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The body of Robert Mugabe has left Singapore on a private flight destined for his home country of Zimbabwe. The former president had been receiving hospital treatment in the city state before he died last week aged 95. Mugabe was Zimbabwe's first leader after independence from Britain in 1980. He held on to power for almost four decades before being ousted...
Scientists have discovered the earliest direct evidence of milk consumption by humans. The team identified milk protein entombed in dental plaque on the teeth of prehistoric farmers from Britain. It shows that humans were consuming dairy products as early as 6,000 years ago - despite being lactose intolerant. This could suggest they processed the raw milk into cheese, yoghurt or some other...
A group of 50 states and territories in the US have launched an investigation into Google's dominance of the online advertising market. The coalition warned that the search giant may be threatening competition and consumers. They also raised concerns over the way Google ranks its search results and protects users' personal data. The action adds to a mounting number of probes of...
Supercooling human livers to -4C triples the time they can be kept before transplant compared with putting them on ice, US researchers say. It slows the metabolic rate to prevent damage, Nature Biotechnology reports. It means organs can be kept viable for more than a day, which researchers say could revolutionise organ transplants. The next step will be assessing how long supercooled organs function...
The US Coast Guard has rescued four crew members who became trapped on Sunday when a cargo ship capsized off the coast of the state of Georgia. The Golden Ray, which was carrying thousands of vehicles, overturned early on Sunday morning after leaving the port of Brunswick. Authorities only managed to save 20 of the crew before fire forced them back. On...
Mark Sanford, a former South Carolina governor, has become the latest Republican to challenge President Trump in the party's primary contest. "I'm here to tell you now that I am going to get in," Mr Sanford, a long-time Trump critic, said in an interview announcing his candidacy. He is the third person to challenge Mr Trump for the nomination. It is seen...
A tanker suspected of trying to deliver Iranian oil to Syria in defiance of international sanctions has now sold its cargo, Iran says. Satellite images appeared to show the vessel, the Adrian Darya-1, off the coast of Syria on Friday. But an Iranian foreign ministry spokesman would only say the ship had delivered its cargo after docking "on the Mediterranean coast". The...
A mystery illness has killed a number of dogs in Norway over the past few days, officials say. The Norwegian Food Safety Authority said up to 40 dogs had fallen ill with vomiting and diarrhoea, and several later died. The first cases were in the capital Oslo, and others have since been reported in at least 13 other towns. The Veterinary Institute...
Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe's first post-independence leader, has died at the age of 95. He died after battling ill health, his family confirmed to the BBC. Mr Mugabe was ousted from power in a military coup in November 2017, ending his three-decade reign. Zimbabwe's education secretary Fadzayi Mahere tweeted: "Rest In Peace, Robert Mugabe." He was born on 21 February 1924, in what was...
A rare two-headed baby timber rattlesnake has been found in a forest in the US state of New Jersey. The reptile, named Double Dave, was spotted last month and taken by an environmental group. Joined at the body, the baby venomous snake has two fully-formed heads, four eyes and two flickering tongues - which work independently of each other. "It would be...

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