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Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell agrees to a $84m (£55m) settlement with residents of the Bodo community in the Niger Delta for two major oil spills.
Should planes be tracked in real time?
The Antarctic people treading in Shackleton's footsteps
One of eight new planets spied in distant solar systems has usurped the title of "most Earth-like alien world", astronomers say.
A farmer in Devon is forced to slaughter half his herd of Heck cows after they repeatedly tried to attack his farm workers.
Australia records its third-warmest calendar year since national records began in 1910.
The Hubble Space Telescope, which in 2015 completes 25 years in orbit, has gathered dramatic new views of two well-known celestial objects - the "Pillars of Creation" and the Andromeda Galaxy.
US company SpaceX has postponed an experiment to bring part of its Falcon rocket down to a soft landing on a floating sea platform.
Astronomers prove they can accurately tell a star's age from how fast it spins, after measuring the spin speed of stars more than a billion years old.
California's SpaceX company will take the unusual step of trying to land part of its Falcon rocket after it launches a cargo mission to the space station on Tuesday.
The virus behind the common cold is much happier in a cold nose, US researchers show.
The people pushed out of Ethiopia's fertile farmland
A team of researchers in the Netherlands has discovered that potatoes can grow in earth fed by salty sea water prompting hopes that previously unusable land could be used for agriculture.
Last year was the UK's warmest since records began in 1910, the Met Office has said.
The precise location of the Europe's Philae comet lander continues to evade detection despite an intense imaging campaign by the Rosetta satellite.
The striking results of testing old rape kits
An 80-metre wind turbine has collapsed on a mountainside near Fintona in County Tyrone.
A goldfish lover pays a North Walsham vet £300 to operate on his constipated pet.
Most types of cancer can simply be put down to bad luck rather than risk factors such as smoking, a study suggests.
A bigger and better clearing house for all the world's new cocoa varieties opens in the UK at the University of Reading.