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Published: Tuesday 15 May 2012

>> Blood-stained blades of grass and soil from the scene of Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination have sold for £10,000 (around US $16,000) at an auction in Shropshire, the UK. His glasses, bought from an optician in Gloucester, sold for £34,000, over thrice its guide price.

>> US authorities claim to have busted a secret Internet drugs market where people worldwide could buy LSD, ecstasy and other illegal drugs. The ring, The Farmer's Market, operated through a computer network that allowed users to communicate anonymously.

>> The British Library has acquired a seventh-century gospel discovered in a saint's coffin some 900 years ago. It is the oldest European book to survive fully intact. The manuscript copy of the Gospel of St John, St Cuthbert Gospel, was produced in 698 AD.

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