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The birds' beauty belies their often menacing and destructive nature 

The Nazi and the Psychiatrist, By Jack El-Hai: Book review - fascinating account of the army doctor who studied Nazi personality

At the end of the Second World War, many leading Nazis were in captivity, and an American army psychiatrist, Captain Douglas Kelley, was given the job of judging whether they were psychologically fit for trial as well as keeping them physically healthy until that date.

Watch this: Japanese scientists levitate and move objects around using just soundwaves

'Acoustic levitation' technology uses intense ultrasound waves to suspend polystyrene particles and small electronic components in midair

Secrets to finding love online released on the busiest day of the year for dating websites

Around 1 million people were expected to register to a dating site the day after New Year's Day

A meerkat peers out from beneath a rock during a stocktake

Animals counted up in London Zoo stocktake

Creatures were given snacks in exchange for having their details recorded by zoo keepers

Kumbuka, a Western Lowland gorilla, in his enclosure during ZSL London Zoo's annual stocktake of animals

UK: Zoo’s annual animal stocktake

In China, you don't have to look far to find illegal ivory

The country accounts for 70 per cent of global ivory demand, but awareness is growing

Central Park's iconic horse-drawn carriages may soon disappear from the tourist trail under a new plan

New York mayor vows to put city's horses out to pasture

Bill de Blasio has called the long-running tourist practice of horse-drawn carriages in Central Park ‘inhumane’

Beyoncé and Jay-Z publicly reneged on their vegan efforts in a seafood restaurant

No meat, no dairy, no problem: is 2014 the year vegans become mainstream?

As a German vegan supermarket opens its doors in Britain for the first time, veganism comes in from the cold

Cambridge academic left with life-threatening injuries after freak stag attack

Kate Stone, who has a PhD in physics, was the victim of a "one-in-a-million" event in the Highlands

Elephant Appeal: Coming out of the line of fire

Keleshi Parukusa was trusted with protecting rhinos – but the money on offer from poaching proved too tempting for him, he confesses

The olinguito was found in the forests of Colombia and Ecuador

Welcome from the jungle: The amazing new species we discovered this year

The year we said hello to the olinguito, the kabomani tapir, the Cambodian tailorbird, the leaf-tailed gecko and the tinkerbella wasp

RSPCA under fire after it recommended putting down rescued Bulgarian dog 

Animal charity embroiled in row over "discrimination against non-UK animals"

File photo of a deer in Altrincham. A man has been arrested in Devon over the 'barbaric shooting' of a deer with a crossbow

Man arrested over ‘barbaric shooting’ of deer with crossbow

Police appealed for information from anyone who may have spotted the animal with a bolt in its head

A 13 foot python has strangled a security guard to death on the holiday island of Bali, Indonesia

Huge python suffocates and kills security guard at luxury Bali hotel

The 13 foot serpent strangled the man to death when he attempted to capture it after spotting it on the popular holiday island

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On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
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Liverpool close in on Milner signing

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Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
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From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific
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Ageing beauty will always be more classy than all that booty
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination

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Shock new Freedom of Information figures show how thousands of girls have suffered serious symptoms after routine HPV injection
Fifa President Sepp Blatter warns his opponents: 'I forgive everyone, but I don't forget'

'I forgive everyone, but I don't forget'

Fifa president Sepp Blatter issues defiant warning to opponents
Extreme summer temperatures will soon cause deaths of up to 1,700 more Britons a year, says government report

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Extreme summer temperatures will soon cause deaths of up to 1,700 more Britons a year, says government report
LSD: Speaking to volunteer users of the drug as trials get underway to see if it cures depression and addiction

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Meet the volunteer users helping to see if it cures depression and addiction
German soldier who died fighting for UK in Battle of Waterloo should be removed from museum display and given dignified funeral, say historians

Saving Private Brandt

A Belgian museum's display of the skeleton of a soldier killed at Waterloo prompts calls for him to be given a dignified funeral