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Google tries ad-free net experiment 
  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:30:09 GMT 
    Search giant Google has unveiled an experiment that lets people pay to visit sites rather than see adverts.


Blind Massage in Golden Horse sweep 
  Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:58:09 GMT 
    Chinese-French film Blind Massage picks up six awards at Taiwan's 51st Golden Horse awards.


O'Keeffe work sets female art record 
  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:58:45 GMT 
    A floral painting by late US artist Georgia O'Keeffe sells for $44.4m (£28.8m) at auction, setting a record for an artwork by a female artist.


Climate fund receives $9.3bn pledge 
  Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:39:16 GMT 
    Thirty nations meeting in Berlin have pledged $9.3bn (£6bn) for a fund to help developing countries cut emissions and prepare for climate change.


Embrace the arts, engineers told 
  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:00:25 GMT 
    Engineering needs to emphasise its creative side to encourage more young people to take it up as a career, says a leading member of the profession.


Ebola 'stable' in Guinea - WHO 
  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:33:53 GMT 
    The deadly Ebola outbreak is now "stable" in Guinea, the country where the latest crisis began, the World Health Organization says.


Female bosses 'more depressed' 
  Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:59:57 GMT 
    Women with job authority are more likely than men to display symptoms of depression, according to research in the US.


Second title 'means more than first' 
  Sun, 23 Nov 2014 18:46:18 GMT 
    Lewis Hamilton says his second world title feels more important to him than the first he won with McLaren in 2008.


I take all the blame - Rodgers 
  Sun, 23 Nov 2014 18:15:42 GMT 
    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says he takes full responsibility for his side's third straight Premier League defeat.


The parents refusing to vaccinate their children against polio 
  Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:03:33 GMT 
    As the number of polio cases in Pakistan rises above 200 for the first time in nearly 15 years, Shaimaa Khalil finds out why people don't want their children vaccinated.


Is winning 100 caps still a big deal? 
  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:11:40 GMT 
    Wayne Rooney recently became the ninth English footballer to win 100 caps but is it easier to do this now than it was a generation ago?


Police in toastie mercy dash 
  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:39:56 GMT 
    Officers in New Zealand come to the rescue of a distressed woman who hadn't eaten for three days.


Writing lessons give way to typing 
  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:25:46 GMT 
    Finnish students will no longer be taught joined-up handwriting, and will get typing lessons instead.


'Boko Haram' kills Nigeria fishermen 
  Sun, 23 Nov 2014 13:43:44 GMT 
    Islamist militants from Nigeria's Boko Haram kill 48 fishermen in an attack near the border with Chad, reports from the area say.


MH17 wreckage leaves rebel Ukraine 
  Mon, 24 Nov 2014 01:28:50 GMT 
    Debris from the Malaysia's Flight MH17 arrives from rebel-held areas near the crash site in east Ukraine to the government-held city of Kharkiv.
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