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  • Live grenade removed from soldier's face

    Live grenade removed from soldier's face

    Surgeons in Colombia successfully remove a live grenade embedded in the face of a soldier following an accident. Paul Chapman reports.

  • Blackout caused by monkey

    A three-hour nationwide blackout in Kenya was found to have been caused by a monkey, the national power company said. The Kenya Electricity Generation Company said a wandering primate climbed on to the roof of Gitaru Power Station in central Kenya...

  • Oh No-ah!

    A wooden exhibition ship built as a representation of Noah's Ark has collided with a Norwegian coastguard boat in Oslo harbour, damaging both vessels. The coastguard said the Ark - a 230ft Dutch-built model of the biblical ship, used as a floating...

  • Pigeon mentality could help humans switch between tasks, scientists say

    Pigeon mentality could help humans switch between tasks, scientists say

    Humans could be more efficient if they learnt from pigeonsand stopped thinking about what they are doing, according to scientists. Switching between making a phone call and writing an email led to more mistakes as humans stopped doing one thing...

  • Zafira car caught fire in road the day Vauxhall told owner it would be recalled

    Zafira car caught fire in road the day Vauxhall told owner it would be recalled

    A Vauxhall Zafira owner received a letter telling him his car would be recalled on the same day it burst into flames. Damian Fisher, 43, was driving in Bromley, south-east London, when he noticed smoke coming from an air vent next to the...

  • Man survives 555 days on artificial 'backpack' heart

    Man survives 555 days on artificial 'backpack' heart

    Stan Larkin survived for 555 days on an artificial heart which he carried around in a backpack before the 25-year-old underwent a successful heart transplant last month, making Larkin one of the first patients in Michigan to be discharged from...

  • Seagull plunges into vat of chicken tikka masala, turns orange

    Seagull plunges into vat of chicken tikka masala, turns orange

    A seagull turned bright orange after he plunged into a vat of chicken tikka masala. The bird fell in to a container of the food while trying to scavenge a piece of meat from a food factory bin in Wales. It was picked up by a volunteer for Vale...

  • Sweden bans M&M's

    Sweden bans M&M's

    Swedish court has ruled American chocolate maker Mars to stop selling M&M's candy in the country. Swedish chocolate brand Marabou has successfully chased M&M's away from Swedish candy markets, claiming the lowercase “m” in the candy drops resemble...

  • Remain campaign compared to Nazi propaganda chief

    Remain campaign compared to Nazi propaganda chief

    The Remain in the EU campaign's tactics have been compared to those of Nazi propaganda chief Josef Goebbels by the founder of Ukip. Professor Alan Sked also used a speech at the London School of Economics to suggest that Prime Minister David...

  • Sperm banks sued after 'genius' donor turns out to be convicted felon

    Sperm banks sued after 'genius' donor turns out to be convicted felon

    Canadian families are suing sperm banks after they discovered a donor believed to have fathered 36 children was not the 'genius' they had been led to believe. . The donor, who was said to have an IQ of 160 and a Master’s degree, turned out to be a...

  • Nationwide blackout in Kenya after monkey trips transformer

    Nationwide blackout in Kenya after monkey trips transformer

    A nationwide blackout that hit Kenya yesterday was caused by a monkey tripping a transformer at a hydropower plant, leading to the loss of more than 180 megawatts from the grid, power producer Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen)...

  • Amputee penguin gets a prosthetic leg

    Amputee penguin gets a prosthetic leg

    Bagpipes the penguin is working on his waddle once again after receiving a prosthetic leg. The little blue penguin’s leg had to be amputated after getting it tangled in a fishing line in 2007. He was taken to the International Antarctic Centre in...

  • Man's lucky escape as Cobra comes out of toilet bowl in Thailand

    Man's lucky escape as Cobra comes out of toilet bowl in Thailand

    A Thai man gets a narrow escape after he spotted a cobra come out of his toilet bowl, in the second such incident recorded in the country in about two weeks.  See video above.

  • McDonald's Japan gives away a nugget made of gold

    McDonald's Japan gives away a nugget made of gold

    Last April, McDonald's in Japan tried to lure customers using Big Macs packed with three times the amount of meat. Now they've found an even more bizarre way of turning long-time profit losses to revenue. In a Charlie and the Chocolate...

  • Buzzfeed cancels ad deal for 'health hazard' Donald Trump

    Buzzfeed cancels ad deal for 'health hazard' Donald Trump

    Popular internet media company Buzzfeed has pulled out of an advertising deal for US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, saying the controversial tycoon is "hazardous to our health."  In a memo sent to Buzzfeed employees, the site's...

  • Airbus build the world's first 3D-printed plane

    Airbus build the world's first 3D-printed plane

    A small, white airplane called Thor was an eye-catcher at a Berlin aviation show this week. The tiny, windowless Airbus plane was the first 3D-printed aircraft in the world. Weighing only 21kgs and four metres long, the mini-plane was praised for...

  • Ready, steady, throw: teams fight it out at UK custard pie contest

    Ready, steady, throw: teams fight it out at UK custard pie contest

    Dressed as fairies, musketeers and zombies, teams of eager competitors in fancy dress battled it out at the annual messy custard pie championships in rural England at the weekend. (See below) The contest, in which participants seek to hit...

  • Hurst's World Cup shirt may fetch £500,000

    Hurst's World Cup shirt may fetch £500,000

    The shirt worn by Sir Geoff Hurst in the 1966 World Cup final is expected to fetch up to half a million pounds (Sterling) at an auction to be held nearly 50 years to the day since England's greatest footballing triumph. The red long-sleeved...

  • Shoot drug dealers and I'll give you a medal, says Philippine President-elect

    Shoot drug dealers and I'll give you a medal, says Philippine President-elect

    The Philippine president-elect has encouraged the public to help him in his war against crime and urged citizens with guns to shoot and kill drug dealers who resisted arrest. Rodrigo Duterte told a huge crowd celebrating his presidential victory...

  • Making art out of pollution

    Making art out of pollution

    An exhibit of 17 marine animals, made entirely of plastic waste from the Pacific Ocean, is on display in Washington, DC to shed light on the issue of plastic pollution. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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