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Argentine ‘superhero’ facing weapons charges

A self-styled Buenos Aires superhero who fought crime armed only with a costume, mask and pepper spray, is now himself up on weapons charges. Thanks to an alleged shootout with muggers the superhero has been charged with carrying an unlicensed gun, police said Wednesday. The man who called himself Menganno…

15,000 crocs escape from South African farm

About 15,000 crocodiles have escaped from a farm in South Africa amid heavy rains and flooding, local daily Beeld reported. The predators sprung from the Rakwena Crocodile Farm in the far north of the country when owners were forced to open the gates to prevent a storm surge. A number…

Breast slaps and vagina bleach in Bangkok: Thais suffer for beauty

From breast-slapping and gold thread face-lifts, to vaginal whitening soaps and olive-oil penis enlargements, image-obsessed Thais are going to ever increasing extremes in the quest for beauty. The colourful self-proclaimed pioneer of breast-slapping says her unusual technique allows clients to boost their bust by at least one bra size without…

Vietnamese noodles: a cultural pho-nomenon

In Hanoi, it is a truth universally acknowledged that the best pho noodle soup is found in the grimiest restaurants, where the staff are rude, the queues long, and the surroundings spartan at best. Pho, a simple soup of beef broth, herbs, spices and rice noodles, emerged some 100 years…

North Korea plans high-level nuclear test ‘aimed at the U.S.’

North Korea said on Thursday it planned to carry out a nuclear test aimed at its “arch-enemy” the United States in response to tightened UN sanctions, but offered no timeframe. “We do not hide that the various satellites and long-range rockets we will continue to launch, as well as the…

George Soros backs Guatemalan president’s call to end war on drugs

George Soros has thrown his support behind the president of Guatemala’s efforts to end the war on drugs. Soros, who is best know for leading a run on the pound in 1992 that forced the UK out of the European exchange rate mechanism, said at the World Economic Forum in…

South Korea tries to recall a U.S. adoption

South Korea tries to recall a US adoption (via The Christian Science Monitor) The bitter legal struggle of an American couple to adopt a Korean baby is touching on nationalist and ethnic sensitivities in South Korea. The couple, Christopher and Jinshil Duquet, wait at home in Evanston, Ill., to see…

More than 100 children die of measles in Pakistan in 19 days

More than 100 children have died of measles in Pakistan this month, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Wednesday, calling it “an alarming outbreak.” “Some 103 Pakistani children have died from Jan 1 to Jan 19 this year because of the post-measles complications such as pneumonia, post-measles encephalitis and diarrhoea,”…

Australian court clears goat for eating flowers in Sydney

An Australian court Wednesday heard the case against a goat accused of munching on flowers in central Sydney — and found in favour of the peckish beast. Gary the goat waited outside the local court while his owner James Dezarnaulds contested an Aus$440 (US$464) fine issued last August, after police…

Women join ranks of Assad’s new paramilitary force in Syria

At 40 years of age, Abir Ramadan joined the all-female unit of Syria’s new paramilitary force, pledging loyalty to Bashar al-Assad in the armed struggle against those seeking to topple the president. Dressed in camouflage, she marches at a stadium in the central city of Homs, raising her fist and…

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