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  • Watch: Melbourne's Birdman Rally makes a splash

    Watch: Melbourne's Birdman Rally makes a splash

    Strapped to homemade flying devices shaped as gliders and even houses, competitors jumped into a river in the heart of Australia's second-largest city Sunday as part of a quirky annual competition to raise money for charity. The Birdman Rally held...

  • Brazil's minister for women believes gender equality lessons encourage domestic violence

    Brazil's minister for women believes gender equality lessons encourage domestic violence

    Brazil’s minister for women believes teaching gender equality encourages domestic violence and that the focus should instead be on encouraging boys to show respect by “bringing flowers to girls”. Damares Alves, who has previously said she wants to...

  • Czech speaker under fire for musical merrymaking

    Czech speaker under fire for musical merrymaking

    Czech parliamentary speaker Radek Vondracek found himself in hot water on Thursday after Czech media published photos of him standing on the speaker's table in parliament playing the guitar and grinning, apparently after a few drinks. Vondracek, a...

  • US town elects goat as 'mayor'

    US town elects goat as 'mayor'

    In a divided America where politics seems increasingly to get people's goat, a small town in Vermont has taken the concept to heart - this week electing one as mayor. He may be a political novice but the goat's name, Lincoln, brings with it a...

  • Labour dissociates itself from Joseph Muscat sticker album

    Labour dissociates itself from Joseph Muscat sticker album

    Updated 11.05am with PL statement Thousands still relish the idea of exchanging Panini stickers come every major football tournament. But the sight of people exchanging stickers displaying images of Ronaldo and Messi at street corners could well...

  • Trump serves up junk food to athletes again

    Trump serves up junk food to athletes again

    President Donald Trump didn't have to change the menu Monday for his second hosting of college athletes at the White House this year: it was time to pile the table with fast food again. Trump greeted the players of the North Dakota State Bison...

  • Teeny tiny handbag becomes a fashion sensation

    Teeny tiny handbag becomes a fashion sensation

    It's so small wags joke that it can only hold a Tic Tac. But French brand Jacquemus' teeny weeny bag, "Le Mini Chiquito", is arguably the biggest thing at Paris fashion week. Never has something so tiny excited so much fashion passion - and...

  • Driverless bus being tested in Singapore

    Driverless bus being tested in Singapore

    Volvo and a Singapore university have unveiled a driverless electric bus that will soon undergo tests in the city-state, the latest move towards rolling out autonomous vehicles for public transport. High-tech Singapore has become a testbed for...

  • 'The Donald' is a muse for Trump-loving Albanian painter

    'The Donald' is a muse for Trump-loving Albanian painter

    Wielding a weapon made of dollar bills, tackling Barack Obama, challenging George Soros to an arm wrestle -- Donald Trump is the hero of a Tirana art show by an Albanian painter who considers the US president an "idol". The 61-year-old artist,...

  • 'Pug of war' over eBay sale of impounded dog in Germany

    'Pug of war' over eBay sale of impounded dog in Germany

    A decision by German local authorities to impound a pug from an indebted family and hawk it on eBay was spiralling on Monday into a possible case for the courts. The buyer, Michaela Jordan, told national news agency DPA she had filed a case...

  • Algerian businessman uses his namesake cousin to run for presidency

    Algerian businessman uses his namesake cousin to run for presidency

    When an Algerian businessman was ruled ineligible to stand in April's presidential election, his cousin and namesake stepped forward to take his place. In recent weeks Rachid Nekkaz has travelled around Algeria to gather the necessary 60,000 voter...

  • Bad break for chemistry teacher who ran Russian drug lab

    Bad break for chemistry teacher who ran Russian drug lab

    Russia on Monday jailed a former school chemistry teacher who ran a drugs lab in his attic producing large quantities of synthetic narcotics. The 52-year-old, who has a chemistry degree and had worked as a secondary school teacher, was sentenced...

  • One of world's longest skate trails transforms Canada's Winnipeg

    One of world's longest skate trails transforms Canada's Winnipeg

    Every winter, two rivers flowing through the Canadian city of Winnipeg freeze, and tens of thousands of people don their skates to enjoy what becomes one of the world's longest outdoor ice rinks. The outdoor skating provides a break from the...

  • British artist Hockney freed from Amsterdam elevator by firemen

    British artist Hockney freed from Amsterdam elevator by firemen

    British artist David Hockney had to be freed by Dutch firefighters from an elevator in Amsterdam as he was about to open a new exhibition of his works. The 81-year-old, who holds the record for the most expensive painting by a living artist, had...

  • Siberian shaman defends camel burning tradition

    Siberian shaman defends camel burning tradition

    A Siberian shaman whose group slaughtered and burned five camels in a ceremony he said would "strengthen Russia" spoke out Thursday in a defence of a ritual that horrified many. The group, based in the eastern Siberian city of Angarsk, this month...

  • No more songs of praise, Tajik president says

    No more songs of praise, Tajik president says

    Tajikistan's authoritarian leader has called for an end to pop songs praising him, state television said Thursday, as the leadership cult surrounding the 66-year-old gathers strength. The long-reigning strongman Emomali Rakhmon had "expressed...

  • Black man infiltrates US neo-Nazi group to shut it down

    Black man infiltrates US neo-Nazi group to shut it down

    The new leader of a US-based neo-Nazi group is a black man who plans to dissolve it. James Hart Stern took over the Detroit-based National Socialist Movement, which dates back decades and has around 40 paying members, in January. The organisation...

  • Watch: Sea bream bonanza for fishermen

    Watch: Sea bream bonanza for fishermen

    The sea bream bonanza that so delighted Xemxija fishermen during last week’s storm continued to keep locals busy through to Friday, with fishermen catching several bucketfuls of the fish using just their fishing rods. Photo and video uploaded to...

  • Fags and food: Five things we learned from the Hanoi summit

    Fags and food: Five things we learned from the Hanoi summit

    Cigarette breaks and poolside strolls: the world again saw a more human side to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump as their unlikely diplomatic rapprochement endured for a second date. But bonhomie and bromance are not...

  • Crocodiles and birds were 'prehistoric bedfellows'

    Crocodiles and birds were 'prehistoric bedfellows'

    Crocodiles and birds may not seem the most obvious bedfellows, but scientists now say a prehistoric fossil find in Romania suggests that at one time the two species may have shared nests. In 2011 Romanian palaeontologist Matyas Vremir found...