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  • Mossad goes public

    It used to be that if you wanted to join one of the world's most secretive espionage organisations you had to sneak into a foreign embassy, answer a cryptic newspaper ad or show up in a nondescript building in Tel Aviv to meet a shadowy...

  • Not-so-quick sketch

    A rare sketchbook by US artist Grant Wood dating from 1929 is back in its home art gallery in Davenport, Iowa, after it went missing from a museum about 50 years ago. The 100-page sketchbook signed by Wood, the painter of American Gothic, is again...

  • Budding row

    The manager of Zola Budd's South African running club said the former Olympic athlete will take authorities to court after they disqualified her from an age-category prize in a marathon. Hooters Athletics Club manager Ray de Vries said 48-year-old...

  • Bronson artwork up for auction

    Bronson artwork up for auction

    More artwork by Charles Bronson, one of the the UK's most violent prisoners, is to go under the hammer. A sale next week will offer 200 lots including paintings, personal effects, clothing, signed books, a hand-made Christmas present and even part...

  • Cuban government sours on ‘Hugo’ and ‘Che’ revolutionary scent

    Cuban government sours on ‘Hugo’ and ‘Che’ revolutionary scent

    Cuba aborts plans to develop fragrances in honor of the late revolutionary "Che" Guevara and former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, calling the project disrespectful. Gavino Garay reports.

  • Idaho trucker demands ransom for chicken load, then leaves it to rot

    Authorities in Idaho are seeking a truck driver who held 37,000 pounds of frozen chicken for ransom demanding money for expenses before he let it rot at a truck stop in Montana where it is releasing putrid odours and liquids. The refrigerated...

  • Russians hand in western T-shirts in patriotic fashion drive

    Russians hand in western T-shirts in patriotic fashion drive

    Looking to put a patriotic spin on international sanctions over Ukraine, a local group is touring Moscow, urging passers-by to swap their western-branded T-shirts for homegrown tops sporting pro-Russian slogans. "Sanctions? Don't make my Iskanders...

  • Controversial fingerprinting machines rolled out in some Venezuelan stores

    Controversial fingerprinting machines rolled out in some Venezuelan stores

    The Venezuelan government has started to fingerprint shoppers at some state-run supermarkets, in a plan to combat food scarcity which has been derided by some consumers weary of shortages. Shoppers have struggled for more than a year to find basic...

  • Snake shocker

    Two women who opened the boot of their rental car to retrieve their luggage were greeted by a stowaway with a difference - a snake. The women drove the rental car from Boston to Kennebunk in Maine, where they discovered the ball python. The snake,...

  • Haw lovely

    Two amorous donkeys who were separated because of an outcry over their lovemaking have been reunited at a zoo in Poland. Napoleon and Antosia, who have been together for 10 years, got into trouble when mothers expressed outrage that children had...

  • Lucky bandit

    A gambler in Germany has been saved from prison - by a one-armed bandit. Two officers carrying out routine checks at an arcade in the western city of Bochum late last week discovered that a man playing a slot machine faced an arrest warrant. The...

  • Mammoth sale

    The skeleton of an Ice Age woolly mammoth is up for sale - but could fetch up to £250,000 when it goes under the hammer. The rare find is residing at Summers Place Auctions in Billinghurst, West Sussex, after a private collector from Eastern...

  • New book of 'old' newspaper stories

    Human interest stories from newspapers going back 285 years have been put together in a new book. Journalist and author Rona Levin trawled through the British Library Newspaper Archive to find the items across two centuries, from 1729-1930. The...

  • 'Gimp' man

    'Gimp' man

    A rubber fetishist who raises money for charity by going out in public in a bondage suit said he hoped his efforts would start a debate on stereotypes. The Gimp Man of Essex gives £1 to Colchester Mind every time someone posts a photo with him to...

  • It's getting more difficult to be beautiful in Venezuela

    It's getting more difficult to be beautiful in Venezuela

    It getting more difficult to be beautiful in Venezuela. It's no laughing matter, as many scramble to find beauty supplies amid shortages. "For the person who sits down here magic must be performed. If there is no hair wax, one must use gel, and...

  • Monkey business

    Monkey business

      A US woman is bringing the soothing sounds of the harp to the gorillas, orangutans and monkeys at a zoo. Terri Tacheny, a therapeutic harpist, had always enjoyed visiting Como Zoo in St Paul, Minnesota, with her young daughters - except for the...

  • Eau de revolution

    Eau de revolution

    Cuba's biggest producer of natural products has come up with something for the discerning supporter of international socialism who wants something more than just the famous Che Guevara T-shirt - a line of colognes. A woodsy and refreshing citrus...

  • Spud fun

    Spud fun

    A US man jokingly sought $10 from a crowdfunding website to pay for his first attempt at making potato salad - and ended up raising $55,000. Zack Brown, from Ohio, went on Kickstarter to buy potato salad ingredients, and his effort took on a life...

  • Rare medal

    A London 2012 Olympics gold medal which has been anonymously handed to the organisers of a charity auction to be held in Norfolk may have been one of around 200 made as spares. It was given to auctioneer David James, who is also chairman of the...

  • Emma web threat thought to be hoax

    A threat to actress Emma Watson on a website thought to have been set up by internet trolls behind the nude celebrity photo leak appears to have been revealed as a hoax, according to reports. Earlier this week a web page entitled Emma You Are...

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