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  • Prisoners trick guard into letting them go to buy more alcohol

    Prisoners trick guard into letting them go to buy more alcohol

    Two Colombian prisoners have escaped a maximum security jail in Bogota' by getting a guard drunk and convincing him to let them go buy more liquor.  The two men escaped La Picota jail on Saturday evening, with eyewitnesses saying the prisoners...

  • Far from war, Basra's cats lap it up in their own hotel

    Far from war, Basra's cats lap it up in their own hotel

    A world away from Iraq's battlegrounds, Basra's cat-lovers have found a haven for their favourite pets. Veterinary student Ahmed Taher Maki has turned his home in the southern city into what he believes is Iraq's first cat hotel. For as little as...

  • Archpriest files report after historic Resurrection statue is damaged

    Archpriest files report after historic Resurrection statue is damaged

    The Vittoriosa archpriest has filed a report after the figure of the Risen Christ ended up armless following an incident at the traditional Easter Sunday run. The statue's arm, made of wood, was severed after it hit a cable wire...

  • No more pain for Philippine devotee nailed to cross for 32nd time

    No more pain for Philippine devotee nailed to cross for 32nd time

    A Philippine man who has been nailed to a cross every Easter for the past 32 years in a Good Friday re-enactment of Jesus Christ's crucifixion says he no longer feels any pain from his wounds. Ruben Enaje, 58, again portrayed Christ on Friday in...

  • Man enters pub with knife sticking out of his back

    Man enters pub with knife sticking out of his back

    A 27-year-old man kicked out of a pub in eastern Australia for fighting returned to the bar with a knife sticking out of his back.  Police in Queensland said two men were told to leave the Beerwah Hotel after getting into a brawl. The fight is...

  • Cooking is good for drug rehabilitation

    Cooking is good for drug rehabilitation

    For those in recovery from drug addiction, a poor diet can be a recipe for relapse. But a new programme at Boston Medical Centre in the US aims to help patients cook their way to better health. The hospital for years has offered cooking classes...

  • French armed officers spark Italy migrant centre row following urine test

    French armed officers spark Italy migrant centre row following urine test

    Italy has summoned the French ambassador after French border patrol agents used an Italian train station facility to have a Nigerian train passenger provide a urine sample for a drug test. France said it had a right to intervene. The humanitarian...

  • Judge caught stealing neighbour's dirty underwear

    Judge caught stealing neighbour's dirty underwear

    A New York judge has admitted he broke into a neighbour's house to steal her dirty underwear.  Robert Cicale has pleaded not guilty to burglary charges but confessed to having acted on urges to sneak into his neighbour's property and digging...

  • Starbucks ordered to add cancer warning to coffee sold in California

    Starbucks ordered to add cancer warning to coffee sold in California

    Starbucks Corp and other coffee sellers must put a cancer warning on coffee sold in California, a Los Angeles judge has ruled, possibly exposing the companies to millions of dollars in fines. A little-known not-for-profit group sued some 90 coffee...

  • Whole new meaning for 'carpooling'

    Whole new meaning for 'carpooling'

    A Florida family found a new way to carpool when their car ended up accidentally rolling into a swimming pool. Okaloosa County Sheriff's officials said in a Facebook posting that a woman thought she put her car in park when she ran back into her...

  • University gift from 1860s found to be €2.3m painting

    University gift from 1860s found to be €2.3m painting

    A painting gifted to the University of Aberdeen more than 150 years ago has been found to be the work of Italian artist Canaletto, valued at €2.3 million. The image of Roman ruins had previously hung in the university's principal's house and art...

  • Wonky carrots still make great soup...

    Wonky carrots still make great soup...

    First it was a supermarket aisle free of plastics, now the Netherlands has notched up another novel solution in its fight against waste and pollution - products made with food that otherwise would be chucked in the bin. Soups and chutneys made...

  • Completing Panini World Cup album would cost £773.60

    Completing Panini World Cup album would cost £773.60

    The average cost for a single collector to complete Panini's World Cup 2018 sticker book is £773.60 (€882.52), a leading mathematician has calculated. Professor Paul Harper has considered the best case scenario and the most likely cost of filling...

  • Labour of love: Vintage Vespa fans cling to the past in Pakistan

    Labour of love: Vintage Vespa fans cling to the past in Pakistan

    As cheap Chinese-made motorbikes flood Pakistan's roads, fans of vintage Vespa scooters are scrambling to find spare parts and preserve models that hark back to a bygone era. Piaggio's Italian two-wheeler was the ultimate status symbol for...

  • Police help deliver baby boy on motorway

    Police help deliver baby boy on motorway

    A police officer has helped deliver a baby on the side of a motorway. The traffic officer was desperately flagged down at junction 7 of the M62 in Merseyside, UK by the worried parents to assist with the impending arrival. The unusual emergency in...

  • Italian bookseller 'switched €1,909 Harry Potter book for another novel'

    Italian bookseller 'switched €1,909 Harry Potter book for another novel'

    An Italian bookseller stole a signed first-edition copy of a Harry Potter book worth €1,909 by switching it with a different novel at a Piccadilly shop, a court has heard. Rudolf Schonegger, 55, is alleged to have made the swap of Harry Potter And...

  • Statue of naked Trump to be auctioned

    Statue of naked Trump to be auctioned

    A statue of a naked Donald Trump is going under the hammer. Julien's Auction says the sculpture is the last statue remaining that was not vandalised or destroyed when it was displayed along with others in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and...

  • Finnish school trials robot educators

    Finnish school trials robot educators

    Elias, the new language teacher at a Finnish primary school, has endless patience for repetition, never makes a pupil feel embarrassed for asking a question and can even do the "Gangnam Style" dance. Elias is also a robot. The language-teaching...

  • Mummy relics found in 2,500-year-old coffin thought to be empty

    Mummy relics found in 2,500-year-old coffin thought to be empty

    Australian academics could help unlock mysteries around ancient Egypt after discovering that a 2,500-year old coffin might contain the remains of a prestigious mummy. The University of Sydney acquired the coffin 150 years ago and a series of...

  • Groundhog accused of getting 'end of winter' forecast wrong

    Groundhog accused of getting 'end of winter' forecast wrong

    A county sheriff with a sense of humour has delighted social media with his wanted poster for Punxsutawney Phil - the legendary groundhog who forecasts the end of winter. The handlers of the groundhog last month said the furry rodent called for...