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  • Stinkin' sky-high: Indonesian durians fetch $1,000 apiece

    Stinkin' sky-high: Indonesian durians fetch $1,000 apiece

    Two durian fruits have sold for nearly $1,000 each in Indonesia, an eye-watering price that lit up social media and prompted awestruck fans to take selfies with the pungent pair.  Fetching 14 million rupiah ($990) each, the spiky fruits were...

  • Hamas calls for supporters to send Bitcoins

    Hamas calls for supporters to send Bitcoins

    Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, which has fought three wars with Israel and faces financial isolation, called on supporters Tuesday to send funds via Bitcoin. A spokesman for the movement's military wing sent out a message calling for support to...

  • Watch: 'Goooal!': Mother narrates games for blind, autistic son

    Watch: 'Goooal!': Mother narrates games for blind, autistic son

    A passionate Brazilian football fan has drawn nationwide attention for narrating her local team's soccer matches live to her blind and autistic son. Silvia Grecco and her son Nickollas, 12, have become minor celebrities for the Sao Paulo team...

  • Kuwaiti MP sentenced to 7 years for 'tricking' wife

    Kuwaiti MP sentenced to 7 years for 'tricking' wife

    A Kuwaiti court on Monday sentenced an opposition politician to seven years in jail for failing to tell his wife he divorced her and continuing to have sexual relations with her, her lawyer said. Waleed al-Tabtabai, an Islamist who is currently...

  • UAE gender equality awards won entirely by men

    UAE gender equality awards won entirely by men

    A United Arab Emirates initiative designed to promote gender equality has ended in internet farce after it emerged that all the prize winners were men.UAE vice-president Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum handed out certificates and medals to...

  • 'World's loneliest duck' Trevor dies on tiny Niue

    'World's loneliest duck' Trevor dies on tiny Niue

    A lone duck named Trevor that lived on the tiny Pacific island nation of Niue has died, officials say, sparking an outpouring of grief from as far away as New Zealand. The celebrity mallard found fame last year after a visiting journalist from New...

  • 'Wiser than the fish': ice fishing pros compete in Bulgaria

    'Wiser than the fish': ice fishing pros compete in Bulgaria

    They battled with snow drifts and waded through knee-deep slush to get to their competition ground on a frozen lake in Bulgaria's southern Rhodope mountains. The world's ice angling pros converged this weekend on the Shiroka Polyana lake, 1,500...

  • GPS watch leads to conviction of mob hitman and amateur runner

    GPS watch leads to conviction of mob hitman and amateur runner

    A gangland hitman who murdered two rival mobsters was in part convicted because he was a dedicated athelete who used a GPS watch. Mark ‘Iceman’ Fellows, 39, was found guilty of having killed Paul Massey and John Kinsella, 55 and 53, by a court in...

  • Ski racers help save official's life after heart attack in a gondola

    Ski racers help save official's life after heart attack in a gondola

    Three Swedish ski racers, competing in this weekend's world cup women's meet in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, helped save the life of a German official who suffered a heart attack in a gondola. The sports agency SID, an AFP subsidiary, said the trio...

  • Swedish office workers chill out with lunchtime ice-dip

    Swedish office workers chill out with lunchtime ice-dip

    Late on a snowy Stockholm morning, eight colleagues file down from their office to a small jetty on a nearby lake, change into swimsuits and, one after another, step through a small hole cut into the ice. For the hardy friends, this pre-lunch dip...

  • Travel ban for 'fragile' Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers'

    Travel ban for 'fragile' Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers'

    The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam said Thursday its version of "Sunflowers" will no longer be allowed to travel after restoration work showed it was in a "fragile" condition. The museum in the Dutch capital is one of only five in the world with a...

  • Daily Mail website flagged for being fake news

    Daily Mail website flagged for being fake news

    The Daily Mail’s website might be the world’s most popular English-language news site, but that has not spared it from being flagged for fake news. People visiting www.mailonline.co.uk on their phones while using the Microsoft Edge browser are...

  • On trial for disturbing the peace of the dead

    On trial for disturbing the peace of the dead

    A 25-year-old woman accused of disturbing the peace of the dead is on trial at Ansbach District Court in Germany. She is accused of having been drunk at night in a cemetery and danced to loud music between the graves. In addition, she is said to...

  • All shook up: Elvis keeps Aussie outback town alive

    All shook up: Elvis keeps Aussie outback town alive

    Once a year Parkes, a sleepy mining town in rural Australia, explodes into colour and song – a veritable Graceland in the outback hosting a five-day extravaganza to celebrate ‘the King’. Die-hard fans don their polyester jumpsuits, thick black...

  • Watch: Delightful nuns rock to We Will Rock You

    Watch: Delightful nuns rock to We Will Rock You

    A video of a group of nuns performing their own version of Queen's classic song We Will Rock You has gone viral on social media.  The video posted by Fay Josephine Pele has drawn more than 1.02 million views on Facebook. Singing alongside the...

  • Japan's convenience stores to ditch porn mags ahead of Olympics

    Japan's convenience stores to ditch porn mags ahead of Olympics

    Japan's omnipresent convenience stores are preparing to stop selling pornographic magazines before waves of tourists visit the nation for the Olympic Games and the Rugby World Cup. Industry leader 7-Eleven said Tuesday it would phase out sales of...

  • Tourist killed as window falls from Hong Kong hotel

    Tourist killed as window falls from Hong Kong hotel

    A tourist has died in Hong Kong after a hotel window fell on top of her as it was being cleaned. A hotel employee who was cleaning the window was arrested and released on bail on Tuesday as investigators try to work out what caused the fatal...

  • Liverpool's Milner sent off by his former PE teacher

    Liverpool's Milner sent off by his former PE teacher

    Liverpool midfielder James Milner was shown a red card by his former PE teacher over the weekend, in what will have been an uncomfortable flashback to his schoolboy youth. Milner, 33, walked straight down the tunnel without waiting for referee Jon...

  • Total lunar eclipse woos sky watchers

    Total lunar eclipse woos sky watchers

    An unusual set of celestial circumstances came together over Sunday night and the wee hours of Monday for sky watchers in Europe, Africa and the Americas, where the moon was fully obscured before lighting up again with a faint red glow. In the...

  • Use your noodle: Tokyo metro offers free food to ease crowding

    Use your noodle: Tokyo metro offers free food to ease crowding

    One of Tokyo's most crowded subway lines is hoping the way to reach their customers' hearts is through their stomachs, and offering free food to ease rush hour congestion. Around 7.2 million people use Tokyo's mammoth metro system every day, with...