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  • Monkey kills 12-day-old Indian baby

    Monkey kills 12-day-old Indian baby

    A monkey has snatched a 12-day-old Indian boy from his mother and killed him, police said. "A group of monkeys entered the victim's house and one of the monkeys snatched the baby from his mother who was breastfeeding him, and ran away with the...

  • 'It's not what we meant': teen in 'Nazi salute' photo

    'It's not what we meant': teen in 'Nazi salute' photo

    A Wisconsin teen pictured in the now viral prom photo showing dozens of students appearing to give the Nazi salute says that wasn't what they were doing. Brock Turkington, a senior at Baraboo High School, says the photographer told the boys to...

  • In Egypt, a bee therapist uses venom to treat patients

    In Egypt, a bee therapist uses venom to treat patients

    On his rooftop in the outskirts of Cairo, Omar Abulhassan raises thousands of bees - not for the honey, but their venom. After reading about the benefits of bees in the Koran, Abulhassan, 30, decided five years ago to raise the insects and use the...

  • "Baby Trump" flies in Paris as US President attends WW1 ceremony

    "Baby Trump" flies in Paris as US President attends WW1 ceremony

    A six-meter-high balloon of US President Donald Trump as a snarling, orange baby flew over Paris on Sunday to coincide with his visit to the French capital. Trump was invited to attend a ceremony commemorating 100 years since the end of World War...

  • Top Air India pilot fails breathalyser tests

    Top Air India pilot fails breathalyser tests

    A senior pilot who is also director of operations for Air India, and has had responsibility for flight safety and training, said he was told by the carrier he failed two breathalyser tests on Sunday before a flight to London from New Delhi. It is...

  • Surgeon mistakes Florida patient's kidney for tumour, removes it

    Surgeon mistakes Florida patient's kidney for tumour, removes it

    A surgeon in Florida risks losing his medical licence after he mistakenly removed a patient's healthy kidney, thinking it was a tumour. Maureen Pacheco went under the knife in 2016, with the operation meant to fuse bones in her lower back...

  • China cracks down on celebrity hype and fake click-through rates

    China cracks down on celebrity hype and fake click-through rates

    Chinese broadcasters and online entertainment sites should avoid celebrity hype and crack down on fake audience and click-through rates, state media quoted the National Radio and Television Administration as saying. The edict comes after Beijing...

  • And now for something completely different: Chinese robot news readers

    And now for something completely different: Chinese robot news readers

    Chinese news readers may have some new competition - artificially intelligent robot anchors that can mimic human facial expressions and mannerisms while reading out reports. The AI anchor, developed by state news agency Xinhua and tech firm Sogou...

  • Paws for breath: India's pampered pooches get clean air as people choke on smog

    Paws for breath: India's pampered pooches get clean air as people choke on smog

    While most residents of the Indian capital Delhi choked on toxic air this week, the dogs of the city's elite were enjoying ambient music and purified air at a luxury resort for pets. Pollution in the capital rose to "severe" this week after...

  • 'Frog ladders' help critters escape death-trap drains

    'Frog ladders' help critters escape death-trap drains

    A small group of British conservationists are installing mesh- covered ladders in roadside drains to save trapped amphibians from certain death. The Warwickshire Amphibian and Reptile Team - the memorably acronymed WART - hopes that by placing 20...

  • 69-year-old starts legal process to reduce his age by 20 years

    69-year-old starts legal process to reduce his age by 20 years

    A 69-year-old man has begun a legal battle to be recognised as being 20 years younger than his actual age so he can go back to work and achieve greater success with women on Tinder. Emile Ratelband argues that if transgender people are allowed to...

  • Underperforming Chinese workers made to drink urine, eat bugs

    Underperforming Chinese workers made to drink urine, eat bugs

    Workers at a Chinese home renovation company who failed to complete their tasks had to drink urine, eat cockroaches or get whipped by a belt. Others had to shave their heads or drink water from a toilet bowl and had their salaries withheld by a...

  • Begging in Beijing? Pakistan sacks state TV chief after broadcast gaffe

    Begging in Beijing? Pakistan sacks state TV chief after broadcast gaffe

    Pakistan has removed the acting chief of state-run television after a caption read "Begging" instead "Beijing" during a broadcast of Prime Minister Imran Khan's visit to China, which has promised economic aid to the impoverished South Asian...

  • 'Single-use' is named by Collins Dictionary as Word of the Year 2018

    'Single-use' is named by Collins Dictionary as Word of the Year 2018

    ‘Single-use’, a term that describes items whose unchecked proliferation are blamed for damaging the environment and affecting the food chain, has been named Collins’ Word of the Year 2018. Single-use refers to products – often plastic – that are...

  • Dead brothel owner elected in Nevada

    Dead brothel owner elected in Nevada

    A flamboyant but no longer living 72-year-old brothel owner who had labellel himself the "Trump from Pahrump" has been posthumously been elected in Nevada. The reality television star Dennis Hof passed away last month. Since he is not alive to...

  • US Girl Scouts sue Boy Scouts as boys welcome girls

    US Girl Scouts sue Boy Scouts as boys welcome girls

    The Girl Scouts of the United States of America filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America on Tuesday after the Boy Scouts decided to drop "Boy" from its program and start welcoming older girls. According to the...

  • You really can die of a broken heart

    You really can die of a broken heart

    A stressful event, such as the death of a loved one, really can break your heart. In medicine, the condition is known as broken heart syndrome or takotsubo syndrome. It is characterised by a temporary disruption of the heart’s normal pumping...

  • After four hours of tusk surgery, elephant is on his feet in Tbilisi

    After four hours of tusk surgery, elephant is on his feet in Tbilisi

    Grand the Asian elephant was recovering in Tbilisi after surgery on one of his tusks, officials at a zoo in the Georgian capital said on Sunday. The 23-year-old animal was brought to the zoo from Armenia in 2014 with both tusks broken and infected.

  • Matteo Salvini's girlfriend announces break-up with Instagram bedside selfie

    Matteo Salvini's girlfriend announces break-up with Instagram bedside selfie

    Italy's real-life soap opera, the relationship between Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini and television star Elisa Isoardi, reached its last episode on Monday when she said goodbye by posting a selfie of them in bed. The breakup found space...

  • Alaska's moose-hunting hovercraft pilot returns to US top court

    Alaska's moose-hunting hovercraft pilot returns to US top court

    US Supreme Court justices on Monday for a second time wrestled with an Alaska moose hunter's claim that the federal government overstepped its authority in banning hovercraft on National Park Service land in the northernmost U.S. state. Hunter...