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  • Palestinian soldiers graduate

    Female members of Palestinian security forces loyal to Hamas take part in a military graduation ceremony in Gaza City.

  • Australian wins legal fight for non-specific gender status

    The Australian High Court on Wednesday ruled a Sydney resident be granted non-specific gender status 25 years after undergoing a sex change to become a female. Norrie, who goes by one name, was born male and underwent gender reassignment in 1989,...

  • British warship fires dummy torpedo into nuclear naval base

    A British warship accidentally launched an inert torpedo during a training exercise, sending a dummy weapon crashing into a wharf at a naval base in southern England used by nuclear submarines. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said an investigation...

  • Man swept to sea during beach baptism

    Rescuers have ended their search for a 43-year-old man swept to sea during a baptism ceremony on a southern California beach. The US coast guard said the search was called off and there are no plans to resume it. A wave pulled three people into...

  • New apps help people avoid unwanted encounters

    Trying to avoid an awkward encounter with an ex? Fearful of an embarrassing meeting after an argument? New apps can help people avoid bumping into others and provide escape routes if they do. By logging on to Facebook and other social networking...

  • Chinese president meets his country's pandas in Belgium zoo

    Chinese President Xi Jinping said hello to China's cutest diplomats on Sunday, pandas Xing Hui and Hao Hao, at Pairi Daiza, a wildlife park near Brussels. The pair were loaned to Belgium last month, part of a Chinese tradition of using the bears...

  • Brainy type

    A teenager has published a study suggesting the US government could save millions of dollars a year in printing costs by switching to a thinner typeface that uses less ink. Suvir Mirchandani, 14, of O'Hara township, a suburb of Pittsburgh, said...

  • Up in smoke

    Thirteen tonnes of crisps went up in smoke as firefighters tackled a blaze at a farm building. Crews were called to the premises at Castle Eden, County Durham, close to the A19. County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service send two crews...

  • Odd items kept in sheds revealed

    A survey of 1,500 people in the UK has shown 9% of people keep unhealthy snacks in their sheds, while 8% hide cigarettes. The top ten most unusual items kept in sheds, complied by Shed of the Year sponsors Cuprinol, are: 1 Relatives' ashes 2 Human...

  • Singing nun stuns Italian judges

    A nun has stunned the judges in Italy's version of The Voice song contest. Sister Cristina Scuccia, a 25-year-old nun of the Ursuline Sisters of the Holy Family sang Alicia Keys' "No One" for the auditions, where the judges voted without seeing...

  • Photo shows Titanic victims burial

    A photograph showing victims of the Titanic being buried at sea has been uncovered. Bodies in sacks are piled three high on deck before being tipped overboard as the ship's priest conducts a service. The black and white image was taken days after...

  • Streaker ban

    An Ohio man accused of streaking across the field during a Cleveland Browns game will no longer be able to set foot at the team's stadium because its administration has banned him from the property. Twenty-year-old Anthony Saveriano was notified...

  • New nose built on man's forehead

    A surgeon in China says he has built an extra nose out of a man's rib cartilage and implanted it under the skin of his forehead to prepare for a transplant, in what is probably the first operation of its kind. Guo Zhihui, of Fujian Medical...

  • Biker blues

    Members of motorcycle clubs and gangs will have to keep their colours under wraps at the 19th annual Street Vibrations biker festival running through the weekend in Reno and Sparks in Nevada. Local organisers and casino owners have banned the...

  • Armed siege over computer gun

    A toy gun meant for computer game shoot-'em-ups has sparked an armed siege on a residential street in Liverpool. Armed police officers surrounded a house in Spellow Lane, Walton, after a passer-by dialled 999, claiming that a man was wielding a...

  • New crib for Prince George

    A Hungarian Roma artisan says a dream motivated him to build a black walnut crib for Prince George. Arpad Rostas, who has done wood restoration work at the Versailles Palace in France and at the Vatican, said he had a dream in which Jesus and the...

  • Pilots fall asleep on long-haul flight to UK

    Two pilots on a British airliner on a long haul flight fell asleep in the cockpit, leaving the packed jet travelling unsupervised on autopilot, Britain's Sun newspaper reported. One of the pilots on board the Airbus 330 flight to Britain - the...

  • Amazing footage of firemen rescuing kitten

    Amazing video has been uploaded on facebook of US firemen rescuing a kitten from a smoke-filled house and reviving it using air and water.  

  • Pizza-making qualification launched

    Hundreds of apprentices are to earn some dough while learning how to make the perfect pizza. Pizza Express UK said it was launching the first ever nationally-recognised qualification in the art of pizza-making, to give 200 youngsters a range of...

  • Termites' powerful weapon against extermination? Their own poop

    Scientists trying to understand why destructive wood-eating termites are so resistant to efforts to exterminate them have come up with an unusually repugnant explanation. Termites' practice of building nests out of their own faeces creates a...

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