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

Escaped bears kill two women

Two women were killed by bears that escaped from their enclosure at a Japanese park yesterday.

Polar bears are 450,000 years older than we thought

Endangered predator may be particularly vulnerable to rapid climate change in Arctic, experts fear

Walruses, seals and polar bears hit by mystery virus

Symptoms of a mysterious disease that has killed scores of seals off the Alaskan coast and infected walruses are now showing up in polar bears, the US Geological Survey has said.

Yang Guang, a male giant panda, chews on bamboo inside his enclosure at Edinburgh zoo

Zoo pandas fail to mate

Britain's only pandas have run out of time to mate as their limited breeding season drew to a close.

Edinburgh Zoo pandas begin mating attempt

The only pandas in the UK have now been brought together as the female has been judged ready to mate.

The earless bunny at a zoo in Limbach-Oberfrohna, eastern Germany

Earless celebrity bunny accidentally killed by TV cameraman

An earless baby bunny that was a rising star on Germany's celebrity animal scene had his 15 minutes of fame brought to an abrupt end when he was accidentally stepped on by a television cameraman.

The Snow Child, By Eowyn Ivey

Fantasies from the wild frontier

Dafoe's screen career began more than 30 years ago

Willem Dafoe: 'I have a charmed life'

Willem Dafoe might be seared into our collective imagination for his baddie roles, but as the actor tells Geoffrey Macnab, he's also portrayed Jesus, starred with Mr Bean, and is currently playing a pin-headed Martian. Just don't mention the Birds Eye ads...

Tour leaders cleared in Briton's death

The tour leaders of an expedition in which a British student was mauled to death by a polar bear have been cleared of blame by a criminal inquiry.

Author Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter: bestselling author, artist – and expert on our native mushrooms

Potter's science paper to be presented to society that rejected it in 1897 because she was a woman

Activist jailed for teddy bear protest

An opposition activist has been jailed for 10 days in Belarus for organising a protest involving cuddly toys.

Pandas raise zoo visitor numbers

Visitor numbers at Edinburgh Zoo are up 200% thanks to the recent arrival of giant pandas.

Yang Guang has been suffering from colic

Giant panda at Edinburgh Zoo sick with colic

The male giant panda at Edinburgh Zoo has been taken ill suffering from colic.

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Murmurs, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London

At the start of Murmurs, we see illusionist and performer Aurélia Thierrée with her life in boxes, idly popping bubble wrap.

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

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A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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Growing mussels

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