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  • As shutdown bites, Trump foots bill for fast food feast for football team

    As shutdown bites, Trump foots bill for fast food feast for football team

    With White House residence staff among those hit by the US government shutdown, Donald Trump personally ordered in an "all American" feast of burgers and pizza on Monday for a visiting football team. "Because of the shutdown, as you know... we...

  • Beaten by an egg: Kylie Jenner's Instagram record

    Beaten by an egg: Kylie Jenner's Instagram record

    US social media star and makeup mogul Kylie Jenner has had her world record for the most-liked image on Instagram swiped -- by a photo of an ordinary brown egg. Jenner's birth announcement of daughter Stormi Webster on February 6 last year was the...

  • No deal Brexit could lead to bathroom emergencies

    No deal Brexit could lead to bathroom emergencies

    With the possibility of a no-deal Brexit looming ever larger for British Prime Minister Theresa may, the Confederation of Paper Industries has raised a terrifying spectre: the country could run out of toilet roll. And the threat is not just on paper.

  • China envisions moon base after far-side success

    China envisions moon base after far-side success

    China will seek to establish an international lunar base one day, possibly using 3D printing technology to build facilities, the Chinese space agency said Monday, weeks after landing a rover on the moon's far side. The agency said four more lunar...

  • Thailand to make it rain as pollution chokes Bangkok

    Thailand to make it rain as pollution chokes Bangkok

    Thailand is set to deploy rainmaking planes to seed clouds in an effort to tackle the pall of pollution that has shrouded the capital in recent weeks. The weather modification technique involves dispersing chemicals into the air to aid cloud...

  • Canadian Atlantic village seeks help with seal invasion

    Canadian Atlantic village seeks help with seal invasion

    A Canadian Atlantic coast town asked for help from the federal fisheries department on Wednesday to help get rid of some 40 stranded seals wreaking havoc, and blocking roads and doors to homes and businesses. The animals became stuck in the town...

  • Striker, aged 51, renews contract

    Striker, aged 51, renews contract

    Former Japan striker Kazuyoshi Miura, who turns 52 next month, has extended his record as the J-League's oldest player after renewing his contract with Yokohama FC, the club said. The veteran footballer, admiringly nicknamed "King Kazu" for his...

  • Sniffer dog overdoses while screening boat party passengers in Florida

    Sniffer dog overdoses while screening boat party passengers in Florida

    A drug-sniffing police dog in Florida overdosed after identifying more than a dozen people trying to board a boat party with illegal substances.K-9 Jake had to be treated with anti-overdose medication Narcan after exhibiting symptoms of a drug...

  • Sanitary pad record in India to promote menstrual hygiene

    Sanitary pad record in India to promote menstrual hygiene

    Participants at a medical congress in India have set a new Guinness World Record for the longest line of sanitary pads, in a move aimed at promoting menstrual hygiene. Five hundred people at the 62nd All India Congress of Obstetrics and...

  • Dutchman lies down on top of unexploded wartime bomb to protect others

    Dutchman lies down on top of unexploded wartime bomb to protect others

    Lying down on top of an unexploded World War II shell is "strictly ill-advised", officials on Thursday told a Dutchman who found one in his garden. The man, from Venlo, in the south of country, spent three and a half hours lying over the device...

  • Narrow miss for New Zealand dinghy as huge liner looms

    Narrow miss for New Zealand dinghy as huge liner looms

    Dramatic video footage has emerged of a 122,000 tonne cruise liner narrowly missing a tiny dinghy with four people on board. The inflatable, carrying two young men and two young women, had run out of fuel when it found itself in the path of the...

  • Monkeying about: Japan macaques on high-wire stroll go viral

    Monkeying about: Japan macaques on high-wire stroll go viral

    It's a high-wire balancing act, and a video showing a troupe of daredevil monkeys strolling along cables above snow-covered ground in northern Japan has gone viral. "Look at this! Impossible!" a woman says in the 71-second video clip that has been...

  • 'Repeating' radio waves from deep space baffle scientists

    'Repeating' radio waves from deep space baffle scientists

    Astronomers in Canada have detected a mysterious volley of radio waves from far outside our galaxy, according to two studies published Wednesday in Nature.  What corner of the universe these powerful waves come from and the forces that produced...

  • Frozen ice 'seals' off access to sea in Canada, trapping 40 of them

    Frozen ice 'seals' off access to sea in Canada, trapping 40 of them

    A Canadian Atlantic coast town asked for help from the federal fisheries department on Wednesday to help get rid of some 40 stranded seals wreaking havoc, and blocking roads and doors to homes and businesses. The animals became stuck in the town...

  • The shoe does not fit: Aussie PM tripped up by doctored footwear

    The shoe does not fit: Aussie PM tripped up by doctored footwear

    Australia's prime minister laughed off a clumsy attempt by aides to Photoshop him wearing snazzier, and markedly cleaner, footwear on Wednesday, saying he was perfectly happy with his battered old kicks. A snap of Scott Morrison with his family -...

  • Fur-midable: Singapore foils cat-in-trousers smuggling bid

    Fur-midable: Singapore foils cat-in-trousers smuggling bid

    Singapore immigration authorities said Tuesday they had foiled a bid to smuggle four kittens into the city-state stuffed down a man's trousers after hearing meows coming from the suspect's crotch. In a statement, they hailed their "fur-midable"...

  • Paris nudist restaurant undone by scanty custom

    Paris nudist restaurant undone by scanty custom

    The first nudist restaurant in the French capital is being forced to close because it cannot put enough bums on seats. "O'Naturel" will draw the curtain on nude fine dining in Paris in February after a little over a year despite rave reviews from...

  • Watch: Hyundai's 'walking car' can go anywhere

    Watch: Hyundai's 'walking car' can go anywhere

    Hyundai has unveiled a 'walking' concept car which, it says, can go anywhere. The insect-like concept car also has legs, which allow it to go where there are no roads, by trekking or climbing over difficult terrain, fording rivers, clambering over...

  • Watch: Thousands stung in Australian jellyfish 'invasion'

    Watch: Thousands stung in Australian jellyfish 'invasion'

    Highly venomous jellyfish have stung more than 3,000 people on Australia's northeastern shores in just a few days, authorities said Monday, forcing the closure of several beaches. The massive influx of Portuguese man o' war jellyfish, whose stings...

  • Saudi courts to notify women of divorce by text message

    Saudi courts to notify women of divorce by text message

    Saudi courts will notify women by text message when they get divorced, in a new regulation that took effect on Sunday, officials said. The measure approved by the justice ministry appears aimed at curbing seemingly rampant cases of men secretly...