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Malaysia apologizes for Indonesia flag blunder, reprinting regional games guide

Malaysia apologizes for Indonesia flag blunder, reprinting regional games guide

Published 20/08/2017

Malaysia apologized on Sunday for the upside-down printing of Indonesia's flag in the souvenir guidebook for the Southeast Asia Games, which officials said is being withdrawn and reprinted. [more…]

Citizen scientists will take to the field for U.S. eclipse

Citizen scientists will take to the field for U.S. eclipse

Published 17/08/2017

When the moon passes directly in front of the sun on Aug. 21, casting a deep shadow across the United States, thousands of citizen scientists will be watching the eclipse while monitoring temperature changes, animal behavior and radio signals bouncing around the atmosphere. [more…]

Police believe thieves steal Venezuela zoo animals to eat them

Police believe thieves steal Venezuela zoo animals to eat them

Published 16/08/2017

Venezuela authorities are investigating the theft of animals from a zoo in western state of Zulia that were likely snatched to be eaten, a further sign of hunger in a country struggling with chronic food shortages. [more…]

Belgian town cooks giant omelet amidst egg scare

Belgian town cooks giant omelet amidst egg scare

Published 16/08/2017

A Belgian town honored its 22-year-old tradition of making a giant omelet on Tuesday amidst an egg contamination scare, cooking 10,000 eggs in a pan four meters wide. [more…]

Bladerunners: UK lawnmowers in 12-hour endurance race

Bladerunners: UK lawnmowers in 12-hour endurance race

Published 14/08/2017

Drivers donned their suits and climbed into their cockpits at the weekend for a 12-hour endurance race with a difference: they weren't driving rallying cars, but lawnmowers. [more…]

Boris in Union Jack underpants? Musical comedy finds the fun in Brexit

Boris in Union Jack underpants? Musical comedy finds the fun in Brexit

Published 14/08/2017

A retelling of Britain's vote to leave the European Union and its dramatic political consequences might perhaps be framed as high drama or extreme farce. [more…]

Woman charged with faking cancer, keeping donations from New York towns

Woman charged with faking cancer, keeping donations from New York towns

Published 11/08/2017

A 38-year-old Orlando woman who pretended to have terminal cancer and accepted donations when she lived in New York's Westchester County several years ago was arrested on Friday and charged with fraud, U.S. prosecutors said. [more…]

Sick of congested roads, German man swims to work

Sick of congested roads, German man swims to work

Published 10/08/2017

Fed-up with the grind of taking a bus or bike to work every day on congested streets in Munich, Benjamin David started swimming there instead. [more…]

Art, or just a bunch of, er, balloons?

Art, or just a bunch of, er, balloons?

Published 10/08/2017

Art is well known for its power to move people, but a new installation in London can move itself - it comprises a series of autonomous floating spheres, that interact with visitors and the space on their own. [more…]

Low-crime Singapore investigating man after toothpicks found in bus seat

Low-crime Singapore investigating man after toothpicks found in bus seat

Published 08/08/2017

A 60-year-old Singaporean man is under investigation for inserting toothpicks into a seat on a public bus, a suspected case of "mischief" that could put him behind bars for up to two years, the police said on Tuesday. [more…]