22 December 2014 Last updated at 14:14

Japan's 'solo' weddingsModels wearing bridal kimonos at a fashion show

A travel agency in Japan has started organising bridal ceremonies for single women.

Hat that was mistaken for a parrot'Injured parrot' was Christmas hat

A woman is left "mortified" after calling in the Scottish SPCA to rescue an injured parrot that turned out to be a Christmas hat.

A view over Helsinki from the South HarbourHelsinki 'lacks luxury hotels'

Finnish capital loses out on chance to host music awards show, because there aren't enough swanky hotels for stars.

A wolfKazakh villages in guard wolf craze

Villagers in Kazakhstan are increasingly buying wolves to guard their land.

A Christmas tree in a Dubai shopping centre, with a Emirati man in the foregroundBrits warned over UAE festive fun

Embassy adapts 'Twas the Night Before Christmas to encourage Brits to observe local customs.

Pavel GlobaRussia TV looks to stars over rouble

Pro-Kremlin news channel turns to astrologer to give an optimistic rouble rate forecast.

Sir Ian McKellen as Gandalf the wizardGroup 'seeks Gandalf' for president

Belarusian online opposition group launches campaign to make a wizard president.

A real Chinese policemanFake police guard government office

A city government in China has been using security guards to pose as police officers.

Pilgrims using umbrellas to shade themselves from the sun in MeccaGrand Mosque to get sun umbrellas

Islam's holiest site, in the Saudi city of Mecca, will have giant canopies installed to protect pilgrims from the sun.


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