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  • Bad break for chemistry teacher who ran Russian drug lab

    Bad break for chemistry teacher who ran Russian drug lab

    Russia on Monday jailed a former school chemistry teacher who ran a drugs lab in his attic producing large quantities of synthetic narcotics. The 52-year-old, who has a chemistry degree and had worked as a secondary school teacher, was sentenced...

  • One of world's longest skate trails transforms Canada's Winnipeg

    One of world's longest skate trails transforms Canada's Winnipeg

    Every winter, two rivers flowing through the Canadian city of Winnipeg freeze, and tens of thousands of people don their skates to enjoy what becomes one of the world's longest outdoor ice rinks. The outdoor skating provides a break from the...

  • British artist Hockney freed from Amsterdam elevator by firemen

    British artist Hockney freed from Amsterdam elevator by firemen

    British artist David Hockney had to be freed by Dutch firefighters from an elevator in Amsterdam as he was about to open a new exhibition of his works. The 81-year-old, who holds the record for the most expensive painting by a living artist, had...

  • Siberian shaman defends camel burning tradition

    Siberian shaman defends camel burning tradition

    A Siberian shaman whose group slaughtered and burned five camels in a ceremony he said would "strengthen Russia" spoke out Thursday in a defence of a ritual that horrified many. The group, based in the eastern Siberian city of Angarsk, this month...

  • No more songs of praise, Tajik president says

    No more songs of praise, Tajik president says

    Tajikistan's authoritarian leader has called for an end to pop songs praising him, state television said Thursday, as the leadership cult surrounding the 66-year-old gathers strength. The long-reigning strongman Emomali Rakhmon had "expressed...

  • Black man infiltrates US neo-Nazi group to shut it down

    Black man infiltrates US neo-Nazi group to shut it down

    The new leader of a US-based neo-Nazi group is a black man who plans to dissolve it. James Hart Stern took over the Detroit-based National Socialist Movement, which dates back decades and has around 40 paying members, in January. The organisation...

  • Watch: Sea bream bonanza for fishermen

    Watch: Sea bream bonanza for fishermen

    The sea bream bonanza that so delighted Xemxija fishermen during last week’s storm continued to keep locals busy through to Friday, with fishermen catching several bucketfuls of the fish using just their fishing rods. Photo and video uploaded to...

  • Fags and food: Five things we learned from the Hanoi summit

    Fags and food: Five things we learned from the Hanoi summit

    Cigarette breaks and poolside strolls: the world again saw a more human side to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump as their unlikely diplomatic rapprochement endured for a second date. But bonhomie and bromance are not...

  • Crocodiles and birds were 'prehistoric bedfellows'

    Crocodiles and birds were 'prehistoric bedfellows'

    Crocodiles and birds may not seem the most obvious bedfellows, but scientists now say a prehistoric fossil find in Romania suggests that at one time the two species may have shared nests. In 2011 Romanian palaeontologist Matyas Vremir found...

  • Bruno Mars pokes fun at Indonesia song restrictions in cheeky tweet

    Bruno Mars pokes fun at Indonesia song restrictions in cheeky tweet

    Bruno Mars has launched a cheeky Twitter protest over Indonesia's most populous province slapping restrictions on some of his biggest hits - and poked fun at fellow music megastar Ed Sheeran in the process. The West Java broadcasting commission...

  • Malaysia's flying car plan jets into controversy

    Malaysia's flying car plan jets into controversy

    Malaysia plans to launch a flying car, a minister has said, sparking a flood of mockery in a country with a chequered history when it comes to automotive projects. The prototype of the vehicle, which uses local technology, will be unveiled later...

  • US man's Holiday Inn retirement plan goes viral

    US man's Holiday Inn retirement plan goes viral

    American seniors seeking to retire on the cheap have a new source of inspiration: a Texas man who outlined how spending one's golden years in Holiday Inn hotels could avoid costly nursing home fees. "For a combined long term stay discount and...

  • Efimova's new Egrant challenge to Joseph Muscat - a dance battle

    Efimova's new Egrant challenge to Joseph Muscat - a dance battle

    The controversy over whether or not the Prime Minister owns Egrant, the secret company in Panama, was reduced to a joke on Wednesday by the former Pilatus Bank employee who made the claims in the first place.Maria Efimova, who had made the claims...

  • No more 'lucky' beards: Japan's sumos hit by whisker ban

    No more 'lucky' beards: Japan's sumos hit by whisker ban

    Japanese sumo officials have introduced a crackdown on beards, calling them "indecent" and telling wrestlers they must look spick and span during competitions under strict, new rules on personal grooming. The draconian whisker ban is part of fresh...

  • Austria changes tack over Good Friday holiday

    Austria changes tack over Good Friday holiday

    Austria's government changed tack once again on Tuesday on the disputed issue of a Good Friday holiday, reversing a decision taken only last week. The government had initially said that in order to comply with a European Court of Justice ruling...

  • 'Resurrection' pastor sparks S.Africa Twitter craze

    'Resurrection' pastor sparks S.Africa Twitter craze

    A pastor in South Africa who claimed to have performed a resurrection has sparked a social media craze as users took to the web mockingly mimicking his miraculous powers. A video of Alleluia Ministries International pastor Alph Lukau "reviving" a...

  • Thrill seekers: Hanoi tours offer visitors taste of summit action

    Thrill seekers: Hanoi tours offer visitors taste of summit action

    When Lee Parry heard that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump would meet in Hanoi, he knew he wanted to be part of the action and soon booked a trip. He joined the 'Trump-Kim Vietnam Summit Tour' being put on this week by...

  • Xemxija storm catches sold for €2 a fish... but authorities warn they might not be safe

    Xemxija storm catches sold for €2 a fish... but authorities warn they might not be safe

    Updated 5.10pm - Health authorities confiscate fish   Xemxija’s would-be storm fishermen were back in the water on Monday morning, as they tried to cash in on their Sunday storm catches. [sea breem] mix Xemxija'. Buckets of sea bream were being...

  • My dog and I, til death do us part

    My dog and I, til death do us part

    Ralf Hendrichs was devastated when his Dobermann died. But he was even more distraught when he learnt that its carcass ended up in a public grinder along with those of roadkill and farm animals. "We cried for days on end," Hendrichs said,...

  • Watch: Men risk their lives to pick up fish in Xemxija

    Watch: Men risk their lives to pick up fish in Xemxija

    Updated at 5.50pm People tempted by the prospect of a free meal waded into rough seas at Xemxija on Sunday afternoon, ignoring official warnings to stay indoors and safe. Videos uploaded to social media on Sunday morning showed pedestrians...