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  • Cow unimpressed by Joseph Calleja's singing

    Cow unimpressed by Joseph Calleja's singing

    A cow was clearly unimpressed when tenor Joseph Calleja treated her to an exclusive performance in a windswept Cornwall field. Calleja, who has a sense of humour as strong as his voice, promptly uploaded a recording of the 'performance' on his...

  • Panic as boa slithers out of toilet at San Diego office

    Panic as boa slithers out of toilet at San Diego office

    A boa constrictor caused panic at a downtown San Diego office when it crawled out of a toilet after apparently slithering down a pipe from an upstairs apartment. Stephanie Lasca, co-founder of the firm Vertical PR + Marketing, went to use the...

  • Chips are down

    Forget the French fries. How about a side of yuca with that Big Mac? Venezuela's more than 100 McDonald's franchises have run out of potatoes and are now serving alternatives such as deep-fried arepa flatbreads or yuca, a starchy staple of the...

  • Panda Bao Bao enjoys first snowfall

    Panda Bao Bao enjoys first snowfall

    US National Zoo's Panda Bao Bao encounters snow for the first time and spends the morning tumbling. Vanessa Johnston reports.

  • Mexico says drug gang members ate human hearts

    Mexico says drug gang members ate human hearts

    A vicious Mexican drug gang forced some members to eat the hearts of murder victims as part of a gruesome initiation rite to root out infiltrators, a government security official said, citing witness testimony. For much of the past year,...

  • In hot water

    A naked man broke into two homes, drank booze and used a hot tub at one of them, police in Oregon said. Officers received a 911 call from a woman who was house-sitting in Keizer when she was awakened by noises coming from the laundry room. As she...

  • Seal pup reunited with her mother

    Seal pup reunited with her mother

    A seal pup which was hand-reared by zoo keepers has been reunited with her mother. South American fur seal Gemini was born on June 3 last year at Living Coasts in Torquay, Devon. Her mother, Grace, was unable to produce milk so keepers at the...

  • Runaway emu sprints across highway

    Runaway emu sprints across highway

    Israeli drivers on a highway on the outskirts of Tel Aviv were left pondering, 'why did the emu cross the road?' when they spotted one of the giant birds sprinting alongside their vehicles on Sunday morning. The emu, which can sprint up to 50...

  • First tuna auction of the year in Japan - fish goes for 'bargain' $37,500

    First tuna auction of the year in Japan - fish goes for 'bargain' $37,500

    The first tuna auction of the year at Tokyo's famed Tsukiji market is a competitive event. Winning the bid for the first fish is believed to bring good luck for the coming year. Sushi chain owner Kyoshi Kimura had the winning bid this morning. It...

  • Elvis Presley's personal jets could fetch more than $10 million

    Elvis Presley's personal jets could fetch more than $10 million

    Elvis Presley's pair of personal jets, one complete with gilded wash basin and plush sleeping quarters, will go under the hammer in a sealed-bid auction for a piece of mile-high rock and roll memorabilia, Julien's Auctions said. Jets "Lisa Marie"...

  • Tweet less pledges

    Pledging to "unplug" from electronic devices and social media is one of the most popular new year's resolutions, according to social media site Twitter. Alongside traditional resolutions like losing weight and quitting smoking, unplugging is among...

  • Cancer is 'best way to die'

    Cancer is 'best way to die'

    A former editor of The BMJ (British Medical Journal) has claimed cancer is the best way to die. Richard Smith, who is chairman of the board of directors of medical smartphone app Patients Know Best, believes the opportunity to reflect on life...

  • India to track toilet use

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is launching a nationwide online programme to check whether people are using toilets as part of his cleanliness drive. From next month, officials will head out with mobile phones, tablets and iPads to report on...

  • ATM raid goes off with a bang in Darwin

    ATM raid goes off with a bang in Darwin

    Police in the Australian city of Darwin released CCTV footage of a man trying to raid an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) with explosives, early yesterday morning (December 30), in the hope a member of the public might recognise the would-be thief...

  • Camilla's royal wedding tree stolen

    A tree planted by the Duchess of Cornwall in honour of the marriage of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has been uprooted and stolen. The 6ft "wedding cake" tree was planted by Camilla in St Mary's Church in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, in...

  • Famous Venezuelan ice-cream store closes over milk shortage

    An ice-cream store listed in the Guinness World Records book for its 863 different flavours has become the latest victim of Venezuela's economic crisis. "We are closed during the season due to shortage of milk," the famous Coromoto ice-cream store...

  • Monkey rescue, Siberian Huskies in Cairo this week's animal stars

    Monkey rescue, Siberian Huskies in Cairo this week's animal stars

      From a monkey rescuing a monkey in India, to a dog show in Cairo featuring Siberian huskies -- it may take a German snowstorm to cool them all off in this week's animal roundup. Gavino Garay reports. A heroic rescue after a monkey fell...

  • Demolition fail in Crimea

    Demolition fail in Crimea

    A controlled explosion to demolish an illegally built 10 storey high building in Sevastopol failed, making the  building look like a resemblance of Tower of Pisa. Not all residents of Sevastopol regarded the attempts of demolishing it as a failure.

  • Cash flow trouble?

    Cash flow trouble?

    Bank notes worth nearly US$2 million spews from a security van in Hong Kong sparking a police appeal for passers-by to return the money. Paul Chapman reports.

  • Hopes ride high for classic car boom in Havana

    Hopes ride high for classic car boom in Havana

    Cuba's vintage cars may see new roads ahead as restored diplomatic relations with the US raise hopes of an American tourist boom to see the 1950s 'yank tanks'. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.  

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