• Trump trips up in tweet about Macron lunch
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    Trump trips up in tweet about Macron lunch

    Did Donald Trump really have lunch with someone impersonating France's President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday? Big weekend with other world leaders!" Trump posted after the meal in Biarritz, where he had just arrived for the G7 summit. Shortly after, the US president -- one of Twitter's

  • America's 'Marquis' snares air guitar championship title
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    America's 'Marquis' snares air guitar championship title

    Twenty hopefuls from around the world donned glitter, make-up and outrageous costumes to face off in an epic, virtuoso guitar battle onstage on Friday -- but without an instrument in sight. The Air Guitar World Championships have been held in the small Finnish town of Oulu, not far from the Arctic circle

  • New Zealand MP goes viral after bottle-feeding baby in parliament
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    New Zealand MP goes viral after bottle-feeding baby in parliament

    New Zealand's parliament speaker is perhaps better practised at quieting MPs than calming babies, but images of the powerful politician doing exactly that went viral this week. Trevor Mallard, the speaker of the country's House of Representatives, was filmed bottle-feeding and calming the one-month-old

  • Move over Angelina Jolie, it's 'humanitarian pup'
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    Move over Angelina Jolie, it's 'humanitarian pup'

    With interest in the Rohingya refugees fading two years after fleeing their homeland, the World Food Programme has found a new weapon to maintain awareness, one with a wet nose and a wagging tail. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees have fled a military crackdown in Myanmar into Bangladesh.

  • Gentleman jailbreak: convicts return to Indonesia prison
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    Gentleman jailbreak: convicts return to Indonesia prison

    More than 270 inmates -- including convicted murderers -- who bolted from a prison torched during violent riots in Indonesia's Papua region have returned to finish their sentences, a corrections official said Friday. The convicts are even helping build a temporary office for their jailers, he added

  • US energy secretary falls for Instagram hoax
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    US energy secretary falls for Instagram hoax

    US Energy Secretary Rick Perry -- who oversees the country's nuclear arsenal -- has fallen for an Instagram hoax. "There's no truth to this post," BuzzFeed News quoted a spokesperson for Instagram's parent company Facebook as saying. Perry came in for heavy criticism on social

  • Albania bulldozes restaurant after owner attacks tourists
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    Albania bulldozes restaurant after owner attacks tourists

    Albanian officials on Wednesday razed a beachfront restaurant whose owner was captured on camera attacking a car rented by Spanish tourists, as the country scrambles to clean up its reputation as a burgeoning holiday destination. The incident, filmed by the victims' tour guide from inside their

  • Mind the doors: Japan bullet train runs with door open at 280 kph
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    Mind the doors: Japan bullet train runs with door open at 280 kph

    A Japanese bullet train hurtling along at 280 kilometres (174 miles) per hour ran for nearly a minute with one of its doors completely open on Wednesday, its operator said. The accident, due to human error, was a rare mishap for the Japanese "Shinkansen" bullet train which has a world-famous

  • Siberian postwoman on DIY monster truck gives lifeline to tiny village
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    Siberian postwoman on DIY monster truck gives lifeline to tiny village

    Every week, she travels 16 kilometres (10 miles) through the forest to the nearest post office in a larger village to collect the post, supplies and pensions for her neighbours. With her husband at the wheel, Yermolova can now reach the post office in an hour. Cows roam outside the post office, one

  • Dutch plan big Brexit beach party
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    Dutch plan big Brexit beach party

    Thousands of people have signed up on Facebook to a Dutch beach party for Brexit, featuring food from across the European Union to mark Britain's departure. Created by media worker Ron Toekook, the event calls for partygoers to meet at the seaside village of Wijk aan Zee near Amsterdam on October

  • Pilgrims gather for cosmic-like ritual in Bulgaria's mountains
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    Pilgrims gather for cosmic-like ritual in Bulgaria's mountains

    Thousands of pilgrims gathered Monday in Bulgaria's Rila mountains to welcome their "spiritual" new year with a cosmic-like dance performed in concentric circles, creating a striking image on the verdant mountain plain. The white-clad dancers hiked up to Bulgaria's Seven Rila Lakes

  • Bulgaria seizes cocaine smuggled in banana shipment
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    Bulgaria seizes cocaine smuggled in banana shipment

    A warehouse worker has discovered 75 kilogrammes (165 lb) of cocaine hidden among bananas shipped from Ecuador to Bulgaria's Black Sea port of Burgas, prosecutors and police said Saturday. The drugs were packed in bricks wrapped up in metal foil and hidden inside the shipment of 20,626 boxes of

  • Eye of the swarm: experts take sting out of urban beekeeping
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    Eye of the swarm: experts take sting out of urban beekeeping

    "A swarm of bees... really looks like a biblical event," said 53-year-old Del Voss, one of about 100 amateur beekeepers in Washington. In 1947, there were about six million US honeybee hives but the figure dropped to 2.4 million in the following 60 years, thanks to pesticides, habitat destruction

  • Greenland cold-shoulders Trump's buyer's interest
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    Greenland cold-shoulders Trump's buyer's interest

    Greenland is not for sale, local authorities said Friday, after a newspaper reported that US President Donald Trump is looking into whether it might be possible for the United States to buy the mineral-rich Arctic island. Trump has expressed interest in the self-governing part of Denmark -- which is

  • EU's von der Leyen bids Germany goodbye with Scorpions hit
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    EU's von der Leyen bids Germany goodbye with Scorpions hit

    EU president-elect Ursula von der Leyen chose the Scorpions' smash hit "Wind of Change", which has become an anthem for the fall of the Berlin Wall, for her official departure ceremony in Berlin on Thursday. The power ballad by the German rock band, which has sold an estimated 14 million

  • One for the rodent: Rats a cheap street snack in Cambodia
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    One for the rodent: Rats a cheap street snack in Cambodia

    As he tears off a leg of a charcoal-grilled rat at a roadside stall in western Cambodia, Yit Sarin hails the simple joy of rodent and rice washed down with beer. "It's delicious," he says of the snack. Barbecued field rats are not everybody's idea of a tasty treat, but in Cambodia

  • Daredevils, balloons and bangles for Indian Independence Day
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    Daredevils, balloons and bangles for Indian Independence Day

    India became a sea of saffron, white and green Thursday as the nation of 1.3 billion celebrated Independence Day in characteristically colourful fashion. India became independent from colonial power Britain on August 15, 1947. Towards midnight Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister, had made his

  • The rugby-mad duo cycling from Twickenham to Tokyo
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    The rugby-mad duo cycling from Twickenham to Tokyo

    They survived angry dogs in Iran and stomach bugs in India, and have slept in monasteries, underpasses and on farms -- it's been a madcap adventure for a pair of rugby enthusiasts cycling from Twickenham to Tokyo for charity ahead of the Rugby World Cup. With little more than a weathered map in

  • Medieval bridge faces troubled waters in Belgium
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    Medieval bridge faces troubled waters in Belgium

    The demolition of a historic bridge across a Belgian river is triggering fears among residents of Tournai that the city symbol will be disfigured permanently when a new span replaces it. The authorities insist they chose the most cost-effective option to build a new crossing that will allow larger barges

  • Iraqi transforms Kalashnikov into musical instrument
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    Iraqi transforms Kalashnikov into musical instrument

    It may sound as if Baghdad resident Majed Abdennour is playing the lute, but on closer inspection the Iraqi musician is clutching a repurposed Kalashnikov. Wearing a blue blazer and dark tie, Abdennour strummed the strings of his unusual instrument which has an ammunition case as a sound box. The Iraqi

  • Fairway to heaven? UK cathedral golf course draws fans
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    Fairway to heaven? UK cathedral golf course draws fans

    A mini-golf course in the nave of a mediaeval English cathedral to encourage families to visit this summer is proving a match made in heaven -- and controversy. The nine-hole course blessing Rochester Cathedral in southern England, which dates back to 604AD, has been drawing in families since the miniature

  • Donkey diva: Singing beast of burden becomes Indian sensation
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    Donkey diva: Singing beast of burden becomes Indian sensation

    An unorthodox Indian music star has won hearts online with her big teeth, lustrous white coat, four legs and melodic braying at mealtime. "Usually our videos have a lot of sick animals and animals being rescued, and it's generally heavy and sad," RESQ Charitable Trust head Jessica Roberts

  • Too much to swallow: giant oyster named "Georgette" found off French coast
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    Too much to swallow: giant oyster named "Georgette" found off French coast

    Talmont-Saint-Hilaire (France) (AFP) - Oyster farmers in western France have sacrificed a seafood feast and put a mega-mollusc weighing 1.44 kilogrammes (3.2 pounds) back in the water after naming it "Georgette" in honour of a retiring worker. The 25-centimetre (10-inch) long oyster was discovered

  • Scientists produce radioactivity-free Chernobyl vodka
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    Scientists produce radioactivity-free Chernobyl vodka

    A team of British scientists has helped produce a radioactivity-free vodka called "ATOMIK" from crops near the site of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the University of Portsmouth said on Thursday. The team did find some radioactivity in the grain but said the normal distillation process