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Most present-day Europeans are a mixture of three ancient populations, according to a major study published in the journal Nature.
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert signs a contract extension until June 2018 following an unbeaten start to the season.
Could Scottish referendum encourage Africa's separatists?
Farmers urge the next government to give agriculture a boost at the 2015 election - with a list of demands to increase food production and help business.
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Minnesota Vikings suspend Adrian Peterson from all team activities while facing charges of allegedly hitting his child.
The Barbican is to host the first major exhibition in the UK of the personal collections of post-war and contemporary artists, including Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol and Sir Peter Blake.
Police investigating the murders of two British tourists in Thailand question two British brothers and detain 11 Burmese people.
South Sudan's government says it will not ban foreign workers, annulling a controversial decree it issued a day earlier.
Austria, with its sensitive Alpine regions, has been particularly hard hit by climate change, a major survey says.
Almost 50 people have been killed by two days of government air strikes in an opposition-held town in central Syria, activists say.
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European Union new car registrations rose in July and August, industry figures show, indicating continued recovery across the region.
A large haul of World War One and Two hand grenades, rifles, mortar shell, hand guns and ammunition are found in a house.
A physicist, a graphic memoirist and an organiser of home care workers are among this year's recipients of the MacArthur "Genius" grants.
Ukraine will screen one million civil servants to root out corrupt practices, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk says.
A sophisticated attack on eBay compromises at least two listings so that users who click on them are redirected to a fake page that attempts to steal their credentials.
Voting ends in the first election in Fiji since former military ruler Frank Bainimarama took power in a coup in 2006.
Japanese consumer electronics giant Sony says its annual loss may be more than four times bigger than initially forecast, due to its struggling mobile business.
The Scottish referendum campaign is being watched closely by the business community in Pakistan, particularly by makers of traditional bagpipes and kilts.