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  • Donald Trump 'angry baby' balloon cleared for take-off

    Donald Trump 'angry baby' balloon cleared for take-off

    A giant balloon depicting Donald Trump as an angry, orange baby will fly near Parliament during the US president's controversial visit to the UK next week. Permission for the 6m high inflatable, dubbed "Trump Baby", to rise above Parliament Square...

  • Sweet little mystery as Wimbledon player asks for honey and pasta meal

    Sweet little mystery as Wimbledon player asks for honey and pasta meal

    One male tennis player asked Wimbledon for an unusual meal of honey and pasta - and the All England Lawn Club provided. Anthony Davies, head of food and drink at the famous tennis club, remained tight-lipped about who made the strange...

  • Eating nuts adds turbo power to ... your nuts

    Eating nuts adds turbo power to ... your nuts

    Eating nuts significantly increases the quality of a man's sperm, a study has found. A trial found that nuts improve sperm count, vitality, swimming ability and shape - all factors that influence fertility. Nuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids,...

  • British Defence Secretary 'heckled' by Siri at Despatch Box

    British Defence Secretary 'heckled' by Siri at Despatch Box

    British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson was left red-faced after his iPhone "heckled" him at the despatch box. Mr Williamson was giving MPs an update in the Commons on the battle against Daesh when his iPhone's Siri interrupted. The Cabinet...

  • US beats Belgium to win (Quidditch) World Cup

    US beats Belgium to win (Quidditch) World Cup

    Already bored of the soccer World Cup with its single ball, earth-bound players and tiresome reliance on the laws of physics? More than 6,000km away from Moscow, in the Italian city of Florence, the United States swept to victory on Sunday in a...

  • Stork delivers mobile phone windfall to Sudanese

    Stork delivers mobile phone windfall to Sudanese

    A Polish environmental group using a mobile phone transmitter to track migratory movements of a stork has received a phone bill of 10,000 zlotys (€2,200) after the bird went missing in Sudan and someone started using the chip to make...

  • Stolen car radio among gifts UK teachers received at end of term

    Stolen car radio among gifts UK teachers received at end of term

    A sack of spuds, half-drunk bottles of wine and stolen car radios and jewellery are among the gifts teachers have received in thanks for educating British children, according to a survey. As the end of the school year approaches, most teachers are...

  • Possessive girlfriend strikes the wrong note

    Possessive girlfriend strikes the wrong note

    A woman has been ordered to pay more than 200,000 dollars to her ex-boyfriend for sabotaging his opportunity at a prestigious scholarship because she did not want him to leave. Eric Abramowitz, currently with the Nashville Symphony in Tennessee,...

  • 'Brides' show off soccer skills in Russia

    'Brides' show off soccer skills in Russia

    Russian women wearing elaborate bridal dresses took to the pitch in the World Cup host city of Kazan on Saturday for a friendly soccer match intended to show their love for the sport. Wearing floor-length white dresses and running shoes, the women...

  • All aboard the Hello Kitty: Pink bullet train debuts in Japan

    All aboard the Hello Kitty: Pink bullet train debuts in Japan

    A Hello Kitty-themed "shinkansen" bullet train has debuted in Japan. Adorned with the cartoon favourite inside and out, it is a dream ride for her fans. The special shinkansen made its inaugural round trip on Saturday between Osaka and...

  • Trump returns comedian's prank call on Air Force One

    Trump returns comedian's prank call on Air Force One

    US President Donald Trump was fooled by a comedian into taking a prank call while on board Air Force One. Trump appears to have returned a prank phone call from a comedian pretending to be the senator Robert Menendez on Wednesday as he was...

  • Come rain or shine: gritters try to stop British roads from melting

    Come rain or shine: gritters try to stop British roads from melting

    The British heatwave has led to the unusual sight of gritters being used in the summer. They are normally deployed during cold snaps to stop road surfaces from freezing, but a number of councils are using the vehicles to spread crushed rock dust...

  • Justice cut short for police officers

    Justice cut short for police officers

    A court has upheld the minimum height requirement for police officers in a German state, throwing out the case of three female recruits who were slightly too short. The North Rhine-Westphalia appeals court said the state was within its rights to...

  • It's a low calorie diet for fat hedgehog Arbuckle

    It's a low calorie diet for fat hedgehog Arbuckle

          An overweight hedgehog - which experts believe could be the fattest in the world - has been put on a strict diet. Weighing in at 2.3kg Arbuckle struggles to walk or roll into a defensive ball after overeating during the winter. The creature...

  • Kit Harington fans can bid for a giant stamp signed by the star

    Kit Harington fans can bid for a giant stamp signed by the star

    Kit Harington fans unable to get their hands on the newly-married star can snap up a giant stamp featuring the heartthrob instead. Six stamp enlargements were signed by the Game Of Thrones cast while filming the final series of the hit show, due...

  • Labour MP tells Commons: Today I'm on my period

    Labour MP tells Commons: Today I'm on my period

    An MP has apologised for being late to a Commons debate, telling the Speaker: "I'm on my period." Labour's Danielle Rowley (Midlothian) called for action on the cost of sanitary products, as she said they had cost her £25 so far this week. During...

  • Barbie ventures into computer coding

    Barbie ventures into computer coding

    Barbie, the world’s most iconic doll, is venturing into coding skills in her latest career as a robotics engineer.   Four new dolls launched this week, complete with denim jackets and safety goggles, add to the doll's 200 careers, ranging from an...

  • London doctor becomes 2018's first North Channel swimmer

    London doctor becomes 2018's first North Channel swimmer

    A London hospital consultant has become the first person to swim the North Channel this year. Nicholas Murch battled through water temperatures of 11C, jellyfish and tides on Monday to complete the swim in 11 hours and 48 minutes. He is the first...

  • Man in underpants pounds on aircraft's windows in Atlanta

    Man in underpants pounds on aircraft's windows in Atlanta

    A man scaled a fence at an Atlanta airport, jumped onto the wing of an airplane and pounded on its windows before being arrested, police said. Videos taken from the plane showed a man, in his underpants, approaching the aircraft and gesturing...

  • 'Space kingdom' seeks citizens to live on moon

    'Space kingdom' seeks citizens to live on moon

    Feel like the world is going to the dogs? Want to get away from it all? Here’s a solution: become a citizen of the nation of Asgardia and hope it makes good on its promise to colonize the moon.  Its backers, or citizens, met this week in Vienna to...