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  • California's doggy surfer dudes

    California's doggy surfer dudes

    Canine surfers in all shapes and sizes gather in California for the 10th annual Surf Dog competition. Paul Chapman reports.

  • Topless protest in Canada urges women to 'bare with us'

    Topless protest in Canada urges women to 'bare with us'

    Dozens of topless women and men staged a Bare With Us rally in Canada meant to educate the public about women's right to go shirtless if they choose. The rally and march were organised by three sisters who were stopped by a police officer for...

  • Subway sandwich artists roll into world record books

    Subway's "sandwich artists" have cranked out a record number of their lunchtime masterpieces. Franchisees and employees from around the world set a Guinness World Record for the "most people making sandwiches simultaneously" when 1,481 people...

  • Vandals end hitchhiking robot hitchBOT's US cross-country trek

    A hitchhiking robot that captured the hearts of fans all over the world has met its demise after being vandalised in the US. Canadian researchers who created hitchBOT as a social experiment said someone in Philadelphia damaged the robot beyond...

  • London council cracks down on wealthy drivers showing off their supercars

    London council cracks down on wealthy drivers showing off their supercars

    A London neighbourhood proposes a ban on convoys of Lamborghinis and Ferraris that are revving their engines.... and riling residents. Sean Carberry reports.

  • British 'hippy crack' campaigners happy to make point with 'laughing gas' protest

    British 'hippy crack' campaigners happy to make point with 'laughing gas' protest

    Demonstrators have protested against the British government's drug policy by staging a mass inhalation of so-called "hippy crack" in the shadow of Parliament. Dozens of people sat down in Parliament Square in Westminster where they filled balloons...

  • German woman trampled to death by herd of cows in Switzerland

    A 77-year-old German woman has been trampled to death by a herd of cows in the Alps near the resort town of Laax, Swiss authorities said. Swiss police told the dpa news agency that the Berlin tourist apparently decided to take a shortcut between a...

  • Skydivers plummet to new world record

    Skydivers plummet to new world record

    A group of 164 skydivers have plummeted to the ground in perfect formation over central Illinois to set a new world record. Travelling at speeds of up to 240 mph, it took the international team 13 attempts to beat the 2012 mark set by 138...

  • Protesters blow conch shells on Hawaii beach

    Protesters blow conch shells on Hawaii beach

    Some 400 demonstrators gathered on the Kaanapali Beach in Maui, Hawaii to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) meetings at a nearby resort. Organised by several groups, including MoveOn.Org and the Sierra Club, the protest used conch shells...

  • Robot can pick up after people and help the sick

    Toyota's new robot that glides around like R2-D2 is devoted to a single task - picking things up. HSR, short for "human support robot", comes with a single mechanical arm that can grasp objects of various shapes and sizes and also pick up smaller...

  • Breaking Bad houses go on sale in Albuquerque

    Breaking Bad houses go on sale in Albuquerque

    Two houses featured on the hit TV series Breaking Bad are up for sale in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A mother-daughter realty team is helping sell the home where the fictitious Jesse Pinkman made methamphetamine. The two-storey, 3,500 square foot,...

  • Newly-discovered Dr Seuss book hits stores

    Newly-discovered Dr Seuss book hits stores

    A new book by children's author Dr Seuss is arriving in stores 24 years after his death. Diane Hodges reports.

  • Bamboo and birthday cake for oldest giant panda Jia Jia

    Bamboo and birthday cake for oldest giant panda Jia Jia

    The oldest giant panda ever in captivity has savoured a vegetable ice cake and, of course, bamboo in celebration of her 37th birthday. Jia Jia was recognised today as holding two Guinness World Records, the oldest ever and the oldest living giant...

  • Portly puss goes back to his Skinny genes

    A larger-than-life cat dubbed Skinny has lost more than half his weight to become the darling of a Texas vet's surgery. The ginger tom adopted by Dr Brittney Barton in 2013 once weighed 18.6 kilograms, but has now slimmed down to a svelte 8.6...

  • Libyans show off stunt driving skills

    Libyans show off stunt driving skills

    Young Libyans light up their tires at a stunt driving course in Tripoli. Sean Carberry reports.

  • Flights of fancy for Russian aviators

    Flights of fancy for Russian aviators

    Contestants in Moscow's Red Bull Flugtag contest were ready to crash and get wet yesterday as their home-made aircraft, in a variety of shapes from large animals and cartoon characters to representations of the US dollar and Russian rouble, went...

  • Moscow construction worker killed by lightning strike in park

    A man has been killed by lightning in Russia. News agencies quoted investigation spokeswoman Yulia Ivanova as saying he was struck by lightning in a park in the west of Moscow early today and died instantly. The man is believed to have been a...

  • Spain raises minimum age for marriage, sex to 16

    Spain raised the minimum age for marriage and sexual relations to 16 today from 14 and 13 respectively, bringing the country into line with much of Europe after protests from child protection groups. Spanish law until now had allowed 14-year-olds...

  • Indoor 'beach' makes a splash at DC museum

    Indoor 'beach' makes a splash at DC museum

    People of all ages are flocking to a 10,000 square foot "ocean" of translucent plastic balls in downtown Washington, D.C. instead of going to a sun-drenched beach. The National Building Museum's latest exhibit called "The BEACH" is attracting a...

  • Police on lion hunt after claims of Milwaukee sighting

    Reports of a lion roaming a US city have put police and others on the lookout. Milwaukee police say a woman reported seeing a lion on Monday afternoon in her north side neighbourhood. Police Chief Edward Flynn says his officers were given mobile...