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  • Man tried to kill his wife by tampering with her parachute

    Man tried to kill his wife by tampering with her parachute

    A British Army sergeant has been found guilty of attempting to murder his wife by tampering with her parachute and sabotaging a gas valve at their home. A jury of nine men and three women convicted 38-year-old Emile Cilliers, of the Royal Army...

  • Sheriff forgets her gun in ladies' toilet

    Sheriff forgets her gun in ladies' toilet

    A county sheriff in Nevada has apologised for leaving her handgun unattended in the ladies' toilet at a casino last week and asked forgiveness from voters just three weeks ahead of her re-election bid. Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly said the...

  • World Cup trophy theft solved after 52 years

    World Cup trophy theft solved after 52 years

    A London gangster and his brother were behind the notorious unsolved theft of the World Cup trophy just months before the 1966 tournament in England, it has been claimed. Sidney Cugullere, with the help of his brother Reg, stole the Jules Rimet...

  • Technological attempt to prove whether Loch Ness monster exists

    Technological attempt to prove whether Loch Ness monster exists

    The legend of the Loch Ness monster has baffled scientists for centuries - but now a group of experts hope modern technology will reveal what really lives in the murky depths of the Scottish lake. Neil Gemmell, a scientist from New Zealand, will...

  • Traffic lights might advise drivers on getting to next lights at green

    Traffic lights might advise drivers on getting to next lights at green

    Smart traffic lights designed to end stop-go driving will be tested in Britain. The signals will advise motorists and vehicles what speed they should drive at so they arrive at the next set of lights just as they turn green. Engineering firm AECOM...

  • Michael Jackson used special shoes for Smooth Criminal tilt

    Michael Jackson used special shoes for Smooth Criminal tilt

    Michael Jackson really acted out the part of a smooth criminal when he performed his gravity-defying 45 degree forward tilt in front of screaming fans, a study has shown. The "mind-boggling" dance move, first seen in the 1987 "Smooth Criminal"...

  • Playing dirty: swamp soccer a hit in Russia ahead of World Cup

    Playing dirty: swamp soccer a hit in Russia ahead of World Cup

    While FIFA delegations inspect the lawns of the World Cup pitches, one group of soccer enthusiasts has decided to opt for a decidedly more rugged locale to have a kick-about - a North Russian swamp. Swamp football was invented in Finland as a way...

  • Swedish brochure tells people what to do in case of war

    Swedish brochure tells people what to do in case of war

    Sweden is distributing a booklet to some 4.8 million households telling them what to do in the event of a crisis - including war. The 20-page brochure If Crisis Or War Comes is an updated version of a Cold War-era civil emergency advice...

  • Taj Mahal turning yellow due to pollution

    Taj Mahal turning yellow due to pollution

    India's most famous monument, the white marble Taj Mahal, is "dying," according to historians and local guides who are calling for the government to protect and carry out preservation work on the palace.  They're blaming one main culprit:...

  • Australia searching for 50 athletes, officials missing after Commonwealth Games

    Australia searching for 50 athletes, officials missing after Commonwealth Games

    Australian authorities are searching for 50 athletes and officials missing a month after the Commonwealth Games ended in the host city of the Gold Coast while another 190 are seeking asylum, the country's home affairs minister said on...

  • Sneaky sneakers for Serena

    Sneaky sneakers for Serena

    Serena Williams has revealed she wore trainers underneath her dress for Prince Harry and Meghan's wedding reception. The tennis champion wore a stunning Versace dress for the wedding itself but changed into a floral Valentino number for the...

  • Artist breathes new life into old tyres

    Artist breathes new life into old tyres

    In his home in Marrakech, artist Lahcen Iwi brings out a cutter and gets to work, slicing up squares of used tyres to craft his sculptures. From dragons to unicorns, Iwi creates his artwork out of tyres he collects from landfill sites and scrap...

  • Air traffic controllers give Harry and Meghan the gift of silence

    Air traffic controllers give Harry and Meghan the gift of silence

    British air traffic controllers gave Prince Harry and Meghan Markle a rare wedding gift - 15 minutes of guaranteed peace and quiet for the ceremony without the roar of airliners passing overhead. Britain's National Air Traffic Services said the...

  • Harry had to get permission from queen to sport beard at his own wedding

    Harry had to get permission from queen to sport beard at his own wedding

    Prince Harry was given special permission from the Queen to sport facial hair while wearing uniform. It is customary to be clean-shaven when dressed in Army uniform. Both the newly-appointed Duke of Sussex and the Duke of Cambridge wore the...

  • Previous Duke of Sussex had two illegal marriages... and a fine singing voice

    Previous Duke of Sussex had two illegal marriages... and a fine singing voice

    Prince Harry has been given the title the Duke of Sussex 175 years after it was last used - and Meghan will be history's first Duchess of Sussex. The first Duke of Sussex was an eccentric son of King George III and his two marriages were deemed...

  • Thai farmers keep snails 'happy' for cosmetic slime

    Thai farmers keep snails 'happy' for cosmetic slime

    Giant African snails endemic to Thailand are getting the red carpet treatment to keep them producing top-notch slime, say farmers harvesting the mucus for use in cosmetics. Watch the video above.

  • School prank wins praise after fooling police

    School prank wins praise after fooling police

    Police in the US have praised students who created an illusion for a class prank that appeared to show a car had crashed into the principal's office. Students at Cumberland High School in Wisconsin used an old banger, some bricks, some tape and a...

  • Oklahoma woman killed by pack of seven small dogs

    Oklahoma woman killed by pack of seven small dogs

    An Oklahoma woman was mauled to death by seven small dogs, most of them possibly a dachshund-terrier mix. Authorities in the US state are investigating whether criminal charges should be filed following the incident. Carter County Sheriff Chris...

  • Estonian district adopts cannabis flag after online poll

    Estonian district adopts cannabis flag after online poll

    A local government in Estonia has narrowly approved using a flag with an image of a cannabis leaf as its symbol after a online poll overwhelmingly voted for it. The town's name - Kanepi- is derived from the Estonian word for marijuana. Although...

  • Train leaves 25 seconds early - Japanese company apologises profusely

    Train leaves 25 seconds early - Japanese company apologises profusely

    A Japanese rail company has apologised for any inconvenience caused to passengers after a train left its platform 25 seconds early. West Japan Railways issued a press release to apologise and announced an internal investigation after the 7.12am at...