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Dogs ruin family photo with hilarious stunt

By Agencies A pair of randy golden retrievers ruined a family portrait – and raised some laughs – when they got in front of the camera. When Liam Bornovski visited family late last month in his hometown of Koror in the Pacific islands of Palau, he was excited to pose for a portrait with his

A forensic experts take picture burned body in the area an oil pipeline explosion in Tlahuelilpan, Hidalgo state, Mexico on Saturday

Mexican pipeline explosion kills 73, leaves nightmare of ash

By Associated Press Gerardo Perez returned Saturday to the scorched field in central Mexico where he’d seen an illegal pipeline tap burst into flames to see if he could recognise missing friends. He couldn’t. Only a handful of the remains still had skin. Dozens were burned to the bone or to ash when the gusher

Woman convicted in Singapore of forcing maid to hurt self with hot water

AFP A Singaporean woman was found guilty on Friday of abusing her Myanmar maid, including forcing her to pour hot water onto herself and to drink water laced with floor cleaner. The abuse of the maid, Phyu Phyu Mar, happened from August to October 2016 at the house of the Singaporean married couple who employed

Donald Trump

US government shutdown continues to wreak havoc

SABC A scenario of political tit-for-tat is playing itself out in the United States as the government shutdown there edges closer to a month long over irreconcilable differences for the funding of a southern border wall with Mexico. In the latest salvo President Donald Trump blocked a Congressional trip led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to

Prince Philip

UK: Queen’s husband, 97, in car accident while driving

By Associated Press LONDON: Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, Prince Philip, was involved in a car crash Thursday while driving in rural England but was not injured. Buckingham Palace said Philip, 97, was checked by a doctor after the accident and determined to be fine. The palace said the two-car accident happened Thursday afternoon near Sandringham

Known as "Siervas" or Servants, a band made up of nuns plays catchy Christian songs that sound indistinguishable from many of their peers in mainstream rock

Rock and roll nuns to perform for pope in Panama

By AFP With millions of YouTube views and hits on Spotify and iTunes, a group of young nun rockers play one of their biggest gigs next week, and thousands of Catholics, including the pope himself, will lap it up. It may be rock and roll, but Twisted Sister they ain’t, and sex and drugs are

‘I select on penis length,’ says female coach of German men’s team

By AFP The first woman to coach a men’s team in one of Germany’s top five leagues is tackling sexism by sarcastically suggesting her selections are based on penis lengths. Former Germany women’s Under-20 midfielder Imke Wuebbenhorst was last month appointed head coach of the men’s team at BV Cloppenburg, who currently sit bottom of

Frenchman admits killing friend, cutting up body: prosecutor

By AFP A Frenchman who murdered his friend and cut up his body said on Wednesday he was driven to kill after being refused money for drugs, a prosecutor said. The grisly crime took place in the central town of Issoire, where a plumber was called out last week to a hair salon after a

US shutdown after four weeks – food banks and job fairs

By AFP Four weeks into the US government shutdown, cash-strapped federal workers are tapping life savings, selling possessions and turning to soup kitchens to make ends meet – ramping up pressure on Wednesday for leaders in Washington to strike a deal. Communities from Washington to Kodiak, Alaska are feeling increasing pain, with the cutoff of

Israel police investigate ‘sex-for-judgeships’ allegations

BBC Police in Israel have arrested a top lawyer as part of an investigation into claims that judicial appointments were traded for sexual favours. The lawyer has not been named and a gag order covers most details of the case. But police said it concerned the appointment of a female magistrates’ court judge and an

Prime Minister Theresa May

UK parliament rejects Brexit deal in historic vote

By AFP Britain’s parliament on Tuesday resoundingly rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal, triggering a no-confidence vote in her government and plunging its plans to leave the EU into further chaos. MPs voted 432 to 202 against May’s plan for taking Britain out of the European Union, the biggest parliamentary defeat for a government

Iran cargo plane crash ‘leaves 15 dead’

By BBC A cargo plane crash near the Iranian capital, Tehran, has killed 15 people. The Boeing 707 came off the runway and hit a wall while trying to land at Fath airport in Karaj, 40km (25 miles) west of Tehran, reportedly in poor weather. The Iranian army said only one person – a flight

Trump threatens to ‘devastate’ Turkish economy over Syrian Kurds

By BBC US President Donald Trump has threatened to “devastate Turkey economically” if it attacks Kurdish forces in Syria following a planned pullout of US troops. In two tweets on Sunday, Mr Trump said that he didn’t want the Kurds to provoke Turkey either. US forces have fought alongside a Kurdish militia in northern Syria

911 audio reveals shock, panic after comatose woman gave birth

By Associated Press Panicking staff members at a long-term care facility scrambled to save a baby born to an Arizona woman in a vegetative state amid their shock to learn she was pregnant, according to dramatic 911 audio released on Friday. The five minutes of audio from the December 29 birth starts with a frantic

Canadian Minister for Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland (R) said Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, is "very, very happy" to be in Canada which gave her asylum after she fled her Saudi homeland

Runaway Saudi teen settles in Canada after being granted asylum

By AFP A “very, very happy” Saudi teenager who caused a sensation by defying her family and seeking asylum abroad was welcomed with open arms in Toronto Saturday at the end of a dramatic but exhausting international odyssey. Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland greeted Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun after she landed in Toronto, wearing a skirt, a

President Putin

Russia dismisses reports of prisoner swap with US

AP Russia’s Foreign Ministry has dismissed suggestions that an American arrested in Moscow on suspicion of spying could be used in a prisoner swap for a Russian held in the United States. Paul Whelan, a former US Marine, was arrested in Moscow last month on suspicion of spying. Whelan’s arrest raised speculation that he could

Spanish police seize marijuana heading to UK, Netherlands

By Associated Press Spanish police say they have seized 2,700 kilograms (6,000 pounds) of marijuana bound for the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. The Interior Ministry said in a statement Friday that Civil Guard officers in Barcelona arrested 25 people in the operation, which the ministry said was the largest-ever seizure of marijuana in Spain.