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  • Police on lion hunt after claims of Milwaukee sighting

    Reports of a lion roaming a US city have put police and others on the lookout. Milwaukee police say a woman reported seeing a lion on Monday afternoon in her north side neighbourhood. Police Chief Edward Flynn says his officers were given mobile...

  • The military flies in water for thirsty Swiss cows

    The military flies in water for thirsty Swiss cows

      Swiss dairy cows yearning for a drink of water during the unusually dry summer, have found relief through Swiss army water airlifts.   A heatwave in Switzerland's Jura mountains has left farm animals parched. But for thirsty dairy cows, relief...

  • High on the menu: cannabis spaghetti features at Italian foodfest

    Any Italian will tell you: pasta is healthy and makes you feel good. But what about spaghetti made from cannabis? Farmers from southern Italy presenting their wares at a London food festival this week say their hemp pasta, oil and bread won't get...

  • Blood shortage in the land of Dracula

    Blood shortage in the land of Dracula

    A fanged Dracula with a blood bag hooked up to his arm is offering an unusual deal for tickets to a Romania music festival: Pay with blood. "We have a bloody problem", "Don't suck, donate" and "Not only vampires need blood", say campaign flyers...

  • Snails slug it out in world racing championship

    Snails slug it out in world racing championship

    What did the snail say when it jumped on the turtle's back? Weee! Snails might be one of the slowest creatures on the planet, but they can entertain a crowd. The village of Congham in eastern England has been home to the World Snail-Racing...

  • One bid at auction for Spanish 'ghost airport'

    One of Spain's "ghost airports" - expensive projects that were virtually unused - received just one bid in a bankruptcy auction after costing some €1.1 billion to build. The buyer's offer: €10,000. Ciudad Real Central airport, about 150 miles...

  • Hitchhiking robot embarks on coast-to-coast US tour

    A humanoid robot has embarked on a hitchhiking journey across the US. With its thumb in the air and a smile on its digital face, hitchBOT, the creation of two researchers in Canada, has already caught rides across Canada and in Europe, relying on...

  • Stressed Italian cows get air-conditioned sheds to combat heatwave

    Italian farmers are installing showers and air conditioning in cowsheds and pigsties to allow the animals to freshen up in the baking summer heat, an agriculture group said today. Farm animals in Italy -- particularly in the muggy agricultural...

  • China's 'face-kini' gets a new design

    China's 'face-kini' gets a new design

    Face masks worn on the beaches of China to prevent sun damage and jellyfish stings get a new design. Julie Noce reports.

  • Police video shows plane landing on highway

    Police video shows plane landing on highway

    A small skydiving plane was forced to make an emergency landing on a New Jersey highway on Sunday, leaving the instructor with minor injuries. Video of the incident, released by Stafford Township police, appeared to show the aircraft gliding onto...

  • Prison for sale

    Prison for sale

    For less than €250,000, you can buy a Polish prison in the town of Leczyca. Gavino Garay reports.

  • 'Cake' beating death: pair charged

    The mother and uncle of a nine-year-old US boy who was allegedly handcuffed and beaten for eating birthday cake without permission have been charged over his death. Police arrested Oriana Garcia, 26, and Jacob Barajas, 23, and charged them with...

  • Chinese woman is dogs' best friend - saving dogs facing slaughter for food

    Chinese woman is dogs' best friend - saving dogs facing slaughter for food

    Meet Yang Xiaoyun - not your average pet owner. For years, she's devoted her life to looking after vulnerable dogs… Lots of them. In fact, she's now got around 3,000 at her home in the northern city of Tianjin, China. Even more remarkable,...

  • "Life-saving" rats to sniff out deadly landmines

    "Life-saving" rats to sniff out deadly landmines

    Pit, only two and with just one eye, needed only 11 minutes before he detected a deadly mine buried in a Cambodian field, work that humans with metal detectors could have taken up to five days to investigate. But Pit is not human. He is part of a...

  • UK's Prince Philip caught on camera swearing at photographer

    UK's Prince Philip caught on camera swearing at photographer

    Prince Philip, the 94-year-old husband of Britain's Queen Elizabeth well-known for occasional verbal gaffes, was caught on camera swearing at a photographer yesterday. At an event to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain between the...

  • Flight diverted as husband punches wife on plane

    Flight diverted as husband punches wife on plane

    A British Airways flight from London to Houston made an emergency landing in Boston after a passenger allegedly assaulted his wife and punched her. The unruly passenger was reportedly intoxicated. Several other passengers intervened and held the...

  • Veteran’s wartime medals stolen

    Veteran’s wartime medals stolen

    UK police have appealed for help to hunt down burglars who targeted the home of a 97-year-old war veteran while he was in hospital. William Fearn and his family are said to be distraught after his service medals were taken from his home in Hodge...

  • Canadian goes airborne in lawn chair lifted by helium balloons

    A Canadian man who parachuted from a flying lawn chair powered by helium balloons is facing police charges. Daniel Booria of Calgary was charged with mischief after he tied more than 100 helium-filled balloons to a lawn chair, strapped a parachute...

  • ‘Pawesome’ day for student and dog

    ‘Pawesome’ day for student and dog

    A student and his dog donned graduation robes today after the pet helped his owner complete his university degree. Jack Proctor, 34, joined forces with cocker spaniel Fudge to complete a series of assignments as he studied for his BDes (Hons) in...

  • Black hole near star fires out x-rays in rare occurrence

    Black hole near star fires out x-rays in rare occurrence

    A rare phenomenon was spotted on June 15 when a NASA satellite measured a large burst of x-rays coming from a black hole, being circled by a star some 8,000 light-years away from Earth. The black hole, which sits in V404 Cygni binary system, had...

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