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  • Dutch IVF centre may have mixed up sperm for dozens of couples

    Dutch IVF centre may have mixed up sperm for dozens of couples

    More than two dozen women in the Netherlands may have been fertilised with sperm from the wrong man, following a suspected donor mix-up at a Dutch IVF treatment clinic.  The Utrecht University Medical Centre said a "procedural error" was to blame,...

  • Fake news triggers Facebook safety check

    Fake news triggers Facebook safety check

    A fake news article claiming that a bomb had gone off in Bangkok led to Facebook's Safety Check feature being activated today, as users on the social media network shared news of the non-existent explosion.  Facebook announced last month that its...

  • Replaying family quarrel may ease tension - study

    Replaying family quarrel may ease tension - study

    Replaying a family quarrel in your head can help to ease rather than prolong the tension, psychologists have suggested. Going over the details of an argument and remembering exactly what happened rather than sweeping it under the carpet or letting...

  • Watch: Astronauts share some 'haute' space cuisine for Christmas

    Watch: Astronauts share some 'haute' space cuisine for Christmas

    In a message from the International Space State, the crew sent their Christmas greetings to planet Earth below. NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, who is on her third long-duration mission to the ISS, said that being able to look down on the earth...

  • Watch: Busy night for Santa

    Watch: Busy night for Santa

    Santa Claus had a busy night delivering Christmas gifts to children all over the world. His long journey started from Finland on Friday evening. Though he spends much of his time in his workshop at the North Pole, Santa's official residence is in...

  • Watch: Dad's hilarious rant about daughter returning for Christmas goes viral

    Watch: Dad's hilarious rant about daughter returning for Christmas goes viral

    Clothes all over the house, milk left out of the fridge, loud gatherings with friends. These are some of a Maine father's complaints about his college daughter being home for Christmas. Dan Howard, of Cape Elizabeth, has posted a humorous...

  • Save Santa's Sherry, say British lovers of fortified wine

    Save Santa's Sherry, say British lovers of fortified wine

    A worrying slump in sales of Father Christmas's favourite tipple, sherry, has prompted a British trade group to start a campaign to ensure the fortified wine doesn't fall off menus. 'Save Santa's Sherry' was set up by the Wine and Sprit Trade...

  • Watch: Cop gives speeding student necktie lesson

    Watch: Cop gives speeding student necktie lesson

    A Wisconsin police officer who stopped a speeding college student who was late for a presentation ended up tying his tie for him. WBAY-TV said Menomonie Police Department posted dash-cam video of the November 30 traffic-stop exchange on its...

  • Reindeer's role in protecting North Pole from climate change

    Reindeer's role in protecting North Pole from climate change

    When they are not busy pulling Santa's sleigh, Rudolph and his friends are helping to protect the North Pole from climate change, scientists have discovered. By eating up Arctic shrubs, reindeer make the surface of the ground more reflective and...

  • Watch: Truck leaves trail of destruction as it is chased by police in Thailand

    Watch: Truck leaves trail of destruction as it is chased by police in Thailand

    A truck driver damaged 41 vehicles during a police chase in Thailand's capital Bangkok, leaving three people injured, local police said. The suspect drove into a bus lane and did not stop when the police intervened, according to local media...

  • Watch: Train misses cyclist... just

    Watch: Train misses cyclist... just

    Dramatic footage of a cyclist coming within centimetres of being killed by a train have prompted fresh warnings about the dangers of level crossings in the UK. The near-miss was filmed by trackside cameras and CCTV on board trains as they passed...

  • Famed London pub covered in 85 Christmas trees

    Famed London pub covered in 85 Christmas trees

    You can't miss the Churchill Arms in London - it's the one completely covered in Christmas trees and twinkling festive lights. The popular pub has 85 trees adorning its exterior, five inside and a glittering display of 22,500 lights. "We never...

  • Man travelled on top of 100mph train in the UK

    Man travelled on top of 100mph train in the UK

    UK police are hunting a man who labelled himself "The Silver Shadow" after he was spotted on top of a train travelling at up to 100mph. Officers say he put the lives of himself and others on the train at risk when he waved below to passengers as...

  • Gargling with Listerine stops spread of gonorrhoea, study suggests

    Gargling with Listerine stops spread of gonorrhoea, study suggests

    Daily rinsing and gargling with a commercial brand of mouthwash could help control the spread of gonorrhoea, a new study suggests. Researchers noted increasing cases of gonorrhoea among men who had sex with men and sought to establish whether...

  • South Carolina lawmakers propose pornography block on new computers

    South Carolina lawmakers propose pornography block on new computers

    Computers and devices sold in South Carolina that can access the internet would be required to have filters installed to prevent people from viewing pornography, although buyers could pay a $20 fee to remove the blocking software under a proposal...

  • Man wins fight to wear goat horns in driver's licence photo

    Man wins fight to wear goat horns in driver's licence photo

    An ordained Pagan priest has finally been allowed to sport goat horns in his driver's licence photo. Maine resident Phelan Moonsong said that unless he is sleeping or bathing, he always wears his goat horns, which serve as his spiritual antennae...

  • Pakistani airline staff slaughter goat on airport runway

    Pakistani airline staff slaughter goat on airport runway

    Staff at Pakistani airline PIA slaughtered a black goat on an airport runway as a 'hedge against accidents', prompting scathing criticism and widespread ridicule on social media.  The photo, taken at Islamabad National Airport on Sunday, showed a...

  • Santa takes the plunge

    Santa takes the plunge

    Father Christmas made early stops at aquariums in South Korea and France, to hand out treats to the marine inhabitants, and delight visitors of all ages. He arrived at the Coex Aquarium in Seoul, South Korea on Saturday bringing holiday cheer to...

  • Charity fund-raising Santas race through Madrid

    Charity fund-raising Santas race through Madrid

    Thousands of running Santas flooded one of Madrid's main boulevards yesterday as they took part in a six kilometre race in which amusement and Christmas were the main ingredients. Clad in the traditional red jacket and hat the participants set off...

  • Angels descend from Czech church tower

    Angels descend from Czech church tower

    Thousands of people watched angels flying from a church tower during the last Advent weekend Christmas market in Ustek, North Bohemia, Czech Republic yesterday. Three young women dressed as angels were lowered from the St Peter and Paul Church...

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