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  • Watch: Is this the worst robbery attempt ever?

    Watch: Is this the worst robbery attempt ever?

    A man wanted in connection to a robbery in Colorado on September 2 was caught on security camera dropping a replica gun before running out of the store, losing his pants in the process. The video captures the surprise on the suspect's face as the...

  • Woman mistakes dynamite for candle during power cut

    Woman mistakes dynamite for candle during power cut

    A woman in Connecticut was severely injured on Thursday night when she mistook a stick of dynamite for a candle and lit it during a power cut. The 30-year-old had bought her house two years ago and spotted what she thought were candles left behind...

  • Dallas officer kills man in apartment she thought was hers - police

    Dallas officer kills man in apartment she thought was hers - police

    A Dallas police officer arrived in full uniform on Thursday night at an apartment she thought was hers, entered it, and shot and killed a man who lived there, police said, citing the officer's account of what happened. Once inside the wrong...

  • Belgium blesses its beer on brewers' day

    Belgium blesses its beer on brewers' day

    Belgian brewers accompanied by musicians dressed in medieval costumes took a barrel of beer to Brussels' cathedral on Friday for consecration as part of an annual celebration of their patron saint, Arnould. Known as the Knighthood of the Brewer's...

  • Was someone trying to get back to Kansas?

    Was someone trying to get back to Kansas?

    A pair of ruby slippers worth millions that were featured in the movie "The Wizard of Oz" and stolen from a Judy Garland museum 13 years ago have been recovered in Minneapolis, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Tuesday. The FBI said it...

  • In Cuba, condom use stretches far beyond sex

    In Cuba, condom use stretches far beyond sex

    Cubans use them to fish, ferment wine, fix punctures or tie up hair; latex condoms have become the ultimate multipurpose tool on the Communist-run island where shortages of basic goods have forced locals to become masters of invention. Decades of...

  • Discount stores recalls 'prank' knives after discovering they are real

    Discount stores recalls 'prank' knives after discovering they are real

    A discount store in Japan has recalled thousands of “prank knives” after it discovered they were actually real.  Daiso’s prank knives, called Dokkiri Cutters, have dulled edges and an indentation to make them fit around a finger, tricking people...

  • What do you call a kangaroo in Austria? Lost!

    What do you call a kangaroo in Austria? Lost!

    A kangaroo has been spotted several times in Hellmonsoedt district in Austria, prompting numerous witticisms about how often the country is confused with Australia. Kangaroos are indigenous to Australia and the sightings in a European country have...

  • Secret to Japan couple's 80 years of marriage: wife's patience

    Secret to Japan couple's 80 years of marriage: wife's patience

    Japan is known for its abundance of centenarians and can now lay claim to having the world's oldest living married couple, with a combined age of 208 - a feat the wife credits to her patience during 80 years of marriage. Masao Matsumoto, 108, and...

  • Abu Dhabi postpones unveiling of $450m da Vinci painting

    Abu Dhabi postpones unveiling of $450m da Vinci painting

    Leonardo da Vinci’s "Salvator Mundi", a painting that courted controversy after Saudi Arabia's crown prince was named as its alleged secret buyer, will not be unveiled on schedule, Abu Dhabi's Department of Culture and Tourism said . The portrait...

  • Sweden festival celebrates beards and beard barbers

    Sweden festival celebrates beards and beard barbers

    Hundreds gathered in the Swedish capital of Stockholm on Saturday with a parade and a barber battle. A vast array of styles was on display at the World Beard Day event, as a crowd of around 200 gathered for a parade organised by the Swedish...

  • Korea's soccer gold secures military exemption for Spurs striker

    Korea's soccer gold secures military exemption for Spurs striker

    Tottenham Hotspur striker Son Heung-min's professional career received a boost in the form of military exemption when South Korea won the Asian Games soccer gold on Saturday. Substitute Lee Seung-woo and Hwang Hee-chan scored in extra time after a...

  • Fake photos in Myanmar army's "True News" book on the Rohingya crisis

    Fake photos in Myanmar army's "True News" book on the Rohingya crisis

    The grainy black-and-white photo, printed in a new book on the Rohingya crisis authored by Myanmar's army, shows a man standing over two bodies, wielding a farming tool. "Bengalis killed local ethnics brutally", reads the caption. The photo...

  • 'Blind mosquitoes' invade Russian port city

    'Blind mosquitoes' invade Russian port city

    Swarms of non-biting midges invaded the port city of Taganrog leaving roads and sidewalks covered with a slippery layer. See video above. 

  • Thousands of revellers and 145 tons of tomatoes: what could possibly go wrong?

    Thousands of revellers and 145 tons of tomatoes: what could possibly go wrong?

    Thousands of revellers hurled around 145 tons of tomatoes at each other on Wednesday during the annual "Tomatina" festival in the Spanish town of Bunol, 38 kilometers west of Valencia. A fire cracker signal marked the start of La Tomatina at 11:00...

  • Would you pay £15 to swim through a bog?

    Would you pay £15 to swim through a bog?

    Scores of snorkellers braved driving rain this weekend to swim through a peat bog in the Welsh mountains in the annual World Bog Snorkelling Championships. Part of the World Alternative Games, the championship, held in the picturesque Cambrian...

  • It's a dog's life at Croatian beach bar

    It's a dog's life at Croatian beach bar

    A beach bar on the Croatian island of Rab has found an unusual way of attracting pet owners - by organising a swimming contest for them and their dogs. About a dozen owners and their pets on Tuesday jumped from a boat moored about 100 metres off...

  • Bees besiege Times Square street, drawing swarm of tourists

    Bees besiege Times Square street, drawing swarm of tourists

    It was a case of hold the honey, double the mustard in Times Square at lunchtime on Tuesday. Police shut part of 43rd Street near Seventh Avenue after a thick swarm of bees gathered atop a blue and yellow umbrella over a hotdog cart in an area of...

  • Vintage Vespas are granted a new lease of life - in many forms

    Vintage Vespas are granted a new lease of life - in many forms

    A selection of otherwise tired vintage Vespas have been granted a new lease of life in Indonesia, where a festival dedicated to the iconic Italian motorbike drew hundreds of fans. Grace Lee reports.  "Usually in the auto industry, when's...

  • Thieves steal police rifles and replace them with toy replicas in Paraguay

    Thieves steal police rifles and replace them with toy replicas in Paraguay

    Thieves stole 42 rifles from a police armoury in Paraguay and replaced them with toy replicas, with authorities only realising after the dangerous weapons started appearing on the black market. Paraguayan media reported that FN FAL rifles, which...