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  • Fire crew's bird salvation is 'best rescue yet'

    Fire crew's bird salvation is 'best rescue yet'

    British fire crews stepped in to free a duckling trapped in a roadside drain - and then ensured its safe return to a nearby waterway. A video posted to YouTube shows members of Droitwich fire station's White Watch hailing the bird's salvation as...

  • Pop went the weasel and down went the large Hadron Collider

    Pop went the weasel and down went the large Hadron Collider

    One of the world's most complex machines has been temporarily immobilised - by a weasel. The world's largest atom smasher, the Large Hadron Collider at Cern outside Geneva, has suspended operations because a weasel invaded a transformer that helps...

  • Daytime cooking banned in parts of India as 300 people die of heat

    Daytime cooking banned in parts of India as 300 people die of heat

    Daytime cooking has been banned in some parts of India after sizzling temperatures killed more than 300 people this month. Officials in the drought-stricken eastern part of the country said they took the decision in a bid to prevent accidental...

  • 'Corpse hotels' in Japan

    'Corpse hotels' in Japan

    In Japan, 'corpse hotels' housing dead people temporarily before they are cremated are growing in popularity. Yiming Woo reports.

  • Duckling drain rescue goes swimmingly

    Duckling drain rescue goes swimmingly

    Fire crews stepped in to free a duckling trapped in a roadside drain - and then ensured its safe return to a nearby waterway. A video posted to YouTube shows members of Droitwich fire station's White Watch hailing the bird's salvation as the "best...

  • Robots, viruses and super volcanoes: mankind is in trouble

    The rise of robots and deadly viruses are among the threats that could wipe out swathes of humanity - but governments are failing to prepare properly for them, a new report warns.Catastrophic climate change, nuclear war and natural disasters such...

  • Selfie with an alligator? Think again

    Selfie with an alligator? Think again

    Fearing Snapchat could take an ugly turn towards "snap chomp", police are warning people not to take selfies with an alligator in suburban Atlanta. Peachtree City police also advise residents not to feed the 6ft animal known as Flat Creek Floyd as...

  • Girl, 12, runs half marathon by mistake

    Girl, 12, runs half marathon by mistake

    A 12-year-old girl from New York ended up running 10 extra miles after she got into the wrong road race. LeeAdianez Rodriguez had registered for the 5k race that was part of last Sunday's Rochester Regional Health Flower City Challenge. She...

  • Could this be the worst cash out decision in history?

    Could this be the worst cash out decision in history?

    One punter made the "worst cash out decision in history" after taking a 45p (€0.58c) return on a 5000/1 bet on Leicester City winning the Premier League.The unnamed Ladbrokes customer staked 50p (€0.64) on the Foxes taking the title at the...

  • Sheepdog Pero completes his own incredible journey in 240-mile return home

    Sheepdog Pero completes his own incredible journey in 240-mile return home

    A sheepdog has turned up on his owners' doorstep nearly two weeks after he went missing 240 miles away. Pero stunned his owners Alan and Shan James by appearing at his home in Aberystwyth, Wales, after disappearing in Cumbria. "He was literally on...

  • Mating peacocks mayhem ruins village peace as birds attack cars and foul streets

    Mating peacocks mayhem ruins village peace as birds attack cars and foul streets

    Up to 30 mating peacocks and hens have ruined the peace of a former pit village with all-night noise and by attacking cars, residents have claimed. People living in Ushaw Moor, outside Durham in the UK, claim the birds are roaming loose and...

  • Smartphone addicts get traffic lights in the ground

    Smartphone addicts get traffic lights in the ground

    Council officials in the German city of Augsburg have installed traffic lights in the ground to spare pedestrians the effort of looking up when crossing the road.  The lights mean pedestrians wedded to their device screens can go about their day...

  • Bear on the run in California

    Bear on the run in California

    An adventurous black bear was spotted on the run in a residential neighborhood in Slymar, California, near Los Angeles, late on yesterday evening. The bear scrambled through backyards and scaled fences as it tried to avoid being captured by...

  • Trump tops school name suggestions

    Trump tops school name suggestions

    Donald Trump is the most popular suggested replacement name for a Texas school named after the top hero of the Confederacy, Robert E Lee. Donald J Trump Elementary was the most popular suggestion with 45 submissions out of 240 received, according...

  • Massive sinkhole opens up in Sheffield

    A sinkhole that opened up in a busy Sheffield road was caused by old mine workings, according to local people. A large hole more than 20ft deep appeared on Hutcliffe Wood Road, which links the city suburbs of Woodseats and Millhouses. Pensioner...

  • Expensive bags raise awkward questions

    Expensive bags raise awkward questions

    Flaunting one's wealth is a popular hobby among Thailand's well-to-do, but one actress may find it as costly as a few high-fashion handbags. Pechaya Wattanamontri posted photos of herself on Instagram with nine boxed Hermes handbags that she...

  • Cat returns home after going missing for six years

    Cat returns home after going missing for six years

    A missing cat has finally returned home - six years after vanishing. Chloe, a tabby and white cat, went missing in 2010 after jumping from a pet carrier when her owner Rebecca Lee took her to the vet in Caerphilly, south Wales. After living as a...

  • Watch: clip of 'dancing' gorilla goes viral

    Watch: clip of 'dancing' gorilla goes viral

    A video has emerged showing the unique moment a gorilla appears to ballet dancing in its enclosure. Filmed at Twycross Zoo, Leicestershire, UK, tourist Helen Fairhead saw the gorilla pirouetting and refused to miss the opportunity to film it on...

  • Yoga row forces flight to turn back

    Yoga row forces flight to turn back

    A flight from Hawaii to Japan was forced to turn around after flight attendants became embroiled in a row with a passenger - over yoga. Hyongtae Pae was heading home to South Korea after a holiday to celebrate his 40th wedding anniversary when he...

  • Brexit condoms warn "it's riskier to stay in"

    Brexit condoms warn "it's riskier to stay in"

    Condoms have taken centre stage in the EU referendum battle as campaigners compete for young votes. Branded condoms are being produced by student groups campaigning on both sides of the debate and distributed at universities in a bid to sway...

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