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Foreign doctors 'need tougher tests' 
  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:03:35 GMT 
    Tests taken by foreign doctors who want to work in the NHS should be made harder to pass to bring them in line with UK standards, a study says.


Sensors to prevent pain for amputees 
  Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:41:59 GMT 
    Researchers have developed a new type of pressure sensor - dubbed a "second skin" - which they say could prevent dangerous sores.


Chelsea 1-2 Sunderland 
  Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:03:27 GMT 
    Bottom club Sunderland earn a stunning win at Chelsea that dents the Blues' title hopes and gives Liverpool a major boost.


How 420 became code for marijuana 
  Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:22:46 GMT 
    The number 420 has become a popular code for marijuana. Where does the term come from and why did it catch on, asks Aidan Lewis.


The spooky world of the 'numbers stations' 
  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:27:32 GMT 
    This is the era of hyper-tech espionage, encrypted emails and mindboggling cryptography. But you can hear a very old-fashioned form of espionage on shortwave radio.


Nigeria teacher in seized girls plea 
  Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:26:13 GMT 
    The headmistress of a school in Nigeria calls on the government to do more to save teenage girls abducted by suspected Islamist militants.


Three missing in Everest avalanche 
  Sat, 19 Apr 2014 07:48:34 GMT 
    The search resumes for three missing local guides after an avalanche kills 13 Sherpas on the slopes of Mount Everest.


Federer beats Djokovic to reach final 
  Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:03:39 GMT 
    Roger Federer reaches his fourth Monte Carlo Masters final with victory over defending champion Novak Djokovic.


Mexico shaken by powerful earthquake 
  Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:44:18 GMT 
    A 7.2-magnitude earthquake hits states in south and west Mexico, shaking buildings in the capital, but there are no reports of casualties or damage.


Egypt left-winger to challenge Sisi 
  Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:22:12 GMT 
    Egyptian left-winger Hamdeen Sabahi submits his official bid to run for president, the only challenger so far to ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.


US 'delays' Keystone XL decision 
  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:20:31 GMT 
    The US state department gives federal agencies more time to review the Keystone XL oil pipeline before determining whether to issue a permit.


Archbishop to highlight suffering 
  Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:07:26 GMT 
    The Archbishop of Canterbury is to highlight the suffering of people in conflicts around the world during his Easter Sunday sermon.


Charities chief warns of extremism 
  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 01:25:05 GMT 
    Islamic extremism is the "most deadly" threat to charities in England and Wales, says William Shawcross, chairman of the Charity Commission.


Quango chair resigns over bankruptcy 
  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 03:24:57 GMT 
    A businessman appointed by the prime minister to head a multibillion-pound quango steps down after it was revealed that he was bankrupt.


Teachers warn of CCTV intrusion 
  Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:32:30 GMT 
    Teachers are warning that CCTV safety cameras are being misused by senior staff as a way of spying on lessons.
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