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  • Police officer shoots naked burglar

    A police officer in the United States has shot and wounded a naked burglar. San Diego Police Captain Mike Hastings said the man attacked the officer yesterday and they scuffled over the officer's gun before the shooting. Police were called to a...

  • Waiter! There's a trauma in my soup

    Poor food and rude waiters can create a restaurant experience that is literally traumatic, scientists have discovered. A US study of almost a million restaurant ratings by diners found that the language of "bad" reviews was strikingly similar to...

  • Carnival street party stage for playful political messages

    Carnival street party stage for playful political messages

    Amplifiers were set-up for some 80,000 party-goers at the Boitata street party yesterday, which returned to the centre of Rio de Janeiro to defend its title as the Best Street Party of 2014, according to Brazil´s principal newspaper O Globo. The...

  • Woman stung by scorpion on plane

    There was a sting in the tale of a flight from Los Angeles - a scorpion bit a woman passenger on the hand. Alaska Airlines Flight 567 was taxiing on the runway when the passenger was stung, airline spokesman Cole Cosgrove said. The plane returned...

  • A spectacular 'Battle of the Oranges' in Italy

    A spectacular 'Battle of the Oranges' in Italy

    Italians in the northern city of Ivrea mark carnival with the annual Battle of the Oranges - where the masses turn out for one medieval citrus bash. Gavino Garay reports.

  • Miniature goats for Lunar New Year

    Miniature goats for Lunar New Year

    An artist in Taiwan specialising in miniature sculptures celebrated the Year of the Goat by carving two tiny goats standing on the top of pencil tips. The word used in Chinese for 'Goat' is 'Yang' but, the generic term can often be used to...

  • We're kidults in our 20s - expert

    People in their 20s could accurately be described as "kidults", according to research that suggests adolescent effects on the brain extend far beyond the early teens. The brain changes increase a desire for sensation-seeking and novelty and...

  • A Valentine's Day kiss off in Peru

    A Valentine's Day kiss off in Peru

    Hundreds of couples met for a kissing contest in Callao, Peru last night to get in the mood for Valentine's Day. The organisers of the contest said it was to help people have a "nice time". The event, however, was not exclusive to kissing as...

  • A 'bisou' with a view - Eiffel tower becomes the 'place to kiss' on Valentine's Day

    A 'bisou' with a view - Eiffel tower becomes the 'place to kiss' on Valentine's Day

    The Eiffel tower offers amorous couples the opportunity to take the romantic selfies atop the iconic French monument on Valentine's day. Mana Rabiee reports.  

  • Home for the holidays in China

    Home for the holidays in China

    Tens of thousands in Shanghai join the world's largest annual human migration to make their way home for the Lunar New Year. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

  • Museum bags small step for history

    A cloth bag full of souvenirs brought back by astronaut Neil Armstrong has come to light, more than 40 years after the Apollo 11 moon landing. The trove includes a 16mm movie camera from inside the lunar module that filmed its descent to the moon...

  • Empathetic robot Pepper to get AI

    Empathetic robot Pepper to get AI

    Japanese telecoms group Softbank is to incorporate artificial intelligence technology from IBM into its empathetic robot Pepper which goes on sale later this month. An AI engine called Watson is already used in health care, travel and insurance...

  • Missing plane found after 54 years

    Missing plane found after 54 years

    Chilean mountaineers say they have found the wreckage of a plane that crashed in the Andes 54 years ago, killing 24 people, including eight members of a professional football team. The group said they came across the wreckage at an altitude of...

  • Baby orangutan Rieke debuts at Berlin zoo

    Baby orangutan Rieke debuts at Berlin zoo

    Berlin Zoo gave the public its first look at Rieke, a baby orangutan that was abandoned by its mother and reared by zoo keepers. Zoo Director Andreas Knieriem told reporters that Rieke has had a dramatic young life. Its mother refused to take on...

  • Brazilian woman thanks her lucky bra after shooting

    Brazilian woman thanks her lucky bra after shooting

      Ivete Medeiros says she's lucky to be alive after getting struck by a stray bullet during a robbery in Belem, Brazil. Her saving grace? Her bra.  "I said to myself 'There's no blood, I wasn't hit' and then a few minutes later I started to feel...

  • Rotting bodies at funeral home

    Rotting bodies at funeral home

    More than 60 rotting bodies have been found in an abandoned Mexican crematorium after neighbours complained to authorities about a foul smell coming from the building. The 61 bodies, most of them male, were discovered in a funeral home near the...

  • Prison no-show man: charges dropped

    Prosecutors have dropped criminal charges against a man who gained national attention in the US last year when it emerged he had avoided prison for 13 years due to a clerical error. Cornealious Anderson was arrested for purse-snatching in St Louis...

  • Boy's family 'staged kidnapping'

    A six-year-old boy's mother, grandmother and aunt have been charged after authorities said they staged his kidnapping because they believed he was too nice to people and they wanted to teach him about possible danger from strangers. The sheriff's...

  • Living to tell the tale

    Living to tell the tale

    A shocking video emerged out of Brazil that showed a nine-year-old boy and his uncle being pulled under water and sucked into a flooded storm drain they were trying to clear of debris. In the cell phone video, which went viral in the South...

  • Remains of sunken town re-emerge in Brazil's drought

    Remains of sunken town re-emerge in Brazil's drought

      The ruins of a town submerged underwater for more than 45 years have re-emerged as water levels dramatically drop with Brazil's worst drought in 80 years.   And former residents like Jose Carlos Almeida, say they have mixed emotions about the...

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