The Philippines is hit by an average of 20 typhoons or tropical storms each year

Philippines' ten deadliest storms

07 Dec Typhoon Hagupit is slowly moving across the Philippines, the latest in a series of often-deadly storms that plague the southeast Asian archipelago.

Scientists are now 99.999% sure that the skeleton is that of the last Plantagenet king (pic: University of Leicester - Carl Vivian)

Richard III 'illegitimacy' link

02 Dec A genetic discovery related to King Richard III threatens to shake the foundations of the Tudor dynasty and even raises a question mark over the current Queen's royal heritage.

Jean-Claude Juncker said the gender balance of his commission was 'pathetic'

Juncker keen for commission to start work

24 Oct Jean-Claude Juncker joked that he couldn't have a sex change to help the gender balance of his new European Commission, branding the figure of nine women out of his 28 strong cabinet as "pathetic".

It was one of the most sensational murder trials in South Africa's history

Sensational murder trial comes to an end

20 Oct The trial of Oscar Pistorius captivated South Africans and many people around the world who admired the athlete as a symbol of triumph over physical adversity.

The atlas catalogues species including seaweeds, corals, worms, moss animals, starfish, and birds

New atlas charts more than 9,000 species

25 Aug More than 9,000 species have been catalogued by scientists, including one from NUI Galway, in a new atlas which is the most thorough marine audit carried in that part of the world in decades.

Does Scotland want independence? Voters will decide in September

Historic vote over Scottish independence

30 Jul Scottish voters are preparing to go to the polls on 18 September to decide if Scotland should be an independent country. Fiona Mitchell examines the issues.

Donnie and Ronnie Galyon celebrated a very special milestone on Saturday

Conjoined twins mark a milestone

07 Jul Sixty-two-year-old Donnie and Ronnie Galyon of Cleveland, Ohio, break the record for being the longest surviving conjoined twins.

Ben Oude Kamphuis drove for five-months, through 12 countries to get to Brazil

Epic World Cup journey by Dutch fan

13 Jun A Dutch soccer fan has driven 21,000km from San Francisco in the United States to Salvador in Brazil to watch his country play in the World Cup despite not having tickets for any matches.

Schoolchildren taking part in the tree-hugging record attempt

Nepal tree-huggers set new world record

06 Jun More than two thousand people including lawmakers and students hugged trees in a park outside Nepal's capital Kathmandu to claim a new record on World Environment Day.