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  • Havana Club Cuban rum ready to rediscover America

    Havana Club Cuban rum ready to rediscover America

    Cuba's largest distillery awaits the lifting of the US embargo to market the world-famous Havana Club rum to the United States. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

  • Penitent thief writes to victim

    Penitent thief writes to victim

    A remorseful thief who stole a bird bath has left a note for his victim saying he is sorry and explaining he needed a gift for his mother's birthday. Police were called to an 82-year-old widow's home in Hawkshead Court, Newcastle, last month...

  • Man finds sea lion pup on his boat

    A sailor who was woken by snoring found a baby sea lion asleep on a bunk in his boat. Michael Duffy, 48, was on his 41ft Kettenburg boat Elixir at the San Diego Yacht Club when he awoke at 2.30am local time on Sunday. Hearing snoring and sneezing,...

  • Bus company sorry for 'ride me' ads

    A bus company has apologised after advertising its fares with a picture of a half-naked woman and the words "ride me all day for £3". New Adventure Travel (NAT), based in Cardiff, hoped the ads on the back of its new X1 service would be a talking...

  • Black bear with cubs chases Yellowstone tourists

    Black bear with cubs chases Yellowstone tourists

    A black bear with three cubs chased a group of picture-taking tourists on a bridge in Yellowstone National Park this week. A video of the encounter was posted on the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks YouTube page on Friday. Shot by Montana Fish,...

  • Elephants make a splash in western India

    Elephants make a splash in western India

    Built especially for elephants, a swimming pool in India's western Rajasthan state provides relief to the jumbos from the scorching summer heat. Situated at Amer on the outskirts of Jaipur city, popularly known as the city of palaces, 'Haathi...

  • Zoo monkey keeps name Charlotte

    Zoo monkey keeps name Charlotte

    A monkey born in a Japanese zoo is to keep its name Charlotte. Oita city officials settled a national debate over whether calling the monkey Charlotte offended its British royal namesake. The officials said they will stick to their first choice...

  • Baby chimp to be paired with surrogate at Florida zoo

    Baby chimp to be paired with surrogate at Florida zoo

    A two-month-old chimpanzee in need of a mother has moved to a central Florida zoo to be paired with a surrogate to raise her. "It's a pretty touch decision to do this," admitted Carey Ricciardone of the Maryland Zoo where the baby chimp, Keeva,...

  • Zoo makes a monkey out of princess

    Zoo makes a monkey out of princess

    A Japanese zoo has apologised after receiving complaints over naming a baby monkey Charlotte after the newborn British princess. The Takasakiyama Natural Zoological Garden said it was considering renaming the macaque. It was flooded with angry...

  • Two Ferraris left to Lifeboat Service

    Two Ferraris left to Lifeboat Service

    The UK's Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is set to receive a multimillion-pound windfall after two classic Ferraris were left to the charity in a will. Northamptonshire businessman Richard Colton's dying wish was for his cars to be sold...

  • Koala makes surprise visit to Australian hospital

    Koala makes surprise visit to Australian hospital

    Security footage of a koala wandering unhindered through the emergency ward of an Australian hospital has become the latest viral video on the internet, with tens of thousands of people watching the curious critter online. Security cameras...

  • Man dies in Peru racehorse accident

    Man dies in Peru racehorse accident

    Dramatic scenes during a horse race in Peru after a spectator was fatally injured near the finish line as he walks onto the track. Horse racing fan Faustino Landeo, 50, died in hospital after the collision with a horse and his jockey in Acobamba,...

  • Sandwich-making fox, camel chased down highway

    Sandwich-making fox, camel chased down highway

    Personality is everything, and this little chipmunk has it big -- first thing in the morning at that! Now it's time to wake up and watch the wacky animal stories from the week... It's a mad dash down an Abu Dhabi highway... Likewise for the...

  • Tattoos disrupt Apple watches

    Tattoos disrupt Apple watches

      Early adopters of the Apple Watch, Apple Inc's first new product in five years, are complaining that a number of its key functions are disrupted by their tattoos. Tattooed owners of Apple Watch have found that their inked skin confuses the...

  • Sea lion puts fisherman in hospital

    A sea lion jumped from the water as a man posed for a photo on his boat with a large fish and pulled him overboard. Dan Carlin is still recovering more than three weeks after the incident in Mission Bay, San Diego. He told how his wife Trish had...

  • Germans switch sausage for soya over green, health concerns

    Germans, known for their love of sausages, are eating less meat and more vegetarian food as concerns grow about health, animal welfare and the environmental cost of livestock farming. Meat consumption is stable or declining in most developed...

  • Back pain linked to ape ancestors

    People with closer links to their ape ancestors may be more prone to a common cause of back pain, a study has shown. Evidence suggests that individuals with chimpanzee-like vertebrae are at greater risk of suffering a slipped disc. Bad backs may...

  • Peru celebrates native percussion instrument, the cajon

    Peru celebrates native percussion instrument, the cajon

    A lively celebration as Peruvians hold festival in honour of the cajon drum, and attempt to break the Guinness record for Largest Cajon Ensemble. Gavino Garay reports.

  • Speedy pigs, rare baby baboon make their mark

    Speedy pigs, rare baby baboon make their mark

    This little piggie went to Devon, England to join other piggies in a political race to the finish. They call him David Hameron... and he went snout-to-snout with four other micropigs, representing the political parties seeking election on May...

  • Fishermen's giant stingray catch

    Fishermen's giant stingray catch

    A group of fishermen working in the northern Tumbe region of Peru made a big find at the weekend - an enormous stingray which local media have reported weighs one tonne. The ray was found in the La Crove cove in northern waters near the border...

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