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  • Train strands dad at station with his baby still inside

    Train strands dad at station with his baby still inside

    A man who went out of his train carriage for a quick smoke was not quick enough: the train left the station before he got back on. This would have been a mere inconvenience were it not for the fact that his baby was on board the train. Video...

  • Campaigners to Pope: $1m to charity if you go vegan for Lent

    Campaigners to Pope: $1m to charity if you go vegan for Lent

    A 12-year-old animal rights and climate campaigner made an offer Wednesday Pope Francis may find hard to refuse: eat vegan during Lent and a $1 million will go to a charity of the Pontiff's choice. "Your Holiness, we must act," Genesis Butler,...

  • Watch: Chinese hunger for 'world's smelliest fruit' threatens Malaysian forests

    Watch: Chinese hunger for 'world's smelliest fruit' threatens Malaysian forests

    Soaring demand for durians in China is being blamed for a new wave of deforestation in Malaysia with environmentalists warning vast amounts of jungle is being cleared to make way for massive plantations of the spiky, pungent fruit. Grown across...

  • €120m in cryptocurrency left inaccessible after exchange founder dies

    €120m in cryptocurrency left inaccessible after exchange founder dies

    A Canadian cryptocurrency exchange has locked its users out of an estimated €120 million worth in funds after its founder died, apparently taking his encryption password with him. QuadrigaCX says it has been unable to access its funds following...

  • Hawaii considers raising legal smoking age - to 100

    Hawaii considers raising legal smoking age - to 100

    Would-be cigarette smokers in the US state of Hawaii might have to wait a very long time for their first legal drag, after a lawmaker introduced a bill that would bar sales to anyone under the age of 100. The proposed law, introduced by local...

  • Bomb de terre: WW1 grenade found in French potato shipment

    Bomb de terre: WW1 grenade found in French potato shipment

    A German World War I hand grenade was found among a shipment of French potatoes imported for a Hong Kong crisp factory, police said. The device was safely detonated after it was discovered at the Calbee snacks factory Saturday. "The grenade was in...

  • Duterte impersonator sparks frenzy at Hong Kong church

    Duterte impersonator sparks frenzy at Hong Kong church

    A Rodrigo Duterte impersonator sparked frenzy and confusion during Sunday mass when he walked into a Hong Kong church popular with the city's Filipino community. Accompanied by Howard X -- the Hong Kong-based impersonator of North Korean leader...

  • Under-fire mayor resigns after ordering arson

    Under-fire mayor resigns after ordering arson

    A Japanese mayor who came under fire after telling a subordinate to burn down a building in the way of a road construction project offered to resign. Fusaho Izumi, from Akashi city near Kobe in western Japan, was recorded ranting at a senior city...

  • Month-old leopard cub smuggled in hand luggage on plane

    Month-old leopard cub smuggled in hand luggage on plane

    A passenger who smuggled a month-old leopard cub in hand luggage on a flight from Bangkok to Chennai has been arrested, Indian authorities said Saturday. The cub, weighing just over one kilogram (2.4 pounds), was found in a plastic grocery basket...

  • 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...