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  • Video: Mind the sinkhole

    Video: Mind the sinkhole

    Footage shows the terrifying moment a pavement swallows two South Korean pedestrians. They fell down a sinkhole in Seoul, South Korea but were rescued with only slight injuries.

  • Mystery tunnel baffles Toronto police

    Mystery tunnel baffles Toronto police

    Toronto police are digging for clues as they search for the brains behind a mystery tunnel, found near the site of this year's Pan American Games. Rob Muir reports.

  • Saudi Arabia detains men for dancing

    Saudi Arabia's morality police detained a group of young men for dancing at a birthday party and referred them to prosecutors, according to a state-linked media report. The news website Ayn al-Youm reported that the Commission for the Promotion of...

  • Spacewalking astronauts rigging station for new US space taxis

    Spacewalking astronauts rigging station for new US space taxis

    A pair of US astronauts floated outside the International Space Station today to begin rigging parking spots for two commercial space taxis. Station commander Barry "Butch" Wilmore, 52, and flight engineer Terry Virts, 47, left the station's Quest...

  • Billy the Kid death certificate bid

    An academic has asked a court in the US to order a death certificate for Billy the Kid to settle questions about whether the infamous outlaw was actually killed in 1881. A death certificate would end tales that the Kid was not fatally shot by...

  • Canadian MP can't sit tight for vote

    Canadian MP can't sit tight for vote

    A Canadian politician found himself in a tight spot after he stepped out of Parliament during a procedural vote. When a fellow member of Parliament raised the issue, asking if Pat Martin's vote should still be counted, Mr Martin offered an...

  • Couple ostracised by family leave property to their monkey

    An Indian couple who were ostracised after their families disapproved of their wedding has decided to leave all their property to their pet monkey.  Brajesh Srivastava, who is Hindu, and wife Shabist, a Muslim, told BBC Hindi they were “lonely for...

  • Car driven off with owner on bonnet, UK police issue footage

    Car driven off with owner on bonnet, UK police issue footage

    UK police are hunting a man who stole a car and drove off at high speed with the owner clinging to the bonnet. The victim was eventually flung into the road and was lucky to escape serious injury. The incident happened on the afternoon of February...

  • Police officer shoots naked burglar

    A police officer in the United States has shot and wounded a naked burglar. San Diego Police Captain Mike Hastings said the man attacked the officer yesterday and they scuffled over the officer's gun before the shooting. Police were called to a...

  • Waiter! There's a trauma in my soup

    Poor food and rude waiters can create a restaurant experience that is literally traumatic, scientists have discovered. A US study of almost a million restaurant ratings by diners found that the language of "bad" reviews was strikingly similar to...

  • Carnival street party stage for playful political messages

    Carnival street party stage for playful political messages

    Amplifiers were set-up for some 80,000 party-goers at the Boitata street party yesterday, which returned to the centre of Rio de Janeiro to defend its title as the Best Street Party of 2014, according to Brazil´s principal newspaper O Globo. The...

  • Woman stung by scorpion on plane

    There was a sting in the tale of a flight from Los Angeles - a scorpion bit a woman passenger on the hand. Alaska Airlines Flight 567 was taxiing on the runway when the passenger was stung, airline spokesman Cole Cosgrove said. The plane returned...

  • A spectacular 'Battle of the Oranges' in Italy

    A spectacular 'Battle of the Oranges' in Italy

    Italians in the northern city of Ivrea mark carnival with the annual Battle of the Oranges - where the masses turn out for one medieval citrus bash. Gavino Garay reports.

  • Miniature goats for Lunar New Year

    Miniature goats for Lunar New Year

    An artist in Taiwan specialising in miniature sculptures celebrated the Year of the Goat by carving two tiny goats standing on the top of pencil tips. The word used in Chinese for 'Goat' is 'Yang' but, the generic term can often be used to...

  • We're kidults in our 20s - expert

    People in their 20s could accurately be described as "kidults", according to research that suggests adolescent effects on the brain extend far beyond the early teens. The brain changes increase a desire for sensation-seeking and novelty and...

  • A Valentine's Day kiss off in Peru

    A Valentine's Day kiss off in Peru

    Hundreds of couples met for a kissing contest in Callao, Peru last night to get in the mood for Valentine's Day. The organisers of the contest said it was to help people have a "nice time". The event, however, was not exclusive to kissing as...

  • A 'bisou' with a view - Eiffel tower becomes the 'place to kiss' on Valentine's Day

    A 'bisou' with a view - Eiffel tower becomes the 'place to kiss' on Valentine's Day

    The Eiffel tower offers amorous couples the opportunity to take the romantic selfies atop the iconic French monument on Valentine's day. Mana Rabiee reports.  

  • Home for the holidays in China

    Home for the holidays in China

    Tens of thousands in Shanghai join the world's largest annual human migration to make their way home for the Lunar New Year. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

  • Museum bags small step for history

    A cloth bag full of souvenirs brought back by astronaut Neil Armstrong has come to light, more than 40 years after the Apollo 11 moon landing. The trove includes a 16mm movie camera from inside the lunar module that filmed its descent to the moon...

  • Empathetic robot Pepper to get AI

    Empathetic robot Pepper to get AI

    Japanese telecoms group Softbank is to incorporate artificial intelligence technology from IBM into its empathetic robot Pepper which goes on sale later this month. An AI engine called Watson is already used in health care, travel and insurance...

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