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Sailor stranded on UK ship for 18 months to fly home

An Indian sailor is preparing to return home – and eat butter chicken – after being stranded aboard a ship in a Norfolk port for 18 months. Nikesh Rastogi, 43, has been living on the offshore supply vessel Malaviya Twenty, moored in Great Yarmouth, since February 2017. The captain has been stuck there with three […]

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Cocaine discovered in 15 bread rolls at airport

Mexican police have found cocaine worth thousands of dollars hidden inside more than a dozen bread rolls during an airport drugs raid. Sniffer dogs helped anti-narcotics officers make the discovery at the international airport in Guadalajara, a major city in the west of the country. Each of the 15 rolls was filled with a bag […]

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G-spot tourism ad angers priests ahead of Papal visit

Tourism chiefs in Lithuania’s capital have been criticised for using a picture of a woman apparently in the throes of sexual ecstasy to publicise the city. Playing on Vilnius’ out-of-the-way location, the campaign poster to be launched on Thursday shows a red-haired woman lying on a map of Europe with her hand gripping Lithuania. Only […]

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New mother tested for opiates after eating bagel

A newborn baby was kept in hospital for five days after her mother tested positive for opiates, because she had eaten a poppyseed bagel. Elizabeth Eden tucked into the bagel before she went into labour in April, and found her snack choice had serious consequences when she tested positive for opiates. Her doctor had to […]

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Snapped! Graduation photo with a difference

When it came to her graduation photographs Texas A&M University student Makenzie Noland wanted to make sure they really stood out. So she enlisted the help of Big Tex, a 14ft alligator at the animal rescue centre where the wildlife and fisheries sciences student has been working as an intern. Image: Makenzie says she wants […]

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‘Precarious’ rescue as man gets stuck up 32ft lamppost

A man had to be rescued by firefighters after getting stuck at the top of a lamppost in Birmingham. The man scaled the 10m (32ft) lamppost at a junction near Handsworth, and then sat on the light fixture with his bare legs and feet dangling for around an hour. West Midlands Fire Service used a […]

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Shark pulls woman into crocodile-infested waters

A woman was pulled into crocodile-infested waters in northwest Australia by a shark which bit her finger as she tried to feed it. Melissa Brunning, 34, was on a yacht in the remote Kimberley region, some 1,553 miles north of Perth, when she tried to hand-feed up to four tawny nurse sharks swimming around her […]

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Trump fooled by prank call on Air Force One

Donald Trump returned a prank phone call from a comedian pretending to be a senator, during a journey back to Washington on Air Force One. Veteran performer John Melendez, who regularly appears on Howard Stern and Jay Leno’s shows, published a podcast that includes a recording of a three-minute conversation during which he pretended to […]

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A round of appaws for ‘world’s ugliest dog’ Zsa Zsa

A nine-year-old English bulldog called Zsa Zsa has won this year’s world’s ugliest dog contest. The pooch’s owner Megan Brainard, from Anoka, Minnesota, will receive $1,500 (£1,100) following the victory in Petaluma, California. Ms Brainard found Zsa Zsa, who has an underbite and a noticeably long tongue, on a pet search website. Image: The pooch […]

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Why more of your clothes are being ruined by moths

The quality of our clothing and temperature we use for washing could be contributing to a rise in moth infestations, according to a pest killer firm. Call-outs to moth infestations have increased by more than 110% from April to May and by 60% over the last four years, Rentokil said. Some 59% of people prefer […]