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Google launches Pixel phones and Home hub

Google unveils two phones and a voice-activated speaker, both powered by its new virtual assistant. Source: BBC

‘I’ve had officers assaulted’

The UK authorities in Cyprus are doubling the number of officers targeting illegal songbird trapping on British military territory. Source: BBC

Hidden fire station revealed after decades

A former fire station first used in the 1920s has been rediscovered in the basement of an old Co-op factory after being hidden for half a century. Source: BBC

Hollywood actor Ben Stiller reveals he had prostate cancer but is now cancer-free

The Hollywood star reveals he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2014 but is now cancer-free. Source: BBC

Google unveils ‘chatty’ Pixel smartphones

Google has placed a virtual assistant at the heart of two new smartphones it has designed in-house. Source: BBC

‘UK economy is fundamentally strong’

Prime Minister Theresa May insists the UK economy remains "fundamentally strong" despite concerns about the impact of Brexit. Source: BBC

Most areas ‘struggling’ on cancer care

More than eight in 10 areas need to improve if England is going to meet its ambitious target of developing "world class" cancer care by 2020, according to an analysis by NHS bosses. Source: BBC

Footballer Ched Evans ‘raped woman in Rhyl hotel room’

A woman raped by footballer Ched Evans in a hotel room had "no idea what on earth was happening", a court hears. Source: BBC

Man killed best friend with ‘one punch’ in ‘silly’ row

A man who killed his best friend with one punch in a "silly" argument after they watched Liverpool lose in the Europa Cup final is jailed. Source: BBC

England seal four-wicket win in lone warm-up game in Bangladesh

Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali help England to a four-wicket win in their only warm-up game ahead of the one-day series in Bangladesh. Source: BBC

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Stern of World War II US destroyer discovered off remote Alaskan island

In the midst of World War II on August 18, 1943, the USS Abner Read struck what was presumed to be a Japanese mine in the Bering Sea. The catastrophic blast took the lives of 71 American sailors. For their families, the final resting place of loved ones lost remained unknown. Until now. On July 16, 2018, a team of researchers using robotics technology discovered the sunken stern of the World War II destroyer -- solving a 75-year-old mystery.