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  • 'Nigerian prince' was actually this 67-year-old man, Louisiana police say

    'Nigerian prince' was actually this 67-year-old man, Louisiana police say

    A "Nigerian prince" who allegedly tricked people out of thousands of dollars was in reality a 67-year-old man living in Louisiana, police there have said.  Michael Neu faces more than 250 charges of wire fraud and money laundering after police in...

  • Could this battered banger be the worst-kept car on UK roads?

    Could this battered banger be the worst-kept car on UK roads?

    UK police pulled over a wreck of a car which was still being driven on the roads despite having no windows or mirrors. The old banger, which also had extensive damage to all areas of its bodywork, was once a red Rover but is now a patchwork of...

  • Trump wants postal service to charge 'much more' for Amazon shipments

    Trump wants postal service to charge 'much more' for Amazon shipments

    President Donald Trump called on the US Postal Service to charge "much more" to ship packages for Amazon, picking another fight with an online retail giant he has criticised in the past. "Why is the United States Post Office, which is losing many...

  • Woman looking for child after finding his abandoned gifts

    Woman looking for child after finding his abandoned gifts

    A Florida woman who found some Christmas presents on the side of a busy road is trying to find the child they were intended for. Andrea Reid told NBC2 she was heading to a Christmas Eve gathering with her family when she spotted something through...

  • Train evacuated after abandoned suitcase found

    Train evacuated after abandoned suitcase found

    Swiss police evacuated a train over what turned out to be an amateur cook's abandoned suitcase full of kitchen knives. St Gallen canton police said they stopped the train in Rorschach in north-eastern Switzerland after the suitcase decorated with...

  • Trump says US East Coast 'could use' global warming during cold

    Trump says US East Coast 'could use' global warming during cold

    Donald Trump has said the US's East Coast "could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming" as bitterly cold temperatures are expected to freeze large swaths of the country this holiday weekend. The US president wrote on Twitter on...

  • US judge denies bid to grant elephants personhood

    US judge denies bid to grant elephants personhood

    A judge in the US has denied a petition by an animal rights group to grant personhood to three elephants in a travelling petting zoo, calling the request "wholly frivolous". The Nonhuman Rights Project sued in November on behalf of elephants at...

  • Tel Aviv attempts plastic brick record with 36-metre tower

    Tel Aviv attempts plastic brick record with 36-metre tower

    Tel Aviv residents have built a world record-contending, 36-metre plastic brick tower, featuring more than 500,000 pieces, to honour a young cancer victim in the Israeli city. The multi-coloured 'Omer Tower', named after eight-year-old Lego fan...

  • Please keep your seatbelt fastened... and your legs crossed

    Please keep your seatbelt fastened... and your legs crossed

    What do you do when you need to go at 32,000 feet? If you were on a Ryanair flight from Malta to Riga on Thursday, the answer is... nothing. Two hours into the flight of 3.15 hours, the captain announced that owing to a technical problem, two of...

  • Scorpion-proof socks for Prince Charles

    Scorpion-proof socks for Prince Charles

    A special pair of socks from the deserts of Arabia - described as 'scorpion-proof' - is included in the Prince of Wales's wardrobe this Christmas. They are handwoven from goat hair and sheep wool and layered to protect from the burning hot sand,...

  • Tokyo-bound plane returns to LA because passenger was on wrong flight

    Tokyo-bound plane returns to LA because passenger was on wrong flight

    A Tokyo-bound flight returned to Los Angeles hours into the journey after the crew discovered that one of the passengers had boarded the wrong plane, an airline said. A statement from All Nippon Airways said the pilot decided to return to the...

  • Toasting Trump - but no parody

    Toasting Trump - but no parody

    A Stoke-on-Trent pottery has unveiled two prototypes for a "flamboyant" Donald Trump Toby jug - after opting not to produce an orange-faced caricature. Hanley-based Bairstow Manor Collectables has high hopes for its 10cm tall model of the 45th US...

  • Protesters tell Kosove leader to get knotted over spending on ties

    Protesters tell Kosove leader to get knotted over spending on ties

    A non-governmental organisation has hung hundreds of ties from the fence outside a government building in Kosovo to protest against a pay raise for the country's prime minister. The country's prime minister Ramush Haradinaj had said in TV...

  • Jack Russell bites off more than he could chew

    Jack Russell bites off more than he could chew

    A Jack Russell had to be rushed to the vets after managing to glue its teeth together by chewing on a glossy leaflet. Oscar, aged 10, was stumbled upon by his owners looking extremely agitated and unable to open his mouth earlier this...

  • Saudi Arabia stages chess event two years after game was declared 'forbidden'

    Saudi Arabia stages chess event two years after game was declared 'forbidden'

    Saudi Arabia is hosting a world chess tournament for the first time nearly two years after the country's top cleric issued a religious edict against playing the board game. Politics have also interfered, with players from Israel and Qatar missing...

  • Cat gets bonus 'life'

    Cat gets bonus 'life'

    A cat which disappeared three years ago has turned up safe and well in a different state. Raja was brought as a stray to an SPCA shelter in Georgetown, Delaware, where staff found his cat's microchip and through some sleuthing connected him to his...

  • Topless activist tries to snatch Jesus statue from Vatican Nativity scene

    Topless activist tries to snatch Jesus statue from Vatican Nativity scene

    A topless activist from the feminist group Femen tried to remove a statue of the baby Jesus from the Nativity scene in St. Peter's Square on Christmas Day, but was stopped by police.  The woman was shouting 'God is woman,' and had the words...

  • Trump yet to host a state visit after nearly a year at the White House

    Trump yet to host a state visit after nearly a year at the White House

    President Donald Trump is approaching the first anniversary of his inauguration but is yet to host a state visit for a foreign leader despite receiving lavish treatment on his own travels abroad. It makes Mr Trump the first president in almost a...

  • Alcohol is in the air

    Alcohol is in the air

    There was so much drinking at a house party in Maryland that even the air tested positive for alcohol, police said. Montgomery County Police wrote in charging documents that an officer who tested the air in the Bethesda home with a breathalyser...

  • Dog rescued after being stuck in a frozen river for an hour

    Dog rescued after being stuck in a frozen river for an hour

    Body cam footage captured the rescue of Hardy, a nine-year-old black Labrador, after he became trapped in the frozen river Wansbeck, in Northumberland, England. He was stuck for almost an hour before being rescued by Jaqui Miller, an officer of...