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  • Grassed up: Facebook leads Myanmar police to weed-growing Americans

    Grassed up: Facebook leads Myanmar police to weed-growing Americans

    Myanmar police have arrested one American and two locals after photos on Facebook led them to a huge plantation of towering marijuana plants near Mandalay. Pictures of the fields of weed started circulating on the platform last week - a rare sight...

  • FA Cup winners to be served non-alcoholic champagne

    FA Cup winners to be served non-alcoholic champagne

    The winners of next month's FA Cup final between Manchester City and Watford will for the first time celebrate with non-alcoholic champagne to accommodate those who do not drink. The FA said in a statement that they had taken note of those players...

  • Cricket club bowled over by video going viral

    Cricket club bowled over by video going viral

    Howzat! The Spondon Cricket Club is bowled over by the way a video of an incident last week has gone viral. "That's escalated quickly!" it tweeted. The clip shows one of their fielders missing a ball and rolling onto the ground. His teammate...

  • UAE launches 'Ministry of Possibilities'

    UAE launches 'Ministry of Possibilities'

    The United Arab Emirates on Tuesday unveiled a new branch of government, a Ministry of Possibilities, three years after launching a department in charge of happiness. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, the UAE's premier and ruler of Dubai,...

  • Thieves steal 35 rare saxophones from Italian collector

    Thieves steal 35 rare saxophones from Italian collector

    Thieves have stolen 35 rare saxophones from a well-known Italian collection but missed the crown jewel: one which belonged to jazz great Sonny Rollins. Attilio Berni told AFP Tuesday that his collection of 600 saxophones, which has been exhibited...

  • Stubbed out: Japan university stops hiring smoking professors

    Stubbed out: Japan university stops hiring smoking professors

    A Japanese university has stopped hiring professors and teachers who light up, officials said Tuesday, as the nation steps up an anti-smoking campaign ahead of the 2020 Olympics. Nagasaki University spokesman Yusuke Takakura told AFP they have...

  • Bus boys: Man City stars pay for 26 coaches to take fans to Wembley

    Bus boys: Man City stars pay for 26 coaches to take fans to Wembley

    Manchester City players will pay for 26 coaches to take fans to Wembley next month for the FA Cup final, the club announced. "The support from our fans throughout the season has been nothing short of incredible. Travelling to so many games in...

  • Canny Japanese shops sell tins of Heisei air

    Canny Japanese shops sell tins of Heisei air

    With just days until Japan ushers in a new era with the crowning of a new emperor, one entrepreneurial company is cashing in by selling cans containing "the air of the outgoing era" - a breeze at $10. The can filled with "the air of Heisei" - the...

  • Stone stackers defy gravity at European championships

    Stone stackers defy gravity at European championships

    Expertly balancing one rock on top of another at the European Stone Stacking Championships, competitors combine skill and artistic creativity to come up with gravity-defying constructions. Now in its third year, the event takes place in the...

  • Pothole jolt returns man's dangerous heartbeat to normal

    Pothole jolt returns man's dangerous heartbeat to normal

    Large potholes can be a health hazard, but one in Nebraska has turned out to be quite literally a lifesaver. Paramedics in the US state this week reported that a man being rushed to hospital with a racing heart could well have been saved thanks to...

  • Watch: Anti-gay protester dressed up as Pete Buttigieg appears whipping 'Jesus'

    Watch: Anti-gay protester dressed up as Pete Buttigieg appears whipping 'Jesus'

    Pete Buttigieg's surge in popularity seems to have angered several anti-LGBT Christian protesters with a bizarre video emerging showing a man dressed up as the Democratic Party contender whipping a man dressed up as Jesus. The video, shared by...

  • 'Lost' Benfica fans story was a hoax, magazine says

    The story of two Benfica supporters who supposedly drove to the wrong Frankfurt in Germany when they were trying to get to a Europa League match was revealed Friday to be a publicity stunt. A number of international media outlets, including...

  • Breaking Bad: Japan prof 'made students produce ecstasy'

    Breaking Bad: Japan prof 'made students produce ecstasy'

    A Japanese university professor could face up to 10 years in jail after allegedly getting his students to produce ecstasy, officials said Wednesday, in an echo of TV hit series "Breaking Bad". Authorities suspect the 61-year-old pharmacology...

  • Indian man amputates finger after voting for wrong party

    Indian man amputates finger after voting for wrong party

    An Indian man chopped off his index finger in desperation after voting for the wrong party in the country's national election. In a video that has gone viral on social media, Pawan Kumar said he became confused by the symbols on the electronic...

  • Couple face death penalty after building floating home off Thai coast

    Couple face death penalty after building floating home off Thai coast

    An American bitcoin investor could face the death penalty after Thailand's navy accused him of violating the country's sovereignty by building a "seastead" home off the coast, which he insisted was simply in pursuit of a vision of "freedom". Chad...

  • New Zealand official guilty over DC embassy toilet camera

    New Zealand official guilty over DC embassy toilet camera

    One of New Zealand's highest ranking military officers was Thursday found guilty of trying to secretly film people in the toilet at the country's embassy in Washington DC.  Alfred Keating, 59, was New Zealand's top defence official when a hidden...

  • Berlin court rules yoga can count as vocational training

    Berlin court rules yoga can count as vocational training

    A yoga course can be considered vocational training, a Berlin court has ruled, paving the way to doing the "Downward-facing Dog" or "Greet the Sun" on company time in Germany's capital. The state labour court for Berlin-Brandenburg has ruled a...

  • Kenyan thieves nab guns as police watch Champions League

    Kenyan thieves nab guns as police watch Champions League

    Police in Kenya have been left red-faced after thieves stole guns and ammunition from an unattended checkpost as the officers on duty watched UEFA Champions League matches down the road. Three rifles and nearly two dozen rounds were pinched from...

  • Indonesia lures voters with ghouls, superheros and tons of fun

    Indonesia lures voters with ghouls, superheros and tons of fun

    Dressed like Count Dracula, Yasim Adnan doesn't look much like an election official, but neither do his staff who are decked out as mummies and spooky nuns with blood pouring from their eyes. The 37-year-old Indonesian presided over one of the...

  • Laos new year pageant pits 'King's daughters' as rivals

    Laos new year pageant pits 'King's daughters' as rivals

    Wearing gold-embroidered silk outfits, faces thick with makeup, a line-up of seven Laotian beauty queens greet a sea of cheering supporters at the annual new year beauty contest in Luang Prabang. But this is no regular pageant: the contestants are...