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Naples doctor nabbed with 50 kilograms of drugs in car boot

Police in Naples on Thursday arrested an Italian doctor who was driving around with 50 kilograms of drugs in the boot of his car.

Some 180,000 Australian workers may call in sick on Friday

Some 180,000 Australian workers may call in sick on Friday to get a four-day weekend, costing the economy millions of dollars, a local business group has warned.

Merkel accepts gift that triggered police raid

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday accepted a handmade wood carving from an Iranian refugee, two weeks after the thank-you gift triggered a police raid at a German postal centre.

Second woman in a week bitten by wild snake at Australian zoo

A second woman within a week has been bitten by a wild snake at a zoo in the Australian state of Queensland.

Latvian police fine couple after monumental public sex session

A pair of tourists were fined 250 euros (263 dollars) on Friday after being caught having sex on the Freedom Monument in Riga, Latvia.

Vegans urge Bank of England to remove tallow from banknotes

British vegans have petitioned the Bank of England to remove tallow from its banknotes after the bank admitted its new plastic 5-pound (6.2-dollar) notes contain traces of the animal fat.

Russian smuggles 450,000 dollars of diamonds as gravel for fish tank

A Russian man was caught smuggling 450,000 dollars' worth of diamonds into Belarus, claiming the rocks were gravel for a fish tank, Belarusian authorities said Friday.

Naked Trump sculpture fetches nearly 22,000 dollars at auction

A life-size street art sculpture depicting a fully naked Donald Trump has sold at auction for approximately 22,000 dollars.

German minister hopeful shunned after "liking" right-wing party

A German prosecutor tapped for a cabinet position in an east German state is out of the running after "liking" the Facebook page of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD), a fellow member of his Christian Democrats (CDU) party said Saturday.

Climbing accident leaves man hanging upside down over 200-metre drop

A 75-year-old rock climber was left hanging upside down by a rope over a nearly 200-metre drop after a fall in Austria's Tirol region, local police reported Sunday.

German police release "village phantom" held by parents for 3 decades

A man who was allegedly held in his parents' home in southern Germany for nearly 30 years has been released and is receiving treatment in hospital, a local official said Wednesday.

Moroccan woman takes late husband's bowels on flight to Austria

Austrian airport officials made the "strangest find of the past year" after discovering a man's intestines being taken through customs by a female passenger.

Merkel fan: Syrian refugee joins the chancellor's conservative party

Chancellor Angela Merkel might have faced tough criticism over her handling of Germany's refugee crisis but her conservative Christian Democrats have gained at least one new member as a result of her stance – a 41-year-old Syrian refugee.

New Zealand Pokemon Go players catch alleged thief

A group of late night Pokemon Go players searching for virtual monsters on their smart phones instead became part of a real life crime drama capturing an alleged thief and holding him until police arrived.

Mama Mia! Drones to deliver pizzas in New Zealand

Domino's Pizza on Thursday said it would trial the use of drones to deliver pizzas in New Zealand in what it said was a world first.

Naked Donald Trump statues amuse crowds across the US

Naked statues of Donald Trump in cities across the US are arousing heated reactions from onlookers, many of them snapping selfies with the likeness of the Republican presidential nominee who in real-life has bragged about the size of his manhood.

Clowns attack Germany's nationalist party leader with cream pie

A man dressed as a clown disrupted a meeting of Germany's rising nationalist party on Sunday and hit one of its leading members in the face with a cream pie.

VW pumps up sausage snack production as car sales slide

Volkswagen increased currywurst production last year, making significantly more portions of Germany's iconic fast-food snack than cars, as automobile sales fell amid an international emissions scandal.

UAE names ministers for happiness and tolerance

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Wednesday created ministries for happiness and tolerance as part of a major cabinet shake-up in the oil-rich country, the official news agency WAM reported, with both portfolios going to women.

Double decker bus explodes in central London - on action film set

Unsuspecting Londoners got a fright on Sunday when a double-decker bus exploded in the city centre

Nude statues covered up for Iran president's visit to Rome

Nude ancient Roman statues were covered up for Iranian President Hassan Rowhani's visit to Italy, local media reported Tuesday.