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  • Face value: Australians seek free portraits of Queen Elizabeth

    Face value: Australians seek free portraits of Queen Elizabeth

    Australians by the dozen are demanding portraits of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, after a news item drew attention to an obscure rule entitling them to such articles from local politicians. Federal politicians in Australia, a constitutional monarchy...

  • Luxury cat hotel opens in Malaysia

    Luxury cat hotel opens in Malaysia

    A small chain of cat hotels in Malaysia claims to be the country's first 'five-star' facility for pampered felines. Catzonia boasts comfortable rooms, bathing facilities and even a VIC (Very Important Cat) room equipped with CCTV, allowing owners...

  • London Cathedral cat immortalised in stone

    London Cathedral cat immortalised in stone

    A stray cat that wandered into a London cathedral a decade ago has been immortalised in the building's stone renovations, the first addition in 200 years. 'Doorkins Magnificat', affectionately named after the door she entered in Southwark...

  • Pig lives the high life in Belgian retirement home

    Pig lives the high life in Belgian retirement home

    Pastis the pot-bellied pig likes nothing better than snuggling down for the night with the ponies at his retirement home, but also enjoys playing with the elderly cats. The 10-year-old, 90-kg Vietnamese pot-bellied pig is one of 150 ageing...

  • Police called in after Rangers supporters kick over child's sand castle

    Police called in after Rangers supporters kick over child's sand castle

    Police in Scotland were called into investigate allegations that loutish football fans kicked over a child’s sandcastle. The fans, Rangers supporters, were on their way to a match against rivals Aberdeen when the bus taking them there stopped at...

  • Frontline pizza: Making soldiers in Ukraine's hotspots feel less alone

    Frontline pizza: Making soldiers in Ukraine's hotspots feel less alone

    There's no knock on the door, just the tantalising smell of melted cheese, ham and tomato sauce reaching the noses of Ukrainian soldiers. The pizza delivery man has arrived. As the war goes on in Ukraine's separatist east, some veterans of the...

  • Spider-Man in a thong?

    Spider-Man in a thong?

    Fancy seeing Spider-Man in a thong? Or Superman in a skimpy leotard? These images are part of a set of revamped comic book covers that aim to highlight the "sexist" depiction of superheroines, the artist behind the project said on Tuesday. Shreya...

  • The greatest show on turf

    The greatest show on turf

      A team from Luxembourg fought off 42 others to claim victory in Britain's lawn mower race on Sunday, a 12-hour competition that pits modified grass cutters against each other in a competition that runs through the night. "Les' Lux Pussies"...

  • Russia tasks Steven Seagal with improving US ties

    Russia tasks Steven Seagal with improving US ties

    Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Saturday it had made US actor Steven Seagal its special representative for Russian-US humanitarian ties, a role it said was meant to deepen cultural, art and youth ties between the two countries. President...

  • Who let the goats out? Runaway herd invades Idaho neighborhood

    Who let the goats out? Runaway herd invades Idaho neighborhood

    More than 100 goats burst into a neighbourhood in Boise, Idaho, on Friday, startling residents and captivating spectators on social media as they feasted on lawns, flower bushes and tree leaves. The herd of goats had been at work clearing some...

  • Dancing in the street: Indonesia's President does the poco-poco

    Dancing in the street: Indonesia's President does the poco-poco

    Indonesian President Joko Widodo joined tens of thousands of people doing the poco-poco on the streets of Jakarta on Sunday to celebrate the upcoming 2018 Asian Games and hopefully break a record. The dancers want to get themselves a Guinness...

  • Trump aims tweet at LeBron James, questions his intelligence

    Trump aims tweet at LeBron James, questions his intelligence

    To the sporting world and largely beyond, he's King James, but to President Trump, LeBron James' is no intellectual genius. In a tweet, Trump took aim at two of his regular critics, James and cable TV news personality Don Lemon. His tweet called...

  • Watch: Celebrity rappers in custody pending trial after airport brawl

    Watch: Celebrity rappers in custody pending trial after airport brawl

    French judges ruled on Saturday that two celebrity rappers should be held in custody ahead of their trial in a month's time following a brawl in the departure lounge of a Paris airport earlier this week. The two, Booba, 41, and Kaaris, 38, were...

  • Drunk man drives to police station to prove he's sober

    Drunk man drives to police station to prove he's sober

    An Ontario man drove to a police station to prove that he was drunk, only to end up facing drink-driving charges. The 32-year-old walked into a Mississauga police station and asked officers to breathalyse him, so that he could prove to his friends...

  • Purrfect pet - cat honoured for helping sick owner

    Purrfect pet - cat honoured for helping sick owner

    A white moggy called Theo, who pawed and sat on his owner all night to stop her falling asleep after she developed a blood clot, was crowned British Cat of the Year on Thursday. Theo, who died a few days ago, beat hundreds of other champion...

  • Gozo dream home dropped in favour of Barbados after $58m lottery win

    Gozo dream home dropped in favour of Barbados after $58m lottery win

    A Scottish couple who dreamed of joining their niece in Gozo have now set their sights on Barbados, after winning the £57.9 million EuroMillions jackpot. It is the 14th largest lottery prize win in the UK. Fred, 67, and Lesley 57, Higgins, from...

  • Above-normal temperatures set to continue in Europe till October

    Above-normal temperatures set to continue in Europe till October

    Most of Europe will bask in above-normal temperatures from August to October, forecasts from The Weather Company show. "The warm and dry summer pattern has persisted across much of northern/western Europe and Scandinavia in July," said Todd...

  • Watch: French rappers brawl in Paris airport, disrupting flights

    Watch: French rappers brawl in Paris airport, disrupting flights

    A punch-up between two rival French rappers that descended into a mass brawl in the departure lounge of Paris' Orly airport on Wednesday forced the brief closure of one terminal and caused flight delays. Some passengers scurried for safety while...

  • England's Freemasons to allow women... if they were once male

    England's Freemasons to allow women... if they were once male

    England's Freemasons are to admit women to their secretive society - but only if they were previously male masons. The all-male United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) has published a new gender reassignment policy which states that "a Freemason who...

  • 'Psycho' kangaroo leaps to freedom after rescue from Australian home

    'Psycho' kangaroo leaps to freedom after rescue from Australian home

    A distressed kangaroo leapt over a 2.2 metre wall at a shelter on Tuesday and escaped into a forest after having been rescued from a home he had crashed into in the southern Australian city of Melbourne two days earlier. The rescuers had named the...