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Mikhail Kalashnikov dead at 94: AK-47 inventor had been in hospital for a month

Mikhail Kalashnikov, the inventor of the most famous assault rifle in the world, has died at the age of 94.

The artificial heart produced by Biomedical firm Carmat

Science trumps sentiment as France claims breakthrough with first artificial heart transplant

'Holy grail' of transplant surgery is performed on 75-year-old man

David Cameron's Arab courtship fails to sell multi-billion pound Typhoon order

David Cameron's efforts to sell a multi-billion pound contract for the United Arab Emirates to buy British-built fighter jets failed last night as the Gulf state pulled out of talks

£2bn Gaia space probe blasts off on five-year mission to map a billion stars

It is also expected to discover thousands of previously unknown objects

Lewis Hamilton at the wheel of his Mercedes during qualifying in Brazil

F1: Mercedes confirm addition of two 'key engineering appointments' after signing Mark Ellis and Giles Wood from rivals Red Bull

The pair have been signed in an effort to improve the team's simulation and vehicle dynamics departments

The Great British Christmas getaway: 4m to head abroad for holidays – while the rest of us face a travel and weather nightmare

An estimated 13 million people set to take to UK's roads from 24-26 December

Anchorman fired after 'Let's get the f*** out of here' comment made on air

Justin Kraemer made the mistake just after he finished presenting KSN News

Hathaway after a fire at the US Embassy in Moscow; he had refused to let in firemen, suspecting some may have been KGB agents

Gardner Hathaway: Intelligence officer whose resourcefulness during the Cold War made him highly esteemed by his colleagues

Gardner Hathaway was a CIA chief of counter-intelligence whose career took him to Cold War focal points ranging from Berlin to Moscow and placed him at the centre of many espionage episodes. Taciturn but courtly, "Gus" Hathaway was an undercover officer known for his mastery of espionage tradecraft and his aggressive efforts to best the KGB. "Gus was a risk-taker," said Jack Downing, a former CIA deputy director of operations. "We needed good intelligence, and we needed to be aggressive to get it. He was canny and smart."

Barbies for girls, cars for boys? Let toys be toys and get them gender neutral presents this Christmas

Kids take cues about their assigned gender roles from the world around them at a young age - and this can be very limiting growing up

The sad and puzzling story of Abbas Khan, the British doctor found dead in Syrian jail

What prompted the death of a man whose life was more valuable to Assad than any other foreigner’s in Syria?

Facebook 'self-censorship': study records when you don't post to find more ways to share

An official research paper written by the social network has shown that 71% of users self-censor: writing status updates and comments that they never post

The revamped agency’s £15bn budget includes procurement of fighter jets

Philip Hammond under fire over appointment of Bernard Gray for top job

Former journalist and publisher chosen to head a revamped agency without any public scrutiny

Protesters waving EU and Ukrainian flags in Kiev yesterday

Ukraine protests: Tensions soar as rival factions face off in Kiev

President’s supporters bussed in to side against thousands fighting Ukraine’s move away from EU

International Space Station cooling system shuts down with six astronauts aboard

Nasa said crew are safe and experts are working to troubleshoot the problem

Photographer behind Obama’s Mandela memorial ‘selfie’ defends snap as ‘human moment’

Photographer behind Obama’s Mandela memorial ‘selfie’ defends ‘human moment’

The photographer behind that viral picture of Cameron, Obama and Thorning-Schmidt cosying up for a ‘selfie’ at Mandela’s memorial service on Tuesday has defended the three’s decision.

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