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Officials from the Home Office have said more items were confiscated in the year up to April 2013 than in any other year

Hearing aid: An owl’s ears can detect a mouse under earth or snow

National Crime Agency arrest man over 'owls' kept in freezer

Newly-formed NCA also seized another 25 taxidermy birds from the property

Prince William will leave the RAF

Prince William completes last shift as RAF pilot to take up full-time job of being royal

The Duke of Cambridge has completed his tour as a search and rescue helicopter pilot and his new family will soon be leaving Anglesey

Conservationists hope to save the Great Indian Bustard from extinction

Rajasthan launches scheme to save the endangered Great Indian Bustard

Bird has disappeared from 90 per cent of the territory it once occupied

Earth Day 2013 celebrated with interactive Google Doodle

Earth Day 2013 has been given a major boost thanks to Google featuring it as its doodle.

The jaguar is one eight endangered species that could be cloned

Endangered animal species may be cloned

Endangered animals in Brazil may be cloned to help ensure their survival, if plans by Brazilian genetic researchers go ahead.

Warhol sale fetches $17 million for charity

The first in a series of live and online auctions to raise money for the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in New York has collected over $17 million (£10.7 million).

Charming and welcoming: The Hare & Hounds

The Hare & Hounds, The Green, Fulbeck, Lincolnshire

This village pub has real ale on tap, hounds on the wall and classics on the menu. Cherish it.

Couple's endangered species trade

A couple who ran a pet shop turned their hand to illegal trading in the skins and bones of some of the most endangered species in the world.

Dying call of an endangered species – the 'Standard' vendor

The traditional street-corner cry of 'Staaan-D'd' is being silenced. Matthew Bell reports

Album: Sun People, Nickodemus, ESL / Wonderwheel

Producer/turntablist Nickodemus brings the world to his New York studio on this follow-up to the wellreceived Endangered Species, mixing up a series of spicy pan-cultural crossovers in which East sidles up to West and gives it a playful pinch on the posterior, before both head south to shake a tail with their hedonist Latin cousins.

Dein wants aid for referees

The former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein insists there is too much at stake in football to hold back on the introduction of technology and has said that referees are a "endangered species". Costly and questionable refereeing decisions have prompted hot debate on the issue over recent years, most prominently on whether technology could be used to decide whether a ball has crossed the goal-line.

First-time buyers 'becoming endangered species'

In a rare glimmer of good news for the housing market, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors said yesterday that it detected "tentative signs that housing activity may be nearing a floor", but also warned that the Government's "confused messages" on stamp duty "risks damaging any returning confidence and may discourage mobility".

US plan to protect right whale from shipping blocked by Cheney

Efforts to protect the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale from being killed by ships are being blocked by Vice President Dick Cheney according to leaked documents.

Are you hooking up with the staircase commuters?

More people are going to work without leaving their house, writes Sam Dunn, and having an office at home can help attract buyers
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Everyone is talking about The Trews

Russell Brand's 'true news' videos attract millions of viewers. But today's 'Milibrand' interview introduced his resolutely amateurish style to a whole new crowd
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Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before
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'Queer saint' who bankrolled artworld giants

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Pushkin Prizes brings countries together

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The acceptable face of the Emirates

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