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  • 'Darth Vader' campaigns for Ukrainian parliament

    'Darth Vader' campaigns for Ukrainian parliament

    Ukrainian Darth Vader campaigns for parliament with the promise of computer classes for all. Julie Noce reports.  

  • Presidential nickname

    Presidential nickname

    Indonesia's new president has said he wants to be called by his nickname and revealed that a French furniture buyer gave him his name. Joko Widodo has long been widely known as Jokowi, a contraction of his two names. Asked by a journalist from the...

  • Dogs reunited

    A dog-loving Nebraska trucker has taken a 45kg bull mastiff on a 2,220km trip back to her owners in Arizona. Dani and Jason Windham were getting ready for their August 4 wedding in Nebraska when their three dogs knocked down a fence and ran off.

  • Shark murals by 'female Bansky' stolen

    Shark murals by 'female Bansky' stolen

    Five large shark paintings worth £20,000 by the "female Banksy" have been stolen in Islington, police said. The murals, painted by acclaimed street artist Bambi, were taken by thieves who broke into a building site in Upper Street, Islington,...

  • Photobomb named word of the year

    Photobomb has been named the word of the year by Collins English Dictionary. Other finalists in the tome's annual list include humblebrag, "a statement that purports to be self-effacing but in fact reveals a person's wealth or importance", and...

  • Dancing priests video goes viral

    Dancing priests video goes viral

    A video of a pair of duelling, dancing American priests studying in Rome has gone viral. The Rev David Rider, 29, of New York, and the Rev John Gibson, 28, of Milwaukee, shot to internet fame when they were filmed in April during a fundraiser at...

  • Romanian princess, husband sentenced for Oregon cockfighting ring

    A princess who is fifth in line for the Romanian throne and her husband who admitted running a cockfighting ring in rural Oregon have both been sentenced to probation and ordered to forfeit $200,000 from the sale of the property, federal...

  • Viagra could be good for heart disease

    Viagra could be good for heart disease

    Viagra could provide a treatment for heart disease as well as problems in the bedroom, a study in the UK suggests. In trials, the impotency pill's active ingredient improved the heart performance of patients with a range of conditions while having...

  • Body dumped beside rubbish bins

    A British MP has demanded answers after claims paramedics dumped a man's body beside rubbish bins because they wanted to finish work on time. The East of England Ambulance crew was called out after a man, believed to be James Harrison, 32,...

  • Mop handed

    A Connecticut man is facing charges after police said he grabbed a mop out of a hotel employee's hands and was "mopping aggressively" over the worker's shoes. Police say 30-year-old John Thornton, of Southington, was arrested and charged with...

  • Road outhouse blues

    A major US highway was shut down after a truck carrying portable toilets crashed and spilled blue deodoriser on to the roadway. California Highway Patrol Officer Matt Rasmussen told reporters that the crash took place on southbound Interstate 280...

  • Holy cow

    A 6ft 4in cow owned by a US woman has recently been dubbed the world's tallest. Patty Hanson and Blossom the cow smiled for their official Guinness World Records photo shoot after Ms Hanson received an email saying Blossom had been named the...

  • Hot summer 'helped tortoises hatch'

    Hot summer 'helped tortoises hatch'

    Staff at a wildlife park who are celebrating successfully breeding African spurred tortoises for the first time believe the soaring summer temperatures helped. The four tiny babies, measuring just 5cm long, have been named Donatello, Raphael,...

  • Lesbian kiss protest at Sainsbury's

    Students held a "Big Kiss-In" at a branch of Sainsbury's in Brighton after a lesbian couple were asked to leave the store for kissing. Dozens of people, including one woman in a wedding dress, descended on the store on New England Street on...

  • Messages from beyond the grave...

    A South Shields family were shocked to receive text messages from their dead grandmother who had been buried with her mobile phone three years earlier. Since her grandmother Lesley's death, Sheri Emerson, 22, had been sending messages to her phone...

  • Happiness improves with age

    Happiness improves with age

    Britons get happier rather than grumpier with age, according to a new survey which reveals the greatest contentment at 58. The research suggests that people in the UK finally manage to get the work-life balance right towards the end of their...

  • Up in smoke

    Up in smoke

    Thailand's Cabinet has approved a ban on the import of hookah-style water pipes and electronic cigarettes, copying a similar move by neighbouring Cambodia earlier this year. Deputy government spokesman Major General Sansern Kaewkamnerd said the...

  • Gibraltar monkeys enter safari park

    Gibraltar monkeys enter safari park

    A troop of 30 monkeys from Gibraltar have been flown 1,609km to set up home in Scotland. The wild Barbary macaques arrived at Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling following a deal with the Gibraltar government to reduce the territory's monkey...

  • 'Dangerous' blow-up croc detained

    'Dangerous' blow-up croc detained

    Police and wildlife experts were called to a garden after reports of an escaped crocodile - and found it was an inflatable toy. A mother-of-one was horrified to spot the 1m green reptile outside her kitchen window in Cundy Close, Plymouth, at...

  • Extinct kangaroo 'too heavy to hop'

    Extinct kangaroo 'too heavy to hop'

    A giant extinct kangaroo that lived in the Australian outback 100,000 years ago would have walked rather than hopped, research has shown. Scientists said the 2.7m tall creature, which had a round rabbit-like face, would have been an unnerving...

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