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Newly-discovered mushroom-shaped animals 'unclassifiable' in current tree of life

The two species have been named Dendrogramma enigmatica and Dendrogramma discoides

Sydney Morning Herald newspaper shocks with Comic Sans on front page

Sydney Morning Herald newspaper shocks readers with Comic Sans on front page

The comic book-style speech bubbles were deliberate, but that didn't stop a raft of mockery at the decision

Melbourne Demons player Dean Terlich

Melbourne Demons to take disciplinary action against Dean Terlich and Alex Giorgiou after they dress up as Rolf Harris and little girl

The 'Mad Monday' celebrations have once again caused controversy Down Under after the two appeared to joke at the disgraced children's entertainer

Kim Dotcom speaking in Auckland earlier this year

Kim Dotcom’s latest trick: shaking up New Zealand politics with his Internet Party

Exiled web tycoon’s Internet Party promises a digital revolution – but opponents claim he is buying influence to avoid extradition to the US

An armed officer stands in front of the crime scene in New Zealand

Homeless man ‘kills two New Zealand welfare workers’ after describing his benefit struggles in local paper

A homeless man has been arrested after two welfare workers were killed and a third critically injured in shooting

Papua New Guinea Mount Tavurvur volcano eruption sees international flights diverted

Authorities have evacuated communities close to Mount Tavurvur

A still from ITV's 'Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts' animation based on Quentin Blake's original illustrations

Aldi removes Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes from its Australian stores over the word ‘slut’

The late writer's fans are up in arms about the decision based on the occurrence of the word in the retelling of Cinderella

Missing Malaysian Airlines MH370: Plane search area changed as new details of satellite phone call revealed

Officials say Malaysian Boeing 777 may have turned south earlier than previously thought

Clive Palmer has apologised for calling Chinese people 'mongrels'

Australian politician Clive Palmer apologises over comments referring to Chinese 'mongrels'

His apology comes a week after his appearance on Australia's ABC network

A light aircraft, similar to the one safely landed, sitting on a runway in Australia

Australian pilot praised for emergency landing after fighting off 82-year-old missionary

The OAP attempted to seize control, turning off engine mid-flight and forcing the 23-year-old pilot to make emergency landing

Tasmanian farmers Peter and Netty Hazell believe Shaun could be the world's woolliest sheep

'World's woolliest' sheep Shaun found in Australia after six years on the run from shearers

The Merino ram has 20kg of fleece and can barely see for wool over his eyes

Thousands of Rohingya are suffering in Southeast Asia's refugee crisis

20,000 people have risked lives crossing the Indian Ocean this year, says UN report

Tens of thousands of people are braving the Southeast Asian seas, many of whom are fleeing the inter-communal violence in Burma

Cardinal Pell has provoked the ire of Australian truckers after placing them within an analogy about child abuse within the Catholic Church

Australian Cardinal George Pell offends truckers with sex abuse analogy

Cardinal Pell, who is now the Vatican's financial controller, was speaking to an Australian commission examining institutional responses to abuse allegations

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said an Imam called him the captain of team Australia

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says Imam called him 'captain of Team Australia'

His comments came after senior members of the Muslim community boycotted meetings with the Prime Minister

The saltwater crocodile dubbed Michael Jackson pictured in the Adelaide River

Man killed by Australian crocodile known as Michael Jackson by locals

The predator was shot and killed after the 57-year-old was taken

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Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel are bringing Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street to the London Coliseum
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Returning to the stage after 20 years makes actress feel 'nauseous'

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Home body: Badger stays safe indoors
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The programme sees four specialists creating what they believe are three perfect couples, based on scientific matchmaking. The couples will not meet until they walk down the aisle together
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US pop diva Jennifer Lopez sang “Happy Birthday” to Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, president of Turkmenistan
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You've been framed: Henri Matisse's colourful cut-outs at Tate Modern
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While many films were released, few managed to match the success of James Bond blockbuster 'Skyfall'
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The Guildhall School of Music and Drama is to offer a BA degree in Performance and Creative Enterprise
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Top conservatoire offers ‘groundbreaking’ arts degree

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Mikel Arteta pictured during Borussia Dortmund vs Arsenal
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Yes supporters gather outside the Usher Hall, which is hosting a Night for Scotland in Edinburgh
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Pulp-fiction lover: Jarvis Cocker
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Robin Thicke and Pharell Williams in the video of the song, which has been accused of justifying rape
music...and he had 'almost no part' in writing it
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The findings suggest that some of the genetic factors which influence birth size may play a part in influencing an infant’s mental development
health...while smaller babies have greater schizophrenia risk, study claims
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techCriminals now targeting e-readers
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Steven Gerrard celebrates after his late winner
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A plane flies close to the eruption of the Icelandic volcano
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Matt Damon as Jason Bourne in The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
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Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
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His life, the universe and everything

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These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
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Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

Exclusive extract from Janis Winehouse's poignant new memoir
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The Imitation Game, film review
England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Pictures removed from public view as courts decide ownership
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‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

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