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  • Research on dogs might shed light on human responses to food: study

    Research on dogs might shed light on human responses to food: study

    Researchers in Hungary who found that normal and overweight dogs behaved differently in tasks involving food say the dogs’ responses were similar to what might be expected in normal and overweight humans. The study suggested dogs could be used as...

  • German couple get married on swing 14m above the ground

    German couple get married on swing 14m above the ground

    A couple in eastern Germany have held a wedding ceremony with a difference - after getting married in a swing dangling from a motorcycle atop a tightrope 14 metres above the ground. German news agency dpa reported that a pastor standing in a cage...

  • More than 11,000 Australians want to feature in mass nude photograph

    More than 11,000 Australians want to feature in mass nude photograph

    More than 11,000 Australians who rushed for the chance to strip for American photographer Spencer Tunick will soon wear only smiles after a national supermarket chain changed its mind about allowing the shoot to go ahead on a suburban rooftop...

  • Man who cheated in the London Marathon has pleaded guilty to fraud

    Man who cheated in the London Marathon has pleaded guilty to fraud

    Stanislaw Skupian, 38, crossed the finish line after picking up legitimate runner Jake Halliday's lost number. He was pictured at the end of the 26.2 mile race celebrating with a finisher's medal. Scotland Yard said Skupian was charged on May 18...

  • US returns stolen 525-year-old Columbus letter to Vatican

    US returns stolen 525-year-old Columbus letter to Vatican

    A 525-year-old copy of a letter by Christopher Columbus that was stolen from the Vatican was returned on Thursday after joint sleuthing by US Homeland Security agents and Holy See antiquity experts. "We are returning it to its rightful owner,"...

  • Royal ascot: racegoers to be breathalised

    Royal ascot: racegoers to be breathalised

    Amid the dog-eared form guides, jaunty head wear and crumpled betting slips, racegoers attending Royal Ascot next week may notice an altogether different addition - breathalysers at the turnstiles. The Berkshire venue has rolled out a swathe of...

  • BA pilot jailed for boarding flight while four times legal alcohol limit

    BA pilot jailed for boarding flight while four times legal alcohol limit

    An experienced British Airways pilot's career is "up in smoke" after he was jailed for eight months for being caught on duty while more than four times the alcohol limit. Julian Monaghan drank three double vodkas and diet Pepsi in his hotel room...

  • UK appoints 'champion' to oversee planting of 12m trees

    UK appoints 'champion' to oversee planting of 12m trees

    Environment Secretary Michael Gove has appointed a "tree champion" to boost planting rates and prevent unnecessary felling of street trees. The move, part of the pledges in the Government's 25-year environment plan, comes amid a controversial...

  • Fatal selfie: British and Australian couple die in Portugal

    Fatal selfie: British and Australian couple die in Portugal

    A British and an Australian tourist have plunged to their deaths in a Portuguese coastal town while reportedly taking selfies from a wall overlooking a beach, authorities said. The Correio da Manha newspaper reported that the tourists' bodies were...

  • Legal pimp wins race to be Republican candidate for Nevada

    Legal pimp wins race to be Republican candidate for Nevada

    The owner of half a dozen legal brothels and star of TV reality series Cathouse has won a race to be chosen as the Republican candidate for a Nevada state assembly seat, ousting a three-term legislator. Legal pimp Dennis Hof defeated hospital...

  • High-rise raccoon becomes internet sensation

    High-rise raccoon becomes internet sensation

    Updated at 3.15pm  A plucky raccoon who scaled a Minnesota high-rise before perching on a ledge 23 storeys up mesmerised workers and became an internet sensation on Tuesday night. The hungry-looking critter first caught the attention of curious...

  • Macedonia to change its name, ending decades of dispute

    Macedonia to change its name, ending decades of dispute

    The prime minister of Greece says his country has reached an agreement with Macedonia to end a decades-old dispute over the neighbouring country's name. Alexis Tsipras said a deal had been reached to give Macedonia a different name, addressing all...

  • Louboutin wins EU court battle over trademark red soles

    Louboutin wins EU court battle over trademark red soles

    Christian Louboutin's battle to protect his trademark red soles was given a lift on Tuesday when the European Union's top court said they did not consist exclusively of a shape, which are usually not protected under EU trade mark law. The judges...

  • Chinese vase found in an attic sells for €16.2 million

    Chinese vase found in an attic sells for €16.2 million

    An 18th century Chinese vase found in a shoebox in an attic in France sold for 16.2 million euros ($19 million) at auction in Paris on Tuesday. The price was more than 20 times the estimate of 500,000 euros to 700,000 euros auctioneers Sotheby's...

  • Tiny ancient Koran on display in Israel for Ramadan

    Tiny ancient Koran on display in Israel for Ramadan

    A 10th-century Koran, unique in size and style, has gone on display for the first time as part of a collection of Islamic texts being shown at Israel's National Library to mark the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The 16 texts, all from the 10th...

  • South Korea's last polar bear heading for Doncaster retirement

    South Korea's last polar bear heading for Doncaster retirement

    The last polar bear in South Korea is heading for retirement in Doncaster. Tongki, who is 24, currently lives at the Everland theme park, just south of Seoul. The Yorkshire Wildlife Park (YWP) announced on Monday that he is to be the latest...

  • Fixing pothole in a minute could soon become reality

    Fixing pothole in a minute could soon become reality

    Britain's road network will in the future be repaired by robots which will be able to fill in a pothole in a minute, experts have said. Professor Mark Miodownik, of University College London, said a fleet of autonomous road vehicles or drones...

  • Autonomous vehicles and drones will mend potholes in a minute

    Autonomous vehicles and drones will mend potholes in a minute

    Britain's road network will in the future be repaired by robots - which can fill in a pothole in a minute. A fleet of autonomous road vehicles or drones will travel around cities identifying cracks in roads and pavements and fixing them before...

  • Human arm found inside Florida alligator

    Human arm found inside Florida alligator

    Police in Florida found a human arm inside a 3.6metre-long alligator in Florida after a woman walking her dogs went missing, likely attacked and killed by the reptile.   A witness says he saw the woman walking her two dogs and later saw the dogs...

  • Women bare all in record-breaking charity skinny dip in Ireland

    Women bare all in record-breaking charity skinny dip in Ireland

    Thousands of Irish women shed their inhibitions and their clothes on a secluded beach fifty kilometres south of Dublin on Saturday for a world-record setting "skinny dip" to raise funds for a children’s cancer charity. Lucia Sinigagliesi, the...