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  • Watch: Men risk their lives to pick up fish in Xemxija

    Watch: Men risk their lives to pick up fish in Xemxija

    Updated at 5.50pm People tempted by the prospect of a free meal waded into rough seas at Xemxija on Sunday afternoon, ignoring official warnings to stay indoors and safe. Videos uploaded to social media on Sunday morning showed pedestrians...

  • 'The Donald' is a muse for Trump-loving Albanian painter

    'The Donald' is a muse for Trump-loving Albanian painter

    Wielding a weapon made of dollar bills, tackling Barack Obama, challenging George Soros to an arm wrestle - Donald Trump is the hero of a Tirana art show by an Albanian painter who considers the US president an "idol". The 61-year-old artist, Avni...

  • Judge to climb Statue of Liberty before sentencing protester

    Judge to climb Statue of Liberty before sentencing protester

    A US federal judge has received permission to climb the Statue of Liberty before sentencing the protester who illegally scrambled up the iconic monument last year. US Judge Gabriel Gorenstein is handling the case of Therese Patricia Okoumou, who...

  • Thorrablot dinners, Iceland's answer to long dark winters

    Thorrablot dinners, Iceland's answer to long dark winters

    After boiling in a pot of salted water for an hour, the steaming sheep's head is plated up for the evening's Thorrablot buffet, an Icelandic winter festival rooted in Norse mythology, featuring traditional - and sometimes gut-turning - dishes. In...

  • Woman dies after eating at Michelin-star restaurant in Spain

    Woman dies after eating at Michelin-star restaurant in Spain

    A woman who died after eating at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Spain may have suffered food poisoning, a local court said on Friday. The 46-year-old woman died on Sunday after dining with her family at the RiFF restaurant in the coastal city of...

  • Nike in damage control after basketball star's shoe shreds

    Nike in damage control after basketball star's shoe shreds

    Nike was in damage control mode on Thursday after US college basketball phenomenon Zion Williamson suffered a knee injury when his shoe shredded during a marquee game attended among others by Barack Obama and Spike Lee. The Duke University...

  • Bulgarian boiled frog lands Bear Grylls in hot water

    Bulgarian boiled frog lands Bear Grylls in hot water

    Environment officials in Bulgaria said Thursday they were considering fining British adventurer Bear Grylls over an episode of his Running Wild series in which he killed a frog and boiled it on a camping stove. In the episode filmed in Bulgaria's...

  • 'Flying bulldog': world's largest bee refound

    'Flying bulldog': world's largest bee refound

    The world's largest bee - a giant insect roughly the size of a human thumb - has been rediscovered in a remote part of Indonesia in its first sighting in nearly 40 years, researchers said Thursday. Despite its conspicuous size, no one had observed...

  • No more songs of praise, Tajik president says

    No more songs of praise, Tajik president says

    Tajikistan's authoritarian leader has called for an end to pop songs praising him, state television said Thursday, as the leadership cult surrounding the 66-year-old gathers strength.  The long-reigning strongman Emomali Rakhmon had "expressed...

  • Austrians united in complaint - over a new public holiday

    Austrians united in complaint - over a new public holiday

    It's hard to imagine a country up in arms over a new public holiday - but that was the near-universal reaction Wednesday to Austria's plan to give workers an afternoon off on Good Friday. The Austrian government had come up with the plan as a way...

  • Hair apparent: Hanoi barber offers free Trump, Kim cuts ahead of summit

    Hair apparent: Hanoi barber offers free Trump, Kim cuts ahead of summit

    Shorn on the sides, thick on top for the Kim Jong Un look; bright and blonde for the Donald Trump-loving customers: a creative Hanoi barber is offering free cuts ahead of the leaders' meeting in the Vietnamese capital next week. Barber Le Tuan...

  • Statue of US sailor kissing nurse vandalised with '#MeToo'

    Statue of US sailor kissing nurse vandalised with '#MeToo'

    A statue depicting the famous scene of a sailor kissing a woman in New York's Times Square as people celebrate the end of World War II has been vandalised with red spray paint spelling out #MeToo. The graffiti covers the ankle-to-knee area of the...

  • Kim-dergarten: Vietnam's N. Korea nursery pines for visit by Supreme Leader

    Kim-dergarten: Vietnam's N. Korea nursery pines for visit by Supreme Leader

    Wearing traditional dress, the children in Hanoi's only North Korean-founded kindergarten belt out Korean songs and recite their Korean vocabulary - skills they hope to show off to Kim Jong Un when he visits Vietnam next week. The reclusive North...

  • 'Pregnant' cat burglar smuggled kittens through Taiwan airport

    'Pregnant' cat burglar smuggled kittens through Taiwan airport

    An alleged cat burglar from Hong Kong reportedly smuggled two stolen Persian kittens through Taiwan's biggest airport by hiding them under her clothes and pretending to be pregnant, local media said Tuesday. The brazen theft prompted authorities...

  • Gory spirit festival lights up Cambodian capital

    Gory spirit festival lights up Cambodian capital

    Spirit mediums in headdresses and lurid make-up, their cheeks pierced by needles and tongues cut by knives, led a striking procession Tuesday through the Cambodian capital to mark the end of Chinese New Year. Hundreds of people poured through an...

  • Germany claims the crown for record gathering of smurfs

    Germany claims the crown for record gathering of smurfs

    A group of German friends claimed a world record Saturday for the highest number of smurfs, gathered in one place. Fans of the blue elf-like creatures created in a Belgian comic strip in 1950s, managed to gather 2,762 people dressed and painted...

  • Body in Croatian freezer might be woman missing for 18 years

    Body in Croatian freezer might be woman missing for 18 years

    The mystery of a Croatian student who disappeared 18 years ago might have been solved with the discovery of a body in a freezer, press reports said Sunday. The freezer was in a home in Mala Subotica, northern Croatia, belonging to the sister of...

  • Lost in China: Thai with dementia returns home after 640 kms detour

    Lost in China: Thai with dementia returns home after 640 kms detour

    A 59-year-old Thai woman with dementia who left home eight months ago to see her son nearby, only to apparently walk 640 kilometres into China, arrived back in the kingdom Friday. Kaeomanee Arjaw, who is from the ethnic Akha hill-tribe, was...

  • Valentine's Day not feeling the love in Indonesia

    Valentine's Day not feeling the love in Indonesia

    Valentine's Day wasn't getting much love in the world's biggest Muslim majority nation Thursday as Indonesian authorities urged amorous couples to call it quits and carried out raids to quash any wayward gift-giving. About 100 students in the...

  • Slovenia MP resigns for stealing sandwich

    Slovenia MP resigns for stealing sandwich

    A Slovenian lawmaker resigned Thursday for stealing a sandwich from a supermarket because he was annoyed about being ignored by staff.  Darij Krajcic, a member of parliament for the Marjan Sarec List (LMS) party -- the senior partner in the ruling...