The iconic Sagrada Familia basilica in Barcelona has agreed to pay €36m (£31m) to authorities after going without a building permit for more than 130 years.
Police in California are investigating a report that a high school student mixed the cremated ashes of a grandparent into a batch of homemade cookies and shared them with her classmates.
A blogger in China was detained for five days for "being disrespectful to the national anthem", Shanghai police said.
It may look funny, but it's a crime - that was the message from officials in the US city of Savannah.
A young mum has posted photos of the injuries she received as she tried to protect her infant daughter from tennis ball-sized hailstones.
EgyptAir's in-flight magazine has reportedly apologised following its "surreal" article on Drew Barrymore which went viral on social media.
409 Beadnose has won Alaska's annual Fat Bear Week contest with her "radiant rolls" of "fabulous flab".
A mother has been ridiculed for posting a tweet in which she claimed her son did not go on solo dates over fears of "false sexual accusations".
A man has escaped a fine after returning a library book 84 years after it was borrowed.
A Banksy painting has "self-destructed" just moments after selling for more than £1m.
A driver stopped to give a squirrel CPR after fearing he had killed the critter with his car.
A competition to find New Zealand's favourite native bird has received more than 300 "dubious" votes cast in favour of the shag.
"Tipsy" birds have been flying into windows and cars after bingeing on fermented berries, police in the US have said.
"The holy grail of whisky", which dates back almost a century, has been sold for a record-breaking sum at auction.
A bridge in New York City is to have its name correctly spelt for the first time in more than 50 years.
A man's dream proposal turned into more of a nightmare after he and his girlfriend got lost on a mountain.
A US man has won $1m (£767,500) in a lottery using numbers from a fortune cookie he opened years ago.
A "dead" comet that resembles a human skull is set to travel past the Earth less than a fortnight after Halloween.
A group of Britain's rarest lizards are to be tracked using tiny radio tags as they are re-released into the wild by a Hampshire zoo.