sermon. 
Garden centres 'want' Easter choice  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 09:31:09 GMT
The government is urged to end restrictions that prevent many garden centres in England and Wales from opening on Easter Sunday. 
Day in pictures: 16 April 2014  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:54:07 GMT
News photos from past 24 hours: 16 April