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North Korea conducts live-fire drills along disputed inter-Korean western maritime border

The drills immediately invited a stern rebuke from South Korea who warned that they would 'respond with counter fire'

Cinecittà studios: Google Doodle marks 77th anniversary of 'The Dream Factory'

The sprawling Cinecittà film studio in Rome is perhaps most famous for its association with the flamboyant director Federico Fellini

Sheffield house fire: Three generations of the same family, including a newborn baby girl, are killed in 'tragedy beyond description'

Ishfaq Hussain Kayani, spokesman for the family, described the deaths as a 'tragedy beyond description'

Over half of Americans have difficulty believing the Big Bang created the universe

The Associated Press-GfK poll sought to establish the confidence that 1,012 adults have in various established scientific theories

Victoria Coren Mitchell makes poker history by becoming first ever two-time winner of the European Poker Tour scooping £400k prize

Coren Mitchell went all in to scoop the nearly £400,000 prize in the latest season of the tournament in Sanremo, Italy

With the Colorado state capitol building visible in the background, partygoers dance and smoke pot on the first of two days at the annual 4/20 marijuana festival in Denver

420 festival: Marijuana fans gather in 4/20 events in Colorado, Washington state and the UK

Voters in both Colorado and Washington state voted allowing personal possession and use of marijuana by anyone aged 21 or older

Google Doodle celebrates Charlotte Brontë's birthday with scene from Jane Eyre

English novelist, poet and the eldest of the three Bronte sisters who lived into adulthood, has been celebrated with a Google Doodle

Man charged with causing 'life-changing injuries' after woman attacked with cleaning fluid

A man has been charged with causing 'life-changing injuries', after a 19-year-old woman was attacked with cleaning fluid.

David Cameron stung by jellyfish: PM hurt after ignoring advice of locals while on holiday

One expat remarked that traditional cure for a jellyfish sting is to urinate on it. But a Downing Street source said it had not not required treatment

Almost 40m gallons of drinking water discarded – because a man urinated in it

Three teenagers were apprehended by police and the 50-million-gallon reservoir was taken offline for testing

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