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From Hitler to Michael Jackson, unlikely names for Nobel Peace Prize

History tells that it is not difficult to be in the running for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Solid gold toilet stolen from English stately home

More than 100,000 people used the loo during the year it was on display at New York's Guggenheim Museum.

Taiwan’s president invites visitors to stay in presidential office building

The initiative comes weeks after China announced the suspension of individual travel permits to Taiwan.

Donkey diva: Singing beast of burden becomes Indian sensation

Emily the donkey starts singing when she is begging for treats.

No ‘Guardian of the Galaxy’: Trapped US raccoon goes viral

Animal control experts sedate the raccoon, calming it enough to pull its head out of the grate.

Prized Thai buffaloes show off speed in muddy race

It's less about winning the cash prize than pride in victory for the owners.

Italians cheer on wild bear’s ‘Great Escape’

The bear climbs over a four-metre high and 7,000-volt electric fence to freedom.

Statue on Slovenia’s Melania tourist trail divides opinion

The life-size statue on the outskirts of Sevnica is the brainchild of 39-year-old American conceptual artist Brad Downey.

Soap actress offers ‘motivation’ for Peru player to beat Chile

Stephanie Cayo announces her offer on twitter and the post generated 8,000 likes and more than 7,000 comments.

‘Wonder of nature’: Serbia’s ultra-expensive donkey cheese

One kilo of Serbia's one-of-a-kind donkey cheese costs €1,000.

No ‘Endgame’ for Marvel fan: he’s seen ‘Avengers’ film 110 times

Alanis has been chronicling his trips to see the movie on Twitter, posting a picture of himself at each viewing with his ticket stub.

Florida air conditioning pioneer first dismissed as a crank

Gorrie was once described by a New York Globe writer as a crank 'who thinks he can make ice by his machine as good as God Almighty.'

US congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez back behind the bar in minimum wage push

Ocasio-Cortez says she still has the muscle memory from working 18-hour shifts as a waitress.

Hollywood star Fanning faints because of ‘tight dress’

Fanning has a gruelling schedule of movie-viewing and soiree appearances as a member of this year’s jury at the Cannes film festival.

Want Alpine thrills? Try competitive paper plane flying

The winner of each category will take home a world title in a showdown which had its own qualifying tournament spread across 58 countries.

Typo on Aussie $50 brings blushes for central bank

It took seven months for the public to notice 'responsibility' was repeatedly misspelt in the text of Cowan's 1921 maiden speech.

‘The King’ of the road: German town puts Elvis on traffic...

The jailhouse rocker performed his military service there, and the town remains all shook up about its celebrated visitor.

Shanghai exhibit draws egg-lovers and selfie-takers

The Egg House in Shanghai is where an apparently unhealthy interest in eggs and selfies meets Alice in Wonderland.

‘Too heavy ‘ – Pogba’s brother turned down by German third-tier...

Mathias, the 27-year-old brother of Manchester United and France star Paul, is currently out of contract having picked up an injury.

‘Intelligent’ crows to pick up litter at French theme park

Six crows specially trained to pick up cigarette ends and rubbish will be put to work next week at a French historical theme park.

Cambodia earns Guinness Record for longest woven scarf

Supported by a youth movement with links to the nation's ruling party, more than 23,000 people took part in the six-month weaving marathon outside Phnom Penh's Royal Palace.

Bird’s nest almost upends major Canada music festival

In less than two weeks, an estimated 300,000 music fans are expected to flock to the capital city's riverfront Lebreton Flats neighbourhood for the annual Bluesfest.

Sex, sports and rock ‘n’ roll… Mexican election style

Striking suggestive poses in her underwear, Ana Sofia Orellana is waging an unusual campaign for the legislature in the state of Puebla -- on the dating app Tinder.

“The Germans somehow win” – Lineker updates famous quote

Lineker, 57, once famously said: "Football is a simple game -- 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win."

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