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  • Portuguese village lets children smoke during Epiphany

    Portuguese village lets children smoke during Epiphany

    Epiphany in Portugal: pipes, drums -- and cigarettes for the kidsVale de Salgueiro, Portugal | AFP | Sunday 1/6/2019 - 18:30 UTC+1 | 415 words by Thomas CABRAL Bagpipes, drums -- and kids smoking cigarettes: in this Portuguese village, locals...

  • Franck Ribery turns golden steak warrior

    Franck Ribery turns golden steak warrior

    French football star Franck Ribery on Saturday launched a foul-mouthed response after he was criticised for eating a gold-coated steak, telling his critics: "I will spend my money how I like". On Thursday, the 35-year-old Bayern Munich player had...

  • IKEA store plays porn on in-store TV

    IKEA store plays porn on in-store TV

    An IKEA store in Hong Kong has opened an internal investigation after an in-store TV screen displayed pornography while shocked shoppers browsed for cut-price furniture. Photos of the offensive video playing in the store went viral on Chinese...

  • US Supreme Court to hear case on vulgar trademarks

    US Supreme Court to hear case on vulgar trademarks

    The US Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a case brought by a clothing line named "Fuct" which the government has refused to register, claiming it would promote vulgarity. The case pits a provision of US trademark law that allows the...

  • Trump's wall not happening, Mexican psychic foretells

    Trump's wall not happening, Mexican psychic foretells

    Brace yourselves, America: the US government shut-down that has dragged on for two weeks could last a lot longer - possibly forever - if a Mexican psychic's predictions come true. As Donald Trump said Friday he was prepared to keep the partial...

  • Huawei raps staff for sending New Year tweet via iPhone

    Huawei raps staff for sending New Year tweet via iPhone

    Chinese telecom giant Huawei has punished two employees for posting a New Year greeting on the company's official Twitter account using an iPhone made by arch rival Apple, an internal memo showed. Huawei dislodged Apple last year from its position...

  • Funky Japan monks show robes no hazard in Twitter protest

    Funky Japan monks show robes no hazard in Twitter protest

    Monks across Japan have been posting pictures of themselves leaping, skipping and juggling in their traditional robes in defence of a colleague stopped by police who thought wearing the garb made driving dangerous. The hashtag "I can do it in a...

  • Zagreb anti-drinking posters slammed as 'sexist'

    Zagreb anti-drinking posters slammed as 'sexist'

    An anti-alcohol campaign in Croatia's capital caused a stir Thursday on social media and among female politicians over its "sexist" posters saying excessive drinking leads women into reckless sex with strangers. The posters, ordered by the city of...

  • A first class gaffe: Cathay to honour cheap ticket error

    A first class gaffe: Cathay to honour cheap ticket error

    Scores of savvy travellers will be sipping heavily discounted champagne in first class recliners on Cathay Pacific flights this year after the airline agreed to honour tickets that were mistakenly sold at a fraction of their value. Airline and...

  • Hardy Romans leap into the new year... off a bridge

    Hardy Romans leap into the new year... off a bridge

    Four of Italy's braver souls continued a seven-decade-old New Year's tradition Tuesday, leaping off a bridge in Rome into the river Tiber. The divers braved the cold but sunny weather in nothing but a swimming costume, jumping off the Cavour...

  • Crying child gets distracted by dancing ramp agent

    Crying child gets distracted by dancing ramp agent

    A crying child on an American Airlines flight caught the eye of a ramp agent at Toronto airport, who decided to cheer her up by dancing with his batons as the plane started moving. Jahmaul Allen, 28, was filmed as he did a dance routine, waving...

  • Full scale police operation triggered by man on spider-slaying quest

    Full scale police operation triggered by man on spider-slaying quest

    A full-scale police operation was triggered in Australia when neighbours sounded the alarm over a man shouting death threats at his home. Wanneroo Police were soon on site to tackle the 'threat' but what they actually found was that the man had...

  • Watch: Barbie will soon be 60 - and is still going strong

    Watch: Barbie will soon be 60 - and is still going strong

    She is turning 60 this year and still doesn't have a single wrinkle. Blonde or brunette, slender or curvy, black or white, princess or president, Barbie is a forever favorite for young girls, even if she has caused controversy over the years. The...

  • Hundreds go for New Year's swim on French Riviera

    Hundreds go for New Year's swim on French Riviera

    Hundreds of hardy swimmers in Santa hats took the plunge in the Mediterranean resort town of Antibes on Tuesday for the traditional New Year's Day dip. Its white sandy beaches are better known as a summer retreat for the rich and famous, but the...

  • Sydney puts on dazzling 2019 fireworks, but gets the year wrong

    Sydney puts on dazzling 2019 fireworks, but gets the year wrong

    The spectacular fireworks show on Sydney's harbour that rang in 2019 and dazzled spectators around the world was picture perfect, except for one element - it got the year wrong. More than 1.5 million people packed the harbour front of Australia's...

  • UK awards Brexit ferry contract to company with no ships

    UK awards Brexit ferry contract to company with no ships

    Britain's tortuous breakup with the European Union took a bizarre turn Monday after it emerged that London has awarded an emergency ferry services contract to a company without any ships. Prime Minister Theresa May's government is ramping up...

  • Manila casino cancels New Year balloon stunt after criticism

    Manila casino cancels New Year balloon stunt after criticism

    A luxury Philippine hotel and casino has called off a world record attempt for releasing tens of thousands of balloons to mark the New Year following complaints from environmental groups and a government warning. Okada Manila, a sprawling resort...

  • Royal Mail sorry for D-Day stamp of US troops in Indonesia

    Royal Mail sorry for D-Day stamp of US troops in Indonesia

    Britain's Royal Mail apologised over a commemorative stamp design for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in France next year that instead showed US troops landing in what is now Indonesia. The design was part of a series of special issues...

  • Blue sky in Queens lights up social media

    Blue sky in Queens lights up social media

    An alien invasion? The Rapture? The sky flashed an eerie blue over New York City on Thursday night and social media users feared the worst. Extraterrestrial activity was a leading theory: "IM SORRY WHAT???? THE SKY JUST TURNED BLUE???? literally...

  • Spanish town battles it out with flour and eggs

    Spanish town battles it out with flour and eggs

    The residents of the southern Spanish town of Ibi splattered each other with flour and eggs on Friday as they celebrated the Els Enfarinats festival, a tradition dating back more than 200 years. The festival sees a group don military clothing and...