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  • Messages from beyond the grave...

    A South Shields family were shocked to receive text messages from their dead grandmother who had been buried with her mobile phone three years earlier. Since her grandmother Lesley's death, Sheri Emerson, 22, had been sending messages to her phone...

  • Happiness improves with age

    Happiness improves with age

    Britons get happier rather than grumpier with age, according to a new survey which reveals the greatest contentment at 58. The research suggests that people in the UK finally manage to get the work-life balance right towards the end of their...

  • Up in smoke

    Up in smoke

    Thailand's Cabinet has approved a ban on the import of hookah-style water pipes and electronic cigarettes, copying a similar move by neighbouring Cambodia earlier this year. Deputy government spokesman Major General Sansern Kaewkamnerd said the...

  • Gibraltar monkeys enter safari park

    Gibraltar monkeys enter safari park

    A troop of 30 monkeys from Gibraltar have been flown 1,609km to set up home in Scotland. The wild Barbary macaques arrived at Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling following a deal with the Gibraltar government to reduce the territory's monkey...

  • 'Dangerous' blow-up croc detained

    'Dangerous' blow-up croc detained

    Police and wildlife experts were called to a garden after reports of an escaped crocodile - and found it was an inflatable toy. A mother-of-one was horrified to spot the 1m green reptile outside her kitchen window in Cundy Close, Plymouth, at...

  • Extinct kangaroo 'too heavy to hop'

    Extinct kangaroo 'too heavy to hop'

    A giant extinct kangaroo that lived in the Australian outback 100,000 years ago would have walked rather than hopped, research has shown. Scientists said the 2.7m tall creature, which had a round rabbit-like face, would have been an unnerving...

  • Legged it

    A prosthetic leg reported stolen from a veteran in a wheelchair outside the Eagles-Giants American football game in south Philadelphia was later recovered on a subway train, police said. Sonny Forriest Jr, who is known for singing for fans outside...

  • Selfie cam

    Selfie cam

    David Cameron has admitted he cannot refuse selfie snaps with voters, claiming it would be rude to turn down a request. Explaining why he posed for the pictures, the British Prime Minister said politicians were "in the business of trying to win...

  • Bath and a beer for charity boarder

    A snowboarder who has set a new world record after snowboarding for 24 hours at a venue in Greater Manchester has said he will celebrate by having a bath and drinking a beer. Rich Millington, 31, completed 308 runs of an indoor real-snow slope at...

  • Putin's tiger 'ate five chickens'

    A rare Siberian tiger released into the wild by Russian President Vladimir Putin has attacked a henhouse in north-eastern China, raising concerns that farmers may hunt it down. China's official Xinhua News Agency says the animal known as Kuzya was...

  • Vets look after car park seal pup

    Vets look after car park seal pup

    Vets are nursing a baby seal back to health - after finding it in a car park. Officials from the RSPCA found the young pup in a poor state outside the RNLI's boathouse in Borth, Cardiganshire, west Wales. Collection officer William Galvin said he...

  • 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...

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