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Cat finds bag of ‘cocaine and heroin’ and brings it home

A cat has apparently found and brought home a bag of what are suspected to be class A drugs. The moggie’s owner, from St Pauls in Bristol, found the pet “curled up” next to the bag on Monday morning, meaning it acquired the drugs while out roaming on Sunday night, probably leaving a dealer out […]

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Squirrels caught in ‘Gordian Knot’ have tails freed

Five squirrels whose tails became tangled together in a “Gordian Knot” in their nest have been freed by a wildlife team in Wisconsin. The group of young grey squirrels were found with their tails entangled together with grass and plastic their mother had used as nest material. An animal rehabilitation team spent 20 minutes trying […]

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Oz PM puts hands up over explicit song use

Australia’s prime minister has apologised for posting a video on social media featuring a hip-hop song which has explicit and sexually charged lyrics. Scott Morrison, who has only been in the top job for three weeks, put the 11-second clip online showing MPs raising their hands during question time on Thursday. The full lyrics of […]

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Restaurant chain loses £145m after dead rat found in soup

A Chinese restaurant chain lost around £145m in market value after a pregnant woman found a dead rat in her soup. The rodent was found at the fast food restaurant Xiabu Xiabu, famous for its hotpots, in Weifang, a city in the eastern province of Shandong. The pregnant woman was dining at the chain with […]

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Students ‘binged on pizzas to avoid military service’

Twelve music students at a college in Seoul binged on pizza and hamburgers five times a day to deliberately gain weight and avoid military service, it has been claimed. The men accused of trying to dodge the mandatory programme had all shared weight-gain strategies with one another via an online chat group, according to authorities. […]

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Tourists face €500 fine for sitting down in Venice

Visitors in Venice could be fined up to €500 (£445) for sitting in undesignated spots, as the city continues to struggle with overwhelming tourism levels. The idea, proposed by Mayor Luigi Brugnaro, will be voted on by the city council in October. It is the latest in a long list of measures designed to deal […]

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Blanket of spider webs appears in Greek town

A huge blanket of cobwebs has cloaked a lagoon-side area in the western Greek town of Aitoliko. The webs cover palm trees and plants in an area at least 300 metres long, the Daily Hellas reports. Locals said the sudden rise in spiders had come with the arrival of mosquitoes in the town. Image: Experts […]

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Summer love and belly out: Nine European words English needs

As rich a language as English may be, there can often be scenarios where there are no words to explain exactly how you feel. But for polyglot Alex Rawlings, that is never a problem. The 27-year-old speaks 11 languages and was named Britain’s most multilingual student in 2012. He shares some of his favourite words […]

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Major airline spells own name wrong on plane

A major airline had to send a plane “back to the shop” after spelling its own name wrong. Cathay Pacific became Cathay “Paciic” after an all-important “f” was left off its branding. The Hong Kong carrier confessed to the error on Twitter, where it was roundly mocked by social media users. Cathay Pacific wrote: “Oops […]

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Macron-mania: £300k of presidential memorabilia sold in days

He may be slipping in the opinion polls, but Emmanuel Macron is still riding high with one important constituency – online shoppers. More than €350,000 (£311,237) of memorabilia – much of it featuring the image and slogans of the French president – has been sold since Friday. The cheapest item for sale on the revamped Elysee […]