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  • Banksy art hit by crude vandalism

    Banksy art hit by crude vandalism

    A mural by street artist Banksy has been vandalised just two weeks after it appeared on a wall in a seaside town. The piece, called Art Buff, depicts an older woman staring at an empty plinth while wearing headphones with her hands clasped behind...

  • Warning over Ninja Turtle pet craze

    Warning over Ninja Turtle pet craze

    Fans of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film should think twice before buying their own mini "hero in a half-shell", conservationists are warning. The original Ninja Turtles craze in the 1980s and 1990s saw thousands of match-box sized baby...

  • California parrot that vanished for four years returns speaking Spanish

    The owner of a parrot that spoke English with a British accent says the bird went missing for four years, only to return speaking Spanish and asking for someone named Larry, a Southern California newspaper reported. Darren Chick told the Daily...

  • Ukrainian 'Darth Vader' runs for parliament

    Ukrainian 'Darth Vader' runs for parliament

    A candidate purporting to be "Star Wars" villain Darth Vader uses traditional Ukrainian images in his commercials backing his parliament run. Gavino Garay reports.

  • Legal rights for chimpanzees?

    Legal rights for chimpanzees?

    A fight to give chimpanzees "bodily liberty" in New York, cats big and small in Eastern Europe, monkey business at the San Diego Zoo, and Sausage, Greece's 'protest dog', dies of heart attack. Gavino Garay reports.

  • Man dies at maze zombie attraction

    A bus carrying paintball players struck and killed a man inside a zombie attraction at a corn maze in Idaho, authorities said. Jeremy T McSpadden Jr, 18, of Spokane Valley, Washington state, was a role player in the Zombie Slayer Paintball Bus...

  • Race victory brings the spouse down

    Race victory brings the spouse down

    They've been bridesmaids four times, but now the weighty efforts of a couple from Maine have lifted the North American Wife Carrying Championship. Jesse Wall carried Christina Arsenault over a 278-yard course that bedevilled by log hurdles, sand...

  • Titanic deck plan and menu for sale

    Titanic deck plan and menu for sale

    A deck plan and the only surviving menu from the Titanic's first-class restaurant are expected to be sold for up to £100,000 at auction next week. The deck plan was used by Elise Lurette to find her way to the lifeboats after the passenger liner...

  • Escaped wallaby causes roads chaos

    Escaped wallaby causes roads chaos

    A wallaby which escaped in York, UK, forced the closure of a major road during rush-hour. Some 15 police officers were involved in the operation to retrieve the animal, which fled from the city's Askham Bryan College. Officers closed a section of...

  • Landscaper killed by bee swarm in Arizona

    Landscaper killed by bee swarm in Arizona

    A landscaper has died and another was critically ill after the men were attacked by thousands of swarming bees in southern Arizona. Douglas Fire Department said the incident happened at about 10.30am local time as the pair were working on a...

  • China on the lookout for Putin's roaming tiger

    China is on the hunt for a Siberian tiger released into the wild by Russian President Vladimir Putin, state media said, after the animal roamed across the border, likely in search of food. The tiger, named Kuzia, was one of three of the rare wild...

  • 'Delightful' boy wins £2.25m payout

    A seven-year-old boy who was born too early after his mother was fitted with a contraceptive device while she was pregnant has been awarded £2.25 million damages. Cian Bowen suffered brain damage because of his birth at 29 weeks and now has...

  • Man kills, cuts up and cooks his girlfriend in Australia

    Man kills, cuts up and cooks his girlfriend in Australia

    A man in Australia is believed to have killed, then cut up, and maybe even cooked his girlfriend. Local media say the body parts of a 24 year old transgender woman from Indonesia were discovered inside the apartment of Marcus Volke. Some of the...

  • Charlie Sheen sued over incident

    Charlie Sheen sued over incident

    A US dental technician who says actor Charlie Sheen punched her in the chest during an office visit is suing him for assault and battery. Margarita Palestino filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles, seeking unspecified damages from the Anger Management...

  • Sperm row

    An Ohio woman has sued a Chicago-area sperm bank after she became pregnant with sperm donated by a black man instead of a white man as she had intended. Uniontown resident Jennifer Cramblett said she found out she was impregnated with the wrong...

  • Facebook in drag queens U-turn

    Facebook has apologised to transgender and drag queen users whose accounts were deleted for violating its policy on using real names. Christopher Cox, Facebook's chief production officer, said several hundred accounts had been flagged by a user as...

  • Singing road

    Transport officials in New Mexico are hoping a "singing road" along historic Route 66 will curb speeding. Tigress Productions is creating the road between Albuquerque and the mountain community of Tijeras for a new National Geographic Channel...

  • Ryanair 'axes cabin crew calendar'

    Ryanair has called time on its calendar of cabin crew in bikinis, according to reports. The low-fare airline's chief executive Michael O'Leary told Irish radio station Today FM that the calendar, which has raised money for charity, will not be...

  • 'Racist' Banksy mural removed

    'Racist' Banksy mural removed

    One of street artist Banksy's newest works has been removed following complaints it was racist. The mural - featuring a group of pigeons holding anti-immigration banners - appeared this week in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, where a by-election is due to...

  • Elks have bottle

    Thirsty hikers will have to wait. The elk are first in line. The animals are helping themselves to water from bottle-filling stations set up around Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona by lifting the spring-loaded levers with their noses and...

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