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  • What a relief! Paris show lifts taboo on historic outdoor loos news

    They were as much a symbol of Paris as croissants and the Eiffel Tower, though they had more than a whiff of scandal from the start. Now the much-mourned "pissotieres", the dark-green public urinals that gave relief to generations of Parisian men, are finally getting their place in the city's social and architectural history.

    Wed, 20 Nov 2019 20:19:09 -0500
  • ChickTok: Indonesian kids given pets to wean them off smartphones news

    Officials in one Indonesian city have hatched a plan to wean children off smartphones -- by giving them their own fluffy chicks to raise. Around 2,000 four-day-old chicks will be handed out to pupils at elementary and junior high schools in Bandung in the coming weeks in an attempt to distract the kids from their gadgets. "There is an aspect of discipline here," said Bandung's mayor Oded Muhammad Danial.

    Wed, 20 Nov 2019 19:00:43 -0500
  • French ducks allowed to keep quacking... for now news

    A French court has allowed a group of ducks in the southwest of the country to keep on quacking after complaints from neighbours over their noisy behaviour, at least pending a detailed investigation of noise levels. The case of the ducks in the southwestern Landes region was the latest in the country to pit traditions of rearing animals against the tastes of newcomers, following the well-publicised legal dispute over a rowdy rooster in western France. A couple who bought a neighbouring property last year had complained of "significant noise" from the group of around 50 ducks and geese kept the backgarden of Dominique Douthe, 67, in the town of Soustons.

    Wed, 20 Nov 2019 04:45:55 -0500
  • Australian man survives croc attack by gouging its eye news

    An Australian wildlife ranger has recounted his terrifying escape from the clutches of a "particularly cunning" crocodile, after wrestling with the reptile and sticking a finger in its eye. Craig Dickmann, who made a split-second decision to go fishing last Sunday in a remote part of Northern Australia known as "croc country" last Sunday, said a 2.8-metre (nine-foot) crocodile came up from behind him as he was leaving the beach. "As I've turned to go, the first thing I see is its head just come at me," he told reporters on Friday from his hospital bed in the town of Cairns in Queensland state.

    Sat, 16 Nov 2019 13:15:05 -0500
  • Airbus plane winging its way to France after 'wet sock' complaint news

    A new Airbus plane will be sent back to engineers in France following complaints of a "smell of wet sock" from cabin crew in the Pacific island territory of New Caledonia. The Airbus A330neo came into service on October 4 as part of a fleet renewal at Air Caledonie International (ACI), the french territory's international airline. The Airbus A330neo, one of two in ACI's fleet, has been grounded for two weeks and will shortly be sent to Airbus' workshops in Toulouse.

    Fri, 15 Nov 2019 06:13:53 -0500
  • US cows swim miles to safety after storm sweeps them into the sea news

    Three cows swept into the ocean when Hurricane Dorian struck the US east coast in September were found living on a string of sandy islands miles away from their home, US media reported Thursday. The bovine trio is believed to have swum four to five miles (six to 10 kilometers) before placing hoof on land -- in this case an island of sand dunes and scattered vegetation that is part of North Carolina's Outer Banks, the Charlotte Observer newspaper reported. The animals were recently discovered by park rangers at the Cape Lookout National Seashore, a long chain of undeveloped barrier islands off the North Carolina coast.

    Thu, 14 Nov 2019 13:11:21 -0500
  • Chinese tourists say 'I do' to Serbia news

    Enticed by visa-free travel and low costs compared to Western Europe, the Chinese have been coming to Serbia in their droves. The landlocked Balkan state is now one of the fastest-growing destinations in Europe for Chinese travellers, topping the charts last year, and has been rolling out the red carpet. From Chinese restaurants, to street signs in Mandarin, infrastructure has quickly sprung up.

    Wed, 13 Nov 2019 21:59:00 -0500
  • Whodunnit? US library baffled by mystery of vanishing 'liberal' books news

    For more than a year, books critiquing Donald Trump, advocating gun control or supporting gay rights have been vanishing from a US library -- only to be found later, mysteriously hidden in dark corners of the wrong shelves. An anonymous person appears to find a malicious pleasure in hiding "liberal" books that he or she dislikes to prevent others from reading them. "It's censorship, plain and simple," library director Bette Ammon told local press in Coeur d'Alene, a town in the northwestern state of Idaho.

    Wed, 13 Nov 2019 18:45:42 -0500
  • Canadian declares canoe travel as a moving expense news

    A Canadian teacher -- pushed to test the limits of tax laws after losing a court fight -- has successfully claimed a canoe trip as a moving expense, public broadcaster CBC said Tuesday. John Konecny loaded his belongings into a canoe and paddled up the Rideau canal from Whitby, Ontario to Ottawa for a summer teaching job in 2018. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) allows Canadians who move more than 40 kilometers (25 miles) for work or school to deduct eligible expenses from their taxable income.

    Tue, 12 Nov 2019 15:17:43 -0500
  • Rogue 'Laden' elephant gets a job, renamed 'Krishna' news

    An elephant that killed five Indian villagers, earning it the moniker of the late Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, has been renamed after the Hindu god Krishna and will be trained to patrol parks, officials said Tuesday. The male elephant, dubbed "Laden" by frightened villagers in the northeastern state of Assam, was tracked for days by forestry officials and tranquilised on Monday after its deadly rampage through Goalpara district in late October. If possible we would try to turn it into a captive elephant by training it," Assam's Forest Minister Parimal Shuklabaidya said.

    Tue, 12 Nov 2019 14:30:41 -0500
  • Singapore baggage handler jailed for swapping luggage tags news

    A Singaporean baggage handler has been jailed for 20 days for swapping tags on nearly 300 suitcases at the city-state's airport, causing them to end up at wrong destinations around the world. Tay Boon Keh, 66, had pleaded guilty to charges of swapping the tags on 286 bags at Changi Airport, one of the world's busiest hubs. Suitcases originally bound for various parts of the world, including Perth, Manila, Frankfurt, London and San Francisco, were affected, according to court documents.

    Tue, 12 Nov 2019 01:38:01 -0500
  • Licensed to thrill: Bond author's steamy letters go on sale news

    Sexually-charged letters between James Bond creator Ian Fleming and his wife Ann were put up for auction on Tuesday, part of a collection of correspondence that also charts the success of his 007 books. The letters reveal the intensity of their relationship, particularly before they married. In one, Ann wrote to ask Fleming to "put me in your bed with a raw cowhide whip in my hand so as I can keep you well behaved for forty years".

    Mon, 11 Nov 2019 19:24:10 -0500
  • Shock in Russia as Napoleon expert confesses to chopping up lover news

    A prominent Saint Petersburg-based Napoleon expert has confessed to murdering his young lover and former student and dismembering her body in a grisly crime that sent shock waves across Russia. Oleg Sokolov, a 63-year-old history lecturer who received France's Legion d'Honneur from Jacques Chirac in 2003, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of murder after he was hauled out of the icy Moika River with a backpack containing a woman's arms. Sokolov was reportedly drunk and fell into the Moika, a tributary of the Neva, in central Saint Petersburg as he tried to dispose of body parts near the offices of investigators.

    Mon, 11 Nov 2019 11:06:56 -0500
  • Denmark and Iceland clash over priceless mediaeval manuscripts news

    They recount tales of Viking raids, Norse history, kings and gods: a priceless collection of mediaeval manuscripts, bequeathed by an Icelandic scholar to the University of Copenhagen in the 18th century, that Iceland now wants back. The UN cultural organisation UNESCO has called them "the single most important collection of early Scandinavian manuscripts in existence", with the earliest one dating from the 12th century. Some of the texts -- known as the Arnamagnaean Collection -- have already been returned to Reykjavik, but 1,400 documents are still locked away in Copenhagen.

    Sun, 10 Nov 2019 01:19:22 -0500
  • French woman told not French enough for Quebec residency news

    A French woman seeking permanent residency in Quebec was turned down on grounds on her French was not good enough. Emilie Dubois, 31, has lived in the mainly French-speaking province since 2012, completed her doctoral thesis at Laval University in Quebec City in French, started a small business in the province and even passed a language test. French is the official language of government, commerce and the courts in Quebec -- a former French colony ceded to Britain in 1763.

    Fri, 08 Nov 2019 17:31:28 -0500
  • Too 'dead' for jail? A US court is not persuaded news

    An inmate serving life for murder in the US state of Iowa offered a novel legal appeal, saying he should be released because he "died" four years ago. Schreiber, who was handed a whole life term without the possibility of parole after bludgeoning a man to death in the 1990s, became gravely ill in March 2015 when large kidney stones led to septic poisoning. Schreiber, 66, was eventually returned to prison.

    Fri, 08 Nov 2019 11:19:25 -0500
  • Centuries old warships linked to 'Vasa' found in Sweden news

    Swedish maritime archeologists have discovered two wrecks believed to be 17th century warships, and at least one is likely the sister ship of the iconic Swedish vessel "Vasa", which sank on its maiden voyage, the Swedish Museum of Wrecks said Friday. The two wrecks were found in the Swedish archipelago outside the town of Vaxholm in a strait leading into Stockholm. At least one of the ships is believed to be the sister ship Sweden's most famous warship the "Vasa," a 69-metre ship carrying 64 cannons, which sank on its maiden voyage in 1628.

    Fri, 08 Nov 2019 09:02:19 -0500
  • Russian goat who made unlikely friends with tiger dies news

    A Russian goat named Timur whose unusual friendship with a tiger won him nationwide fame, has died, the director of the safari park where the pair lived, said Friday. "Timur's heart stopped beating on November 5," Dmitry Mezentsev, director of a safari park outside the Pacific port of Vladivostok, told AFP. The billy goat, believed to be around five years old, was cremated and will be buried "with full honours", his keeper Elvira Golovina said in a statement.

    Fri, 08 Nov 2019 07:26:39 -0500
  • Old McDonald's: Aussie mates show off burger bought in 1995 news

    A McDonald's burger allegedly bought in 1995 and kept in an Australian shed for years has never decomposed, according to two men who now refer to the quarter-century Quarter Pounder as their "mate". Casey Dean, 39, and Eduards Nits, 38, claim they ordered the Quarter Pounder with cheese from a McDonald's outlet in Adelaide as teenagers -- and have hung onto it ever since. The American chain closed its only three branches in Iceland during the island's financial crisis in 2009 and just before the restaurant's closure, Hjortur Smarason bought a menu for conservation.

    Thu, 07 Nov 2019 08:02:39 -0500
  • 'OK, boomer': New Zealand MP hits out at parliament age gap news

    With the quickfire putdown "OK, boomer", a 25-year-old New Zealand politician dismissed a heckler during a speech about climate change -- highlighting the generation gap between herself and other MPs in a clip that has gone viral. Green Party MP Chloe Swarbrick used it to hit back at interjections while speaking this week in support of a bill to reduce New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions. "How many world leaders for how many decades have seen and known what is coming, but have decided that it is more politically expedient to keep (climate change) behind closed doors?" she said.

    Thu, 07 Nov 2019 01:15:16 -0500
  • Lost pup turns out to be a rare purebred dingo news

    It's little wonder Wandi was mistaken for a dog when he was found in an Australian backyard -- but DNA testing has confirmed he's a rare 100 percent dingo. The pup was discovered whimpering and alone in a country town in Victoria in August with talon marks on his back, leading to speculation it could have been dropped by a large bird of prey. Australian Dingo Foundation director Lyn Watson said that when Wandi "fell out of the sky" it was an "answer to a prayer" -- he can now join 40 other dingoes in a breeding program at the charity's sanctuary.

    Wed, 06 Nov 2019 03:18:08 -0500
  • Boat stuck above Niagara Falls for over a century moves downriver news

    An iron boat stuck above Niagara Falls for more than a century has moved because of severe weather, a park official said. Known as the "Iron Scow," the boat is an iconic feature of Niagara Falls and had been stuck in the rocks about 600 meters from the edge of the falls. The boat broke loose from a tug on August 6, 1918, leaving two men stranded aboard, but they were rescued the following day, according to Niagara Parks.

    Sun, 03 Nov 2019 16:56:35 -0500
  • Australia win the inaugural 'Ashes' of jousting against England news

    Australia and England took their storied sports rivalry to another level, and another century, this weekend as the two nations faced off in a jousting tournament, won by the Australian side Sunday. Dubbed the "Ashes" of jousting -- a reference to the historic cricket Test matches between the two countries -- three Australian "knights" bested a trio of English counterparts over two days of competition in a small town in rural Victoria state. Dressed head-to-toe in medieval-style armour an mounted on steeds sporting skirts in team colours, the competitors charged one another on opposite sides of a barrier, scoring points if they could break their wooden lances against the opponent's torso -- one point for a broken lance, three points if it shatters.

    Sun, 03 Nov 2019 03:57:00 -0500
  • Disneyland then World Cup as Kolisi's dad makes first overseas trip news

    Springbok captain Siya Kolisi has arranged for his father to watch him in Saturday's World Cup final -- his first-ever overseas trip -- and Kolisi senior headed straight for Disneyland. Kolisi, the first black captain of the South Africa rugby union team, grew up in the poor township of Zwide outside Port Elizabeth and his father has never left the country until now. Kolisi will not only lead out his country in a World Cup final, but also celebrate his 50th cap and he revealed that his father had watched him live only once before -- for his South Africa debut.

    Fri, 01 Nov 2019 02:34:18 -0400
  • No porkies: Boks win could be written in the stars news

    South Africa will be counting on more than oriental fortune-telling to lift the World Cup -- but for followers of ancient Chinese astrology, the Springboks could be worth a flutter. Under the Chinese zodiac system, the year of the pig falls every 12 years and as such the South Africans should turn England into crispy bacon in Saturday's blockbuster final in Yokohama -- 12 years after their last title in 2007, which in turn came 12 years after their first. "There's no reason we can't be a force in world rugby," said South Africa head coach Rassie Erasmus, wearing a pair of bracelets on his left wrist in an attempt to summon the bravery of Japan's fabled samurai warriors.

    Fri, 01 Nov 2019 02:14:22 -0400
  • The science of zombies: Will the undead rise? news

    There are in fact a growing number of documented examples in the animal kingdom of parasites that change their hosts' behavior -- and increasing evidence that humans are not immune to zombie-like manipulations. It's a subject that fascinates theoretical evolutionary biologist Athena Aktipis of Arizona State University, who hosts a podcast called "Zombified" that applies real world science to the types of apocalyptic stories first popularized by filmmaker George Romero in the 1960s and now a staple horror genre.

    Thu, 31 Oct 2019 22:20:20 -0400
  • At Lucca's Comics festival, 'cosplayers' take to the streets at Halloween news

    In the days around Halloween, a visitor to the scenic Tuscan city of Lucca might be forgiven for thinking the locals are a bit larger than life. Each year, the walled city is invaded by thousands of fans of comics, video games and animated films who prowl the medieval streets dressed as their favourite characters during the Lucca Comics and Games festival. Launched in 1966 as a comic book festival, the event is now one of the largest in Europe, attracting 400,000 visitors last year from fans of Japanese manga to Marvel comics and everything in between.

    Thu, 31 Oct 2019 13:38:57 -0400
  • 'Hero" dog to get a White House homecoming: Trump news

    The "hero" dog wounded in the US commando raid that culminated in the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is getting a White House homecoming next week, President Donald Trump said Thursday. Trump revealed that the military dog, a Belgian Malinois, is named "Conan" -- heretofore a closely guarded secret because the information could be used to identify the special forces unit that carried out the raid in Syria over the weekend.

    Thu, 31 Oct 2019 09:40:57 -0400
  • Chinese baby eel smugglers sentenced in France news

    A French court on Wednesday sentenced two Chinese nationals who tried to smuggle 60 kilos (132 pounds) of live baby eels in their luggage onto a flight to China. Young European eels -- called "glass eels" because of their transparent bodies -- can fetch around 5,000 euros ($5,600) a kilo in China and a local prosecutor said the case was part of a "new form of trafficking that is exploding". The 20-year-old woman and 44-year-old man were stopped on Monday at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport on a transit stop from the city of Toulouse in southwest France.

    Wed, 30 Oct 2019 15:39:32 -0400
  • 'Justice for Jerry': Runaway bull charms Croatia news

    The plight of a fugitive one-year-old bull named Jerry has won hearts in Croatia after the animal escaped from a slaughterhouse last Friday and has been on the lam ever since. "Justice for Jerry" and "Hang in there Jerry!" read some of the comments rooting for the bull on social media. A cat-and-mouse game has emerged as police, veterinarians and hunters help search for the bull, who was nicknamed after the mouse in the iconic Tom and Jerry cartoon series.

    Mon, 28 Oct 2019 07:31:14 -0400
  • Croatian turns garden into site for plane parties news

    Strmec Stubički (Croatia) (AFP) - In the middle of a tiny village in northwestern Croatia lies a Fokker-100 plane parked in a local resident's garden, but after 23 years of travelling the world, the aircraft will not be going anywhere. Plane enthusiast Robert Sedlar, 50, and his friends are finding a new use for the aircraft by transforming it into a tourist attraction where it will be rented out for all sorts of events and parties. The Dutch jet, made in 1991 and retired in 2014, was used by companies in Indonesia, Mexico, Brazil and Croatia.

    Sat, 26 Oct 2019 20:22:02 -0400
  • Trump takes swipe at Apple for ditching iPhone home button news

    President Donald Trump took a swipe at Apple chief Tim Cook with a Tweet lamenting the removal of the iPhone home button. "To Tim: The Button on the IPhone was FAR better than the Swipe!" he tweeted Friday. Trump switched from an Android mobile to an iPhone in March 2017, the same year Apple dropped the physical home button from its top models.

    Sat, 26 Oct 2019 07:01:36 -0400
  • France lays out new rules to rein in e-scooters news

    The French government issued Friday a series of rules on the use of e-scooters, whose exploding popularity has proved a headache for officials seeking to safely incorporate them into crowded urban landscapes. Speeds for e-scooters as well as hoverboards, monowheels and other motorised "personal transporters" will now be capped at 25 kilometres (15 miles) per hour for riders who must be at least 12 years old, junior transport minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari said in a statement.

    Fri, 25 Oct 2019 06:59:16 -0400
  • Yesterday's news: Trump cancels Times, Post news

    President Donald Trump doesn't like what he reads in two of America's biggest newspapers, The New York Times and Washington Post -- so he won't be getting them any longer. This will be a significant cost savings to taxpayers," White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham told AFP. Grisham also told The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) that the White House plans to require all federal agencies to cancel their subscriptions to the two newspapers.

    Thu, 24 Oct 2019 18:52:23 -0400
  • Hong Kong parking space sold for almost $1m news

    Hong Kong might be heading for recession after months of violent protests but that hasn't stopped a single parking space changing hands for almost $1 million. The mind-boggling sum paid to businessman Johnny Cheung Shun-yee highlights the gap in equality that has helped fuel nearly five months of demonstrations in the financial hub, where one in five people live below the poverty line. The HK$7.6 million ($970,000) price tag is more than 30 times the average annual wage in Hong Kong and about the same as a one-bed apartment in London's plush Chelsea area.

    Thu, 24 Oct 2019 09:07:19 -0400
  • Anger at Singapore restaurant 'grab-a-crab' machine news

    A Singapore restaurant Thursday suspended a bizarre promotional stunt where customers use an arcade-style machine with a mechanical claw to catch live crabs after it sparked uproar online. If successful, the customer can have the Sri Lankan crab cooked on the spot free of charge, choose to take it home, or leave it at the House of Seafood restaurant to eat another time. House of Seafood chief executive Francis Ng told AFP the promotion, which began this month, had been suspended after the outcry -- but added he was surprised at the reaction.

    Thu, 24 Oct 2019 06:17:34 -0400
  • Trump says building a wall... in Colorado news

    Donald Trump has made building a barrier to stop migrants on the US-Mexico border a central plank of his presidency, but on Wednesday, he came up with a puzzling new twist to the initiative: a wall in Colorado. Colorado lies well within the United States, though its large southern neighbor New Mexico does border Mexico. "You know why we are going to win New Mexico?

    Thu, 24 Oct 2019 03:31:22 -0400
  • Rats trained to drive tiny cars find it relaxing, scientists report news

    Sometimes life really can be a rat race. US scientists have reported successfully training a group of the rodents to drive tiny cars in exchange for bits of Froot Loops cereal, and found that learning the task lowered their stress levels.

    Wed, 23 Oct 2019 21:24:18 -0400
  • Trump's name removed from New York's Central Park ice rinks news

    Ice skaters on the two rinks in New York's Central Park have long glided, or stumbled, past large red signs spelling "Trump." Not this season, officials confirmed Wednesday. The Wollman Rink, the most famous of the two, has just opened for the winter, but without the president's name plastered over it for the first time in decades. "Unsolicited, the Trump Organization notified us in late August that they planned to change the on-rink branding," a spokeswoman for the city's parks department said in a statement.

    Wed, 23 Oct 2019 20:10:15 -0400
  • Bamboozled: 'Panda dog' cafe sparks China animal rights debate news

    A pet cafe in China where dogs are dyed black and white to look like panda cubs has triggered a heated online debate over the treatment of animals. The Cute Pet Games cafe opened last month in Chengdu, capital of southwest Sichuan province which is home to China's famous giant pandas, and features six panda-like Chow Chow dogs, according to a video posted by Hongxing News on Tuesday. The cafe owner, only identified by his last name Huang, told Hongxing News that he had started offering pet dyeing services after the panda dogs became an instant hit with clients.

    Wed, 23 Oct 2019 06:58:38 -0400
  • 'The girl you were warned about': Paris 2024 logo mocked online news

    The new 2024 Olympics logo is supposed to evoke French history but has instead earned ridicule online for its apparent resemblance to a stereotypical Parisian woman. Unveiled on Monday, the design incorporates the art deco style in vogue the last time Paris hosted the Games in 1924, depicting an Olympic flame within a gold medal. It also incorporates the lips and outline of Marianne, the personification of liberty and the French Republic since the revolution of 1789 -- an addition that some mocked for adding an unnecessarily seductive character to the motif.

    Wed, 23 Oct 2019 01:19:40 -0400
  • Chris the sheep, famed for record-breaking fleece, dies news

    An Australian sheep that entered the Guinness World Records after being found with an enormously overgrown fleece has died, its carers announced. Chris the merino sheep made global headlines after being found wandering alone outside Australia's capital Canberra with masses of wool sagging from its frame in 2015. A champion shearer was brought in to shave off the fleece, a life-saving intervention for the sheep.

    Wed, 23 Oct 2019 00:28:13 -0400
  • Chilly weather prompts cries of foul play at Afghan election centre news

    Afghan election officials found themselves probing a cold case Tuesday, after a top presidential contender cried foul when two police officers slept in an election data centre -- supposedly to escape chilly weather. The strange incident occurred Sunday night, when the two officers were invited into Kabul's election data centre, which is supposed to be locked down, where results from the September 28 first round of presidential polls are being collated. The team of Afghanistan's Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, who is President Ashraf Ghani's main rival, said the officers had conducted nothing less than an "organised attack in collusion with (Ghani's) team to change the outcome of the election".

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 13:19:00 -0400
  • Facebook post lands Sri Lanka motorist in hot water news

    A Sri Lankan motorist risks jail for complaining on Facebook that he had been given a traffic ticket because he is Buddhist. Amid a fierce debate on religious freedoms in the Indian Ocean nation, the motorist now faces court action for the traffic offence and the Facebook post in which he said he had been persecuted for placing a Buddha statue on his dashboard. The post has been widely shared on social media, with many lambasting authorities over the case.

    Tue, 22 Oct 2019 09:14:19 -0400
  • Hillary Clinton posts parody Kennedy letter mocking Trump news

    Hillary Clinton on Sunday posted a joke letter on Twitter supposedly sent by John F. Kennedy during the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, written in the excitable style of US President Donald Trump's recent letter to Turkey. The parody letter, originally from ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" TV show, is written on mocked-up White House letterhead and addressed to Russia's then leader Nikita Khrushchev. Get your missiles out of Cuba," starts the letter pretending to be from president Kennedy.

    Sun, 20 Oct 2019 20:45:34 -0400
  • Spanish shepherds guide hundreds of sheep across Madrid news

    Shepherds guided a flock of around 2,000 sheep through the streets of Madrid on Sunday in defence of ancient grazing and migration rights increasingly threatened by urban sprawl. Shepherds halted at the town hall so the chief herdsman could hand local authorities 50 "maravedies" -- copper coins first minted in the 11th century -- as payment for the crossing. The parade started in the Casa de Campo, a former royal hunting ground that is now Madrid's largest park, then made its way through the Puerta del Sol -- the main square -- and past the Bank of Spain's headquarters before ending up at the town hall.

    Sun, 20 Oct 2019 09:28:50 -0400
  • Hair's the news: moustache off, mullet stays for All Blacks' Goodhue news

    New Zealand centre Jack Goodhue has shaved off his moustache for the "biggest game" of his life this weekend but insists his famous blond mullet is not going anywhere. Asked about Goodhue's preparations for the crunch quarter-final match against Ireland, assistant coach Ian Foster quipped: "He's taken that stupid moustache off. A bashful Goodhue replied: "I've had a bit of a hard time for that.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 00:28:52 -0400
  • 'Cultist' detained in Dutch farm family case news

    A Dutch judge on Thursday ordered the detention of an Austrian suspected of holding a family captive in a farmhouse, as reports emerged that both the suspect and the family had been in religious organisations. The 58-year-old, identified by media as Josef B., was arrested on Tuesday after police freed a father and six adult children who had been kept in a secret room in the village of Ruinerwold. Investigators are still unravelling the mystery of the family, who reportedly spent years locked away from the outside world "waiting for the end of time" as part of a doomsday cult.

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 11:36:45 -0400
  • Meet 'le blob' Paris zoo's new star attraction news

    The Paris zoo's latest attraction is a brainless, eyeless, single-celled organism with no limbs or stomach but more than 700 genders. From Saturday, members of the public can become better acquainted with "le blob", which has taken up residence in a large tank at the zoo in Paris' Bois de Vincennes park. Named after the 1958 sci-fi horror movie "The Blob" about an alien creature that crashes to Earth and devours residents of Pennsylvania, the real-life blob consists of a single cell, sometimes with many nuclei that can replicate their DNA and divide.

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 10:05:32 -0400
  • Air New Zealand offers 'safety tips' to Irish rugby fans news

    Air New Zealand has offered Irish rugby fans some tongue-in-cheek "safety tips" before the countries face off in the quarterfinal of the Rugby World Cup in Japan on Saturday. The highly tipped All Blacks are straining not to seem cocky ahead of the match in Tokyo, but the national flag carrier has no such qualms, urging Ireland fans to brace for impact. In a made-to-go-viral online ad, "flight attendants" give a safety briefing in a house occupied by an increasingly forlorn trio of Irish supporters, telling them "to lean forward into the crouch position with your head in your hands" in the event of an early New Zealand try.

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 03:45:46 -0400
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