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  • Royal Mint cashes in with tiny coin

    Royal Mint cashes in with tiny coin

    A tiny coin measuring 8mm across has been unveiled as the smallest created by the Royal Mint in nearly 1,000 years. Available in gold or silver, the delicate coin weighs a 40th of an ounce and has been minted as part of a wider collection produced...

  • Harry clutter

    A Mexico City man is in Hogwarts heaven after his collection of "Harry Potter" paraphernalia was named the world's largest. Menahem Asher Silva Vargas has spent nearly 15 years hoarding memorabilia related to British author JK Rowling's...

  • Scenting trouble

    Officers in western Oregon said a suspect they tried to collar at a traffic stop drove too fast for pursuing officers, but eventually he proved just too fragrant. The Albany Democrat-Herald reported that the driver gave officers in Linn County the...

  • Warmer oceans 'bleaching coral'

    Scientists say warm ocean temperatures are causing large expanses of coral to bleach in the pristine reefs north-west of Hawaii's main islands. Courtney Couch, a researcher at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, said Tuesday she observed mass...

  • Zoo's farewell party for gorilla

    Zoo's farewell party for gorilla

    Gorillas at a zoo have thrown a goodbye party for one of their troop, who is off to start a new family. Namoki was born at Bristol Zoo Gardens nine years ago and is now mature enough to have babies of her own. The western lowland gorilla is...

  • Internet deal

    Six Londoners unwittingly agreed to give up their eldest child as part of an experiment into public internet services, according to a report. Researchers said they set up a Wi-Fi hotspot in London which was accompanied by a detailed terms and...

  • Banksy art work at seaside town

    Banksy art work at seaside town

    Art lovers are descending on the seaside town of Folkestone after a mural by street artist Banksy appeared on a wall. The piece, called Art Buff, depicts an older woman staring at an empty plinth while wearing headphones with her hands clasped...

  • Mossad goes public

    It used to be that if you wanted to join one of the world's most secretive espionage organisations you had to sneak into a foreign embassy, answer a cryptic newspaper ad or show up in a nondescript building in Tel Aviv to meet a shadowy...

  • Not-so-quick sketch

    A rare sketchbook by US artist Grant Wood dating from 1929 is back in its home art gallery in Davenport, Iowa, after it went missing from a museum about 50 years ago. The 100-page sketchbook signed by Wood, the painter of American Gothic, is again...

  • Budding row

    The manager of Zola Budd's South African running club said the former Olympic athlete will take authorities to court after they disqualified her from an age-category prize in a marathon. Hooters Athletics Club manager Ray de Vries said 48-year-old...

  • Bronson artwork up for auction

    Bronson artwork up for auction

    More artwork by Charles Bronson, one of the the UK's most violent prisoners, is to go under the hammer. A sale next week will offer 200 lots including paintings, personal effects, clothing, signed books, a hand-made Christmas present and even part...

  • Cuban government sours on ‘Hugo’ and ‘Che’ revolutionary scent

    Cuban government sours on ‘Hugo’ and ‘Che’ revolutionary scent

    Cuba aborts plans to develop fragrances in honor of the late revolutionary "Che" Guevara and former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, calling the project disrespectful. Gavino Garay reports.

  • Idaho trucker demands ransom for chicken load, then leaves it to rot

    Authorities in Idaho are seeking a truck driver who held 37,000 pounds of frozen chicken for ransom demanding money for expenses before he let it rot at a truck stop in Montana where it is releasing putrid odours and liquids. The refrigerated...

  • Russians hand in western T-shirts in patriotic fashion drive

    Russians hand in western T-shirts in patriotic fashion drive

    Looking to put a patriotic spin on international sanctions over Ukraine, a local group is touring Moscow, urging passers-by to swap their western-branded T-shirts for homegrown tops sporting pro-Russian slogans. "Sanctions? Don't make my Iskanders...

  • Controversial fingerprinting machines rolled out in some Venezuelan stores

    Controversial fingerprinting machines rolled out in some Venezuelan stores

    The Venezuelan government has started to fingerprint shoppers at some state-run supermarkets, in a plan to combat food scarcity which has been derided by some consumers weary of shortages. Shoppers have struggled for more than a year to find basic...

  • Snake shocker

    Two women who opened the boot of their rental car to retrieve their luggage were greeted by a stowaway with a difference - a snake. The women drove the rental car from Boston to Kennebunk in Maine, where they discovered the ball python. The snake,...

  • Haw lovely

    Two amorous donkeys who were separated because of an outcry over their lovemaking have been reunited at a zoo in Poland. Napoleon and Antosia, who have been together for 10 years, got into trouble when mothers expressed outrage that children had...

  • Lucky bandit

    A gambler in Germany has been saved from prison - by a one-armed bandit. Two officers carrying out routine checks at an arcade in the western city of Bochum late last week discovered that a man playing a slot machine faced an arrest warrant. The...

  • Mammoth sale

    The skeleton of an Ice Age woolly mammoth is up for sale - but could fetch up to £250,000 when it goes under the hammer. The rare find is residing at Summers Place Auctions in Billinghurst, West Sussex, after a private collector from Eastern...

  • New book of 'old' newspaper stories

    Human interest stories from newspapers going back 285 years have been put together in a new book. Journalist and author Rona Levin trawled through the British Library Newspaper Archive to find the items across two centuries, from 1729-1930. The...

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