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  • Fishermen's giant stingray catch

    Fishermen's giant stingray catch

    A group of fishermen working in the northern Tumbe region of Peru made a big find at the weekend - an enormous stingray which local media have reported weighs one tonne. The ray was found in the La Crove cove in northern waters near the border...

  • US fugitive gives up after 40 years

    A 66-year-old man who had been on the run from jail in the US for four decades has called police and given himself up. Frail and tired of leading a secret life, Clarence David Moore called police this week to surrender. The officer who answered...

  • Darth Vader goes gold in Japan

    Darth Vader goes gold in Japan

    The Star Wars universe's black-suited villain has gotten a gold makeover. Japanese jeweller Ginza Tanaka unveiled a gold Darth Vader mask as well as commemorative coins, ahead of the newest Star Wars film which is set for release later in the...

  • Coffee spill behind Serbian president's airplane scare

    Blamed initially on 'engine failure', it emerged today that a government jet carrying Serbia's president to Italy last week was forced to turn back when the co-pilot spilled coffee on the instrument board. Advisers to President Tomislav Nikolic...

  • Japanese train breaks speed record

    Japanese train breaks speed record

    A Japanese maglev which is the fastest passenger train in the world has broken its own speed record. Operator JR Central said the train reached 375mph (603kph) in a test run today, surpassing its previous record of 361mph (581kph) set in 2003.The...

  • Raccoon hangs out at top of crane

    Raccoon hangs out at top of crane

    A death-defying raccoon has caused a sensation in Toronto by climbing a crane about 698ft up a skyscraper. Social media was a-buzz with a photo of the furry adventurer peering from between the metallic rungs of a crane 58 storeys high. The photo...

  • Space station gets espresso machine

    Space station gets espresso machine

    The SpaceX supply ship has arrived at the International Space Station, delivering the world's first espresso machine designed exclusively for astronauts. The space station crew captured the Dragon capsule this morning - three days after its...

  • Carp fish 'attack' rowing team in the US

    Carp fish 'attack' rowing team in the US

    A university rowing team came under attack in St Louis, by giant flying fish. Amateur video showed the giant Asian carp shooting out of the water in a frenzy, forcing the team to stop its practice row.

  • Cleaners find ancient Peru mummy

    Cleaners find ancient Peru mummy

    Cleaners at Peru's ancient city of Chan Chan have discovered the remains of a Pre-Incan mummy dumped near rubbish in a cardboard box, local media reported. The mummy was found by chance after a curious cleaner opened up the mysterious box wrapped...

  • Giacometti sculpture could fetch record $130 million at auction

    A 1947 Giacometti sculpture is poised to set a record next month when it hits the auction block for the first time ever and is expected to sell for $130 million, Christie's said. The 70-inch (180-cm) bronze, "Pointing Man," is one of only a...

  • Space coffee mission has lift-off

    SpaceX launched a shipment of groceries to the International Space Station, including the first espresso maker bound for orbit. But the private company's third attempt to land the leftover booster on an ocean platform failed. The first-stage...

  • Guard's embarrassing slip

    Guard's embarrassing slip

    A guard outside Buckingham Palace slipped during the changing of the guard while hundreds of tourists looked on. He did not appear to be injured.         

  • Giraffe cam shows birth of new calf

    The newest giraffe at Dallas Zoo has millions of fans just days after its birth thanks to a camera streaming live video of the calf playing and nuzzling with its mother. The female calf was born on Friday afternoon - weighing 139lb and standing...

  • Crocodile bites golfer at 11th hole

    Crocodile bites golfer at 11th hole

    A golfer has been bitten on the leg by a crocodile while playing at an Australian tourist resort. Police Senior Sergeant James Coate told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that the man, aged in his 70s, received two puncture holes to his...

  • Chimpanzee knocks drone out of sky with stick in Netherlands zoo

    Chimpanzee knocks drone out of sky with stick in Netherlands zoo

    A chimpanzee knocked a drone out of the sky with a long stick while it was flying around an ape enclosure in a zoo in the Netherlands. Footage shot by a go-pro camera attached to the drone captured the moment a chimpanzee reached out from a tree...

  • Alan Turing notebook sold at auction

    Alan Turing notebook sold at auction

    A handwritten notebook by British Second World War code-breaking genius Alan Turing, whose story was portrayed in the 2014 Oscar-winning movie The Imitation Game, has been sold for more than $1 million. Bonhams auctioned the 56-page manuscript -...

  • 200 Palestinian couples in mass wedding

    200 Palestinian couples in mass wedding

    Two hundred Palestinian couples, many of whom could not afford their own marriage celebrations, were married at a mass wedding in Gaza. 200 couples were chosen from families of those who had lost relatives in conflict, injured people, prisoners...

  • Toddler DJ leaves fans in a spin

    A two-year-old boy has become an internet sensation after emerging as South Africa's youngest disc jockey. DJ AJ has won sponsorship deals on the back of his performances, most recently at a shopping centre in Johannesburg where a crowd gathered...

  • Stomping! Godzilla a Tokyo resident

    Stomping! Godzilla a Tokyo resident

    Godzilla has stomped so many buildings in Japan that the irradiated monster has been appointed special resident and tourism ambassador for Tokyo's Shinjuku ward. In honour, a Godzilla-size head towering 52 metres above ground level was unveiled at...

  • Saudis says no to Swedish monkeys after diplomatic spat

    Saudis says no to Swedish monkeys after diplomatic spat

    Saudi Arabia has blocked the transfer of four monkeys to a zoo in Riyadh from Sweden because of its diplomatic spat with Stockholm, the Swedish zoo where they were bred said. Jonas Wahlstrom, head of the Skansen Zoo, said he had received a call...

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