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  • Dutch unveil furry Brexit monster

    Dutch unveil furry Brexit monster

    What's big, blue, furry and monstrous? For the Netherlands the answer is simple: Brexit. While the British government has had trouble imagining what its exit from the European Union will actually look like, the Dutch government unveiled its vision...

  • Zoo in Palestine offers chance to play with a lion

    Zoo in Palestine offers chance to play with a lion

    A zoo in the war-battered Palestinian enclave of Gaza is promoting itself as offering the chance to play with a lion, who has been declawed but still has its teeth. The 14-month lioness, called Falestine, is supposed to be placid enough to meet...

  • Too tall for basketball? S. Korea scraps lampooned height limit

    Too tall for basketball? S. Korea scraps lampooned height limit

    South Korea's basketball league has scrapped a controversial height limit that kept its tallest foreign players off the court, less than a year after it was introduced, officials said Wednesday. The Korean Basketball League (KBL) was subject to...

  • In South Africa, disabled surfers thrill at catching a wave

    In South Africa, disabled surfers thrill at catching a wave

    Pamela Hansford whooped and threw out a thumbs-up as she glided past on a surfboard, propped up by her elbows. A year ago, a steep wave slammed the intrepid 75-year-old into the shore at a Cape Town beach, breaking her neck. Now, a crowd of...

  • Gotta grab 'em all: must-snap locations testing Hong Kong's patience

    Gotta grab 'em all: must-snap locations testing Hong Kong's patience

    For smartphone-wielding hordes of tourists, Hong Kong boasts a host of must-have Instagram locations - but crowds of snap-happy travellers are testing local patience and transforming once quaint pockets of the bustling metropolis. Tony Hui recalls...

  • Groom asks waitress for sexual favours at his own wedding

    Groom asks waitress for sexual favours at his own wedding

    A groom who allegedly groped a teenage waitress and asked her for sexual favours at his own wedding has been granted bail. Foreign media outlets reported that after saying “I do”, the groom, US citizen Matthew Ronald Aimers, 31, propositioned the...

  • Fried, steamed or toasted: here are the best ways to cook insects

    Fried, steamed or toasted: here are the best ways to cook insects

    For thousands of years people from all over the world have eaten insects. Today about 2.5 billion people – many of whom live in Africa – eat insects. To date, 470 African edible insects have been scientifically recorded, with grasshoppers and...

  • Visitors waiting with bated breath for Japan's cherry blossom forecast

    Visitors waiting with bated breath for Japan's cherry blossom forecast

    As spring approaches in Japan, the country's weather forecasters face one of their biggest missions of the year: predicting exactly when the famed cherry blossoms will bloom. Japan's sakura or cherry blossom season is feverishly anticipated by...

  • Tipping the scales of justice: Indonesia police probe snake interrogation

    Tipping the scales of justice: Indonesia police probe snake interrogation

    Indonesian authorities on Monday launched an investigation after a police force chief admitted an officer wrapped a live snake around a terrified suspect in a bid to force a confession. Shocking viral footage emerged online showing an alleged...

  • Salvini unimpressed by Sanremo winner Mahmood

    Salvini unimpressed by Sanremo winner Mahmood

    Italian singer Mahmood won the Sanremo Music Festival on Saturday, but his country’s interior minister is clearly not among his fans.Matteo Salvini took to Twitter as the song contest ended to voice his preference for the second-placed finisher...

  • Greek hooligan will keep police company during matches

    Greek hooligan will keep police company during matches

    Not only will a 19-year-old Greek hooligan have to keep away from attending a match with his favourite team, but he'll also have to be in the local police precinct at the time of the contest. A court in the northern Greek city of Volos ordered the...

  • Croatia arrests two South Koreans for eel smuggling

    Croatia arrests two South Koreans for eel smuggling

    Two South Koreans were arrested at Croatia's main airport as they tried to smuggle 252,000 live baby eels, an endangered species, out of the country, police said Thursday. The two men, aged 38 and 57, were arrested on Wednesday after customs...

  • Anger as 'Hitler' paintings to go under hammer

    Anger as 'Hitler' paintings to go under hammer

    Five paintings attributed to Adolf Hitler will be auctioned off Saturday in the German city of Nuremberg, sparking anger that the Nazi memorabilia market is alive and well. Nuremberg's mayor Ulrich Maly has condemned the upcoming sale as being "in...

  • Watch: Mini mice architecture draws crowds in Sweden

    Watch: Mini mice architecture draws crowds in Sweden

    With a grin spreading across his face, a man bends down to take a photo of a miniature rubbish bin and street sign at the foot of a building in the southern Swedish town of Malmo. Lost items from a dollhouse? No, the Lilliputian objects are the...

  • Forget chocolate, how about a cockroach for Valentine's?

    Forget chocolate, how about a cockroach for Valentine's?

    Forget chocolate, flowers or a romantic dinner. A zoo in Texas is offering singles the chance to name a cockroach after their ex and see it fed to a meerkat live on camera on Valentine's Day. In a campaign dubbed "Quit Bugging Me!!!" the El Paso...

  • Ban on beloved sausage sandwich sparks demo in Argentina

    Ban on beloved sausage sandwich sparks demo in Argentina

    Argentine football fans have demonstrated against a ban on their beloved 'choripan' sausage sandwiches, traditionally sold by illegal vendors but now outlawed because of alleged links to hooliganism. The choripan, made with chorizo sausage and...

  • Porn website to sponsor French rugby match

    Porn website to sponsor French rugby match

    French rugby club US Carcassonne announced on Thursday that a porn website will be the match sponsor for their game against Biarritz next month. The site, 'Jacquie & Michel', said in a statement: "Commitment, power, endurance and vigour are all...

  • Snooze of the Union: (Joshua) Trump's power nap goes viral

    Snooze of the Union: (Joshua) Trump's power nap goes viral

    Between the late bedtimes and early morning tweets the leader of the free world is renowned for needing just four hours' sleep but his young State of the Union guest Joshua Trump hardly lived up to the name - nodding off mid-speech. The...

  • British Council apologises for refusing Orwell’s manuscript

    British Council apologises for refusing Orwell’s manuscript

    Over 70 years after rejecting an essay by the legendary George Orwell, the British Council has apologised and tried to make amends by publishing it in full – along with its rejection letter. Orwell, the author of 1984 and Animal Farm, had written...

  • Man to sue parents for giving birth to him without his consent

    Man to sue parents for giving birth to him without his consent

    An Indian man is to sue his parents for giving birth to him without his consent. Mumbai businessman Raphael Samuel, 27, told the BBC that it's wrong to bring children into the world because they then have to put up with lifelong suffering. Mr...