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  • Dear neighbour... your sofa has crushed my motorbike

    Dear neighbour... your sofa has crushed my motorbike

    A man has appealed to a neighbour to reclaim his outdoor sofa, which appears to have been blown away from a roof or balcony by the strong winds and damaged his motorbike.  In a Facebook post, Christian Agius somewhat saw the funny side of the...

  • 'Miracle' gorilla celebrates second birthday

    'Miracle' gorilla celebrates second birthday

    A miracle gorilla is enjoying her birthday celebrations as she turns two on Monday. Afia was born by emergency caesarean section at Bristol Zoo in February 2016 after her mother, Kera, showed symptoms of potentially life-threatening...

  • Do those proposed balconies look like a swastika?

    Do those proposed balconies look like a swastika?

    It was not heritage issues that concerned the Design Advisory Committee in the case of plans for a controversial new apartment block in Sliema, but a certain far-right similarity. The application was recently approved by the Planning Commission...

  • How low would you go?

    How low would you go?

    Scientists are testing the endurance of humans and equipment in temperatures of around minus 50C at a laboratory in southern Poland. The Taming the Freeze experiment is expected to go on for 100 hours. Survivalists and mountain climbers are locked...

  • Watch: Nothing but rubbish on TV...

    Watch: Nothing but rubbish on TV...

    A TV show will feature an "autopsy" on a giant fatberg - as a section from another of the gruesome objects goes on display in a museum. The last remaining piece of the Whitechapel fatberg, which once weighed 130 tonnes and stretched over 250...

  • Police not amused by hide-and-seek challenge

    Police not amused by hide-and-seek challenge

    Children risk sparking large-scale police searches if they take part in an internet challenge which sees them hide in department stores overnight, officers have warned. The so-called 24 Hour Challenge encourages members of the public to hide and...

  • Woman claims airline told her to flush hamster down airport loo

    Woman claims airline told her to flush hamster down airport loo

    A Florida woman has claimed an airline told her to flush her hamster down an airport toilet because the emotional support rodent was not allowed to fly with her. The Miami Herald reports before Belen Aldecosea flew home from college to South...

  • Oman to stand in for Mars for technology trials

    Oman to stand in for Mars for technology trials

    The desolate desert in southern Oman resembles Mars so much that more than 200 scientists from 25 nations have chosen it as their location for the next four weeks to field-test technology for a manned mission to Mars. Public and private ventures...

  • Passengers terrified as aircraft door falls off upon landing

    Passengers terrified as aircraft door falls off upon landing

    Airline passengers were horrified when the emergency exit door of a flight came off as the aircraft was taxing in Abuja airport on Wednesday. Dana Air denied that it was caused by a mechanical fault, and said the door could not fall off "without a...

  • UK freemasons go on charm offensive

    UK freemasons go on charm offensive

    Freemasons have been "undeservedly stigmatised", the organisation leader has said, and will be running a series of open evenings to prove it is not a secret society. The United Grand Lodge of England placed adverts in three national newspapers...

  • Pakistan bans Valentine's Day

    Pakistan bans Valentine's Day

    Pakistan has banned events promoting Valentine's Day, and media coverage of any such events, for the second year in a row after a court ruled the day un-Islamic. The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) issued an advisory warning...

  • Radar tracking reveals how bees refine their flightpath

    Radar tracking reveals how bees refine their flightpath

    The humble bumblebee may have a brain the size of a pinhead, but it's no fool when it comes to route planning. British researchers have shown that bumblebees hone their routes from flower to flower to save both time and energy.   The researchers...

  • Watch: First known Briton had dark skin, blue eyes

    Watch: First known Briton had dark skin, blue eyes

    The first modern Briton, who lived around 300 generations ago, had “dark to black” skin. Britain’s oldest complete skeleton, known as Cheddar Man, was unearthed more than a century ago in Gough’s Cave in Somerset. But an unprecedented examination...

  • Juror pleads for mercy for condemned killer

    Juror pleads for mercy for condemned killer

    A juror who voted for a death sentence 20 years ago is now asking Ohio governor John Kasich to spare the condemned killer. Ross Geiger, of suburban Cincinnati, said he felt compelled to follow the law when he voted in favour of execution for...

  • Lost in translation: hockey coach tries to communicate with Korean team

    Lost in translation: hockey coach tries to communicate with Korean team

    North and South Korea face a widening linguistic divide after 70 years of division - a challenge for the rivals' first-ever joint Olympic team as it prepares for the Pyeongchang Winter Games. The Canadian coach of the joint women's hockey team...

  • 'Tiger' on the loose causes panic in Scotland

    'Tiger' on the loose causes panic in Scotland

    Armed police were sent to an Aberdeenshire farm after reports a tiger was on the loose, only to find it was a cuddly toy. The farmer called Police Scotland to his land near Peterhead after spotting what he thought was a real tiger in his cow shed...

  • Musk sets out to prove his Roadster is 'out of this world'

    Musk sets out to prove his Roadster is 'out of this world'

    A scarlet Tesla Roadster from the assembly line of Elon Musk's pioneering electric automobile business is poised this week to go where no sports car has gone before - outer space. The sleek, battery-powered hot rod is serving as a mock payload for...

  • Mercedes kowtow to China over Dalai Lama quote

    Mercedes kowtow to China over Dalai Lama quote

    Mercedes-Benz has apologised in China for quoting the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader who is reviled by Beijing, in a social media post. The car maker's apology is a reflection of foreign companies' heightened sensitivity to the...

  • Children of wealthy parents not as spoilt as you would think

    Children of wealthy parents not as spoilt as you would think

    Two-thirds of wealthy parents restrict the amount of cash their children can access so they have a better understanding of money, a survey suggests. Some 66% of parents said they are careful about the amount of cash their children have access to,...

  • Britons camper van trapped in crocodile area by floods

    Britons camper van trapped in crocodile area by floods

    Three British backpackers have been rescued from rising floodwaters in Australia after waking up to find they had parked their campervan in a crocodile warning area. The group were found on the roof of the vehicle when emergency services arrived...