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  • New video: Runaway chair lift hurls people off their seats at ski resort

    New video: Runaway chair lift hurls people off their seats at ski resort

    At least eight people were injured when a malfunctioning ski lift hurled people from their seats in the Georgian ski resort of Gaudari on Friday. Video shot by people next to the lift, posted on social media, showed skiers jumping or falling from...

  • Mystery dinosaur skeleton to be auctioned in Paris

    Mystery dinosaur skeleton to be auctioned in Paris

    The fossilised skeleton of an unidentified type of dinosaur is set to be auctioned in Paris in June, and could fetch up to €1.8 million, auctioneers said. Almost nine metres long, the skeleton is unusually complete, at almost 70 percent whole. It...

  • 68-year-old man arrested amid greeting cards harassment probe

    68-year-old man arrested amid greeting cards harassment probe

    Police have arrested a 68-year-old man on suspicion of harassment in connection with an inquiry into the sending of animal-themed greetings cards to a woman. A woman in her forties contacted police in January 2016 about cards she had been...

  • 56-million year old sub-tropical coastline found in London

    56-million year old sub-tropical coastline found in London

    An ancient, sub-tropical coastline dating back 56 million years has been found in west London by engineers working on the new high speed rail line. The HS2 team unearthed a previously unknown material in Ruislip while carrying out investigations...

  • 'Forget about it': EU kills pizzeria's 'Mafia' trademark

    'Forget about it': EU kills pizzeria's 'Mafia' trademark

    EU judges failed to see the funny side of branding a chain of pizzerias as "The Mafia", rejecting an appeal on Thursday by a Spanish company to keep European trademark protection for its marketing slogan. The European Union's General Court in...

  • Australian court keeps Queen's letters secret

    Australian court keeps Queen's letters secret

    A historian has lost her court bid to force Australian authorities to release secret letters that would reveal what the Queen knew of her representative's scheme to dismiss the country's government more than 40 years ago. The National Archives of...

  • At 55, 'French spiderman' keeps climbing world's skyscrapers

    At 55, 'French spiderman' keeps climbing world's skyscrapers

    Alain Robert, sometimes known as the "French Spiderman" for climbing skyscrapers world worldwide, is still defying gravity at the age of 55. He scaled the summit of the fourth-tallest building in Paris' modern business district on Wednesday after...

  • Mother weds her daughter... after having married her son

    Mother weds her daughter... after having married her son

    An American mother who married her daughter has been sentenced to two years in prison. Patricia Ann Spann, 45, pleaded guilty to the felony offence of incest and admitted wedding her biological daughter, Misty Velvet Dawn Spann, 26. The two...

  • British man goes on trial in Cambodia in 'Dirty Dancing' case

    British man goes on trial in Cambodia in 'Dirty Dancing' case

    A Cambodian court has started the trial of a British man who was among a group of foreigners arrested for allegedly posting photos on social media of sexually suggestive dancing. Daniel Jones, who has been charged with producing pornography,...

  • Reporter's eye-roll steals spotlight at Chinese parliament

    Reporter's eye-roll steals spotlight at Chinese parliament

    A TV reporter's theatrical eye-roll during another journalist's question at a news conference stole the show this week during China's annual parliament session, exploding on Chinese social media before censors intervened. The incident unfolded on...

  • Pipe dream? Hong Kong architect proposes low-cost tube homes

    Pipe dream? Hong Kong architect proposes low-cost tube homes

    Hong Kong's notoriously expensive housing makes owning an affordable home a pipe dream for many residents. Now a local architect has proposed a novel idea to help alleviate that problem: building stylish micro-apartments inside giant concrete...

  • Huge British World War Two bomb dug up in Italian resort

    Huge British World War Two bomb dug up in Italian resort

    A large British bomb from World War Two that was accidentally dug up in an Italian town seaside town has been moved to the sea. Some 23,000 people in Fano were evacuated on Tuesday night as a precaution while the 225 kilo bomb was transported to sea.

  • Dog dies on United Airlines flight after being forced into overhead bin

    Dog dies on United Airlines flight after being forced into overhead bin

    A little dog died on a United Airlines flight after an attendant forced the animal's owner to put the pet in the cabin's overhead bin, and the airline said on Tuesday it was taking full responsibility. On United Flight 1284 from Houston to New...

  • Italy's top pastry chef to open confectioneries in banks

    Italy's top pastry chef to open confectioneries in banks

    Italy's top pastry chef, Iginio Massari, is banking on his latest patisserie to set a new trend, opening a shop full of sweet delights inside a branch of the country's biggest lender. Massari, whose treats have been served to movie stars and...

  • Fossil find suggests ‘huge diversity’ of pterosaurs at point of extinction

    Fossil find suggests ‘huge diversity’ of pterosaurs at point of extinction

    The numbers and diversity of pterosaurs alive as dinosaurs became extinct was much higher than previously thought it has been revealed following the discovery of six new species. Researchers from the universities of Bath and Portsmouth found the...

  • Slovenia claims world's first blockchain monument

    Slovenia claims world's first blockchain monument

    The first monument to the blockchain technology that underpins crypto-currencies took centre stage on Tuesday on a roundabout in Slovenia, authorities in the country's fourth largest city said. Weighing three tonnes and with a diameter of about...

  • Distinctive handwriting could be key to catching stalker

    Distinctive handwriting could be key to catching stalker

    Animal-themed greetings cards and a distinctive signature could hold the key to catching a stalker who has been waging a six-year campaign of harassment against a woman. A woman in her 40s contacted police in January 2016 about cards she had been...

  • Britain scraps pork pies from inflation basket in annual shake-up

    Britain scraps pork pies from inflation basket in annual shake-up

    The humble pork pie has been ditched from Britain's inflation basket and women's exercise leggings have been added to the mix, underscoring the nation's appetite for keeping fit. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said action cameras - such...

  • Fears that Colorado funeral home also sold body parts

    Fears that Colorado funeral home also sold body parts

    After Gerald “Cactus” Hollenback died of heart disease last May, his wife contacted Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors here to have him cremated. Now, Shirley Hollenback is worried about what became of her husband’s body. In a lawsuit filed against...

  • Smartphones to be shut down for a day to respect Bali's Day of Silence

    Smartphones to be shut down for a day to respect Bali's Day of Silence

    All phone companies in Bali have agreed to shut down mobile internet for 24 hours to mark the country's Day of Silence. The annual event is so sacred that even reaching for a smartphone to send a tweet or upload a selfie to social media could...