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London-based company focused on “cutting edge artificial intelligence" could supply the brains for Google's burgeoning robotics division

Boy, five, drowns on Disneyland holiday

A five-year-old Derry boy drowned after falling into a pool near Disneyland Paris an hour after arriving on a family holiday to celebrate his birthday, it emerged today.

Theme park fined £250,000 over ride death

The distraught family of the teenager who fell to her death from a white-knuckle ride condemned a £250,000 fine for the company running the theme park today as "far too little".

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The importance of the right audience was underlined at the press screening of Journey to the Center of the Earth.

Children's meals at theme parks 'shockingly' unhealthy

Children's meals at wildlife and theme parks, leisure centres and museums contain "shocking" levels of fat, salt and sugar, according to a report by the Local Government Association published today.

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Venetians unite to reclaim 'theme park' city

Venice has long struggled to live with its own success. As the tourists pour in, peaking early next week with the start of the annual carnival, residents of the city have been pouring out. The population has been on the slide since the mid-1950s and today stands at 60,000, half what it was at the time of the great flood of 1966.

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When one ride just isn't enough, head for Cedar Point in Ohio.

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