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  • Food fight

    Hundreds of young Dutch men and women turned Amsterdam's central Dam square into a blizzard of red gloop as they pelted each other mercilessly with over-ripe tomatoes. In theory, the event was set up as a protest against Russian sanctions blocking...

  • Op for dog with taste for thongs

    Op for dog with taste for thongs

    A dog obsessed with eating thong underwear had to have an emergency operation to remove one of his lacy snacks - only to eat another pair of pants days after he recovered. Brian, a four-year-old Samoyed, has developed a taste for silk and lace...

  • Mexico dishes up creepy crawly fare

    Mexico dishes up creepy crawly fare

    A Mexico City restaurant serves a dish with whole spiders, saying the mild flavour offers quite the enjoyable bug-filled dish you won’t want to send back to the chef. Gavino Garay reports.

  • Gun-toting Colorado woman threatens boy over clarinet practice

    Gun-toting Colorado woman threatens boy over clarinet practice

          Sheriff's deputies in Colorado arrested a 60-year-old woman who pointed a rifle at her neighbour's 11-year-old son as he played his clarinet in the backyard, authorities said. Officers were called to an address in the Rocky Mountain city of...

  • California man accused of cooking ex-girlfriend's dog

    A northern California man is in police custody after allegedly stealing his ex-girlfriend's pet dog, cooking it and feeding it to her, police said. Ryan Watenpaugh, 34, of Palo Cedro was arrested on Thursday and charged with counts of domestic...

  • Coming to a Serie A match near you, film ads on shirts

    Sampdoria's shirts are being turned into billboards for the latest cinema releases by the club's movie producer president Massimo Ferrero. The club currently have no shirt sponsor so Ferrero has struck a deal with a distribution company to display...

  • Grave times for Japan tombstone trade

    Grave times for Japan tombstone trade

    Jianxing An can see he is in a dying business. The gravestone designer, who takes pride in works featuring musical instruments and heavenly gates, says years of shrinking sales are driving him to close up shop in Japan and move back to his native...

  • Kentucky man admits to selling fraudulent fertility kits

    A Kentucky man, who made international news for saying he was trying to clone humans, must close or sell his business after pleading guilty to a federal charge that he misled customers about in-home fertility kits, according to court...

  • Argentine family given permission to name son Messi

    A couple have named their new-born son Messi after Argentina's soccer captain, having been granted permission to circumvent a 45-year-old law banning the use of last names as first names. Barcelona striker Lionel Messi may be one of the...

  • Star-spangled hunt

    If you happen to come across woven wool remnants in red, white or blue marked Fort McHenry in your attic, a group of curators would like to know. Two hundred years after a massive American flag was hoisted over Baltimore's fort to mark victory...

  • Napping thief

    A man who broke into a Pennsylvania bar was found by police napping on a table. William Duffy, 35, of Bradford, faces a preliminary hearing on criminal trespass and public drunkenness charges, the Bradford Era reported. He was found inside the...

  • Endangered frogs released into wild

    Endangered frogs released into wild

    Dozens of critically endangered giant frogs bred in captivity have been released into the wild to help save the species from extinction. The mountain chicken frog, one of the world's largest - and rarest - frogs, is native only to the Caribbean...

  • Arctic expedition medal up for sale

    Arctic expedition medal up for sale

    A medal awarded to one of the men who died on an ill-fated Arctic expedition is expected to sell at auction for £30,000 next month. The honour was presented posthumously to John Irving who sailed as part of Sir John Franklin's expedition which...

  • Sexed-up book

    A Utah author says a schoolteacher plagiarised her Christian romance novel, added graphic sex scenes and passed it off as her own. Rachel Ann Nunes, author of A Bid for Love, filed a federal lawsuit in August against Tiffanie Rushton, a...

  • Pop-star Pope

    In Asia's bastion of Roman Catholic faith, images of Pope Francis are getting the pop star treatment. Life-size cardboard cutouts are being distributed by a church-run radio station to churches, schools and malls in the Philippine capital to...

  • Burping beauty

    Burping beauty

    Supermodel Kathy Ireland has added a new talent to her portfolio: burping. A celebrity judge at this year's Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Ms Ireland was challenged by pageant host Dena Blizzard to reveal an interesting fact...

  • Robot Boris shows dishwasher skills

    Robot Boris shows dishwasher skills

    Like the other Boris, he is big, smart, ambitious and attracts a lot of attention. But there the similarity ends. Boris 2 is a robot with giant blue arms and huge grasping hands - and even though scientists considered giving him a blonde wig, they...

  • Huge dinosaur could walk and swim

    Huge dinosaur could walk and swim

    A terrifying cross between Tyrannosaurus rex, a crocodile and a whale was the largest predator ever to walk the Earth - or swim in its rivers. Spinosaurus is the first dinosaur known to have been adapted to an aquatic lifestyle. Weighing 20 tonnes...

  • Art installation makes shadows fun

    Art installation makes shadows fun

    A new public art installation in Bristol is to record people's shadows and play them back for others to interact with. For six weeks from today technology fitted into street lights will capture people as they walk underneath and then play back an...

  • Bare cheek

    A Paris court has thrown out a legal case against nine activists who bared their breasts in a rowdy protest inside Notre Dame Cathedral, ruling that there was insufficient evidence of any material damage. Prosecutors had sought fines against the...

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