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  • Seahorse gene study reveals evolution of bizarre features - like male pregnancy

    Seahorse gene study reveals evolution of bizarre features - like male pregnancy

    Seahorses have evolved at a galloping pace compared with their close relatives, a study has shown. As a result the creatures have acquired a bizarre body shape, eyes that can look in different directions at once, toothless snouts for sucking in...

  • Peruvian Santa Claus in anti-drug operation

    Peruvian Santa Claus in anti-drug operation

    Undercover police from Peru's anti-drug units, dressed as Santa Claus, raided a suspected drugs house and arrested four alleged drug traffickers on Sunday in Lima. See video above.

  • Armed police posing for pictures causes stir

    Armed police posing for pictures causes stir

    Police have taken to social media to hit back at criticism of armed officers posing for pictures with members of the public at a Christmas market in the UK. This criticism came shortly after photos were uploaded showing policemen taking pictures...

  • German home becomes indoor Christmas wonderland

    German home becomes indoor Christmas wonderland

    Thomas and Susanne Jeromin are filled with the spirit of Christmas -- and so is their home in the German town of Rinteln. They've managed to cram over 100 Christmas trees into just about 350 square feet of space. Thousands of ornaments and lights...

  • That poinsietta might be toxic for your pet

    That poinsietta might be toxic for your pet

    A cat owner called Tara Christmas has issued a warning for the festive season after her kitten developed poinsettia poisoning. Six-month-old Elsa nibbled leaves from the decorative plant until she got sick and collapsed on Christmas Day last...

  • Russia declines Japanese dog diplomacy ahead of summit

    Russia declines Japanese dog diplomacy ahead of summit

    Russia appears to have snubbed a Japanese attempt at puppy-love diplomacy by declining a gift of a dog for President Vladimir Putin at a summit next week with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The Japanese government had planned to present Putin, widely...

  • Bad Santa pub crawl leaves London shoppers red-faced

    Bad Santa pub crawl leaves London shoppers red-faced

    Christmas shoppers were left red-faced as a parade of Father Christmases turned into a Bad Santa pub crawl. Fancy dress revellers clutching cans of alcohol were spotted getting up to unseasonal antics during the march through London. Some were...

  • Gadgets replacing tradition in Christmas stocking

    Gadgets replacing tradition in Christmas stocking

    Gadgets such as smartphones and fitness bands are easing out old favourites such as chocolate coins and satsumas when it comes to filling a traditional Christmas stocking, UK research suggests. Around one in four (26 per cent) adults are...

  • Rat infestation forces Paris to shut down parks

    Rat infestation forces Paris to shut down parks

    Parks in Paris have been closed as the French capital deals with an infestation of rats. Professional exterminators with decades on the job are struggling to recall infestations as bad as those now forcing the closure of parks, where rats brazenly...

  • Guatemalans burn Trump effigies to scatter evil spirits

    Guatemalans burn Trump effigies to scatter evil spirits

    Revellers in Guatemala set ablaze cardboard representations of US President-elect Donald Trump wearing devil horns during a traditional ceremony, "La Quema del Diablo", or the Burning of the Devil, held ahead of Christmas every year. Trump's...

  • They left what in the pub?

    They left what in the pub?

    A policeman's badge, a sex toy and a Jack Russell dog are among the bizarre items left in British pubs after Christmas parties, a study reveals. A set of false teeth, prosthetic leg, child's pram and a stuffed otter have also been discovered by...

  • Vinyl spins back into fashion as LPs turn tables on digital music sales

    Vinyl spins back into fashion as LPs turn tables on digital music sales

    Vinyl record sales in the UK last week overtook those of digital downloads, as the once-dying music format experiences a resurgence in popularity.  Once the domain of grandfathers, hipsters and electronic music DJs, vinyl has come back into...

  • Ukrainian aircraft maker tweets Air Force One offer to Trump

    Ukrainian aircraft maker tweets Air Force One offer to Trump

    The Ukrainian producer of the world's largest aircraft has offered to build a plane for Donald Trump after the US president-elect said an order with Boeing Co for a new Air Force One should be scrapped. "@realDonaldTrump May be it is better to...

  • And she said yes!

    And she said yes!

    An actor went off script during a pantomime to propose to his girlfriend. Adam Moss was playing Smee in one of this year's first performances of Peter Pan at the Palace Theatre in Mansfield when he popped the question. During a singalong section...

  • High-speed train line puts perfume in peril

    High-speed train line puts perfume in peril

    Chanel is making a stink over a possible high-speed train line through French jasmine fields in Provence, warning it could threaten production of its famous Chanel No 5 perfume. The SNCF rail authority wants to build a new line to relieve...

  • Royal Family wax figures don Christmas jumpers for charity

    Royal Family wax figures don Christmas jumpers for charity

    Wax figures of the Royal Family have been dressed in Christmas jumpers to help a children's charity. The Queen's figure got in the festive spirit alongside the Duke of Edinburgh, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, the Prince of...

  • Watch: Punches kangaroo in the face to save dog

    Watch: Punches kangaroo in the face to save dog

    Footage of a man punching a kangaroo in the face after it had his dog in a headlock has gone viral online. The video started clocking up millions of views on Sunday but its origins were unknown until it was revealed the footage was shot in June at...

  • Catholics less likely to breastfeed, research suggests

    Catholics less likely to breastfeed, research suggests

    Mothers who come from developed nations with a strong Catholic heritage are less likely to breastfeed, a study suggests. Experts looked at data from 135 countries on breastfeeding rates and the proportions of Catholics and Protestants. They also...

  • Driver with licence suspended 46 times... arrested for speeding

    Driver with licence suspended 46 times... arrested for speeding

    A New York man whose driving licence has been suspended nearly four dozen times was arrested for speeding. Darwin Barnes was pulled over by New York State Police on Interstate 81 south of Syracuse after officers say he was seen doing 95mph in a...

  • Fake US embassy in Ghana spent a decade issuing visas

    Fake US embassy in Ghana spent a decade issuing visas

    Authorities in Ghana have busted a fake US embassy in the capital Accra run by a criminal network that for a decade issued illegally obtained authentic visas, the US State Department said. Until it was shut down this summer, the sham embassy was...

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