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Queen Elizabeth owns how many swans? Annual count gets underway

An 800-year-old tradition of counting the swans owned by Britain's Queen Elizabeth started on Monday, an annual ceremony of "swan upping" that in modern times has become a means of wildlife conservation.

Buyan the bear predicts Croatia will beat France in World Cup final

Buyan, a brown bear kept in a Siberian zoo, has predicted that Croatia will defeat France in Sunday's World Cup final.

Georgia police use coin toss to decide whether to arrest woman

Two police officers in Georgia have been suspended after they used a coin toss to decide whether to arrest a 24-year-old motorist they stopped for speeding, police said.

Florida man with no arms charged with stabbing man with scissors

A 46-year-old homeless man with no arms was arrested in Miami Beach, Florida, for stabbing another man with a pair of scissors using his feet, police said on Wednesday.

Giant crocodile captured in Australia to stop it going to town

Authorities in Australia have caught a saltwater crocodile measuring almost 5 meters (16.4 ft), one of the biggest on record, to stop it from reaching a populated area, the Department of Tourism said on Tuesday.

Lithuanian couple win world wife-carrying championship title in Finland

Fifty-three men slung their wives or partners over their shoulders and hurtled off on an hour-long race in the small Finnish town of Sonkajarvi on Saturday, as thousands of fans cheered from the stands.

U.S. beats Belgium to win (Quidditch) World Cup

Already bored of the soccer World Cup with its single ball, earth-bound players and tiresome reliance on the laws of physics?

KFA decides against punishing egg-throwers

The Korea Football Association (KFA) has decided not to pursue charges against people who threw eggs at the national team after they arrived home from the World Cup, police said on Tuesday.

Shootout win is perfect gift for Russian newlyweds

Russian couple Yekaterina and Dmitry Vasilyev enjoyed a perfect wedding celebration on Sunday as they briefly halted their nuptials to watch the hosts defy the odds by beating Spain in a penalty shootout to reach the World Cup quarter-finals.

'Brides' enjoy match-making on World Cup stage

Russian women wearing elaborate bridal dresses took to the pitch in the World Cup host city of Kazan on Saturday for a friendly soccer match intended to show their love for the sport.

'Space kingdom' seeks citizens for life beyond Earth very soon

(This version of the June 25th story changes paragraph 9 to make clear that membership fee does not yet apply)

Man charged after running in underwear on Atlanta airport runway

A teenager has been criminally charged after running half-naked across an Atlanta airport runway and jumping onto the wing of a Delta Air Lines plane that had just landed.

Mexican party rapped for wraps in tortilla election row

Struggling to catch up with the longtime front-runner, the two chasing parties in Mexico's presidential election have become embroiled in a spat over wrapping used to sell tortillas, the popular flatbread made for tacos.

Lone woman digs for family lost under Guatemalan volcanic rubble

Eleven days after the Fuego volcano rained down on the Guatemalan village of San Miguel Los Lotes, a backhoe ripped the roof off one of the homes buried by ash, revealing a corpse in the still-hot dust.

Bank of England holds special vote: to decide World Cup winner

Britain's top central bankers held an unusual vote during their policy deliberations this week - to decide which country is most likely to win the World Cup taking place in Russia.

Rat breaches bank ATM in India, eats $18,000 worth of cash

When bank technicians in India were finally summoned to investigate why an ATM (automated teller machine) had not been working for days, they began to smell a rat.

400 flown from James Bond mountain after Swiss cable car breaks down

Helicopters airlifted about 400 people off the Swiss mountain featured in the 1969 James Bond movie "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" on Thursday after a cable car broke down, stranding them briefly at about 10,000 feet above sea level.

Pro-smoking Japanese lawmaker apologizes for heckling cancer patient

A Japanese member of parliament apologized on Thursday for jeering a lung cancer patient testifying about the dangers of secondhand smoke, saying he had spoken out to prevent discrimination against smokers.

Blood, sweat and accessories: artist recycles bodily fluids for fashion

Struggling to make your fashion more personal? No sweat. A London fashion student can help you decorate your attire with crystal accessories formed from your bodily excretions.

Australian artist emerges alive from three-day burial under road

An Australian performance artist who was buried in a steel container under a busy road for 72 hours as part of a so-called dark arts festival was released from his self-imposed prison on Sunday.

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