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On the run? Just play dead

A French criminal came up with a cunning plan to escape the law by announcing his own funeral, which both the police and his unsuspecting granny attended.

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They’re dead serious about security

Forget electric fences and fancy alarm systems: Cullinan residents have resorted to coffins to deter burglars.

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TV anchor’s number is up...

A presenter was sacked after referring to China’s Xi Jinping as “Eleven” Jinping, confusing his name with the Roman numerals XI.

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Queen photobombs athlete’s selfie
July 25 2014 at 06:59

Queen Elizabeth II is not known for her grasp of social media, but she tapped into a trend at the Commonwealth Games.

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More frowns than smiles in New York?
July 24 2014 at 12:34

The glitz and glamour of the Big Apple is not enough to make everyone happy, according to a survey.

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Freedom ride cycles in ‘doom’ factor
July 22 2014 at 20:38

Riders at the Freedom Ride, in honour of Mandela Day , were left amused when they realised their free T-shirts, had a noticeable spelling error.

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‘Sexting’ added to dictionary
July 22 2014 at 20:32

”Sexting” and “friends with benefits” are among 1 000 words and phrases that have been added to the 13th edition of the Chambers Dictionary.

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Bathroom on wheels for the homeless
July 22 2014 at 14:47

A non-profit group has taken a novel approach to helping the homeless in San Francisco.

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Plane’s near-miss is a whale of a tale
July 17 2014 at 15:35

Thomas Hamm was in the right place at the right time to capture a close encounter between a plane and a whale.

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‘Bookworm’ bus driver gets the boot
July 17 2014 at 12:57

The title of the book is unclear - but the story was good enough to keep this driver's eyes on the page and off the road.

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Jurors end siblings’ lottery row
July 17 2014 at 11:44

A Pennsylvania jury has decided how two estranged half-brothers must divide their $1 million lottery winnings.

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Wrestler’s debut lasts only a moment
July 16 2014 at 16:20

Seventeen-year-old Masato Tai tips the scales at 65kg - but he’s determined to be a sumo wrestler.

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Thor undergoes sex change
July 16 2014 at 06:56

He is famed as the God of Thunder, but Thor is to change sex, launching a "new era" for the comic book icon.

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