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South African President Jacob Zuma said he found Nelson Mandela “in good shape and in good spirits” on Monday but a SABC video of the meeting shows Mr Mandela in an armchair, his head propped up by a pillow, his legs on a footrest and covered by a blanket.
The team of three Europeans claim a misunderstanding between themselves and a group of Sherpas deteriorated into an ugly scene
Amir's younger brother is about to make his professional debut on the same card despite family opposition
Scientists have harnessed the principles of photosynthesis to develop a new way of producing hydrogen – in a breakthrough that offers a possible solution to global energy problems.
If the death toll of more than three hundred people is correct it would implicate De Souza in one of the world's worst serial killings
As rock samples show evidence of life on the Red Planet, scientists and enthusiasts live like astronauts far closer to home, in the harsh terrain of Utah's desert
A tweet has gone viral after a young actress tweeted a list of ridiculous demands her potential landlord expected tenants to abide by.
It’s used in everything from kids parties to medicine – but now supplies are running so low scientists want to ration it. Steve Connor reports on the great helium shortage
As a youngster, talk of "health farms" and time spent swanning about in big fluffy robes and plopping into hot tubs with mountain views sounded like the pinnacle of glamour.
Extreme athlete and skydiver Felix Baumgartner has canceled his planned death-defying 23-mile free fall into the New Mexico desert because of high winds.
Thank heavens for the thin red line of these Olympics, the soldiers who brought instant reassurance under the threat of a security meltdown and now, understandably enough, are seen as a better short-term option than cardboard cut-out spectators in the vital matter of filling the empty spaces.
Continuing our series, David Hemery recalls his 400m hurdles win being such a blur he needed the BBC to tell him he was champion
This breeding ground for new stars, captured as never before by the Hubble Space Telescope, is in the heart of the Tarantula nebula some 170,000 light-years away in the Large Magellanic Cloud – a small satellite galaxy of our own Milky Way.
If you see an athlete with purple stains on their lips during this summer's Olympics, they may be taking the latest performance enhancer – beetroot.
Overcome by a severe form of altitude sickness, and showing no vital signs, Lincoln Hall was left for dead near the summit of Mount Everest by his Sherpa guides. The next morning, another climbing party found him sitting cross-legged near a precipitous drop, frostbitten and delirious, but still alive. "I imagine you're surprised to see me here," he told them.
What does it all mean? With performers as gifted as this Dutch youth squad's, no one cares