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  • Cambodia's Festival of the Dead: rice offerings and Buddhist chants

    Cambodia's Festival of the Dead: rice offerings and Buddhist chants

    Cambodians threw rice on the ground on Tuesday to mark the 'Festival of the Dead' or Pchum Ben and feed the spirits of the dead. Cambodians visit pagodas across the country during the 15-day festival that takes place annually to offer prayers and...

  • Watch: Floods wash away bus in northern India

    Watch: Floods wash away bus in northern India

    Floodwaters washed away a bus in a series of flash floods in north India's hill town of Manali. No one was on the bus at the time. A total of ten districts in the hilly Himachal Pradesh state are affected by the floods and landslides triggered due...

  • Rare whisky bottle expected to fetch £1million at auction

    Rare whisky bottle expected to fetch £1million at auction

    A bottle of extremely rare whisky is expected to fetch close to £1million when it goes under the hammer next week. The Macallan Valerio Adami whisky was distilled in 1926 and bottled in 1986. It will be up for auction at Bonhams Whisky Sale in...

  • Watch: Politician's brothers and sisters publicly endorse his rival

    Watch: Politician's brothers and sisters publicly endorse his rival

    A four-time congressman in Arizona faces the ignominy of watching six of his brothers and sisters publicly endorse his rival.Republican Paul Gosar’s views on immigration, the environment and public healthcare have horrified his immediate family to...

  • Rare gulper eel wows scientists

    Rare gulper eel wows scientists

    A gulper eel was found off Hawaii by researchers conducting deep-sea exploration of the sea floor on September 19. The eel, which has a slender body shape, can scoop up larger prey just like a pelican, and has a large mouth which gives it a...

  • Hitler runs for mayor despite threat from Lennin

    Hitler runs for mayor despite threat from Lennin

    In Peru, Hitler hopes to return to power in a small town in the Andes, despite a threat from a detractor named Lennin. Campaign slogans reading "Hitler returns" and "Hitler with the people" have appeared around the highland town of Yungar, where...

  • Brexit protection? Farage-themed condoms a hit among UK eurosceptics

    Brexit protection? Farage-themed condoms a hit among UK eurosceptics

    Nigel Farage, the former leader of Britain's UK Independence Party, has long had a knack for generating publicity for his eurosceptic cause, but campaigners say he had nothing to do with the latest stunt: branded condoms bearing his image. Among...

  • Jet-powered shopping trolley and motorised toilet take to the track

    Jet-powered shopping trolley and motorised toilet take to the track

    A toilet, a shopping trolley and a garden shed raced at high speed showcasing the eccentric side of motor sports. The toilet, which a team of young students had rigged out with wheels and an old motorcycle engine, reached just over 70 mph,...

  • Scaly, scary lodgers: Frenchman shares home with 400 reptiles

    Scaly, scary lodgers: Frenchman shares home with 400 reptiles

    In an unassuming house on France's River Loire, a cobra lives on the coffee table, a 50kg tortoise roams the garden and a two-metre alligator sleeps in the owner's bed while another keeps watch at the door. Over two decades, 67-year-old reptile...

  • Tired Londoners rent sleep pods for some zzz's

    Tired Londoners rent sleep pods for some zzz's

    Exhausted Londoners hoping to take a rest from their busy schedules are being offered an alternative to coffee breaks: a sleep pod where they can grab some shut-eye for £15 an hour. Inspired by Japanese capsule hotels, Pop & Rest in London’s...

  • Cathay Pacific loses 'f' in spelling error on new plane

    Cathay Pacific loses 'f' in spelling error on new plane

    Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific has misspelt its own name on the side of a newly painted aircraft. The Boeing 777-367 was decorated with the words “Cathay Paciic”. The company took the mistake in its stride and tweeted: "Oops this special livery won't...

  • Watch: Great grandfather tackles armed raiders, kicks robbers' backside

    Watch: Great grandfather tackles armed raiders, kicks robbers' backside

    Tributes have been pouring in for a great-grandfather who helped foil an armed robbery at his favourite bookmakers shop in Ireland.  Denis O'Connor, who turns 85 in November, was instrumental in helping foil an armed raid by three masked robbers,...

  • Watch: Bubbly Joseph Calleja like you've never heard him before

    Watch: Bubbly Joseph Calleja like you've never heard him before

    Tenor Joseph Calleja has commanded the stage all over the world and entertained tens of thousands of people. He has even serenaded a cow. Now he's singing under water.  He offered an explanation on Facebook: "Just a few days left before my role...

  • WATCH: Players rescue ambulance in Brazil football match

    WATCH: Players rescue ambulance in Brazil football match

    Players from Flamengo and Vasco da Gama came to the rescue of an ambulance on Saturday after the vehicle, which was transporting an injured player to hospital, refused to start. Vasco's Bruno Silva needed medical attention after being knocked out...

  • Australian company charged life insurance premiums to dead clients

    Australian company charged life insurance premiums to dead clients

    Australia's biggest listed wealth manager AMP Ltd charged life insurance premiums to dead customers even after concerns over the practice were raised by a staff member, a powerful misconduct inquiry heard on Monday. The disclosures at the inquiry,...

  • Reward offered as strawberries in Australia sabotaged with needles, pins

    Reward offered as strawberries in Australia sabotaged with needles, pins

    The Australian state of Queensland on Saturday offered a A$100,000 ($71,500) reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for sabotaging strawberries with sewing needles. The police have said that six brands of strawberries in...

  • Watch: Zoo celebrates birth of endangered spider monkey

    Watch: Zoo celebrates birth of endangered spider monkey

    A zoo in Colombia is celebrating the birth of a baby spider monkey, a rare species in danger of extinction. The monkey was born at the San Fe zoological park in Colombia's second city, Medellin, but so far staff know little about it, Carolina...

  • A bike path made entirely of used plastic opens in Holland

    A bike path made entirely of used plastic opens in Holland

    Dutch cyclists rode down the world's first bike path made entirely of discarded plastic this week, in a move aimed at reducing the millions of tonnes wasted every year. The 30-metre cycling path in the 1,300-year-old northern town of Zwolle...

  • Watch: High-tech graphics depict hurricane damage like never before

    Watch: High-tech graphics depict hurricane damage like never before

    Understanding the devastating power of a hurricane can be difficult without having had the first-hand experience of living through one. Now a US TV station has deployed new graphic technology to visually portray the horrific effects a tropical...

  • Watch: Afghan Charlie Chaplin brings joy amid conflict

    Watch: Afghan Charlie Chaplin brings joy amid conflict

    Meet Karim Asir: He calls himself Afghanistan's answer to Charlie Chaplin and he's bringing silent cinema to the dusty streets of Kabul. The 25-year-old says he's witnessed suicide attacks, explosions and threats against his own life for his...