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  • Australian koalas welcome visitors in Singapore zoo

    Australian koalas welcome visitors in Singapore zoo

    Four koalas on loan to Singapore by the Australian government moved into their new home at the city's zoo. Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop opened the new exhibit alongside her Singapore counterpart K. Shanmugam. The marsupials...

  • Cannes carpeted over heels policy

    Cannes carpeted over heels policy

    The Cannes Film Festival has come under scrutiny for its policy of only allowing women dressed in high heels to walk on the red carpet for its formal premieres. Many are criticising the festival after Screen International reported that several...

  • Why do men exist? Scientific study offers an explanation

    Why do men exist? Scientific study offers an explanation

    Since in many species, sperm is males' only contribution to reproduction, biologists have long puzzled about why evolutionary selection, known for its ruthless efficiency, allows them to exist. Now British scientists have an explanation: Males are...

  • Saudi Arabia advertises for eight new executioners

    Saudi Arabia is advertising for eight new executioners, recruiting extra staff to carry out an increasing number of death sentences, usually done by public beheading. No special qualifications are needed for the jobs whose main role is "executing...

  • Bust of Putin as Roman emperor unveiled near St Petersburg

    Bust of Putin as Roman emperor unveiled near St Petersburg

    A St Petersburg Cossack group has unveiled a bust of Russian President Vladimir Putin depicted as a Roman emperor, symbolizing a "leader for life."   Many of the Cossacks say they want Vladimir Putin to be Russia's leader for life. Local Cossack...

  • In China, couple gets wedding reception 70 years after marriage

    In China, couple gets wedding reception 70 years after marriage

    A couple in China have had their wedding reception, 70 years after being married. Yan Zhengming (above right), 94, and his wife Zhou Suqing, 90, held the reception at their home on the 70th anniversary of their marriage, in Quxian county of...

  • Pup-roar as Depp's dogs flee

    Pup-roar as Depp's dogs flee

    Johnny Depp's dogs Pistol and Boo are preparing to flee Australia for the United States after the country's agriculture minister angrily accused the Hollywood actor of sneaking the pups into the country. Agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce said...

  • China police find 50 in 6-seater van

    China police find 50 in 6-seater van

    Police discovered a six-seater van with 50 people crammed inside it on Sunday  night in China's southern Guiyang city, state media reported. China's state television CCTV carried the footage filmed by local police showing an officer counting the...

  • 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,...

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