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An Iranian Instagram star famed for posts which appeared to show the extreme lengths she had gone to in an effort to look like US actress Angelina Jolie has been arrested, reports say. Sahar Tabar was arrested for crimes including blasphemy and instigating violence, Tasnim news agency reported.
There I was, on a cold but bright day in late autumn, wearing nothing but my bathing suit, lying on a pile of kangaroo skins and engulfed in plumes of smouldering leaves from a peppermint tree by the banks of a sacred river. Kwoorabup has been a place of ceremony for thousands of years.
Romania's prime minister has fired her education minister over her "deeply wrong" comments about a kidnapping case. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila said Ecaterina Andronescu's remarks about a teen's abduction show a "lack of understanding"...
German Research Vessel Polarstern has found a location to begin its year-long drift in Arctic sea-ice. The ship, which will head the North Pole's biggest scientific expedition, will settle next to a thick ice floe on the Siberian side of the ocean basin...
Unmarried foreign couples will now be allowed to rent hotel rooms together in Saudi Arabia as part of a new visa regime announced by the kingdom's government. Women will also be allowed to stay in hotel rooms alone...
How do you weigh the largest animals on the planet? Until now it has only been possible to weigh whales once they have washed up dead on beaches.
When a Los Angeles police officer stopped to film a homeless woman singing operatically in a subway, little did they know that the video would go viral. Emily Zamourka is seen in the video singing Puccini's O Mio Babbino Caro...
The pictures were taken more than 150 years ago during an expedition to Brazil's Upper Amazon and are believed to be the earliest photographic record of the area...
Kanakorn Pianchana acquitted five Muslim men of murder on Friday before calling for a fairer judiciary. He then recited a legal oath, pulled out a pistol and shot himself in the chest.
Six elephants have fallen to their deaths in Thailand trying to save each other from a notorious waterfall. Officials said the incident occurred after a baby elephant slipped over the waterfall in southern Thailand's Khao Yai National Park...
Christopher Bergan, 37, had just flown from his native Norway to surprise Richard Dennis, 61, at his home in Gulf Breeze, Florida, on Tuesday night. Mr Dennis fired one round, striking Mr Bergan in the chest in his backyard.
The tortoise, named Alagba, meaning elderly one, lived in the palace of Ogbomoso in Oyo state. BBC Yoruba's Abdulwasiu Hassan said Alagba had at least two personal attendants to see to her needs and would eat only twice a month...
Environmentalists are offering a €30,000 ($32,950; £26,789) reward for information about the presumed death of a wolf in Belgium. Last year, the wolf - named Naya - became the first to be sighted in Belgium for a century.
On the morning of Friday 8 August, 50 years ago, the Beatles were photographed walking across a pedestrian crossing in London.
The Beatles' Abbey Road has returned to number one, a record 49 years after it last topped the album charts. The Fab Four's eleventh LP reclaimed the top spot thanks to an expanded 50th anniversary edition with extra tracks...
Edward Putman, 54, claimed he had found the winning ticket under a seat in his van in 2009 just before the deadline to claim the win passed. But a court heard Putman, from Hertfordshire, was helped by Camelot insider Giles Knibbs who knew how to cheat the system.
Images of child sexual abuse and stolen credit card numbers are being openly traded on encrypted apps, a BBC investigation has found.
UK Home Secretary Priti Patel has sent an open letter to Facebook calling on the firm to rethink its plans to encrypt all messages on its platforms. The policy threatens "lives and the safety of our children", she said...
It’s often said that food brings people together. But it can also split families apart. Cookbook author Nandita Godbole has experienced this first-hand. Her affluent Indian family, who generally had hired cooks in their homes, disapproved of her choice of profession.
Throughout history, couples have gone to extraordinary lengths to choose the sex of their child. In the middle ages, women believed they could swing the odds of having a son by asking their husbands to turn their faces eastwards during sex.

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