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  • Asian tiger mosquitoes spotted in Paris

    Asian tiger mosquitoes, known to carry deadly diseases including dengue fever and chikungunya, were spotted in Paris for the second year running this summer, a local French health agency said. The striped insects were detected by a visitor to the...

  • Topless Times Square women will not be tolerated, New York mayor warns

    Women who pose nearly naked for photos in exchange for cash in Times Square will not be tolerated, New York City's mayor Bill de Blasio has warned. The practice seems to be on the rise at the busy tourist attraction. Many of the women wear only...

  • Dunking tomatoes in hot water before they ripen makes them taste better

    Tomatoes sold in supermarkets can be made to taste better by dunking them in hot water before they ripen, a study has found. The research could result in tomatoes bought from stores being as flavoursome as those straight off the vine. Typically...

  • Parrot accused of foul talk

    Parrot accused of foul talk

    This Indian parrot has a mouth on him - at least that's what this woman, named Janabai, told police in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Janabai claims the parrot's owner, her own stepson, Suresh, has trained the parrot to abuse her when she passes...

  • Batman impersonator dies in US ‘Batmobile’ crash

    A man known for dressing as Batman to visit children in hospital has died in a crash on a US road after his Batmobile had engine trouble. Police say 51-year-old Leonard Robinson of Maryland was checking the engine of his Batmobile while standing...

  • Donald Trump bombarded Diana with flowers after divorce

    Donald Trump bombarded Diana with flowers after divorce

    Donald Trump bombarded Diana, Princess of Wales with flowers after her divorce, a broadcaster has claimed. Selina Scott said the billionaire businessman saw the Princess as "the ultimate trophy wife", but that he gave Diana "the...

  • Cuban chefs visit Miami to learn new culinary tricks

    Cuban chefs visit Miami to learn new culinary tricks

    Chefs from Cuba visit some of Miami's best restaurants to hone their skills, as relations between the two countries slowly warm. Sean Carberry reports.  

  • Cristiano Ronaldo's sister makes bid to be Eurovision singer

    Cristiano Ronaldo's sister, Katia Aveiro, has launched a Twitter campaign asking fans to back her bid to represent Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest. The football star's 38-year-old sibling began her musical career in 2005 under the stage...

  • Zimbabwe presses for repatriation of skulls from Britain

    The Zimbabwe government is "frantically working" to repatriate from Britain skulls of Zimbabweans killed in an 1890s anti-colonialism war, officials say. The state-run Herald newspaper quoted Home Affairs Minister Ignatius Chombo saying Zimbabwe...

  • Grateful refugee names child 'Angela Merkel'

    A Ghanaian refugee who has been granted asylum in Germany named her newborn daughter after Chancellor Angela Merkel in gratitude for being allowed to stay in the country. Ophelya Ade, 26, who comes from a small town near the Ghanaian capital...

  • Taiwan gives leaning postboxes stamp of stardom

    Taiwan gives leaning postboxes stamp of stardom

    A pair of roadside postboxes uniformly bent by a falling signboard during a typhoon have become celebrities in Taiwan, with people lining up to take photos and inspiring fan merchandise. Many Taiwanese think the postboxes resemble faces, and this...

  • Elvis buyers dig deep at King-size Graceland auction

    A diamond and gold pendant Elvis Presley gave Sammy Davis Jr is just one of 160 artefacts that has gone under the hammer during an auction at the King of Rock 'n' Roll's Memphis, Tennessee, home. The auction at Graceland was part of Elvis Week,...

  • Toilet humour? San Francisco puts anti-pee paint on walls

    San Francisco has painted nine walls with a repellent material that makes pee spray back off them in a bid to tackle public urination. The walls have been coated with the clear liquid repellent material, which goes on much like paint. Any urine...

  • It's 'balls away!' for water conservation

    It's 'balls away!' for water conservation

    With California in its fourth year of a catastrophic drought, Los Angeles is rolling out a new initiative to save water: shade balls. Gavino Garay reports.

  • Girl finds gold bar while swimming in German Alpine lake

    Girl finds gold bar while swimming in German Alpine lake

    A teenager has made an unexpected find while swimming in a lake in the German Alps - a 500g bar of gold. Police said they are still trying to figure out where the bar comes from and how it got into the Koenigssee lake, a popular tourist...

  • South Korea's 'love hotels' go upscale

    South Korea's 'love hotels' go upscale

    Once furtive and seedy, South Korea's short-stay "love hotels" are cleaning up their act, even becoming family-friendly. Katie Sargent reports

  • Daredevil Wallenda completes longest tightrope walk in Wisconsin

    High-wire daredevil Nik Wallenda has completed his longest yet tightrope walk during an appearance at the Wisconsin State Fair. He crossed the 1,576ft wire that was strung more than 10 storeys above the Milwaukee Mile Speedway on the fairgrounds,...

  • Wallet’s 30-year return journey to owner reaches end of the line

    A wallet which had been missing for more than 30 years in the UK has been returned to its owner – complete with all of its original contents. Containing an old £1 note and a handful of coins, the wallet was found down the back of a seat in a...

  • Austrian glacier replicates Mars for researchers

    Austrian glacier replicates Mars for researchers

    Researchers wearing 50 kilo spacesuits simulate a mission to Mars on the Kaunertal glacier valley that resembles the conditions of the Red Planet. Jillian Kitchener reports.

  • Watch: Pet alpacas under attack

    Watch: Pet alpacas under attack

    Police in northern England are looking for two men who've been recorded on surveillance video attacking alpacas with garden furniture on the grounds of a nursing home. Rob Muir reports.

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