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  • Troops injured in lightning strike

    Thirty-one Brazilian soldiers on the presidential security detail were injured when they were struck by lightning while on a military drill. The incident occurred yesterday afternoon in the capital Brasilia. The Army said the lightning struck...

  • Teacher 'taped pupils' mouths shut'

    Education authorities in Poland are investigating allegations that a primary school teacher taped children's mouths shut to silence them. A suspicious mother secretly recorded the teacher's classes and in the recordings, published by TVN24, a...

  • Romania says sorry to German foreign minister for map gaffe

    Romania's Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu has apologised to his visiting German counterpart for handing him a booklet during a televised news conference that mixed up a map of Germany with one of France on the cover. Frank-Walter Steinmeier paid a...

  • 'Murder at Crufts' dog poisoning claim hits world's biggest dog show

    The world's biggest dog show was thrust into a murder mystery fit for an Agatha Christie novel when a champion Irish setter died after its owner said it had been fed steak laced with poison. The death of three-year-old Jagger rocked Britain's...

  • Egypt investigates explicit video filmed at the pyramids

    Egypt investigates explicit video filmed at the pyramids

    Egypt is investigating how foreign tourists managed to film a pornographic video near the Giza pyramids, the government said. "There is unlawful footage of pornographic scenes in the area of the pyramids made by a foreign female tourist,"...

  • Police can't crack egg pelting case

    An 85-year-old man says his Ohio home has been pelted with eggs several times a week for a year, and police have not been able to crack the case despite stakeouts, questioning neighbours, installing a surveillance camera and even testing eggshells...

  • UK Video - Car stolen from showroom in 60 seconds

    UK Video - Car stolen from showroom in 60 seconds

    Surrey Police released this footage of ram-raiders stealing a  vintage racing car from a showroom in the space of 60 seconds. The raiders reversed a Land Rover Defender into a glass-fronted specialist car showroom, then used chains to attach the...

  • Ancient mummified monk found inside golden Buddha

    Ancient mummified monk found inside golden Buddha

    A gold statue of Buddha housed at Hungary's Natural History Museum has been found to contain the mummified body of an ancient Chinese monk believed to be nearly 1,000 years old. Monika Kiss Stefan of Hungary's Natural History museum where the...

  • Punches thrown in Ukraine parliament

    Punches thrown in Ukraine parliament

    A brawl erupted in the Ukrainian parliament yesterday with deputies throwing punches and shouting abuse at one another. At the centre of the scuffles was leader of Ukraine's populist Radical Party, Oleh Lyashko, who took exception to the presence...

  • Boy 'hits brother with stolen car'

    A nine-year-old boy ended up in hospital after his 10-year-old brother apparently ran him over with a stolen car in Michigan in the US, authorities said. Roscommon County sheriff's department responded early on Sunday after a woman called to...

  • Japan island overrun by cats

    Japan island overrun by cats

    Cats outnumber humans on remote Japanese island. Chris Meyers reports.  

  • Car thief knocks himself out - video goes viral

    Car thief knocks himself out - video goes viral

    A would-be car thief who knocked himself out trying to break into a Mercedes has become an international laughing stock after video footage of the botched robbery went viral. More than two million people have watched the CCTV images of the...

  • Harry Potter collection on display

    A young Mexican's fascination with Harry Potter has grown in to the world's biggest private collection of toys, books, clothes and other items related to author J.K. Rowling's fantasy hero. Now, other fans have a chance to see it all. The...

  • Increase in wild giant pandas

    Increase in wild giant pandas

    Wild giant pandas in China are doing well. The latest census by China's State Forestry Administration shows the panda population has grown by 268 to a total of 1,864 since the last survey ending in 2003. Nearly three quarters of the pandas live in...

  • Streets calmer after llama drama

    Two quick-footed llamas dashing in and out of traffic in an Arizona retirement community were rounded up cowboy-style by authorities, causing a stir in the streets and on social media. A large white and a smaller black llama darting through the...

  • Linguistic row over town's new name

    Linguistic row over town's new name

    A linguistic storm is brewing in coastal Luderitz, where some residents of the Namibian town are protesting against plans to change its name to !Nami#nus. Those are not typographical errors. The name, proposed by some local officials and tribal...

  • Residents warned over 'terror owl'

    Residents warned over 'terror owl'

    The residents of one Dutch town are cowering under umbrellas after an aggressive eagle owl started swooping out of the sky, sinking its talons into them and gouging their flesh. The so-called "terror owl" has become a media sensation after...

  • Footage shows people falling into sinkhole in Seoul

    Footage shows people falling into sinkhole in Seoul

    A South Korean man and woman suffered minor injuries when they stepped off a bus and fell into a sinkhole in Seoul. The accident on February 20 was captured by a CCTV camera. It shows the two people in their 20s getting off the bus and taking a...

  • Water leaks into astronaut's helmet

    Water leaks into astronaut's helmet

    NASA astronaut Terry Virts was quickly pulled into the International Space Station to remove him from his space suit yesterday after water pooled in his helmet. He was one of two astronauts taking part in an almost seven-hour spacewalk to begin...

  • Cars, not drivers, could be consuming whisky

    Cars, not drivers, could be consuming whisky

    A scientist has produced the first commercially viable fuel to be developed from whisky by-products. Professor Martin Tangney, director of Napier University's biofuel research centre, has produced an advanced biofuel called biobutanol, which could...

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