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Scientists observed snakes "slithering" through the air to stay aloft

Would you shell out for a snail facial?

A face full of snails might not be your average person's idea of an expensive salon treatment, but that's just what Japan's high society have been shelling out for lately - at a cost of £65 for a five minute session.

Eye contact: Predators in the Pyrenees?
Circus animal ban should be watered down to exclude raccoons and others

Snakes, zebras, camels, raccoons and reindeers should be excluded from circus animal ban, say MPs

Government proposals to ban all wild animals from travelling circuses should be watered down to allow zebras, camels, reindeer and snakes to stay on the road, MPs have recommended.

Boa Constrictor snake called Petzy on the loose in Merseyside after escaping from home

Although Petzy is non-venomous police are warning members of the public not to approach her as she "may become aggressive if it feels threatened"

The third instalment of London’s dedicated menswear event began yesterday with shows from Lou Dalton

Lighting up the runway: London menswear shows reviewed

The simmering tensions between the Savile Row establishment and the capital's youthful upstarts has suddenly come to the boil

Portrait of a murderer: Mark Bridger in his Facebook profile picture

April Jones murder trial: Mark Bridger, the trusted neighbour who was an alcoholic with an obsession with child pornography

The five-year-old's killer went to great lengths to cover his tracks

Helen Flanagan poses to promote the new PETA campaign, in Covent Garden

Ex-Coronation Street actress Helen Flanagan fleshes out exotic skins protest for Peta

Former Coronation Street star Helen Flanagan did her bit to protest against the skin trade by showing off some flesh of her own.

50 pythons stolen from pet shop

Police and RSPCA officers are hunting for 50 snakes stolen from a pet shop in Nottingham.

Video: Tourists in Florida Everglades watch as tour guide wrestles with ten-foot long python

A group of tourists on a boat ride through the Florida Everglades were left shocked after their tour guide leapt into the water to wrestle a ten-foot long python.

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Attacks on migrants raises far-right fears

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Moscow gives new leader VIP welcome

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Holy Switcheroo! Batman takes control

Film review: The Paperboy is a trashy tale, but kinky Kidman still delivers

I don't think I actually saw anyone eat gumbo during The Paperboy, but just about every other aspect of the Southern-fried gothic melodrama is represented.

Ansel Adams' son on why the British landscape wasn't 'dramatic enough' for his father

Michael Adams discusses why his father would have embraced digital photography but snubbed the aggressive stunts of environmental activists

Cross wind: A cardinal arriving for the pre-conclave yesterday, before Tuesday’s vote on the new pope, at the Sistine Chapel

Cardinals try to find consensus on new pope

Benedict XVI's insignia are destroyed as the Sistine Chapel is modified for the conclave

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Revealed: Why Mohammed Emwazi chose the 'safe option' of fighting for Isis, rather than following his friends to al-Shabaab in Somalia

Why Mohammed Emwazi chose Isis

His friends were betrayed and killed by al-Shabaab
'The solution can never be to impassively watch on while desperate people drown'
An open letter to David Cameron: Building fortress Europe has had deadly results

Open letter to David Cameron

Building the walls of fortress Europe has had deadly results
Tory candidates' tweets not as 'spontaneous' as they seem - you don't say!

You don't say!

Tory candidates' election tweets not as 'spontaneous' as they appear
Mubi: Netflix for people who want to stop just watching trash

So what is Mubi?

Netflix for people who want to stop just watching trash all the time
The impossible job: how to follow Kevin Spacey?

The hardest job in theatre?

How to follow Kevin Spacey
Armenian genocide: To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie

Armenian genocide and the 'good Turks'

To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie
Lou Reed: The truth about the singer's upbringing beyond the biographers' and memoirists' myths

'Lou needed care, but what he got was ECT'

The truth about the singer's upbringing beyond
Migrant boat disaster: This human tragedy has been brewing for four years and EU states can't say they were not warned

This human tragedy has been brewing for years

EU states can't say they were not warned
Women's sportswear: From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help

Women's sportswear

From tackling a marathon to a jog in the park, the right kit can help
Hillary Clinton's outfits will be as important as her policies in her presidential bid

Clinton's clothes

Like it or not, her outfits will be as important as her policies
NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders