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  • Muja the alligator still alive and snapping in his 80s at Belgrade Zoo

    Muja the alligator still alive and snapping in his 80s at Belgrade Zoo

    American alligator Muja arrived at Belgrade Zoo on the eve of the Second World War and is believed to be the oldest of his kind in captivity, and still in good health with a hearty appetite for his age, his handlers said on Tuesday. Generations of...

  • Boy, 11, hacks into replica US vote website in minutes at convention

    Boy, 11, hacks into replica US vote website in minutes at convention

    An 11-year-old boy managed to hack into a replica of Florida's election results website in 10 minutes and change names and tallies during a hackers convention, organisers said, stoking concerns about security ahead of nationwide votes. The boy was...

  • Woman plays same song at full volume for 16 years

    Woman plays same song at full volume for 16 years

    After 16 years of being forced to hear Verdi’s opera La Traviata from dusk till dawn, residents of a quiet street in a southern Slovakian town can finally get some peace and quiet. A woman in the town of Sturovo played the same four-minute aria...

  • Too many Spaniards in Spanish hotel, tourist complains

    Too many Spaniards in Spanish hotel, tourist complains

    A British woman has claimed her holiday to Benidorm, in Spain, was ruined because her hotel had 'too many Spaniards in it' the Daily Mirror reported.  Freda Jackson, 81, said that Spanish people should go somewhere else for their holidays and she...

  • Very public eco-friendly urinals peeve Paris residents

    Very public eco-friendly urinals peeve Paris residents

    A new set of eco-friendly but completely exposed urinals deployed on the streets of Paris are provoking uproar from locals. One of the bright red "urinoirs" installed on the Ile Saint-Louis, not far from Notre Dame cathedral and overlooking...

  • If pigs could fly...

    If pigs could fly...

    You're not seeing things: flying pigs have once again entertained the crowds at the Queensland Royal Exhibition Show, known locally as the EKKA, in Brisbane. After a three-year break, the Vandeleur family - primarily 10-year-old Mater - were back...

  • Watch: Reporters' questions to Canadian politicians drowned out by loud applause

    Watch: Reporters' questions to Canadian politicians drowned out by loud applause

    Ontario politicians are using applauding interns as a way of drowning out questions by reporters, Canadian news outlets have reported. Journalists covering a press conference announcing a controversial decision to scrap a basic income pilot...

  • French theme park sends rooks out on litter patrol

    French theme park sends rooks out on litter patrol

    A French theme park has trained six rooks to pick up cigarette butts and other rubbish dropped by visitors in return for food. Christophe Gaborit, the head of falconry at the Puy de Fou park in western France, hand-reared the six rooks and trained...

  • Couple together for 80 years with combined age of 208 set Guinness record

    Couple together for 80 years with combined age of 208 set Guinness record

    The Guinness World Records has just declared a Japanese couple as its oldest living married couple. Masao Matsumoto, 108, and his 100-year-old blushing bride, Miyako Sonoda, got hitched October 20, 1937, nearly 81 years ago. Their combined age as...

  • 'Help, I'm being pursued by baby squirrel,' man calls police

    'Help, I'm being pursued by baby squirrel,' man calls police

    A man had to be rescued by police when he was being chased by a baby squirrel. Emergency services received a call on Thursday from the man, who claimed he was being chased down the street by the tiny animal. Police in Karlsruhe said the unnamed...

  • Sacre bleu! Blue wine makes a splash in southern France

    Sacre bleu! Blue wine makes a splash in southern France

    A glass of blue, sir? It is a question that may dismay purist winemakers in France, where wine is a way of life rather than simply a drink, but in the southern town of Sete consumers cannot get enough. In the Mediterranean resort's restaurants and...

  • Face value: Australians seek free portraits of Queen Elizabeth

    Face value: Australians seek free portraits of Queen Elizabeth

    Australians by the dozen are demanding portraits of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, after a news item drew attention to an obscure rule entitling them to such articles from local politicians. Federal politicians in Australia, a constitutional monarchy...

  • Luxury cat hotel opens in Malaysia

    Luxury cat hotel opens in Malaysia

    A small chain of cat hotels in Malaysia claims to be the country's first 'five-star' facility for pampered felines. Catzonia boasts comfortable rooms, bathing facilities and even a VIC (Very Important Cat) room equipped with CCTV, allowing owners...

  • London Cathedral cat immortalised in stone

    London Cathedral cat immortalised in stone

    A stray cat that wandered into a London cathedral a decade ago has been immortalised in the building's stone renovations, the first addition in 200 years. 'Doorkins Magnificat', affectionately named after the door she entered in Southwark...

  • Pig lives the high life in Belgian retirement home

    Pig lives the high life in Belgian retirement home

    Pastis the pot-bellied pig likes nothing better than snuggling down for the night with the ponies at his retirement home, but also enjoys playing with the elderly cats. The 10-year-old, 90-kg Vietnamese pot-bellied pig is one of 150 ageing...

  • Police called in after Rangers supporters kick over child's sand castle

    Police called in after Rangers supporters kick over child's sand castle

    Police in Scotland were called into investigate allegations that loutish football fans kicked over a child’s sandcastle. The fans, Rangers supporters, were on their way to a match against rivals Aberdeen when the bus taking them there stopped at...

  • Frontline pizza: Making soldiers in Ukraine's hotspots feel less alone

    Frontline pizza: Making soldiers in Ukraine's hotspots feel less alone

    There's no knock on the door, just the tantalising smell of melted cheese, ham and tomato sauce reaching the noses of Ukrainian soldiers. The pizza delivery man has arrived. As the war goes on in Ukraine's separatist east, some veterans of the...

  • Spider-Man in a thong?

    Spider-Man in a thong?

    Fancy seeing Spider-Man in a thong? Or Superman in a skimpy leotard? These images are part of a set of revamped comic book covers that aim to highlight the "sexist" depiction of superheroines, the artist behind the project said on Tuesday. Shreya...

  • The greatest show on turf

    The greatest show on turf

      A team from Luxembourg fought off 42 others to claim victory in Britain's lawn mower race on Sunday, a 12-hour competition that pits modified grass cutters against each other in a competition that runs through the night. "Les' Lux Pussies"...

  • Russia tasks Steven Seagal with improving US ties

    Russia tasks Steven Seagal with improving US ties

    Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Saturday it had made US actor Steven Seagal its special representative for Russian-US humanitarian ties, a role it said was meant to deepen cultural, art and youth ties between the two countries. President...