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Facebook tells users they can't hide from searches

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Two children were among the fatalities during the Extreme Airshow in the city of Chihuahua

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The Northampton clown spotted with some balloons

Northampton Clown sells merchandise to fund travel around the UK

Anonymous performer teams up with London printmakers to create branded T shirts and bags

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A former deputy London mayor has claimed his Facebook account was hacked when naked pictures taken on a mobile phone were posted onto his personal account.

Facebook maps 1.11 billion friendships to show off social network's global reach

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More sightings of the false widow spider, as Britain's 'most venomous arachnid', with orange legs and white skull markings spotted in Essex

Further sightings of the false widow spider, Britain’s most venomous arachnid, are raising fears following reports that the spider is heading north.

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