human interest

Thousands of Kinder Surpise eggs wash up on shore of German island

Tens of thousands of Kinder Surpise eggs washed up on the shore of a German island on Thursday during a bout of stormy weather.

Tens of thousands of Dutch swimmers take traditional new year's dip

Tens of thousands of Dutch people have celebrated the new year with a traditional dip in the North Sea on Sunday.

EU presidency billboard embarrasses Maltese authorities

Embarrassed Maltese authorities acted quickly on Friday to rectify a spelling blooper on a roadside billboard to promote the island's upcoming EU presidency.

Hospital may have given women wrong sperm during fertility treatment

Twenty-six women may have been given the wrong sperm during fertility treatment, the University Hospital in the Dutch city of Utrecht said on Wednesday.

US military tracks Santa Claus; dropping gifts over central Asia

Children anxiously awaiting their Christmas gifts may wonder about the impending arrival of Santa Claus, but thanks to the US military they can know his exact location as the jolly old elf makes his rounds on Christmas Eve.

Sarajevo preparing alcohol-free outdoor NYE party

The capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina is making preparations for a splendid open-air New Year Eve party to usher in 2017, however, discussions on a ban on alcoholic beverages in the square that will be the venue of the New Year Eve concert have cast some doubts on the organisers' assertion that this will be the most spectacular outdoor New Year party in the wider region since the war.

72-year-old drives 11 kilometres in wrong direction on German highway

A 72-year-old woman who drove for about 11 kilometres in the wrong direction along a German highway managed to survive her journey unharmed, police said on Friday.

Canadian Navy: mystery object found in Pacific was not nuclear bomb

A mysterious object found by an intrepid diver in Pacific waters off the coast of British Columbia is not a long-lost nuclear bomb, the Royal Canadian Navy said Friday.

Running naked, showing bare buttocks is crime in an Australian state

Exposing bare buttocks in public and running naked in a public place to shock or amuse have been officially made a crime in the Australian state of Victoria, it was revealed on Monday.

11 injured after Istanbul bus driver attacked by man with umbrella

An umbrella used as a weapon led to 11 people being injured and several cars crushed on a highway in Istanbul in an attack on a bus driver on Friday.

Cannabis in cake lays residents of German town low

A half-dozen people in a northern German town required medical attention during the weekend after they ate pieces of a cake that had been baked with cannabis oil, according to police.

Pokemon characters recruited for police briefing in Thailand

The mobile game craze Pokemon Go made an unlikely appearance at a police briefing in Thailand on Saturday, thanks to a ruling from the country's prime minister.

Croats rank high among pet owners

Over half of the global population (56%) have at least one pet, and pet owners dominate in Latin America, Russia and the USA. Croatians are also deemed to be pet lovers given that 61% of households possess at least one pet, according to an online survey of over 27,000 people across 22 countries, conducted by the GfK pollster.

Renaissance Festival taking place in Koprivnica

The 11th edition of the of the Renaissance Festival started in the northern Croatian town of Koprivnica on Saturday with a procession of costumed participants along the city's medieval fortress walls.

Bangkok to launch special police squad to crack down on Pokemon Go

Bangkok City Police will launch a mobile police squad aimed at catching drivers playing the popular mobile application Pokemon Go, local media reported Monday. 

Anti-sex fence going up to keep prostitutes from Berlin neighbourhood

Berlin has paid 36,000 euros (40,000 dollars) to build a so-called anti-sex fence to prevent prostitutes and drug dealers from wandering into a neighbouring residential area, the daily Bild reported Thursday.

Trump Tower climber wanted to meet presidential candidate, police say

A climber snatched by police from the side of Trump Tower is under mental evaluation after what authorities described as a stunt motivated by a desire to meet Donald Trump, the presidential candidate who owns the New York skycraper.

Pokemon no go at Thai polling stations

Thailand's military government has said that Pokemon Go players should refrain from playing the game near polling stations as Thais vote on a constitutional referendum on Sunday. 

Mass robot dance in eastern China sets Guinness World Record

A total of 1,007 robots danced for a minute in eastern China's Shandong province, setting a new Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous robot dance, a report said Sunday. 

Frenchman arrested while hunting Pokemon on Indonesian army base

A Frenchman has been arrested in Indonesia for entering a military base while hunting for Pokemon, police said Tuesday.

Man caught trying to board Indonesian plane with snakes in socks

A man has been arrested for trying to board a Garuda Indonesia plane bound for Saudi Arabia with 10 pythons in his socks, an airline official said Monday. 

Zagreb Zoo gets its first Komodo Dragon

A Komodo dragon also known as the Komodo monitor arrived in Zagreb Zoo recently, and this three-and-a-half-year-old lizard was the first representative of its species to be exhibited in Croatia, Zagreb Zoo has reported.

Croatian amusement park like Gardaland to be built in Biograd Na Moru

The amusement park will consist of sections for three categories of visitors: children, families, and teenagers. We will also divide it into three thematic sections: the Wild West, Old Pirate Town, and Space, he said.

Pula's dock cranes go green on St. Patrick's Day

The Croatian coastal city of Pula on Thursday joined in the Global Greening campaign on the occasion of St Patrick's Day and the Irish national day, by illuminating in green the huge cranes in the city shipyard "Uljanik".

Traditional Croatian jewellery put on display in European Parliament

Croatian member of the European Parliament Jozo Rados of the Croatian People's Party (HNS) has staged an exhibition of traditional Croatian jewellery in the European Parliament in Brussels, his office said on Thursday.

Turkish man files police report against wife for insulting Erdogan

Forced to choose between marital bliss and his devotion for the president, a Turkish man opted for Recep Tayyip Erdogan and is filing a criminal complaint against his wife for insulting the head of state, local media reported Tuesday.

Australian town overrun by giant tumbleweed

Giant piles of tumbleweed as high as two metres have overwhelmed parts of a small town in south-eastern Australia, blanketing homes and cars and creating both a novelty and a nuisance for locals.

Chess champ once accused of sexism defeats 20 women in New Zealand

 A British chess grandmaster who once famously declared that men were better suited to the game than women played against 20 women simultaneously in Auckland on Wednesday and didn’t lose a match.

Lottery ticket sold in Germany set to yield nearly 50 million euros

One lucky person in Germany guessed the winning numbers to this week's Eurojackpot, winning nearly 50 million euros (54.3 million dollars), according to lottery officials Saturday.