Bug business: Cockroaches corralled by t...

Bug business: Cockroaches corralled by the millions in China to crunch waste


In the near pitch-dark, you can hear them before you see them - millions of cockroaches scuttling and fluttering across stacks of wooden boards as they devour food scraps by the tonne in a novel form of urban waste disposal.

Enter the Bull: Fighters mix kung fu and bullfighting in China

Several times a week, kung fu teacher Ren Ruzhi enters a ring to spar with a bovine opponent around five times his weight and capable of killing him.

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Cops seek suitor who dropped engagement ring down NYC grating

New York City police sought on Saturday for an unlucky suitor who dropped an engagement ring down a Times Square grating while proposing to his fiancee, who nonetheless told him yes.

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Air New Zealand Christmas ad replicates Trump's U.N. laughter moment

An Air New Zealand advertisement released for the Christmas season this week takes a dig at U.S. President Donald Trump by portraying an American boy wearing a "Make Christmas Great Again" red cap being laughed at by other children on Santa's "naughty" list.

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Thais pray they're barking up the right tree looking for lottery luck

Superstition and looking for luck are a part of daily life in Thailand. In one temple in central Bangkok, visitors hope to find it hidden in the bark of an ancient tree.

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Who brings olive oil to Portugal? Police foil cocaine smuggler's ploy

Who would bring a suitcase full of olive oil to Portugal, one of the world's biggest producers of the stuff?

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Darts-Players let rip in flatulence row at Grand Slam of Darts

Players set more than just their arrows flying at the Grand Slam of Darts this week, with opponents rowing over who had emitted noxious smells during their match, media reported on Saturday.

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Japan cybersecurity and Olympics minister: 'I've never used a computer'

(Corrects minister's time in parliament in second paragraph of this Nov. 14 story.)

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Soccer: Referee banned by FA after rock, paper, scissors blunder

Referee David McNamara has been handed a three-week ban by the English FA for asking two captains to play rock, paper, scissors to decide the kick-off before a Women's Super League (WSL) match after forgetting his coin, British media reported on Tuesday.

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'Frog ladders' help critters escape death-trap drains

A small group of British conservationists are installing mesh- covered ladders in roadside drains to save trapped amphibians from certain death.

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Rotten shark made you queasy? A vomit bag for every guest at the Disgusting Food Museum

The dead mouse in the Chinese wine sure looks nasty, and the maggots in the cheese tend to put people off. But nothing is more horrible to an unaccustomed palate than the Icelandic fermented shark. It's the worst. Or so says the expert.

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Indian diamond merchant makes gift of 600 cars to staff with Modi's help

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi helped a diamond merchant hand over hundreds of cars as gifts to his employees on Thursday.

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Eggs with benefits: Sydney's same-sex penguins become parents

Two male penguins entrusted with the care of a fostered egg have welcomed a tiny sub-Antarctic Gentoo chick into the world, Sydney's Sea Life Aquarium said on Friday.

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No money down the drain for Philippine sanitation workers

Philippines sanitation workers unblocking a drain discovered dozens of wallets had been clogging it up, some containing credit cards and IDs, but no money.

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She came, she saw, she conquered, British woman claims conker crown

Standing in a rain soaked English village, more than 200 competitors armed with horse chestnuts dangling from shoelaces faced off for the World Conker Championship.

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Kangaroo attacks couple in northeastern Australia, injures woman

Australian wildlife carers Jim and Linda Smith are lucky to be alive, an ambulance official said, after they were attacked by a kangaroo in northeastern Queensland state.

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Rwandan entrepreneur woos drinkers with beetroot wine

Rwandans enjoy eating beetroot but entrepreneur Assumpta Uwamariya has found a novel use for the vegetable - turning it into a red wine that has proven popular with customers in several African countries and even as far away as Germany.

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A wagging finger sticking out of your mobile phone is creepy. Why?

A French researcher has invented a robot finger that attaches to your mobile phone. It can wriggle across your desk. It can stroke your hand. And guess what? It's creepy. No, really, watch the video. Creepy, see?

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Purrfect job; Russian town hires cat chief to attend to strays

It was an unusual job advert. Wanted: Cat chief. Location: Zelenogradsk, Russia: Duties: Tending to the town's approximately 70 stray cats.

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Axe throwing takes aim at sunny Los Angeles

Axe throwing may not seem to have a place in Los Angeles, where sun and surf reign supreme, but the city's first venue featuring the niche sport is counting on people to ditch the waves for steel hatchets.

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