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Schoolteacher William Buchman was arrested after officers found over 300 living and dead snakes inside his property

Immigration Minister Cecile Kyenge

Defamation case opened against racist Italian senator Roberto Calderoli as abuse of black minister continues

Local councillor receives suspended sentence for 'should be raped' comments and immigration minister Cecile Kyenge is met with noose protests

Book review: A Beautiful Truth, By Colin McAdam

Hey hey, we’re all monkeys

What are the ethical implications of a human head transplant?

Human head and brain transplants are now feasible. That's according to Italian neurosurgeon, Sergio Canavero who believes he has worked out how to transfer the head of one human on to the body of another.

Cheeta with Maureen O'Sullivan and Johnny Weissmuller in Tarzan The Ape Man in 1932

What really separates us from the apes?

Is it our immortal souls? Or our sense of irony? Or perhaps our (comparatively) hair-free torsos?

Justin Bieber with his pet monkey Mally

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet: Justin Bieber's former pet monkey Mally moved from quarantine into German zoo

Justin Bieber’s former pet monkey is now officially a naturalised German after he was moved from quarantine into new quarters at a zoo.

Throwing ability 'helped turn humans from second-rate primate into most successful species on the planet'

Throwing enabled our ancestors to defend themselves against dangerous predators, hunt big game, expand their diet, boost brain power and colonise almost every corner of the globe

Dawn Approach (blue) digs deep to repel Toronado in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Ascot yesterday

Royal Ascot: Dawn burns bright again after sun sets on Kingdom

2,000 Guineas winner redeems reputation after Derby in titanic battle with Toronado

Declaration Of War stormed home to win Ascot’s Queen Anne Stakes

Aidan O'Brien's Ascot double opens up new front for Coolmore turf war with sheikh

After their unprecedented depredations at the Cheltenham Festival, the Irish plundered the first four races in Britain's equivalent carnival for Flat racing. Chauvinism aside, however, the deeper gains were perhaps made by those superpowers discreetly manoeuvring for supremacy in the global bloodstock market.

A breeding farm for llamas and alpacas in Germany

Eating this exotic meat may seriously damage your health

Never mind horse meat...llama, crocodile and chimp are now part of our food chain

Baboon shot dead after escaping from Knowsley Safari Park in Merseyside

The adult male made a run for it after being forced out of its enclosure at Knowsley Safari Park by other males as it tried to protect its mate

An artist’s impression of Archicebus achilles, the oldest-known primate

Discovery of little monkey from 55 million years ago rewrites history of humans

A fossilised skeleton of a tiny creature with a long tail, sharp teeth and monkey-like feet has turned out to be the oldest-known primate – the group that includes gorillas, chimps and humans.

Concerns raised over 'cruel' badger cull

Concerns have been raised about the suffering of badgers in the forthcoming pilot culls, after official documents were released detailing how welfare impacts will be assessed.

Kosovo: Restaurant bears rescued from cage

Two brown bears have been released into a special sanctuary near Kosovo’s capital, Pristina, after being rescued from a 20sq m cage where they had been held almost all their lives to amuse visitors at a restaurant.

Justin Bieber with his pet monkey Mally

Germany nationalises Justin Bieber's monkey Mally after the pop star fails to claim him

Justin Bieber’s pet monkey is set to become property of Germany after the Canadian pop star failed to produce the correct vaccination and import papers for the animal.

Mally, Justin Bieber's capuchin, is being cared for in an animal shelter

Auf wiedersehen, pet: Justin Bieber's capuchin monkey is abandoned at German airport

Animal impounded by German authorities in March has still not been reclaimed by the teen superstar

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Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

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Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
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'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
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Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
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His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
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Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
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Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
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12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
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
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Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
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Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

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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