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  • Watch: Referee kicks out at a player... and sends him off

    Watch: Referee kicks out at a player... and sends him off

    Referee Tony Chapron has been provisionally suspended after he appeared to kick out at Nantes player Diego Carlos in Sunday's French Ligue 1 game against Paris St Germain. During stoppage-time, Chapron bumped into Carlos and fell over with TV...

  • Homework assignment lands school in hot water

    Homework assignment lands school in hot water

    A private school that asked fourth graders to list three good reasons for slavery and three bad ones has apologised to parents after the mother of a black student posted the assignment on Facebook. Trameka Brown-Berry posted a picture of the...

  • No taste like home

    No taste like home

    A British ex-pat curry addict who was missing his favourite spicy meal has arranged for a takeaway to be delivered to France. Pilot James Emery, 31, who lives in the Bordeaux area, organised the long-distance delivery with Faz Ahmed, the manager...

  • Airborne car smashes into building's second storey

    Airborne car smashes into building's second storey

    A driver and passenger in California were lucky to return home with minor injuries on Sunday following a car crash which saw their vehicle fly into the second floor of a dental practice.  Photos of the hard-to-believe crash site were uploaded to...

  • More trouble than it's worth? Lithuanian liquor ad ban causes headache

    More trouble than it's worth? Lithuanian liquor ad ban causes headache

    A Lithuanian alcohol control bill that was signed into law last year has created a knock-on effect on foreign magazines as liquor ads need to be torn off or covered before they go on sale. Watch the video above.

  • Zara among brands rebuked for calling Taiwan a country

    Zara among brands rebuked for calling Taiwan a country

    Chinese regulators have rebuked fashion brand Zara, Delta Air Lines and medical device maker Medtronic for calling Taiwan a country on their websites in a new show of Beijing's intense sensitivity about the self-ruled island. Zara, Delta and...

  • Skier finds novel way to get a 'bunny tow'

    Skier finds novel way to get a 'bunny tow'

    Police in New Hampshire are looking for a skier shown in an online video being dangerously pulled down a street by a car and then falling. The film from last week got the attention of the Portsmouth police, who posted it on the department's...

  • Royal bra fitter loses royal warrant after book reveals details

    Royal bra fitter loses royal warrant after book reveals details

    The company which supplied lingerie to the Queen has lost its royal warrant after the firm's director wrote a book revealing details of her work with the royal family. Rigby & Peller had held the royal warrant since 1960, but confirmed it was...

  • Appeal to retrieve disabled girl's stolen talking aid goes viral

    Appeal to retrieve disabled girl's stolen talking aid goes viral

    A teenager with cerebral palsy has been left unable to communicate after thieves stole her computer. An appeal for help in finding the equipment Miya Thirlby uses has been shared on social media by football legend Alan Shearer and tennis ace Andy...

  • Power down, at the world's top tech show

    Power down, at the world's top tech show

    The digital economy's big annual trade show, CES, suffered a brief, disruptive plunge into darkness on Wednesday because of a power outage the show's organizers blamed on a glitch caused by heavy rains the day before in usually sunny Nevada The...

  • Highways England hoping scenery will keep drivers awake

    Highways England hoping scenery will keep drivers awake

    Major roads will be designed to offer drivers panoramic views to reduce the number of crashes caused by fatigue, Highways England has said. The Government-owned company will attempt to make beautiful landscapes visible to motorists as it designs...

  • Overheated iPhone battery causes evacuation... in Apple shop

    Overheated iPhone battery causes evacuation... in Apple shop

    An overheated iPhone battery injured a repairman in an Apple store in Zurich and prompted the evacuation of around 50 people from the shop due to smoke, Swiss police said. Zurich police said the incident occurred as the repair worker was removing...

  • M&S and Sainsbury accused of packaging gone mad

    M&S and Sainsbury accused of packaging gone mad

    First we had packaged bananas, and now cauliflowers and coconuts have also been given a marketing touch, driving environmentalists round the bend. Marks & Spencer attracted ridicule for selling a slice of cauliflower wrapped in plastic for £2.50 -...

  • H&M advert causes outcry

    H&M advert causes outcry

    The Weeknd is the latest performer to end his association with fashion brand H&M after it produced a controversial advert featuring a black child model in a hoodie bearing the quote "Coolest monkey in the jungle". The Canadian singer, whose real...

  • Uber driver targeted in 'topless robbery'

    Uber driver targeted in 'topless robbery'

    A couple have been accused of attempting to rob an Uber driver after the woman distracted him by being topless. Police in Harahan, Louisiana, said Anthony Kennedy, 24, and Rayna Fillios, 22, were arrested on Saturday. The driver told officers he...

  • Sahara desert partly covered in blanket of snow

    Sahara desert partly covered in blanket of snow

    Residents of Ain Sefra in northern Algeria encountered snow in the hottest desert in the world on Sunday. See the video above.

  • Watch: Sometimes, even a bird is afraid of heights

    Watch: Sometimes, even a bird is afraid of heights

    A pet bird - a Macaw parrot - felt confident enough to fly onto some power lines in Attard on Sunday, but was then too scared to come down again. A lifter was used to bring it down to terra firma, and it appeared pleased to be reunited with its...

  • Thai PM replaces himself with cardboard cutout to avoid questions

    Thai PM replaces himself with cardboard cutout to avoid questions

    Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, known for his temperamental outbursts, has adopted a unique tactic to avoid tricky questions from reporters -- leave a cardboard cutout of himself for reporters to quiz. But the gesture has been...

  • Sinn Fein suspends MP over video of him balancing Kingsmill bread on head

    Sinn Fein suspends MP over video of him balancing Kingsmill bread on head

    A Sinn Fein MP has been suspended by his party for three months for posting a social media video of himself balancing a loaf of Kingsmill bread on his head on the anniversary of the Kingsmill massacre. West Tyrone MP Barry McElduff said he...

  • A frosty wedding as couples tie the knot at Chinese ice festival

    A frosty wedding as couples tie the knot at Chinese ice festival

    Dozens of Chinese couples tied the knot in a frozen wedding on Monday as part of the Harbin International Ice Festival in northern China. They brazed freezing temperatures, piling on coats on top of their suits and gowns to walk down a red carpet...