State-controlled media in North Korea is using poetry to encourage people to vote in forthcoming elections.
A French scientist has unravelled a formula for trick roping, made famous in Western movies, to teach himself how to lasso like a cowboy.
A photograph of Malaysian men and women attending a conference is used to claim that they are Muslims baptised into the Christian faith.
Criminals in Pakistan reportedly use hollowed-out onions to smuggle drugs in an attempt to thwart sniffer dogs.
Police in Argentina say they have foiled a scheme to smuggle cocaine into Europe by hiding the drug in specially-designed skis.
A German tourist who went missing for almost three weeks while walking in Australia's outback survived by eating flies, police say.
The Oscar-winning film Gravity is inspiring Chinese space scientists to improve their work.
A Russian tabloid modelled on Britain's The Sun drops its daily photo of a topless model to cover Ukraine.
The BBC's Sonja Jessup reports from a concert with a difference - the venue is a swimming pool and the audience listen to the music underwater.
Why some people prefer a monocle to a pair of glasses
How David Cameron found himself lampooned on Twitter
How Ellen's selfie became a religious message
Life as a penguin keeper in New Zealand
The strange tale of the wonky road markings
Is is fair to compare modern and historical Olympic medal hauls?
Forest scent can limit impact of climate change, scientists say
Kenya's battle to end an old trade on Lake Victoria
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- Italy up in arms over David advert
- US warns Russia not to annex Crimea
- Z-Cars actor Jimmy Ellis dies at 82
- Malaysian plane theories in papers
- Co-op Group to boost executive pay
- Pain relief plea for terminally ill
- Personal treasures of World War One uncovered
- Clegg to issue challenge over Europe
- Great Walls 'could stop tornadoes'