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Woman arrested for not returning VHS hired 20 years ago
VHS tapes on a shelf.
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Woman arrested for not returning VHS hired 20 years ago

And other stories from the stranger side of life
26 Apr 2021
Italy mulling law to make bad ice cream illegal
Ice cream cone
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Italy mulling law to make bad ice cream illegal

And other stories from the stranger side of life
22 Apr 2021
Pastry shop offers vaccine-themed mousses
A vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine
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Pastry shop offers vaccine-themed mousses

And other stories from the stranger side of life
20 Apr 2021
Monkey sentenced to life after boozy rampage
A monkey
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Monkey sentenced to life after boozy rampage

And other stories from the stranger side of life
15 Apr 2021
Welsh teen posted himself home from Australia
A wooden crate
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Welsh teen posted himself home from Australia

And other stories from the stranger side of life
8 Apr 2021
Vladimir Putin voted Russia’s sexiest man
Vladimir Putin in Siberia in 2009
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Vladimir Putin voted Russia’s sexiest man

And other stories from the stranger side of life
6 Apr 2021
Mafia fugitive busted on YouTube cooking channel
A saucepan
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Mafia fugitive busted on YouTube cooking channel

And other stories from the stranger side of life
30 Mar 2021
Swan keeps knocking on people’s doors
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 07:A swan flaps it's wings in the River Thames on April 7, 2011 in Windsor, England. Much of Britain continues to enjoy unseasonably warm weather, recording the hotte
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Swan keeps knocking on people’s doors

And other stories from the stranger side of life
26 Mar 2021
Elon Musk has proof aliens don’t exist
Elon Musk
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Elon Musk has proof aliens don’t exist

And other stories from the stranger side of life
25 Mar 2021
Trump ally claims UFO sightings are kept secret
UFO
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Trump ally claims UFO sightings are kept secret

And other stories from the stranger side of life
23 Mar 2021
Man spots Loch Ness monster for fourth time
Loch Ness Monster
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Man spots Loch Ness monster for fourth time

And other stories from the stranger side of life
18 Mar 2021
‘Face condom’: pandemic inspires new German words
Angela Merkel pictured wearing a white face mask.
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‘Face condom’: pandemic inspires new German words

And other stories from the stranger side of life
16 Mar 2021
Priest accidentally plays grime during mass
Kincasslagh and Burtonport Parish
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Priest accidentally plays grime during mass

And other stories from the stranger side of life
12 Mar 2021
Man runs for office dressed as Joker
Joker from Batman
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Man runs for office dressed as Joker

And other stories from the stranger side of life
11 Mar 2021
Terry Boot replaces Peter Foot at Shoe Zone
A man looks at Adidas shoes
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Terry Boot replaces Peter Foot at Shoe Zone

And other stories from the stranger side of life
9 Mar 2021
Great ape named Karen given Covid vaccine
A great ape
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Great ape named Karen given Covid vaccine

And other stories from the stranger side of life
5 Mar 2021
Intern in trouble after accidentally sharing prison keys
A prison guard
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Intern in trouble after accidentally sharing prison keys

And other stories from the stranger side of life
4 Mar 2021
Salami made from celebrities ‘sign of Biblical apocalypse’
Chopped salami
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Salami made from celebrities ‘sign of Biblical apocalypse’

And other stories from the stranger side of life
3 Mar 2021
Are Harry and Meghan pushing it with their request for press privacy?
Harry and Meghan
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Are Harry and Meghan pushing it with their request for press privacy?

Couple have been accused of hypocrisy after granting interview to Oprah Winfrey
2 Mar 2021
The rise and fall of Nicolas Sarkozy
Nicolas Sarkozy arrives at court for the verdict of his trial for corruption
Getting to grips with . . .

The rise and fall of Nicolas Sarkozy

Former French president sentenced to jail after being convicted of attempted bribery
2 Mar 2021
EU vaccine solidarity splinters as nations break from joint scheme
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz
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EU vaccine solidarity splinters as nations break from joint scheme

Austria and Denmark among member states negotiating separate deals to accelerate Covid jab rollouts
2 Mar 2021
Government criticised for cutting aid to ‘poverty superpower’ Yemen
Starving Yemeni child
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Government criticised for cutting aid to ‘poverty superpower’ Yemen

Ministers blame Covid cost pressures for decision to more than halve funding to war-torn country
2 Mar 2021
Aliens blamed as car keys stop working outside Tesco
A Tesco store pictured from the car park.
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Aliens blamed as car keys stop working outside Tesco

And other stories from the stranger side of life
2 Mar 2021
Why half of the UK’s police stations have closed in past decade
A closed police station in Hackney
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Why half of the UK’s police stations have closed in past decade

Investigation reveals that some major cities have no dedicated stations with front counter
1 Mar 2021
Elections make us miserable, global study reveals
A man votes in the 2016 EU referendum
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Elections make us miserable, global study reveals

Research spanning 24 European countries finds that polling days cause dissatisfaction to rise by 16%
1 Mar 2021
Race to track down UK patient infected with Brazil Covid strain
A traveller leaves the Heathrow Radisson Blu after completing the quarantine period
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Race to track down UK patient infected with Brazil Covid strain

Officials appeal for anyone without result from test done on 12 or 13 February to come forward
1 Mar 2021
Four things we learned from Donald Trump’s CPAC speech
Donald Trump addresses the 2021 Conservative Political Action Conference at the Hyatt Regency Orlando hotel in Florida
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Four things we learned from Donald Trump’s CPAC speech

Former US leader hints at 2024 presidential run in first speech since leaving office
1 Mar 2021
Are Republicans too late to derail Trump for 2024?
Donald Trump wraps himself in the American flag during CPAC 2020
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Are Republicans too late to derail Trump for 2024?

The window is narrowing for anyone to halt the Trump ‘juggernaut’
26 Feb 2021
Royal Marines ready to ‘disrupt and confuse’ enemies
Royal Marines from 42 Commando take part in an exercise in Scotland
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Royal Marines ready to ‘disrupt and confuse’ enemies

Military chief says operating in area between peace and war could prevent all-out conflict
26 Feb 2021
Top No. 10 aide slams ‘risk averse’ civil service
The street sign for Whitehall
Behind the scenes

Top No. 10 aide slams ‘risk averse’ civil service

Baroness Finn calls for staffing overhaul to tackle ‘lack of capability’ in Whitehall to deliver projects across UK
26 Feb 2021
Flu cases drop to zero
Commuters wear face masks as they pass through Vauxhall underground station.
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Flu cases drop to zero

But experts fear drop in immunity may pave way for major influenza epidemic next winter
26 Feb 2021
Amnesty criticised after stripping Navalny’s ‘prisoner of conscience’ status
Alexei Navalny on his return to Russia from Berlin.
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Amnesty criticised after stripping Navalny’s ‘prisoner of conscience’ status

Spokesperson for jailed opposition leader claims human rights group was ‘fed crap’ by Russian sources
25 Feb 2021
EU under fire amid warnings of ‘no major breakthroughs’ on jabs
Düsseldorf vaccination centre
Behind the scenes

EU under fire amid warnings of ‘no major breakthroughs’ on jabs

European leaders holding emergency meeting as calls for urgent action grow
25 Feb 2021
California Covid variant ‘may be more infectious and deadly’
A nurse places a blanket over a Covid patient in San Jose, California
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California Covid variant ‘may be more infectious and deadly’

Early research into new coronavirus strain finds increase in hospitalisations and deaths
25 Feb 2021
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