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  • A bridge too far for French tourist

    A French tourist was arrested after climbing the Brooklyn Bridge in New York to take photos. Police say 23-year-old Yonathan Souid of Esnandes, France, climbed over a fence on the pedestrian walkway to reach a cable beam connected to the tower on...

  • Landfill video games sold on eBay

    What some have called the worst video game ever made has fetched thousands of dollars for a city in the US state of New Mexico. An old E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial game cartridge drew the highest bid among 100 Atari games auctioned on eBay by...

  • Cannibals sold pastries made of human flesh

    Three people in Brazil have been sentenced to 20-23 years in prison over killing two women, eating parts of their bodies and using some of their flesh to make and sell stuffed pastries. An official at the court in the north-eastern city of Olinda...

  • 'Dead' woman wakes up in morgue

    A Polish doctor said she has been in "deep shock" since learning that a 91-year-old woman she pronounced dead woke up in a morgue. The doctor said that she was sure the patient was dead after finding "no basic life functions" during a house call...

  • Sunk your battleship

    A Utah man has been accused of threatening his teenage daughter with a rifle during an argument which began over a game of Battleship. Police said the 68-year-old was with his 17-year-old daughter in a rural area when he accused her of cheating...

  • Buddhists' e-mail warning

    Buffeted by persistent cyber attacks, Tibetan monks are giving new meaning to their ancient creed, Detach from attachments. "Attachment can lead you to all sort of trouble and we Buddhists believe that non-attachment alone can lead you to...

  • Blame the satnav

    A lorry driver has blamed his satnav after his vehicle got stuck on a foot bridge when he drove it on to a path in a Milwaukee park. The 50-year-old driver has been cited for reckless driving and failing to obey road signs, which carry nearly $580...

  • Swan chase PCSOs in Hot Fuzz moment

    Swan chase PCSOs in Hot Fuzz moment

    Police had to deal with their own Hot Fuzz incident after two swans went for a stroll. The two cygnets landed in a cemetery and started wandering across paths and roads in Bath, Somerset. They were chased down by PCSOs - just like in the hit 2007...

  • Older people 'guess ages better'

    Older people are better at judging the age of others, a new study suggests. Scientists from the University of Glasgow used computer-generated representations of faces to gain an insight into the mental representations of ageing in the minds of...

  • Cannibal pastries trial begins

    Three people charged with killing at least two women, eating parts of their bodies and using their flesh to make and sell stuffed pastries have gone on trial in Brazil. A man, his wife and his mistress were arrested in April 2012 in the city of...

  • Wall prisoner

    Authorities say a man who was freed from a space between two walls of a Colorado department store may have been there for several days yelling for help. Paul Felyk was rescued by firefighters using a circular saw to cut into the side of the...

  • Sneaky Greek

    Greek police say a man who posed for years as a novice monk has been identified as a fugitive civil servant sentenced to three life terms in prison for fraud. A police statement said the 48-year-old was arrested in Karyes, at the 1,000-year-old...

  • Bargain Barbie

    Bargain Barbie

    Venezuelan socialism has embraced Barbie, just in time for Christmas Mothers, grandmothers and beaming little girls are grabbing armfuls of the dolls in toy stores across Caracas, taking advantage of the government's order that large chains sell...

  • Divorce drama

    It started as a rescue story, but authorities said it turned out to be a marriage apparently beyond saving. When a red Corvette plunged into a Philadelphia river, marine units were sent down to search for a possible victim inside. However, they...

  • Miracle mother

    A Florida mother has said she is savouring every day of her busy life after doctors believed she had died. The Boca Raton mother-of-two said she was without a pulse for 45 minutes following complications from a routine Caesarean section after she...

  • 'Fairytale' slimmer loses 130 kilos

    'Fairytale' slimmer loses 130 kilos

    An overweight woman who was told she might not see her 30th birthday has lost 130 kilograms, and says: "I feel like I'm finally starring in my own fairytale." At just 27, Brianan McEnteggart from Dundalk, County Louth, weighed 204 kilograms, wore...

  • Crippen poison bottles up for sale

    Crippen poison bottles up for sale

    Pill-making machines and a pair of glasses thought to have belonged to notorious poisoner Dr Crippen are to go under the hammer in Northamptonshire next week. Northamptonshire-based auction house JP Humbert is also offering poison bottles...

  • Swiss pocket watch nets world record $24 million - Sotheby's

    Swiss pocket watch nets world record $24 million - Sotheby's

    A gold pocket watch made by Patek Philippe for a New York banker in the 1930s fetched 23.2 million Swiss francs ($24m) at auction today, smashing the record for a timepiece it previously set 15 years ago, Sotheby's said. Henry Graves commissioned...

  • Mormon church founder had 40 wives

    The Mormon church has admitted that founder Joseph Smith married about 40 women including a 14-year-old and others who were already the wives of his followers, having maintained for nearly 200 years that he was monogamous. The Church of Jesus...

  • Makeup revolution

    Women are to be allowed to work as makeup artists in India's movie industry after the Supreme Court lifted a de facto ban that has lasted nearly six decades. The Cine Costume Makeup Artists and Hair Dressers Association had an unofficial ban on...

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