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  • Nepal expedition to remeasure height of Everest: officials

    Nepal expedition to remeasure height of Everest: officials

    Nepal is sending a team of government-appointed climbers up Mount Everest to remeasure its height, officials said Monday, hoping to quash persistent speculation that the world's tallest mountain has shrunk. Four government surveyors will depart...

  • What the elk is that? Match delayed by deer droppings

    What the elk is that? Match delayed by deer droppings

    The kick-off in a Scottish football match was delayed on Saturday after a herd of wild deer left excrement all over the pitch, one of the clubs involved said. "Kick off suspended due to the ref being delayed, the pitch currently waterlogged - and...

  • Poacher killed by elephant then eaten by lions in South Africa

    Poacher killed by elephant then eaten by lions in South Africa

    A suspected poacher was killed by an elephant and then eaten by lions, South Africa’s national parks agency has said. The man was hunting rhino inside Kruger National Park when the elephant attacked him. His accomplices contacted the man’s...

  • Brussels boy to pee-cycle after landmark leak inquiry

    Brussels boy to pee-cycle after landmark leak inquiry

    Brussels' famous landmark, the Manneken-Pis, is an insouciant celebration of going with the flow - but even carefree little boys can go too far. City authorities recently discovered that a fault in the 400-year-old statue's plumbing was causing...

  • Africa's richest man withdrew $10 million just to look at it

    Africa's richest man withdrew $10 million just to look at it

    Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote, known as Africa's richest man, told a forum in Ivory Coast on Saturday how he once took $10 million in cash out of the bank just to look at it and get it into his head that this was real money, not just figures...

  • Trump tweet trolls Biden's apology on touching

    Trump tweet trolls Biden's apology on touching

    US President Donald Trump deployed his trademark blend of crude humor and Twitter to mock potential election rival Joe Biden's apology for having touched women without permission. Biden, an undeclared frontrunner for the Democratic nomination to...

  • Robbers steal $1m in three-minute Mexico airport heist

    Robbers steal $1m in three-minute Mexico airport heist

    A gang of armed thieves stole about 20 million pesos ($1 million) from an armoured truck that was about to load the money onto a plane at an international airport in central Mexico, authorities and reports said. The brazen robbery took place...

  • Face off: Chinese official gives Seoul mayor portrait ... of rival

    Face off: Chinese official gives Seoul mayor portrait ... of rival

    A visiting Chinese official sought to impress Seoul's powerful mayor with a gift of a hand-drawn portrait on Friday - only to present him with a picture of a controversial rival. Ma Xingrui, governor of the southern Chinese province of Guangdong,...

  • House of Khan: Pakistani finds fame as 'Game of Thrones' doppelganger

    House of Khan: Pakistani finds fame as 'Game of Thrones' doppelganger

    Pakistani waiter Rozi Khan had never heard of "Game of Thrones" -- or its hugely popular character Tyrion Lannister - until his striking resemblance to the dwarf anti-hero got heads turning at home. The 25-year-old so resembles actor Peter...

  • Flamboyant funeral sees off Myanmar monk in costly style

    Flamboyant funeral sees off Myanmar monk in costly style

    Thousands of devotees flocked to a mock palace of kaleidoscopic colours in Myanmar this week to dance, sing and pay their final respects at the lavish cremation of a local celebrity monk. Abbot Kay Lar Tha was just 48 when he died last year from...

  • Canadian couple find lost ticket to become last-minute lottery millionaires

    Canadian couple find lost ticket to become last-minute lottery millionaires

    A Quebec couple won Can$1 million ($750,000) in the lottery after finding a winning ticket that had been forgotten in a book for months, the province's Loto-Quebec organization said Wednesday.   Nicole Pedneault and Roger Larocque only realided...

  • New Zealand PM helps out a fellow mum

    New Zealand PM helps out a fellow mum

    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed Thursday she paid for a harried mother's groceries in a gesture sure to enhance a reputation already soaring because of her response to the Christchurch mosque attacks. Ardern was reluctant to...

  • Football fan exhumes grandfather's skull to celebrate league title

    Football fan exhumes grandfather's skull to celebrate league title

    Racing Club fan Valentin Aguilera took to the streets of Buenos Aires to celebrate his team's historic Argentinian league title on Sunday - despite having been dead for some time.  In a bizarre interview on TNT Sports, diehard Racing fan Gabriel...

  • Burger King goes... vegan? The meatless Whopper is here

    Burger King goes... vegan? The meatless Whopper is here

    For decades, fast-food giant Burger King has been the undisputed Home of the Whopper - the chain's signature sandwich featuring one of its flame-grilled, "no nonsense" 100 per cent beef patties. So, what happens when the Whopper doesn't actually...

  • Frenchman in a barrel closing in on trans-Atlantic crossing

    Frenchman in a barrel closing in on trans-Atlantic crossing

    A 72-year-old Frenchman floating across the Atlantic in a custom-made barrel says he is in high spirits as he approaches the end of his journey, after nearly 100 days alone at sea enjoying "magnificent sunrises and sunsets." "The days are going by...

  • Brazil twins in paternity row share the consequences

    Brazil twins in paternity row share the consequences

    Identical twins in central Brazil who tried to blame each other for the paternity of a girl, have both been ordered to pay child support. The men in Goaias state, now 31, were known to have "taken advantage of their identical appearance to hide...

  • Emperor burger: Tokyo chef whips up $900 monster for new monarch

    Emperor burger: Tokyo chef whips up $900 monster for new monarch

    A Tokyo restaurant is honouring the crowning of the new Japanese emperor next month with a football-sized wagyu beef hamburger served between gold-dusted buns -- at an eye-watering cost of $900. The juicy three-kilogram (six-pound) whopper,...

  • Unfroggetable: endangered Bolivian amphibians get long-awaited first date

    Unfroggetable: endangered Bolivian amphibians get long-awaited first date

    The first date between Romeo, once the last-known Sehuencas water frog, and Juliet, who was discovered deep inside a Bolivian cloud forest in January, went so well the two have been living together in the male's aquarium since.  According to a...

  • China trials football kindergartens

    China trials football kindergartens

    President Xi Jinping has vowed to make China a footballing force and is prepared to go to great lengths to do it, sending thousands of toddlers to "football-focused" kindergartens. China, which has a population of 1.4 billion but has continually...

  • Europe's tallest building set to tower above tiny Danish town

    Europe's tallest building set to tower above tiny Danish town

    A tiny Danish town of just 7,000 people will soon play host to Europe’s tallest building - a 320-metre skyscraper higher than The Shard in London and roughly the same height as the Eiffel Tower in Paris.The Bestseller Tower, commissioned by the...