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Injuries on Kercher's body 'consistent with attack by more than one person'

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Knox 'joked after Kercher murder'

Amanda Knox, the woman accused of killing British student Meredith Kercher in Italy, played and joked with her boyfriend only hours after the murder, a court heard today.

Student loses love and lizard leftovers in Leeds

A University has been forced to apologise to one of its graduate students after it accidentally threw away a bag of rare lizard excrement which had taken him five years to collect.

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