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  • Would you pay €490 for a unique painting?

    Would you pay €490 for a unique painting?

    Vienna Zoo is luring visitors with a new attraction: a painting panda. Yang Yang, a female that gave birth to twins two years ago, has learned to use a brush to paint small pictures, and 100 of them are being sold online for €490 each, to raise...

  • 4,000 couples 'tie the knot' in Unification Church ceremony

    4,000 couples 'tie the knot' in Unification Church ceremony

    Around 3,800 couples tied the knot in a mass 'wedding' held in Cheongshim Peace World Center in Gapyeong-gun, South Korea. The Blessing ceremony was first held in 1961 for 36 couples in Seoul, South Korea by Sun Myung Moon and his wife Hak Ja Han,...

  • Knights do battle at a medieval festival in Serbia

    Knights do battle at a medieval festival in Serbia

    Men from across Europe - and one woman - donned armour and battled with swords outside a Serbian medieval monastery as part of a festival sampling life from hundreds of years ago. The combatants were grouped depending on their skill and fitness,...

  • Proctor & Gamble tries to trademark LOL, WTF and other internet acronyms

    Proctor & Gamble tries to trademark LOL, WTF and other internet acronyms

    One of the world’s biggest firms has filed legal paperwork in an attempt to patent internet acronyms such as LOL, FML and WTF. Proctor & Gamble wants to use the various acronyms to market their cleaning and air-freshening products to millenials,...

  • Watch: Plucky air guitarists chase stringless glory at world titles

    Watch: Plucky air guitarists chase stringless glory at world titles

    Air guitar enthusiasts gathered in the Finnish city of Oulu on Friday to shred and strum their imaginary instruments in pursuit of the world championship of the bizarre dance form. Under grey, wet skies, this year's 15 finalists appeared on the...

  • Ireland's 'holy drinker' is on his way to sainthood

    Ireland's 'holy drinker' is on his way to sainthood

    Matt Talbot, a Dubliner who died in 1925, was a man with a drinking problem. Now, he is on his way to sainthood. On Saturday, Pope Francis will pay tribute to him, but not by raising a glass. Francis will instead pray before the relics of the man...

  • 'Why the long face?' - Train company jests after horse brought onto train

    'Why the long face?' - Train company jests after horse brought onto train

    The Austrian rail company ÖBB treated a tricky situation with a witty tweet after a passenger tried to bring his horse on board a regional express train.  'A horse gets on the train and the conductor asks... why the long face?' it joked. The...

  • Russian university drapes nude statues before clergy visit

    Russian university drapes nude statues before clergy visit

    A group of Maltese had been aghast at the idea of the Pope seeing the ‘phallic’ statue in the Luqa roundabout some years ago – but it seems that the Russians are just as worried about causing offence. The Novosibirsk State Academy of Architecture...

  • Swiss shed their inhibitions for naked festival

    Swiss shed their inhibitions for naked festival

    The Swiss city of Zurich is inviting people to shed their inhibitions with a two-day city-wide festival that has been five years in the making. The event showcases 18 international artists who are performing naked in the street, at times...

  • Beer, chips and historic women inspire new Brussels street names

    Beer, chips and historic women inspire new Brussels street names

    From surrealist art and notable women to beer and chips, streets in a Brussels district undergoing regeneration are being named according to the whims of the Belgian public. The eclectic mix of new names chosen by Brussels residents range from...

  • The Australians putting the brakes on fast fashion

    The Australians putting the brakes on fast fashion

    One Australian woman has opened a 'Clothes Library' to encourage shoppers to rent instead of purchase clothes and break their addiction to fast fashion. Meanwhile a major charity recycling clothes is examining better ways to sort and repurpose...

  • Goldman Sachs pays for mothers to send breast milk home from business trips

    Goldman Sachs pays for mothers to send breast milk home from business trips

    A scheme by investment bank Goldman Sachs to pay for new mothers to courier their breast milk home from work trips drew praise and criticism on Tuesday, with some campaigners concerned the move could pressure women to cut short their maternity...

  • Floating sauna sails from Helsinki to Tallinn

    Floating sauna sails from Helsinki to Tallinn

    Wearing only a bathrobe, Finnish inventor Janne Kapylehto sailed his self-made floating sauna across the Gulf of Finland on Monday, travelling from Helsinki to Tallinn in 16 hours. The floating sauna - which resembles a shed on a raft - is...

  • Pun-fest after goats wander onto New York train track

    Pun-fest after goats wander onto New York train track

    Two goats managed to find their way onto the train tracks in Brooklyn on Monday, disrupting the traffic for a few hours, but they were certainly there long enough to inspire some terrible puns. New York's subway tweeted "Two very baaaaad boys"...

  • Iconic 2CVs are faster than they look

    Iconic 2CVs are faster than they look

    An English race track accustomed to hosting the elite of British motorsport welcomed a souped-up collection of one of France's most iconic vehicles, often derided for their snail-like looks and speed, for the annual 24 Hour Citroen 2CV race this...

  • Seeking a high point for your career?

    Seeking a high point for your career?

    A cliffhanging Swiss hotel and restaurant made famous by a National Geographic magazine cover is looking for new management after the family that ran it for the past 31 years called it quits. Nicole and Bernhard Knechtle-Fritsche are giving up the...

  • Gatwick airport shows flights on white boards after IT fails

    Gatwick airport shows flights on white boards after IT fails

    Gatwick, Britain's second busiest airport, was forced to post flight information on white boards on Monday after an IT glitch meant its digital screens failed. The airport, 30 miles south of London which primarily serves passengers heading on...

  • Japan sends home basketball players after night with women

    Japan sends home basketball players after night with women

    Japan have sent home four players from their men's basketball team at the 18th Asian Games for spending the night in a Jakarta hotel with women, head of the delegation Yasuhiro Yamashita said on Monday. The players left the athletes' village...

  • Watch: Dutch football fans shower patients with soft toys

    Watch: Dutch football fans shower patients with soft toys

    A Dutch league football match between Excelsior and Feyenoord was interrupted on Sunday when supporters started throwing missiles. But it was all for a good cause. As the clock struck the 19 minute mark, Excelsior supporters rained down cuddly...

  • Eight years late, Palestinian mail arrives in the West Bank

    Eight years late, Palestinian mail arrives in the West Bank

    Palestinians in the occupied West Bank are about to receive a special delivery of more than 10 tonnes of mail that has been delayed by Israel for the past eight years. Postal workers have been sorting through thousands of mail sacks in the West...