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  • 'Benny the Beluga' facing Christmas in the Thames far from home

    'Benny the Beluga' facing Christmas in the Thames far from home

    A beluga whale that was first spotted nearly three months ago in the River Thames is still feeding healthily east of the British capital and facing a lone Christmas hundreds of miles from its normal Arctic habitat. The white cetacean, which feeds...

  • 102-year-old great-granny becomes 'oldest' skydiver

    102-year-old great-granny becomes 'oldest' skydiver

    A 102-year-old great-grandmother is believed to have become the world's oldest skydiver after plunging 14,000 feet (4,300 metres) through the South Australian sky. Centenarian adrenaline junkie Irene O'Shea said she "felt normal" after a 220...

  • Deck the halls with lights, sleighs and Belgium artwork

    Deck the halls with lights, sleighs and Belgium artwork

    Father Christmas has the ideal place to keep warm and plough through his heavy workload in Belgium this festive season. Serge Hennebel, aeronautical technician by trade, has set up a Christmas village in his garden near Brussels with a bedroom, a...

  • Firefighters to the rescue after German chocolate factory spill

    Firefighters to the rescue after German chocolate factory spill

    Firefighters in the town of Werl in western Germany tackled an unusual emergency late on Monday when a tank at a local firm making liquid chocolate overflowed and poured out onto a street. "About a tonne of chocolate ran out into the yard and from...

  • Singapore charges two Chinese workers over "one-dollar bribes"

    Singapore charges two Chinese workers over "one-dollar bribes"

    Singapore has charged two Chinese migrant workers for demanding bribes as small as S$1 (73 US cents), its anti-graft authority said on Tuesday, stressing that the financial hub known for its clean image will not tolerate corruption no matter how...

  • Watch: Theresa May locked in car as Angela Merkel looks on

    Watch: Theresa May locked in car as Angela Merkel looks on

    The EU is clearly not the only thing Theresa May is struggling to exit.  The British Prime Minister was briefly trapped in her car ahead of a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on her floundering Brexit deal. An aide struggled...

  • Watch: British lawmaker ejected from parliament for seizing ceremonial mace

    Watch: British lawmaker ejected from parliament for seizing ceremonial mace

    British Labour lawmaker Lloyd Russell-Moyle was ejected on Monday from the House of Commons' debating chamber for seizing a ceremonial mace, in a protest at the government's handling of Brexit. The incident came hours after Prime Minister Theresa...

  • Nuns in California embezzled $500,000 for Vegas trips

    Nuns in California embezzled $500,000 for Vegas trips

    In a plot worthy of a film, a California school has found that two nuns - its principal and one of its teachers - embezzled over $500,000 over a decade to fund trips to casinos. Media reports explained that a family asked for a copy of a cheque...

  • Naked Pyramid stunt outrages Egyptian authorities

    Naked Pyramid stunt outrages Egyptian authorities

    Egyptian authorities are trying to verify whether a video of a couple clambering naked to the top of the pyramid in Giza is authentic. Egyptian antiquities minister Khaled al-Anani, quoted by Al-Ahram newspaper, said they were checking whether the...

  • Watch: Gollum returns as Theresa May

    Watch: Gollum returns as Theresa May

    Lord of the Rings character Gollum has made a somewhat unusual reappearance, moonlighting as UK Prime Minister Theresa May in a 180-second Brexit parody video. The video is the work of British actor Andy Serkis, who donned a blue blazer, wig and...

  • Thousands of Santas get London in festive cheer

    Thousands of Santas get London in festive cheer

    Thousands of revellers dressed as Santa and his helpers took to the streets of London on Saturday for the annual Santacon pub crawl. Billed as a "non-profit, non-corporate, non-commercial and non-sensical parade of festive cheer," Santacon...

  • Watch: Spends 8 hours sat balancing on a chair on a tightrope in shopping mall

    Watch: Spends 8 hours sat balancing on a chair on a tightrope in shopping mall

    A high wire stuntman spent eight hours sitting in a chair balanced on a tightrope in Switzerland to set a new Guinness World Record. Guinness confirmed Freddy Nock earned the record for longest duration chair balancing on a tightrope when he...

  • Enter the Bull: Fighters mix kung fu and bullfighting in China

    Enter the Bull: Fighters mix kung fu and bullfighting in China

    Several times a week, kung fu teacher Ren Ruzhi enters a ring to spar with a bovine opponent around five times his weight and capable of killing him. Ren's mixing of martial arts and bullfighting worries his mother, but the 24-year-old has never...

  • Jamaican hotel staff strike a wrong note with birthday tribute

    Jamaican hotel staff strike a wrong note with birthday tribute

    Hotel staff in a Jamaican resort clearly had no idea what a woman had in mind when they were asked to create a tribute to a man who died four years earlier, whose parents were due to visit. The woman, Karen Baker, asked them to prepare a cake and...

  • Sheepish mother gives son, 5, an X-rated costume

    Sheepish mother gives son, 5, an X-rated costume

    A sheepish mother who dressed up her son as a shepherd for his school’s nativity play was mortified to discover that an inflatable sheep that came with the outfit was actually a sex doll.  Helen Cox, 46, from Scotland, bought the fancy dress...

  • Valletta's Strait Street toilet named 'the best in Europe'

    Valletta's Strait Street toilet named 'the best in Europe'

    Easyjet’s inflight magazine Traveller has named Valletta’s Strait Street public toilet “the best public toilet in Europe”. “It’s not just a toilet, it’s a theatrical experience,” it said. The Strait Street toilets were redesigned and renovated in...

  • Smugglers ingested Mexican cartel cash

    Smugglers ingested Mexican cartel cash

    Colombia has arrested 27 people accused of belonging to four smuggling networks which recruited youths to swallow drug trafficking cash profits and bring them into the South American country from Mexico, the police said on Thursday. The money was...

  • Vatican's St Peter's Square gets 720-ton sand nativity scene

    Vatican's St Peter's Square gets 720-ton sand nativity scene

    The traditional nativity scene in St Peter's Square won't be so traditional this year. For the first time, it is made of sand - 720 tons of it. For the past two weeks, Rich Varano, a professional sand artist, has been guiding three sculptors from...

  • Enter the Bull: Fighters mix kung fu and bullfighting in China

    Enter the Bull: Fighters mix kung fu and bullfighting in China

    Several times a week, kung fu teacher Ren Ruzhi enters a ring to spar with a bovine opponent around five times his weight and capable of killing him. Ren's mixing of martial arts and bullfighting worries his mother, but the 24-year-old has never...

  • Bring home the bagels: rights group calls for end to 'anti-animal language'

    Bring home the bagels: rights group calls for end to 'anti-animal language'

    Achieving multiple aims at once? You may be "feeding two birds with one scone". Taking decisive action? That's "taking the flower by the thorns".   Animal-related idioms are embedded in our language, but US animal rights group Peta (People for the...