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Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 - in pictures

The Royal Observatory Greenwich has announced the winners of this year’s international astronomy photography competition. The observatory’s annual free exhibition, which opened on Thursday, showcases these dazzling images of the sky, ranging from within our solar system to far into deep space. …

Star Wars: Episode VII: No CGI C-3P0 and Adam Driver shuns the dark side

Anthony Daniels has promised the new C-3PO will entirely forgo CGI as he readies himself to portray the loquacious protocol droid once again in Star Wars: Episode VII. Daniels, who has appeared in all six previous Star Wars movies, also described the process which saw digital tinkering used to …

Sierra Leone to shut down for 3 days to slow Ebola

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — In a desperate bid to slow West Africa's accelerating Ebola outbreak, Sierra Leone ordered its 6 million people …

Obama vows to avoid combat troops

President Barack Obama on Wednesday renewed his pledge not to send American troops into combat on the ground in Iraq, one day after his top military adviser opened the door to U.S. advisers accompanying Iraqi troops into complex fights there.<p>“As your commander in chief, I will not commit you and …

Nine of the weirdest historical video games ever made

Freedom! (1993)<p>This game, created by MECC — the same company responsible for <i>Oregon Trail</i> — was released and pulled from the shelf within the space of the year. Intended as a side-scrolling adventure that would teach students about the slave trade, it was the subject of a lawsuit when parents sued …