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Boris Johnson is heir apparent in India

Boris Johnson was given a Royal welcome on his tour of India – when he was mistaken for the King of England.

Locals greeted the London Mayor wrongly believing him to be the monarch, while others thought he was German Wimbledon legend Boris Becker as he toured the Akshardhan temple in Delhi.

Mr Johnson began his six-day tour in typical whirlwind fashion as he was greeted by monks with a garland of rose petals and the traditional kanku – the red dot which was daubed on his forehead.

War message is worldwide challenge

People from around the world are coming forward to try to crack a World War II message found on the leg of a dead pigeon - but it is still a mystery.

The code, hand-written on a small sheet of paper headed “Pigeon Service”, was found in a small red canister attached to the bird’s skeleton up achimney at a house in Bletch­ingley, Surrey.

Experts from UK intelligence agency GCHQ have said the message, which has 27 five-letter code groups, is impossible to crack without its codebook and codebreakers from around the world have now also been left stumped by the riddle.

Dogs and drinks cause car accidents

Dogs and drinks cups are among causes of accidents to car drivers, according to a poll.

Inappropriate footwear is also to blame for some crashes, a survey by insurance company More Than found.

The poll found that empty drinks containers, including coffee cups and bottles, were the main in-car items that cause accidents or near-misses, with those surveyed reporting that the containers rolled underneath their pedals and led to a smash or a near-smash.

Christmas tree spree goes wrong

An early seasonal delivery went badly wrong in Austria when a truck was involved in a crash and dumped 14 tons of Christmas trees in a resident’s garden.

Police in Vorarlberg state, at Austria’s western tip, say the accident happened on Friday night as a truck with a trailer loaded with trees drove through Hohenems. The trailer hit a wall, tipped over and landed in the garden of a house. A police statement said that the fire service dispatched 30 people to recover the hundreds of fir trees. A passenger in the truck was injured and taken to a local hospital.

Korean Gangnam style triumphs again

South Korean rapper PSY’s Gangnam Style has become YouTube’s most-viewed video of all time.

YouTube revealed in a posting on its Trends blog that Gangnam Style had been viewed 805 million times as of Saturday afternoon, surpassing Justin Bieber’s Baby, which has had 803 million views.

PSY’s video has become a global sensation, with many people around the world mimicking his “Gangnam Style” dance. In their October meeting, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a South Korean, joked that he had to relinquish his title as “the most famous Korean” and tried a few of PSY’s dance moves.


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