Buy-to-let surge 'raising house prices'

Surveyors are witnessing a surge of demand from buy-to-let investors which they expect to push up house prices.

Plans 'to encourage' early guilty pleas

All criminals who plead guilty at the earliest opportunity could have their sentences cut by a third, under new plans in England and Wales.
Health & Fitness

VIDEO: What options are open to junior doctors?

Christian Fraser examines the options open to junior doctors who are striking over pay and conditions.

VIDEO: Syrian rebels: 'The West has abandoned us'

A senior Syrian rebel commander inside Aleppo tells the BBC that his fighters felt abandoned by countries such as Britain and the United States.
Health & Fitness

Zika virus found in the brain of an aborted fetus diagnosed with microcephaly

Doctors in Slovenia found high levels of Zika virus in the brain tissue of a fetus during autopsy. The mother caught Zika while in Brazil and opted for a termination after scans revealed her baby was suffering microcephaly.

'Mourinho is perfect for Man Utd'

Jose Mourinho is the "perfect man" to help Man Utd compete with Pep Guardiola's Man City, says ex-Porto striker Benni McCarthy.
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Dassault Systèmes hopes to create replica of patient’s organs to test medicine on

One digital heart is paving the way for the future of medicine. A French company called Dassault Systèmes is working to create ‘digital twins,’ digitally replicated organs to test medical procedures.

VIDEO: Wheelie bin artist becomes online hit

The work of a former motor trader-turned-wheelie bin graffiti artist proves a hit online.

US worried over 'Rwanda's Burundi role'

The US raises concerns with Rwandan officials over reports suggesting it is involved in "destabilising activities" in neighbouring Burundi.
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Cotton candy machines could help create ORGANS

Leon Bellan, a scientist at Vanderbilt University, says his modified cotton candy machine was able to create a capillary system that kept cells alive for more than a week.

Women flee Australia 'murder attempt'

An Australian man is charged over the alleged kidnapping and attempted murder of two female backpackers on a beach south of Adelaide.
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Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg slams India anti-colonialism tweet by Marc Andreessen

Marc Andreessen, a prominent venture capitalist and Facebook board director, apologized for tweets that condemned the Indian government for banning Facebook's free service.
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Robin Goodfellow's Racing Tips: All the best bets for Thursday, February 11

Sportsmail racing expert Robin Goodfellow gives his hottest selections ahead of Thursday's races at Doncaster, Huntingdon and Chelmsford City.
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Craig Hignett named new Hartlepool boss after Ronnie Moore axed by League Two strugglers

Hartlepool have appointed Craig Hignett as their new manager following the departure of Ronnie Moore. The ex-Middlesbrough midfielder had a brief stint at Victoria Park in 2007.

Peterborough 1-1 West Brom (3-4 pens)

Premier League West Brom scrape past League One Peterborough on penalties to win their FA Cup fourth-round replay.
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MARKET REPORT: Hikma Pharmaceuticals hurt by takeover fallout as it cuts offer price for Roxane

Hikma announced it was slicing £369million off its offer price for Roxane and added that it expects lower revenues from its acquisition target.

VIDEO: Angol misses crucial penalty for Posh

Lee Angol misses Peterborough's fifth penalty in the shoot-out to put West Brom through to the fifth round of the FA Cup.
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Osborne's pension ISA would be a 'reckless gamble', warns Royal London boss

Royal London chief executive Phil Loney aired fears that George Osborne will ‘tamper’ with the pensions system in the Budget on March 16 to balance the books.
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Dunelm Mill, a family-run business which started life as a curtain stall in a Leicester market announced plans today to float on the stock market in a move set to value the business at up to £400 million. Jean Adderley, one of the founders of Dunelm Mill, which has grown to a home furnishings empire of 82 budget homeware stores, is to cash in a 30% stake in the business, netting her around £120 million.

John Lewis customers hunting for cheaper products boost Dunelm

The John Lewis competitor reported a 10.3 per cent leap in total revenues to £448million and same-store sales up 4.6 per cent to £405million from £387million a year earlier.

'Strongest evidence' of Zika effect

One of the US's most senior public health officials reveals the "strongest evidence to date" of the effect on babies of the mosquito-borne Zika virus.
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Peterborough United 1-1 West Bromwich Albion (AET 3-4 pens): Ben Foster the Baggies penalty hero after thriller at London Road

MATT BARLOW: Premier League side West Bromwich Albion beat League One outfit Peterborough United 4-3 on penalties in their FA Cup fourth round replay.
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Twitter tanks as social network reveals user numbers have STALLED

Twitter has revealed its user growth stalled in the fourth quarter - the first flat quarter sequentially since the company listed in 2013. Shares fell 6.6 percent in after-hours trading.
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Are Hermes shoppers about to tighten their belts? Luxury fashion label sees sales rise but warns of weaker demand to come

The company behind silk scarves and £8,000 Birkin handbags reported an 8.1 per cent rise in full-year sales – making it one of the bestperforming companies in the luxury goods sector.
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Arcaboard will sell for $14,900 in April and will only fly for six minutes

The firm behind the board has cut its price by $5,000 - and revealed it will go on sale in April. The design can hold up to 243 lbs and flies a foot above the ground - at a price.
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The tower was designed by Sir Norman Foster's team of architects. Construction began in 1999 and was completed in 2002. There are 45 floors in the 200 metres (656 ft) high tower, the joint third tallest in the United Kingdom with the Citigroup Centre.

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HSBC sued by Mexico drug cartel victims for allowing cartels to launder billions of dollars

The class-action lawsuit has been filed in a federal court in Brownsville, Texas, close to the Mexican border. The size of the claim has not yet been revealed.
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JAMES ASHTON: Will outgoing Waitrose boss Mark Price manage to boost exports as new trade minister?

Mark, soon to be Lord Price, will become the sixth incumbent in seven years when he swaps Waitrose for the robes of office in April.

Chris Christie ends White House bid

Republican Chris Christie drops out of the US presidential race after a disappointing finish in New Hampshire.

Valencia 1-1 Barcelona (agg 1-8): Wilfrid Kaptoum scores late equaliser for Luis Enrique's weakened side as pressure continues to mount on under-fire Gary Neville

Valencia fans left one end of the Mestalla half-empty on Wednesday night in protest at the club’s 7-0 capitulation against Barcelona last week but Gary Neville’s side so nearly made them sorry.
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So much for the March of the Makers! Manufacturing suffers its worst slump in 3 years

Industrial output in the UK is still 9.8 per cent below the pre-crisis peak reached eight years ago – leaving the economy worryingly reliant on the services sector for growth.
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This December 3, 2015 file photo shows Chair of the US Federal Reserve Janet Yellen as she testifies before a Joint Economic Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The US Federal Reserve is widely expected to finally push interest rates up after seven years at the zero level when it opens a two-day policy meeting on December 15, 2015.The break, well-flagged by Fed officials including Chair Janet Yellen, would signify leaving behind the extraordinary crisis stance in monetary policy that aimed to restore the US economy's strength after the financial crisis and deep recession of 2008-2009.AFP PHOTO/NICHOLAS KAMM NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images

Global turmoil will hurt the US economic recovery, says Fed chairman Janet Yellen

Janet Yellen, arguably the most powerful woman in the world, told Congress that the ‘economic outlook is uncertain’ amid a slowdown in China and volatility on financial markets.
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CEO of Business Growth Fund in his office in Westminster.
Stephen is also part of the magic circle so is pictured performing a card trick as well.

Business Growth Fund boss Stephen Welton on why he gave up millions to invest in scented candles

Welton, a member of the Magic Circle who spent years at Barclays’ private equity arm, insists that the organisation he heads today has no nasty surprises concealed up its sleeve.
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BP predicts oil will peak again at $100 as it expects energy consumption to rise

BP chief executive Bob Dudley, said he expects energy consumption to be ‘up about a third on today – that’s like adding two more USAs to present consumption’.
Health & Fitness

Doctors reject 'final' contract offer

Junior doctors' leaders have rejected a "final take-it-or-leave-it" offer made by the government in the contract dispute in England.

Twitter hit by slowing growth in users

Shares of Twitter fall in after-hours trading as the companies earnings announcement shows growth faltering.

Ross County 0-3 Heart of Midlothian

Hearts move 11 points clear of Ross County in third place in the Premiership with three second half goals in Dingwall.
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Bochum 0-3 Bayern Munich: Robert Lewandowski stars once again as Pep Guardiola's side book semi-final spot against 10-man hosts

Bayern Munich eased into the German Cup semi-finals with victory over 10-man VfL Bochum on Wednesday with Robert Lewandowski scoring twice to keep their treble hopes on track.
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US to study Zika virus link to Guillain-Barre in Puerto Rico

A team of CDC scientists are traveling to Puerto Rico to investigate the links between Zika and Guillain-Barre syndrome, a disorder where the body's immune system attacks the nervous system.

VIDEO: Fletcher smashes home equaliser

Captain Darren Fletcher smashes in an equaliser for West Brom against Peterborough in their FA Cup fourth-round replay at the ABAX Stadium.
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Emmanuel Eboue training with Sunderland as former Arsenal defender finds himself without a club after leaving Galatasaray

Former Arsenal right-back Emmanuel Eboue is training with Sunderland. The 32-year-old has been without a club since the summer, when his contract with Turkish giants Galatasaray expired.
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'Smart' drug in development to tackle resistant strain of malaria

Scientists in Cambridge, California and Melborne have developed a drug targeting the mosquito-borne malaria parasite's waste disposal system - as it becomes more resistant to common antimalarial medication.

VIDEO: Taylor gives Posh shock lead

Jon Taylor fires a left-foot shot past Ben Foster to give Peterborough a surprise 1-0 lead against West Brom in their FA Cup fourth-round replay at the ABAX Stadium.
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America now has a record breaking 260,000 robots working in its factories 

Last year, robots were ordered and shipped into North America at a record-breaking rate. There are now an estimated 260,000 robots working in factories across the continent
Science & Technology

Data Cocktail creates personalised drinks based on your tweets

Data Cocktail is a Arduino-powered machine that creates drinks based on recent Twitter updates .It searches for the 5 latest tweets with keywords linked to colours and fills the glass accordingly.
Health & Fitness

Failing to exercise in your 30s and 40s is linked with dementia and early death

People with poor levels of physical fitness in their 30s and 40s were likely to have smaller brains two decades later, researchers from Boston University School of Medicine found.

'Longest living' transplant man dies

The world's longest-surviving heart transplant patient dies, 33 years after his life-saving operation.
Science & Technology

The maths of a hundred million LOCUSTS: Researchers reveal how giant swarms of insects fly can in perfect harmony

A team of British researchers has developed an algorithmic model to better understand how locusts behave, and it could be used to help curb their destructive migrations.

Arrested MPs will not have to be named

MPs who have been arrested will not automatically be identified in the Commons after MPs approved changes to its procedures.

Liverpool owners scrap £77 ticket

Liverpool's owners scrap their controversial £77 ticket and apologise for the "distress caused" by last week's pricing announcement.

Liverpool fans praise U-turn over ticket price hike by owners Fenway Sports Group

Liverpool supporters' groups have hailed the 'remarkable and unprecedented' move by the club's owners to reverse their decision on price increases.

Trump: I'd beat Clinton to White House

Republican Donald Trump says he would easily beat Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in a presidential contest for the White House after a convincing win in New Hampshire.
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IAAF loses Nestle sponsorship after doping scandal as brand says governing body 'could negatively impact our reputation' 

The IAAF has suffered a new blow after Nestle announced it has terminated its sponsorship of world athletics' governing body.
Science & Technology

Happy music tricks the brain into thinking colours are more vibrant

Professor Joydeep Bhattacharya, a psychologist at Goldsmiths, University of London, has shown that uplifting music makes us see the world differently.

Watkins leaves GB Olympic programme

Olympic gold medallist Anna Watkins pulls out of the British programme for this year's Games in Rio.
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Ana Ivanovic opens St. Petersburg campaign with victory as coach Nigel Sears returns courtside

Ivanovic was playing her first match since the third round of the Australian Open last month, when her British coach Sears collapsed in the stands of Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena.

Nestle ends IAAF sponsorship deal

Food and drink giant Nestle ends its sponsorship of the IAAF, as it fears the doping scandal engulfing the world athletics governing body could damage its reputation.

VIDEO: Victory for Trump and Sanders in primary

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders win decisively in the New Hampshire primary.

VIDEO: Bella the dog found 130 miles from home

A dog that went missing in Rothwell last year has been found more than 130 miles (210km) away in Bristol.

New York City stars Frank Lampard, Andrea Pirlo and David Villa unveil new away kit for 2016 MLS season under Patrick Vieira

New York City have unveiled their brand new away kit for the new 2016 MLS season as they prepare to embark on a new adventure under Patrick Vieira.
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Valencia 1-1 Barcelona LIVE score: Gary Neville hopes his side can restore pride with Spanish Cup semi-final win at the Mestalla

Gary Neville's Valencia were hammered 7-0 by Barcelona last week, now the teams meet again in the second leg of their Spanish Cup semi-final. Follow all the LIVE action here.
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Liverpool owners announce ticket price freeze for next season following fan protests at rising costs

Liverpool's owners have dramatically backtracked in the face of fans' protests and frozen ticket prices for next season as well as issuing an apology to supporters.
Science & Technology

Researchers create ready-to-eat pizza slices for soldier's ration's

Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center has developed a way to keep pizza fresh for three years. They created a series of 'barriers' that stop bacteria from forming on the pizza.
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Peterborough vs West Brom LIVE score: Posh hope to record biggest FA Cup fourth round upset

Peterborough United host West Bromwich Albion in their FA Cup replay hoping to record the biggest upset of the fourth round. Follow live coverage of the action from the ABAX Stadium with KIERAN GILL.
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WPI Robotics Team to Train Firefighting Humanoid Robot
WPI professor receives nearly $600,000 from the Office of Naval Research to develop motion planning for robot that will fight fires aboard Navy ships

Professor Dmitry Berenson (far right) with researchers (from left) Will Pryor, Yu-Chi Lin, and Andreas Orthey.Professor Dmitry Berenson (far right) with researchers (from left) Will Pryor, Yu-Chi Lin, and Andreas Orthey.
A Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) professor has received nearly $600,000 from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to develop motion planning algorithms for humanoid robots that are designed to fight fires aboard Navy ships.

With the award, Dmitry Berenson, PhD, assistant professor of computer science and robotics engineering at WPI, will develop software for a firefighting robot built by Virginia Tech engineering students. The project has also been supported by University of Pennsylvania and Carnegie Mellon University robotics teams. Dubbed SAFFiR (short for S

Navy reveals Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot

Humanoid robots may soon be joining the ranks of the U.S. Navy. A researcher at Worchester Polytechnic Institute awarded nearly $600,000 to develop an algorithm to improve firefighting robot.

N Korea executes army chief - reports

North Korea has executed its army chief of staff Ri Yong-gil, according to unconfirmed South Korean media reports.
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Rockhoppers penguins struggle to change their duties when rearing chicks

Biologists at Massey University in New Zealand studied the rigid parenting style of eastern rockhopper penguins (pictured) in New Zealand is leaving them vulnerable to food shortages.

PM says Scotland needs to move on deal

David Cameron writes to the Scottish government urging it to "move towards" his position on the fiscal framework for new devolved powers.

Bolton chairman Gartside dies aged 63

Phil Gartside, who has been Bolton Wanderers chairman for 16 years, dies of cancer at the age of 63.
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Victoria Pendleton to partner Pacha Du Polder on the racetrack for the first time as she steps up her Cheltenham Festival bid

Victoria Pendleton will take an important step in her quest to ride at the Cheltenham Festival when partnering her prospective mount Pacha Du Polder on a racetrack for the first time next week.
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Tennent’s lager to become first alcohol product in UK to display calorie information

Brewers Tennent Caledonian will put calorie information on its cans and bottles of lager from March in a move to 'educate drinkers and promote the responsible consumption of alcohol'.
Travel & Tourism

Reddit users reveal their worst experiences while flying

Reddit users shared their worst air travel experiences in popular thread. One man even wrote a poignant recollection of travelling during 9/11 in 2001.
Health & Fitness

Booze 'allows gut bacteria to engulf the liver, increasing the risk of disease'

Scientists from University of California, San Diego, revealed alcohol impairs the body's ability to keep microbes in check - breaking down barriers to allow bacteria to migrate into the liver.
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Arsene Wenger considers playing Gabriel in Arsenal defence to combat pace of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez for Leicester City

Arsene Wenger is agonising over his central defensive partnership ahead of Sunday’s title showdown against Leicester City. The Gunners were looking to recall Per Mertesacker.

Mark Dixie wrongly jailed for rape is freed after TWELVE YEARS

Romano van der Dussen's conviction for raping three women in Fuengirola in August 2003 was overturned today after British killer Mark Dixie, 44, admitted the crimes.
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Peace And Co to have minor operation to aid breathing in aftermath of Sandown loss

Peace And Co is to have a minor operation to hopefully aid his breathing in the aftermath of his defeat in last Saturday’s Contenders Hurdle at Sandown.

UK's EU membership talks 'fragile'

European Council president Donald Tusk clears his diary to focus on a tour of the EU to bolster the "fragile" deal over the UK's EU membership.
Science & Technology

Easy as do re mi! Mind-reading computer can help you learn music instruments faster

The computer, (pictured) named Brain Automated Chorales, or Bach, was developed by researchers at Tufts University in Massachusetts.

England can win World T20 - Cook

England can repeat their success of 2010 and win the World Twenty20, says Test captain Alastair Cook.
Health & Fitness

How Lyme disease is spread is revealed by unraveling tick's DNA

Scientists from Purdue University in Indiana found the genome of Lyme disease-spreading ticks is 'far more similar to mammals than insects' - and that the ticks' saliva allows them to feed off a host for days.
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Did the fear of GOD help ancient human societies spread?

Researchers from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver studied the link between a belief in wrathful gods (the goddess Kali is shown) and attitudes to strangers.
Health & Fitness

Chester woman whose weight dropped to SIX STONE turns her life around

Rebecca Smith, 23 from Chester, saw her weight plummet after she tried to get a 'beach body'. But after finding a personal trainer she found a love for bodybuilding and has won a bikini competition.

Justin Rose keen to get his season up and running at AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am as he teams up with popstar Justin Timberlake

Justin Rose, who is making his tournament debut, is looking forward to 'feeding off the energy' as he partners Justin Timberlake in the four-day celebrity event in California.

Tottenham gear up for Manchester City clash as Mauricio Pochettino's side bid to maintain Premier League title challenge

If Tottenham's players are feeling the pressure of chasing their first top flight title for more than 50 years, they were showing no sign of it during training on Wednesday.

Husband of guard on the run with Hassan Kiko fears they are going to Syria

Vasili Magdici, 25, has revealed how his wife, Angela Magdici became fascinated with Syria and started reading the Koran before helping her lover, Hassan Kiko (pictured) break out of jail.
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CM Punk forced to delay UFC debut as back surgery rules former WWE Champion out

Former WWE Champion CM punk has been forced to delay his UFC debut in order to undergo back surgery. Chicago-born CM punk will go under the knife in his home town on Wednesday.
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Time 'running out' for doctors deal

Time is running out to agree a deal with junior doctors in the long-running dispute, a key government negotiator is warning, as doctors in England take part in their second 24-hour strike.
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Dale Steyn in South Africa's World T20 squad if fast bowler can prove his fitness 

South Africa have named fast bowler Dale Steyn in their 15-man squad for the World Twenty20 in India next month, but will ask him to prove his fitness following a debilitating shoulder injury.

Turkey detains 34 people carrying explosives and suicide vests from Syria

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Edrogan today also hit back at UN demands he open Turkey's borders to Syrian refugees, saying he had shouldered the burden of the crisis since it began.
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Wales star Dan Biggar working day and night in bid to face Scotland after picking up ankle injury against Ireland

Fly-half Dan Biggar remains on the road to recovery ahead of Wales' RBS 6 Nations clash against Scotland this weekend. Biggar was arguably Wales' stand-out performer at the RWC.
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Bolton chairman Phil Gartside dies, aged 63, after 'short and brave battle' with cancer 

Long-standing Bolton chairman Phil Gartside has died at the age of 63, just three months since he stepped away from his duties at the club.
Health & Fitness

Expert reveals 5 common causes of erectile dysfunction

An expert at Texas A&M University said erectile dysfunction affects one in five men over the age of 60, but adds the condition does not have to be an inevitable part of growing older.

Trump turns notoriety into a win

The billionaire has shown in New Hampshire that he can turn publicity, controversy, even notoriety, into a winning margin of votes - indeed, a large winning margin.
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Room identical to Vincent Van Gogh's Bedroom in Arles is listed on Airbnb

The latest addition to Airbnb was added by The Art Institute of Chicago and has literally mimicked the 1888 Bedroom in Arles painting in every detail - including the bedside blue jug and the chairs.
Science & Technology

Elon Musk sees $3.3BN wiped off his fortune after Tesla and SolarCity struggle

The 44-year-old is now down $705 million on his 21 million shares of Solar City after the stock fell 32 per cent on Tuesday. Tesla Motors, stock lost 44 per cent over the past one-and-a-half years.
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Brit refused entry to Thailand after ripping out passport pages to use as toilet paper

Faye Wilson, 28, was left red-faced when she found herself being escorted home to Britain by a security guard after being turned back at the airport by Thai immigration officials.
Science & Technology

Robot solves Rubik's cube in less than a second, smashing the world record time

Called Sub1, the machine (pictured) has been captured on camera solving the cube in 0.887 seconds at the Cubikon store in Munich, Germany.
Science & Technology

People with names like David Attenborough tend to share a common ancestor

The study from the University of Leicester examine the Y chromosomes of 1,600, including Sir David Attenborough (pictured right with his late brother Richard).

Joey Barton helped convince me to make Marseille move says Steven Fletcher 

Joey Barton spent a season on loan at the club in the south of France in 2012-13 and recommended that the Sunderland striker make the move.
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Blac Chyna and Amber Rose show off curves at Trinidad carnival

The stars caught the eye once again as they headed to the infamous Trinidad Carnival on Tuesday afternoon.

Beaconsfield council builds 'WWI trenches' to stop travellers parking caravans

Residents in the Buckinghamshire market town of Beaconsfield claim the mounds of earth – which are up to 4ft high in places - are ‘ridiculous’ and an ‘eyesore’.