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Belgian man accidentally moves French border

And other stories from the stranger side of life

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A farmer in Belgium has inadvertently redrawn the country’s border with France. The man was annoyed to find a large rock in his tractor’s path and moved it inside French territory. Later, a local historian was walking in the forest when he noticed the rock, which marks the boundary between the two countries, had moved 2.29m. “We should be able to avoid a new border war,” said the mayor of the adjoining French village, Aurélie Welonek.

Woman gives birth to nine babies

A woman from Mali who was expecting seven babies has actually given birth to nine. Halima Cisse delivered the nonuplets - five girls and four boys - at a hospital in Morocco. She and the newborns are said to be “doing well”. Two sets of nonuplets have been recorded in the past - one born to a woman in Australia in 1971 and another to a woman in Malaysia in 1999 - but none of those babies survived.

Former tailor heads back to work at 82

An 82-year-old tailor in Bradford has come out of retirement to meet popular demand. Ray Lister started in the trade at just 15 and ran his own business for 60 years before retiring and then returning. “I said I'd come in for a day - and then it led to Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. And I don't know where it's going to lead to now,” he told ITV.

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