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  • Russia 'vampire killer' faked papers to work as doctor

    Russia 'vampire killer' faked papers to work as doctor

    A Russian man who had killed a classmate and drank his blood managed to pose as a hospital doctor for a few month. Investigators said they had arrested the 36-year-old working as a doctor for a hospital in the Urals city of Chelyabinsk and charged...

  • Good Samaritan books hotel rooms for 70 homeless in freezing Chicago

    Good Samaritan books hotel rooms for 70 homeless in freezing Chicago

    A mystery person has paid for hotel rooms for 70 homeless people in Chicago who risked freezing to death in sub-zero temperatures. The Good Samaritan, whose identity has not been disclosed, paid for rooms for the group of homeless people after...

  • Bring home the bacon: the Taiwanese woman living with four pet pigs

    Bring home the bacon: the Taiwanese woman living with four pet pigs

    Every year is the Year of the Pig in Jenny Tsai's ninth-floor apartment in Taiwan's Taichung City which she shares with one fellow human and four pampered porcine housemates. Website designer Tsai says her pigs are so clever they've worked out how...

  • Florida sinkhole leads to a secret tunnel to bank

    Florida sinkhole leads to a secret tunnel to bank

    Road workers in Florida sent out to repair a sinkhole got a surprise this week when they discovered it was caused by a tunnel leading to a nearby bank. The FBI posted pictures of the narrow underground tunnel leading to a branch of Chase Bank in...

  • BBC gaffe show May going to Brussels in a war plane

    BBC gaffe show May going to Brussels in a war plane

    The BBC has blamed "human error" after it erroneously suggested Theresa May was heading to Brussels for Brexit talks in a Second World War spitfire. The station’s News at Six broadcast black and white footage of spitfires as the newscaster spoke...

  • Ice instruments melt musical boundaries in Italian Alps

    Ice instruments melt musical boundaries in Italian Alps

    When Tim Linhart started making instruments from ice they were more likely to explode with a bang than produce music, but things have come a long way since then. Today, the US-born artist is in charge of an ice orchestra of local musicians playing...

  • Ariana Grande mistakenly gets Japanese "BBQ grill" tattoo

    Ariana Grande mistakenly gets Japanese "BBQ grill" tattoo

    Pop star Ariana Grande may want to double-check her Japanese before getting her next tattoo.The singer revealed on Twitter a new palm tattoo in Japanese kanji script reading “seven rings”, the title of her latest single.Except, in what sounds like...

  • Underwater lion dance in Malaysia before Lunar New Year

    Underwater lion dance in Malaysia before Lunar New Year

    Divers performed an underwater lion dance in a Malaysian aquarium on Wednesday as fish and sharks swam around them, putting a new twist on the traditional Lunar New Year performance. Two people put on the multi-coloured lion suit and performed in...

  • Stinkin' sky-high: Indonesian durians fetch $1,000 apiece

    Stinkin' sky-high: Indonesian durians fetch $1,000 apiece

    Two durian fruits have sold for nearly $1,000 each in Indonesia, an eye-watering price that lit up social media and prompted awestruck fans to take selfies with the pungent pair.  Fetching 14 million rupiah ($990) each, the spiky fruits were...

  • Hamas calls for supporters to send Bitcoins

    Hamas calls for supporters to send Bitcoins

    Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, which has fought three wars with Israel and faces financial isolation, called on supporters Tuesday to send funds via Bitcoin. A spokesman for the movement's military wing sent out a message calling for support to...

  • Watch: 'Goooal!': Mother narrates games for blind, autistic son

    Watch: 'Goooal!': Mother narrates games for blind, autistic son

    A passionate Brazilian football fan has drawn nationwide attention for narrating her local team's soccer matches live to her blind and autistic son. Silvia Grecco and her son Nickollas, 12, have become minor celebrities for the Sao Paulo team...

  • Kuwaiti MP sentenced to 7 years for 'tricking' wife

    Kuwaiti MP sentenced to 7 years for 'tricking' wife

    A Kuwaiti court on Monday sentenced an opposition politician to seven years in jail for failing to tell his wife he divorced her and continuing to have sexual relations with her, her lawyer said. Waleed al-Tabtabai, an Islamist who is currently...

  • UAE gender equality awards won entirely by men

    UAE gender equality awards won entirely by men

    A United Arab Emirates initiative designed to promote gender equality has ended in internet farce after it emerged that all the prize winners were men.UAE vice-president Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum handed out certificates and medals to...

  • 'World's loneliest duck' Trevor dies on tiny Niue

    'World's loneliest duck' Trevor dies on tiny Niue

    A lone duck named Trevor that lived on the tiny Pacific island nation of Niue has died, officials say, sparking an outpouring of grief from as far away as New Zealand. The celebrity mallard found fame last year after a visiting journalist from New...

  • 'Wiser than the fish': ice fishing pros compete in Bulgaria

    'Wiser than the fish': ice fishing pros compete in Bulgaria

    They battled with snow drifts and waded through knee-deep slush to get to their competition ground on a frozen lake in Bulgaria's southern Rhodope mountains. The world's ice angling pros converged this weekend on the Shiroka Polyana lake, 1,500...

  • GPS watch leads to conviction of mob hitman and amateur runner

    GPS watch leads to conviction of mob hitman and amateur runner

    A gangland hitman who murdered two rival mobsters was in part convicted because he was a dedicated athelete who used a GPS watch. Mark ‘Iceman’ Fellows, 39, was found guilty of having killed Paul Massey and John Kinsella, 55 and 53, by a court in...

  • Ski racers help save official's life after heart attack in a gondola

    Ski racers help save official's life after heart attack in a gondola

    Three Swedish ski racers, competing in this weekend's world cup women's meet in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, helped save the life of a German official who suffered a heart attack in a gondola. The sports agency SID, an AFP subsidiary, said the trio...

  • Swedish office workers chill out with lunchtime ice-dip

    Swedish office workers chill out with lunchtime ice-dip

    Late on a snowy Stockholm morning, eight colleagues file down from their office to a small jetty on a nearby lake, change into swimsuits and, one after another, step through a small hole cut into the ice. For the hardy friends, this pre-lunch dip...

  • Travel ban for 'fragile' Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers'

    Travel ban for 'fragile' Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers'

    The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam said Thursday its version of "Sunflowers" will no longer be allowed to travel after restoration work showed it was in a "fragile" condition. The museum in the Dutch capital is one of only five in the world with a...

  • Daily Mail website flagged for being fake news

    Daily Mail website flagged for being fake news

    The Daily Mail’s website might be the world’s most popular English-language news site, but that has not spared it from being flagged for fake news. People visiting www.mailonline.co.uk on their phones while using the Microsoft Edge browser are...