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  • Ex-Peru president Toledo fails to lead by example

    Ex-Peru president Toledo fails to lead by example

    Former Peruvian president Alejandro Toledo, who is facing extradition from the United States over corruption charges, was briefly jailed for public intoxication after getting drunk in a California restaurant, local police said Monday. Toledo, 73,...

  • Giant squid gets makeover before showtime

    Giant squid gets makeover before showtime

    A little elbow grease, some formaldehyde, and a lot of ingenuity - that's what it took for taxidermists at the Museum of Natural History to prettify a giant squid along with a coelacanth, a rare fish known as the "living fossil". Six metres long -...

  • Watch: Teen who egged 'racist' senator hailed as 'heroic'

    Watch: Teen who egged 'racist' senator hailed as 'heroic'

    An Australian teen who egged a far-right senator over his offensive comments about the Christchurch mosque attacks has been hailed as "heroic" by internet users, who have raised thousands of dollars in support of his protest.  William Connolly,...

  • Belgian pigeon sold for record €1.25 million

    Belgian pigeon sold for record €1.25 million

    A star racing pigeon named Armando has fetched a record 1.25 million euros in an online auction, Belgian media reported Sunday. The prized bird -- Belgian's best long-distance racer of all time according to those in the know -- was snapped up by a...

  • Baby cannot be named 'Griezmann Mbappe', judge in France decides

    Baby cannot be named 'Griezmann Mbappe', judge in France decides

    A football-mad couple in south-west France have been barred from naming their son "Griezmann Mbappe" after two of the stars of France's World Cup-winning team. A family judge in the central town of Brive-la-Gaillarde stripped the infant of his two...

  • Watch: Far-right senator egged after blaming immigration for mosque attacks

    Watch: Far-right senator egged after blaming immigration for mosque attacks

    A far-right Australian senator had to be restrained by security officials Saturday after punching a young man protesting his offensive comments about the barbaric New Zealand mosque attacks. Queensland Senator Fraser Anning drew international...

  • Watch: Cheesy listening: study says tunes change Emmental's taste

    Watch: Cheesy listening: study says tunes change Emmental's taste

    It may be grating for some, but hip-hop is music to the ears of Switzerland's most famous cheese.  According to research on the musical tastes of Emmental, the holey cheese changes flavour depending on the melodies played as it ripens.      The...

  • Entrepreneurs brave Baltic ice in bid for cash

    Entrepreneurs brave Baltic ice in bid for cash

    How far would you go to win €10,000? On a blisteringly cold night in northern Finland, hopeful entrepreneurs plunge into a hole in the Baltic sea ice in a bid to win over a panel of investors. The annual 'Polar Bear Pitching' competition in the...

  • Trump wades into Melania 'body double' conspiracy theory

    Trump wades into Melania 'body double' conspiracy theory

    No, President Donald Trump told conspiracy theorists Wednesday, he does not have a body double of his wife accompanying him on work trips. A bizarre claim that First Lady Melania Trump is sometimes replaced by another woman hidden behind large...

  • Post-Brexit uncertainty looms for Italy's Prosecco

    Post-Brexit uncertainty looms for Italy's Prosecco

    If Britain leaves the EU on March 29 with a so-called hard Brexit, many supporters will likely be celebrating with Union Jack flags and countless bottles of Prosecco. But worried winemakers in Italy fear potential new trade tariffs would put a...

  • Generous 'Robin Hood' figure mystifies Spanish village

    Generous 'Robin Hood' figure mystifies Spanish village

    Residents of a tiny Spanish village have been left mystified by an anonymous donor who leaves envelopes of cash in postboxes or under people's doors. Since Wednesday last week, around 15 people in Villarramiel, northern Spain, have received...

  • Trump says 'Tim Apple' gaffe was on purpose

    Trump says 'Tim Apple' gaffe was on purpose

    Widely mocked for calling Apple CEO Tim Cook "Tim Apple" to his face, President Donald Trump came up with an explanation: it wasn't a gaffe, he was just being succinct. Trump said his apparent slip-up at a White House roundtable with business...

  • Trespassing fox henpecked to death on a French farm

    Trespassing fox henpecked to death on a French farm

    Chickens in a poultry farm in northeast France are suspected of killing a fox who tried to sneak into their coop. The young predator is thought to have entered the henhouse at an agricultural school at dusk last week and become trapped inside by...

  • 10-year-old 'CEO' seeks advice on starting airline from Qantas

    10-year-old 'CEO' seeks advice on starting airline from Qantas

    If you ever find yourself on an Oceanic Express flight, remember this story: it all started with a young boy's dream. Alex Jacquot wants to set up an airline and felt that there was no reason not to start planning it while he had some spare time -...

  • Mother forces Saudi plane to return to airport for baby left behind

    Mother forces Saudi plane to return to airport for baby left behind

    A passenger begged airline staff to return to the airport in Saudi Arabia because she had forgotten something at the terminal: her child. The Malaysia-bound plane had just taken off, but the pilot asked for permission to return, something only...

  • South African man escapes jaws of whale

    South African man escapes jaws of whale

    Like the Bible's Jonah, Rainer Schimpf has narrowly survived after being caught in the jaws of a whale. The 51-year-old marine conservationist was swept into the mouth of a large Bryde's whale off the coast of the southern South African town of...

  • Slovenian woman cut off a hand for insurance payout

    Slovenian woman cut off a hand for insurance payout

    A Slovenian woman has been detained for allegedly cutting off her hand with a circular saw to get nearly 400,000 euros in insurance compensation, police said Monday. The 21-year-old and a relative, 29, who was also arrested, face up to eight years...

  • French policewoman shot dead by fellow officer in gun game

    French policewoman shot dead by fellow officer in gun game

    A French policeman who shot and killed a fellow officer at police headquarters in Paris was fooling around with his service weapon when it went off, a police source told AFP on Monday. The accident took place on Sunday at the new headquarters of...

  • Ukraine lists singer Al Bano as a national security threat

    Ukraine lists singer Al Bano as a national security threat

    Ukraine’s government has included Italian musician and entertainer Al Bano on a national security blacklist.  The singer, whose real name is Albano Carrisi, is one of the 147 names on the list published by the Ukrainian government’s culture...

  • Opium, rat hair, beaver anal secretions: surprising things you might find in food

    Opium, rat hair, beaver anal secretions: surprising things you might find in food

    Diners in France recently got more than they bargained for when poppy seed baguettes were found to contain a dose of opium that could take postprandial napping to a new extreme. Other than narcotics, there are a host of surprises lurking in...