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  • Mr Gorilla - Met officer Tom Harrison - raises £47,000 for charity in marathon

    Mr Gorilla - Met officer Tom Harrison - raises £47,000 for charity in marathon

    A Metropolitan Police officer who crawled the London Marathon in a gorilla suit has raised £47,000 for charity, with more money due to come in. Tom Harrison, 41, who was fundraising for The Gorilla Organisation, completed the 26.2-mile course on...

  • Some day my prince will come, say Vanuatu worshippers of mere mortal royal Philip

    Some day my prince will come, say Vanuatu worshippers of mere mortal royal Philip

    The retirement of Britain's Prince Philip from public life led world headlines on Thursday, but his most devout and remote followers have only just heard the news. A tribe in Vanuatu was shocked and dismayed to discover that the man they pray to...

  • Icebergs to be towed to UAE to provide drinking water

    Icebergs to be towed to UAE to provide drinking water

    The United Arab Emirates has revealed plans to relocate icebergs from Antarctica to its own coasts to provide the region with drinking water, according to The Independent. Plans to tow icebergs to the coast of the eastern emirate of Fujairah have...

  • Could swearing be good for your health?

    Could swearing be good for your health?

    Muscle strength and stamina can be boosted by turning the air blue, a study has found. Swearing may help a cyclist struggling up hill to summon up extra pedal power, new research suggests. Likewise, a good dose of foul language might be what it...

  • Parents lose custody of children following 'prank' Youtube videos

    Parents lose custody of children following 'prank' Youtube videos

    An American couple who posted controversial "prank" videos of themselves berating their children have temporarily lost custody of two of their five children amid an investigation. Heather and Mike Martin, from Maryland, uploaded nearly 300 videos...

  • Revellers battle it out at Hong Kong's annual bun fest

    Revellers battle it out at Hong Kong's annual bun fest

    A dozen people climbed a structure covered in buns to collect the most savoury desserts as part of celebrations marking the end of the Cheung Chau bun festival. The seven-day festival takes place every year on Hong Kong's Cheung Chau island and...

  • Cancer-killing dandelion tea gets €144K research grant

    Cancer-killing dandelion tea gets €144K research grant

    Researchers in Ontario, Canada have received an additional €144,000 grant to study the effects of dandelion root extract in fighting cancer, according to CBC News.  The added grant means the research project has now attracted €199,000 in research...

  • The Eagles sue Hotel California

    The Eagles sue Hotel California

    The Eagles have filed a lawsuit accusing the owners of a Mexico hotel of using the name "Hotel California," arguably the band's most famous song, without permission. In a complaint filed late Monday, the Eagles said owners of the 11-room Todos...

  • '147-year-old man' laid to rest in Indonesia

    '147-year-old man' laid to rest in Indonesia

    An Indonesian man who claimed to be the world's oldest person has been laid to rest. According to his identity card, he was born on December 31, 1870.   According to official papers, Sodimejo passed away on Sunday at the age of 147, making him the...

  • Dubai gets its own Microsoft font

    Dubai gets its own Microsoft font

    Apparently not content with having the world's tallest building, an indoor ski slope and countless other baubles, Dubai now boasts one more: its own typographic font, according to BBC News. The Middle East business hub unveiled the new font...

  • Eminem sues New Zealand ruling party over hit song

    Eminem sues New Zealand ruling party over hit song

    US rapper Eminem is suing New Zealand's ruling political party over a music track it used for a campaign ad. The star's Detroit-based music publishers claims the song was used in the 2014 advert by the National Party, was an unlicensed version of...

  • 10,000 civil servants fired for forging qualifications

    10,000 civil servants fired for forging qualifications

    Tanzanian President John Magufuli has fired nearly 10,000 civil servants accused of having falsified academic qualifications to get their jobs. Speaking in the capital Dodoma, he described the 9,932 officials as "robbers and shoplifters" and...

  • Cats abducted, returned with shaven bellies

    Cats abducted, returned with shaven bellies

    Police and townsfolk in Waynesboro, Virginia, the US, are trying to figure out why someone is abducting pet cats and returning them with hairless underbellies. Since December, at least seven cats have suddenly shown up at their homes with shaved...

  • Camels in Iran get reflective collars

    An Iranian tyre manufacturer last week unveiled its latest invention - reflective collars for camels.  The collars are intended to make camels more visible to nighttime drivers, protecting them from speeding traffic. Camels, which can weigh up to...

  • Tibetans able to survive harsh conditions due to ancient human gene

    Tibetans able to survive harsh conditions due to ancient human gene

    A gene from a human sub-species that became extinct 40,000 years ago has helped Tibetan people survive the harsh conditions of their Himalayan home, research has shown. The Denisovan gene is one of five that over thousands of years have equipped...

  • Glasgow gym introduces fitness class that entails nothing but sleeping

    Glasgow gym introduces fitness class that entails nothing but sleeping

    A gym chain in Glasgow is trialling a new type of workout - a 45-minute nap, according to Glasgow Live.   David Lloyd Clubs have launched "napercise", which consists of nothing more than climbing into bed and sleeping for three-quarters of an...

  • Rare copy of US Declaration of Independence unearthed - in England

    Rare copy of US Declaration of Independence unearthed - in England

    British and American experts are launching an investigation into how a rare copy of the US Declaration of Independence found its way to an archive in southern England. Linda So reports.

  • United Airlines to give $10,000 to passengers who give up their seats

    United Airlines to give $10,000 to passengers who give up their seats

    Giving up your seat on United just got a less painful. The airline said today it will offer passengers who forfeit seats on overbooked flights up to $10,000. The carrier figures it will cost them less that a repeat of the incident where a...

  • Entire English village sold for €25 million

    Entire English village sold for €25 million

    An English village - including a 21-bedroom mansion, 43 houses, a pub, a range of other buildings and more than 2,000 acres of farmland - has been sold. West Heslerton, near Scarborough, North Yorkshire, is believed to have been bought for around...

  • UK vineyard lights candles to protect grapes from spring frost

    UK vineyard lights candles to protect grapes from spring frost

    Hundreds of candles have been lit to help prevent the grapes at a Hampshire vineyard from succumbing to the unseasonable frost experienced around the country. The Leckford Estate vineyard, which produces 30,000 bottles of sparkling wine for...

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