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  • Dead brothel owner elected in Nevada

    Dead brothel owner elected in Nevada

    A flamboyant but no longer living 72-year-old brothel owner who had labellel himself the "Trump from Pahrump" has been posthumously been elected in Nevada. The reality television star Dennis Hof passed away last month. Since he is not alive to...

  • US Girl Scouts sue Boy Scouts as boys welcome girls

    US Girl Scouts sue Boy Scouts as boys welcome girls

    The Girl Scouts of the United States of America filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America on Tuesday after the Boy Scouts decided to drop "Boy" from its program and start welcoming older girls. According to the...

  • You really can die of a broken heart

    You really can die of a broken heart

    A stressful event, such as the death of a loved one, really can break your heart. In medicine, the condition is known as broken heart syndrome or takotsubo syndrome. It is characterised by a temporary disruption of the heart’s normal pumping...

  • After four hours of tusk surgery, elephant is on his feet in Tbilisi

    After four hours of tusk surgery, elephant is on his feet in Tbilisi

    Grand the Asian elephant was recovering in Tbilisi after surgery on one of his tusks, officials at a zoo in the Georgian capital said on Sunday. The 23-year-old animal was brought to the zoo from Armenia in 2014 with both tusks broken and infected.

  • Matteo Salvini's girlfriend announces break-up with Instagram bedside selfie

    Matteo Salvini's girlfriend announces break-up with Instagram bedside selfie

    Italy's real-life soap opera, the relationship between Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini and television star Elisa Isoardi, reached its last episode on Monday when she said goodbye by posting a selfie of them in bed. The breakup found space...

  • Alaska's moose-hunting hovercraft pilot returns to US top court

    Alaska's moose-hunting hovercraft pilot returns to US top court

    US Supreme Court justices on Monday for a second time wrestled with an Alaska moose hunter's claim that the federal government overstepped its authority in banning hovercraft on National Park Service land in the northernmost U.S. state. Hunter...

  • Toddler found floating in water, rescued by fisherman

    Toddler found floating in water, rescued by fisherman

    A fisherman on Matata Beach in New Zealand spotted what he thought was a doll floating past him, but realised that it was a baby when it “let out a little squeak”. Fisherman Gus Hutt, who was staying at Murphy’s Holiday Cam in Matata, pulled the...

  • Smashing pumpkins for a good cause

    Smashing pumpkins for a good cause

    A Canadian NGO has come up with a superb way to deal with post-Halloween pumpkins: give the public the chance to smash them. For just $5, the public was urged to use a slingshot to aim their pumpkins at a target, raising money for Cystic...

  • Thai restaurant owner kills man, serves him to vegetarian patrons

    Thai restaurant owner kills man, serves him to vegetarian patrons

    A restaurant owner in Bangkok got into an argument with a customer, killed him and then served his remains to his vegetarian patrons, Thai news sites have reported.Patrons at the vegetarian restaurant were disgusted to find chunks of meat in their...

  • Tiger that claimed a dozen victims is killed

    Tiger that claimed a dozen victims is killed

    A man-eating tiger that claimed more than a dozen victims in two years has been shot dead in India, sparking controversy over the legality of its killing. One of India's most high-profile tiger hunts in decades ended on Friday when the mother of...

  • Rotten shark made you queasy?

    Rotten shark made you queasy?

    The dead mouse in the Chinese wine sure looks nasty, and the maggots in the cheese tend to put people off. But nothing is more horrible to an unaccustomed palate than the Icelandic fermented shark. It's the worst. Or so says the expert. "It tastes...

  • South Africa turning pee into bricks

    South Africa turning pee into bricks

    South African researchers say they have made bricks using human urine in a natural process involving colonies of bacteria, which could one day help reduce global warming emissions by finding a productive use for the ultimate waste product. The...

  • Plastic? Fantastic! Cambodian LGBT fashion designers find beauty in trash

    Plastic? Fantastic! Cambodian LGBT fashion designers find beauty in trash

    From a dress inspired by the plume of a peacock and fashioned out of bottle caps and cement sacks, to a black and orange tiger outfit made of plastic bags, one group of LGBT fashion designers in Cambodia crafts beauty from trash to battle...

  • EU borders to try high-tech lie detection

    EU borders to try high-tech lie detection

    If you have anything in your suitcase that you don’t want the authorities to know about, watch out: the European Commission is trying out an artificial intelligence system which will make it easier to detect people travelling with fake ID or who...

  • Rare 'Dumbo' octopus seen in California deep-sea dive

    Rare 'Dumbo' octopus seen in California deep-sea dive

    A rare 'Dumbo' octopus was spotted by scientists during a deep-sea research dive done by their unmanned robotic submersible off the coast of California. Scientists from the non-profit Ocean Exploration Trust were exploring a region near an...

  • World's largest statue unveiled in India - at cost of $420 million

    World's largest statue unveiled in India - at cost of $420 million

    The world's tallest statue, standing 240 metres high, is being unveiled in a remote area of Gujarat, the home state of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Statue of Unity, which is double the size of the Statue of Liberty, cost around $420...

  • Porn-obsessed US civil servant infects government network with malware

    Porn-obsessed US civil servant infects government network with malware

    A US civil servant who browsed porn sites at work ended up infecting an entire government network with malware, an official report found. The US Geological Survey employee visited at least 9,000 porn web pages, an internal investigation found, an...

  • New 50 pence coin to commemorate Britain's Brexit day

    New 50 pence coin to commemorate Britain's Brexit day

    Britain will mint a new 50 pence coin to commemorate leaving the European Union in spring 2019, the finance ministry said. The departure is one of a series of historic moments such as the 2012 Olympics, the decision to join the European Economic...

  • Thai cave rescue boys finally make it to Old Trafford

    Thai cave rescue boys finally make it to Old Trafford

    The 12 boys rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand last July had been considered too vulnerable at the time to go to watch the World Cup final. But they finally got to Old Trafford this weekend and were treated to top seats at the Red Devils’...

  • Indian diamond merchant makes gift of 600 cars to staff with Modi's help

    Indian diamond merchant makes gift of 600 cars to staff with Modi's help

    India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi helped a diamond merchant hand over hundreds of cars as gifts to his employees on Thursday. Six hundred employees of Hari Krishna Exporters, a diamond trading company run by Savji Dholakia, received cars made...