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New research suggests many dinosaurs were covered with 'chick-like' feathers

Many dinosaurs were ‘fluffy like a chick’, new research suggest

Discovery has potential to drastically change image of the mighty creatures

Thousands gathered in London in support of Gaza for a second weekend running

45,000 gather in London to protest Israeli action in Gaza

Organisers and demonstrators also calling on UK government to impose an immediate arms embargo on Israel

Tesco has been accused of attempting to be 'everything to everybody'

Councils want 'Tesco tax' on big supermarkets

Councils claim supermarkets damage the sustainability of communities and the tax would mean more spending was retained locally

A rub on the tummy sprang Casey back to life

Dog faints from 'overwhelming joy' upon reuniting with owner after two years

Video shows Casey the schnauzer collapsing after becoming over excited

A health specialist prepares for work in an isolation ward for patients at the Doctors Without Borders facility in southern Guinea.

Ebola virus spreads to Nigeria by plane as Sierra Leone hunts kidnapped patient

Ebola, one of the world's most deadly and contagious diseases, has killed more than 660 people across West Africa

Nasa photo of Titan's north polar sea Ligeia Mare captured by the Cassini probe

'Magic island' appears out of nowhere on Titan, Saturn's biggest moon, then quickly disappears

Scientists are baffled by images of planet-like Titan’s second largest sea, which appear to show an island materialise then disappear

Barack and Michelle Obama with their daughters Malia and Sasha

Obamas say daughters will work minimum wage jobs

Barack and Michelle Obama say they want their daughters to experience what life is like for most ordinary people

Benjamin LaMontagne (right), plays music with a close friend

Flesh-eating bacteria kills teen following routine wisdom teeth extraction

Talented musician contracted rare flesh-eating bacteria which ravages muscles, fat and skin tissue following the procedure

Women in India protest against rape and other attacks on women and girls in the country. The case in Pakistan echoes a similar murder in India last month, where violence against women has been much more widely debated over the last year

20-year-old woman gang-raped, killed and hanged from a tree in Pakistan: Three arrested

Muzammil Bibi, was attacked in a field in an impoverished area of Punjab, in a case which echoes that of a double rape and murder in India last month

Russell Brand wore a t-shirt which read: 'Firefighters rescue people not bankers'

Russell Brand calls for 'peaceful, effortless, joyful revolution' (again) during People's Assembly march

Comedian who has publicised his refusal to vote or engage with the political system was speaking at 50,000 strong march against austerity

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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'