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Hunting whales is irrelevant to feeding Japan's population, draws global condemnation and is certainly not economic. So why does Japan still do it?...
Flotation tanks are dark, soundproof pods in which people float in warm water for hours at a time. They have been a niche interest of various new-age and hippy communities for decades, but in recent years the number of people using them in the UK has grown, writes Tom Ireland.
The widow of a former senior leader in the Islamic State (IS) group has been charged with conspiracy in the death of a US hostage, US authorities said. Kayla Mueller was abducted when working in Aleppo, Syria and died last year.
The North has said the Kwangmyongsong-4 is a communications satellite and that Sunday's launch was a complete success. But the move was internationally condemned as North Korea is banned under UN sanctions from using any ballistic missile technology...
An Indian soldier who was buried after an avalanche struck the Siachen glacier in Indian-administered Kashmir six days ago has been found alive. Lance Naik Hanamanthappa was buried under 8m of snow at a height of nearly 6,000m on the Siachen glacier along with nine other soldiers who all died.
Dutch police are training eagles to grab illegal drones out of the sky. In this video (which is in Dutch) an eagle is seen swooping towards a hovering drone, grabbing hold of the machine with its talons and flying off.
The Metropolitan Police says it is considering using eagles to intercept drones amid concerns the aircraft are increasingly used to commit crime. The force's interest in using the birds of prey follows trials in the Netherlands...
India's telecoms regulator has blocked Facebook's Free Basics internet service as part of a ruling in favour of net neutrality. The scheme offered free access to a limited number of websites...
Algeria has reinstated a two-term limit on its presidency, seven years after it was lifted so President Abdelaziz Bouteflika could run for a third term. The limit is part of a package of constitutional reforms that authorities say will strengthen democracy.
Local people told reporters that the animal appeared to have been foraging for water, and then got its head stuck inside the vessel. The confused and frightened animal wandered around the village as residents took pictures and videos.
The leopard, which strolled into the Vibgyor International school, was eventually tranquilised and released. The eight-year-old male was spotted strolling inside the school premises in the Kundalahalli area.
If travel broadens our horizons and horror heightens our senses, then the two combined pack a powerful punch.
"It was a bomb that exploded in the Daallo Airlines flight. It was meant to kill all aboard," Transport Minister Ali Ahmed Jamac said. One passenger was sucked out of the plane and died, and two other passengers were injured...
Gen Christian Piquemal, who headed the Legion in the 1990s, was held after scuffles began with police in the northern city. Thousands of migrants are living in a Calais camp known as the "Jungle"...
Five people have now been arrested over the killing of a British pilot whose helicopter was shot down by poachers in Tanzania, his employer has said. Roger Gower, 37, who was working for the Friedkin Conservation Fund, had been tracking elephant poachers.
The UK's "best preserved Bronze Age dwellings", found at a Cambridgeshire quarry, date from about 1,000-800 BC. They were preserved in silt after falling into a river during a fire...
In the middle of a sprawling yard lined with used cars, Jambu Kumar is hunting for a Mercedes Benz sedan. The 29-year-old did not own a car until six years ago. His father, a pawnbroker, drove a scooter all his life.
Up to five Czech skiers have been killed in an avalanche in the Austrian Alps that buried 12 people, local police say. Details of the incident are still coming in.
The red 335 Sport Scaglietti won the 1958 Cuban Grand Prix and set a lap record at the Le Mans 24 Hours race. It was driven by top drivers of the era, including Britain's Stirling Moss and Mike Hawthorn...
Thailand has launched a campaign ahead of Valentine's Day urging teenagers not to be ashamed to carry condoms. The tone appears to have shifted from previous campaigns, where teenagers were encouraged to visit temples and go home after dates instead of having sex...

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