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  • Newly-discovered section of Berlin wall to be protected

    Newly-discovered section of Berlin wall to be protected

    A recently discovered remnant of the Berlin Wall is being given protected status, city authorities have said. The announcement by the city government's culture ministry came on the day when the wall has been open for as long as it divided Berlin:...

  • Screaming pedestrian spooks New York horse

    Screaming pedestrian spooks New York horse

    A New York City carriage horse took off running after being scared by a screaming pedestrian with an umbrella, leaving three passengers injured and damaging some cars, police said. Officials said the animal was near Central Park on Sunday...

  • 'Traffic light' prank confuses drivers

    'Traffic light' prank confuses drivers

      Most of us actually are aware that we should stop our vehicle at a red light, but what if the red light is just an early carnival costume? Lee Camilleri fashioned a working traffic light costume, and he and his friends were in fits of laughter...

  • Giant ice sculptures at Japan's annual snow festival

    Giant ice sculptures at Japan's annual snow festival

    The annual Sapporo snow festival kicked off on Monday, featuring ice sculptures of, amongst others, animations and online games scenes. An ice sculpture of anime characters created by Osamu Tezuka, the equivalent of Japan's Walt Disney, including...

  • Hunter knocked unconscious by bird that he shot

    Hunter knocked unconscious by bird that he shot

    A hunter was knocked unconscious after being struck by a dead goose that had been shot and fell from the sky, Sky News reported. Robert Meilhammer, 51, suffered a "severe head injury" after his hunting group fired at a flock of Canadian geese in...

  • Flamethrowing hairdryer withdrawn by Amazon

    Flamethrowing hairdryer withdrawn by Amazon

    Amazon has withdrawn a hairdryer from its online store after a customer posted video showing how it worked a bit too well for safety.  In the video, the Oracorp hairdryer can be seen shooting out flames and smoke.  The South Carolina customer said...

  • Amazon wristband: intrusive check or efficiency booster?

    Amazon wristband: intrusive check or efficiency booster?

    Amazon has been granted two patents for a smart wristband that can track the hand movements of warehouse employees as they work in real time. According to the patents, the wristband emits periodic, ultrasonic sound pulses which are picked up by...

  • Uproar after dead man pursued for parking fine

    Uproar after dead man pursued for parking fine

    Car park "cowboys" tried to fine a dead person, the British House of Commons heard as MPs backed action against private firms. Shadow communities minister Yvonne Fovargue said she had been told of one operator pursuing the relatives of a shopper...

  • Watch: Nurse's rant about 'cesspool of funky flu' goes viral

    Watch: Nurse's rant about 'cesspool of funky flu' goes viral

    A Florida nurse's Facebook rant about the "cesspool of funky flu" in emergency room waiting areas is getting a lot of attention. In a six-minute video which has been viewed 4.8 million times, Katherine Lockler says: "Wash your stinking hands." Ms...

  • Kim Kardashian sends 'haters' bottle of her perfume

    Kim Kardashian sends 'haters' bottle of her perfume

    Kim Kardashian West is sending her "haters" - including Taylor Swift - bottles of her perfume for Valentine's Day. In a video posted on her Instagram story, Kardashian West panned over a collection of sticky notes with names on, indicating those...

  • Russian journalists brawl on air over Stalin's legacy

    Russian journalists brawl on air over Stalin's legacy

    Two Russian journalists came to blows while broadcasting live on a Moscow radio station over Josef Stalin's role in World War Two, days after the comedy film, "The Death of Stalin" was banned in the country. The journalists were discussing whether...

  • Flashback to Las Vegas of old through neon

    Flashback to Las Vegas of old through neon

    Las Vegas visitors will be able to see many of the city's classic neon signs just as they were decades ago.   The signs are now broken and missing lights at the Neon Museum's large outdoor gravel lot surrounded by a security wall, and restoring...

  • Rare button with Maltese cross found in Moscow

    Rare button with Maltese cross found in Moscow

    A button which was only in use for four years was found during excavations in Russia. The button is engraved with a Maltese cross.

  • Rapping chicken ruffles feathers

    Rapping chicken ruffles feathers

    KFC's ad featuring a chicken dancing to a rap soundtrack as it headed to slaughter was the most complained-about advert of 2017. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) attracted 755 complaints among them were claims it was disrespectful to...

  • Family of great-grandmother face $72,000 bill after cruise

    Family of great-grandmother face $72,000 bill after cruise

    The family of a 74-year-old great-grandmother are facing a 72,000 US dollar bill after she had to be airlifted to hospital from a cruise ship off the coast of Mexico. Joyce Kettle, from Blyth, Northumberland, thought she had holiday insurance...

  • Love conquers all across borders

    Love conquers all across borders

    A third of the people who move abroad find partners in their new country, according to a survey by expat community InterNations. The survey showed that more than half of all expats in a relationship (56%) are in an intercultural one, and men are a...

  • Boy spends €20,000 meant for his leukaemia treatment on online games

    Boy spends €20,000 meant for his leukaemia treatment on online games

    A 10-year-old boy in China with leukaemia spent 150,000 yuan (€20,000) his parents had saved for his medical treatment on online games.  The child's parents, who are both farmers in Guangzhou, had saved the money after receiving donations from...

  • Astronomy observatory proposed as World Heritage Site

    Astronomy observatory proposed as World Heritage Site

    The world's earliest radio astronomy observatory has been nominated for World Heritage status. Jodrell Bank Observatory, part of the University of Manchester, has been put forward as the UK's nomination for designation as a Unesco World Heritage...

  • Budget airline gets penalty for football bikini show

    Budget airline gets penalty for football bikini show

    Vietnam's aviation authority on Tuesday fined budget airline Vietjet for a semi-naked and celebratory display by bikini-clad models aboard a special flight carrying home the country's under-23 football team from a competition in China. The team...

  • Snakes on the brain: songbirds imagine sticks are serpents

    Snakes on the brain: songbirds imagine sticks are serpents

      A bird with a hatred of snakes has an over-active imagination that can turn a harmless stick into a deadly serpent. When the Japanese tit hears a rattling alarm call, it cannot help but think of snakes, a study has found. In just the same way, a...