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WW1 grenade found in French potato shipment

WW1 grenade found in French potato shipment

A German World War I hand grenade was found among a shipment of French potatoes imported for a Hong Kong crisp factory, police said.

Use your noodle: Tokyo metro offers free food to ease crowding

Use your noodle: Tokyo metro offers free food to ease crowding

One of Tokyo's most crowded subway lines is hoping the way to reach their customers' hearts is through their stomachs, and offering free food to ease rush hour congestion.

British couple get happy ending to engagement ring disaster in US

British couple get happy ending to engagement ring disaster in US

For many visitors to New York, Times Square is a must-see. For one British man, it was where his romantic marriage proposal went horribly wrong -- the diamond ring fell through a grate.

'Robocop' on patrol at Singapore summit

'Robocop' on patrol at Singapore summit

Hi-tech Singapore has deployed an autonomous robot with a swivelling camera for a head and flashing lights to patrol a summit venue -- arresting the attention of amused passers-by who stopped to snap selfies.

Paris aquarium offers haven for unwanted goldfish

Paris aquarium offers haven for unwanted goldfish

Paris's biggest aquarium has created a refuge for goldfish, providing a second life for any unwanted pets who might otherwise find themselves flushed down the toilet.

Cambodia earns Guinness Record for longest woven scarf

Cambodia earns Guinness Record for longest woven scarf

Cambodia won a place in the Guinness book of World Records Sunday for a 1,100-metre (3,600-foot) long version of the country's popular krama scarf.

All aboard! Hello Kitty bullet train debuts in Japan

All aboard! Hello Kitty bullet train debuts in Japan

A sleek ‘Hello Kitty’ bullet train festooned with images of the global icon from Japan began services on Saturday, drawing hundreds of fans to its opening ceremony.

Missing giant yellow duck found in Australia

Missing giant yellow duck found in Australia

A giant yellow inflatable duck named Daphne that made a break from its moorings in Australia has been located after a week on the lam, its swimming club owners said Monday.

'World's loneliest bird' Nigel dies in New Zealand

'World's loneliest bird' Nigel dies in New Zealand

New Zealand wildlife lovers are mourning the death of a gannet named Nigel, dubbed ‘the loneliest bird in the world’ due to the absence of any feathered friends on his island home.

Japan's latest overtime example? Xiang Xiang the panda

Japan's latest overtime example? Xiang Xiang the panda

By popular demand, Tokyo's new panda cub Xiang Xiang is working extra hours from Tuesday, the latest example of overtime in a country famous for its hard-working ‘salarymen.’

Chinese firm turns panda poop into toilet paper

Chinese firm turns panda poop into toilet paper

When life gave one Chinese company giant panda poop, it decided to make paper -- and profits.

Fake restaurant becomes London's top-rated eatery

Fake restaurant becomes London's top-rated eatery

A non-existent restaurant supposedly based in a garden shed briefly became London's top eating place on travel and restaurant website TripAdvisor, who on Thursday hit back at the hoaxers.