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  • Watch: Cheesy listening: study says tunes change Emmental's taste

    Watch: Cheesy listening: study says tunes change Emmental's taste

    It may be grating for some, but hip-hop is music to the ears of Switzerland's most famous cheese.  According to research on the musical tastes of Emmental, the holey cheese changes flavour depending on the melodies played as it ripens.      The...

  • Entrepreneurs brave Baltic ice in bid for cash

    Entrepreneurs brave Baltic ice in bid for cash

    How far would you go to win €10,000? On a blisteringly cold night in northern Finland, hopeful entrepreneurs plunge into a hole in the Baltic sea ice in a bid to win over a panel of investors. The annual 'Polar Bear Pitching' competition in the...

  • Trump wades into Melania 'body double' conspiracy theory

    Trump wades into Melania 'body double' conspiracy theory

    No, President Donald Trump told conspiracy theorists Wednesday, he does not have a body double of his wife accompanying him on work trips. A bizarre claim that First Lady Melania Trump is sometimes replaced by another woman hidden behind large...

  • Post-Brexit uncertainty looms for Italy's Prosecco

    Post-Brexit uncertainty looms for Italy's Prosecco

    If Britain leaves the EU on March 29 with a so-called hard Brexit, many supporters will likely be celebrating with Union Jack flags and countless bottles of Prosecco. But worried winemakers in Italy fear potential new trade tariffs would put a...

  • Generous 'Robin Hood' figure mystifies Spanish village

    Generous 'Robin Hood' figure mystifies Spanish village

    Residents of a tiny Spanish village have been left mystified by an anonymous donor who leaves envelopes of cash in postboxes or under people's doors. Since Wednesday last week, around 15 people in Villarramiel, northern Spain, have received...

  • Trump says 'Tim Apple' gaffe was on purpose

    Trump says 'Tim Apple' gaffe was on purpose

    Widely mocked for calling Apple CEO Tim Cook "Tim Apple" to his face, President Donald Trump came up with an explanation: it wasn't a gaffe, he was just being succinct. Trump said his apparent slip-up at a White House roundtable with business...

  • Trespassing fox henpecked to death on a French farm

    Trespassing fox henpecked to death on a French farm

    Chickens in a poultry farm in northeast France are suspected of killing a fox who tried to sneak into their coop. The young predator is thought to have entered the henhouse at an agricultural school at dusk last week and become trapped inside by...

  • 10-year-old 'CEO' seeks advice on starting airline from Qantas

    10-year-old 'CEO' seeks advice on starting airline from Qantas

    If you ever find yourself on an Oceanic Express flight, remember this story: it all started with a young boy's dream. Alex Jacquot wants to set up an airline and felt that there was no reason not to start planning it while he had some spare time -...

  • Mother forces Saudi plane to return to airport for baby left behind

    Mother forces Saudi plane to return to airport for baby left behind

    A passenger begged airline staff to return to the airport in Saudi Arabia because she had forgotten something at the terminal: her child. The Malaysia-bound plane had just taken off, but the pilot asked for permission to return, something only...

  • South African man escapes jaws of whale

    South African man escapes jaws of whale

    Like the Bible's Jonah, Rainer Schimpf has narrowly survived after being caught in the jaws of a whale. The 51-year-old marine conservationist was swept into the mouth of a large Bryde's whale off the coast of the southern South African town of...

  • Slovenian woman cut off a hand for insurance payout

    Slovenian woman cut off a hand for insurance payout

    A Slovenian woman has been detained for allegedly cutting off her hand with a circular saw to get nearly 400,000 euros in insurance compensation, police said Monday. The 21-year-old and a relative, 29, who was also arrested, face up to eight years...

  • French policewoman shot dead by fellow officer in gun game

    French policewoman shot dead by fellow officer in gun game

    A French policeman who shot and killed a fellow officer at police headquarters in Paris was fooling around with his service weapon when it went off, a police source told AFP on Monday. The accident took place on Sunday at the new headquarters of...

  • Ukraine lists singer Al Bano as a national security threat

    Ukraine lists singer Al Bano as a national security threat

    Ukraine’s government has included Italian musician and entertainer Al Bano on a national security blacklist.  The singer, whose real name is Albano Carrisi, is one of the 147 names on the list published by the Ukrainian government’s culture...

  • Opium, rat hair, beaver anal secretions: surprising things you might find in food

    Opium, rat hair, beaver anal secretions: surprising things you might find in food

    Diners in France recently got more than they bargained for when poppy seed baguettes were found to contain a dose of opium that could take postprandial napping to a new extreme. Other than narcotics, there are a host of surprises lurking in...

  • Watch: Melbourne's Birdman Rally makes a splash

    Watch: Melbourne's Birdman Rally makes a splash

    Strapped to homemade flying devices shaped as gliders and even houses, competitors jumped into a river in the heart of Australia's second-largest city Sunday as part of a quirky annual competition to raise money for charity. The Birdman Rally held...

  • Brazil's minister for women believes gender equality lessons encourage domestic violence

    Brazil's minister for women believes gender equality lessons encourage domestic violence

    Brazil’s minister for women believes teaching gender equality encourages domestic violence and that the focus should instead be on encouraging boys to show respect by “bringing flowers to girls”. Damares Alves, who has previously said she wants to...

  • Czech speaker under fire for musical merrymaking

    Czech speaker under fire for musical merrymaking

    Czech parliamentary speaker Radek Vondracek found himself in hot water on Thursday after Czech media published photos of him standing on the speaker's table in parliament playing the guitar and grinning, apparently after a few drinks. Vondracek, a...

  • US town elects goat as 'mayor'

    US town elects goat as 'mayor'

    In a divided America where politics seems increasingly to get people's goat, a small town in Vermont has taken the concept to heart - this week electing one as mayor. He may be a political novice but the goat's name, Lincoln, brings with it a...

  • Labour dissociates itself from Joseph Muscat sticker album

    Labour dissociates itself from Joseph Muscat sticker album

    Updated 11.05am with PL statement Thousands still relish the idea of exchanging Panini stickers come every major football tournament. But the sight of people exchanging stickers displaying images of Ronaldo and Messi at street corners could well...

  • Trump serves up junk food to athletes again

    Trump serves up junk food to athletes again

    President Donald Trump didn't have to change the menu Monday for his second hosting of college athletes at the White House this year: it was time to pile the table with fast food again. Trump greeted the players of the North Dakota State Bison...