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Can't stand the heat? Well if you're in Australia you'd better get used to it. As soaring temperatures stop play at the tennis Open in Melbourne, climate experts are warning of hotter and longer heatwaves.

Japan WW2 soldier who refused to surrender Hiroo Onoda dies<p><b>A Japanese soldier who refused to surrender after World War Two ended and spent 29 years in the jungle has died aged 91 in Tokyo.</b><p>Hiroo Onoda remained …

Underwater time-lapse shows secret life of a coral reef

Australia's Great Barrier Reef - the world's largest living organism - has been entrancing divers with its vivid colours and curious lifeforms for centuries.<p>But for one man, the glimpses he caught under water were not enough - he wanted to see more of the life hidden from most people.<p>Using …

"It's small, it's lightweight... and it can easily fit into a lady's purse." India has launched a gun for women, named after a student who died after being gang-raped in Delhi. So will the Nirbheek make women feel safer, or is it an insult to the victim's memory?

"This gives a sense of reality to all that imagination I had when I was a kid" Daniel Alvarado Varela, a 31-year-old mechanical engineer from the US territory of Puerto Rico, recently travelled from the US to Japan with a satellite that he helped build. The Core Observatory of the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) will be launched in February on board a Japanese rocket. BBC Mundo's Thomas Sparrow spoke with Alvarado about the mission and what it will be like to see his "baby" travel to outer space. Image courtesy of #Nasa.