27 January 2015 Last updated at 00:00

UK minister makes Taiwan watch gaffeTaipei Mayor Ko Wen-je receives a gift of a watch from visiting British Transport Minister Baroness Susan Kramer

A UK government minister apologies after giving a watch to the mayor of Taipei, not realising it was a taboo act in Chinese culture.


Nutella jars (April 2014)Court bans child being named Nutella

A French court stops parents from naming their baby girl Nutella after the hazelnut spread, ruling that it would make her the target of derision.

President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra ModiIndia PM dons pinstripe 'name suit'

Pinstripes on Narendra Modi's traditional bandhgala suit were actually tiny letters spelling out his name

A dog looking through the wire in a shelterTax break for Italy dog adoptions

A Sicilian town is offering reductions in rubbish-disposal fees if people give a dog a home.

Chinese 100 yuan notesFake bank swindles China savers

Building was made to look just like a real bank with uniformed staff serving customers.

A lion cub snarlingUAE children 'want exotic pets'

One conservationist says children in the emirates are no longer satisfied with stuffed animals.

Women's winter coats on a railGhana official wears wife's coat

Ruling party official laughs off criticism for donning the fur-trimmed number on visit to Germany.

A view of the screen on the outside of the stationChina court creates 'wall of shame'

People who don't pay court-ordered compensation are named and shamed on a huge screen outside a city railway station.

CakesCivil servants make baking offer

Canadian government staff suggest making their own snacks to save public money on awayday.

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