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Spilt Coffee 'Caused Serb President's Plane Plunge'

A co-pilot who spilt coffee on the instrument panel of the Serbian president's plane and then hit an emergency button while trying to mop it up, caused the jet to plunge, an investigation showed Tuesday.

President Tomislav Nikolic was forced to abort an official visit to the Vatican on Friday after one of the engines of the plane carrying him to Rome shut down.

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Twitter Giggles as China, Pakistan Launch RANDI Think Tank

Chinese President Xi Jinping's two-day visit to Pakistan has been replete with flowery rhetoric extolling mutual love between both countries, but the name chosen for a new joint think tank has left some social media users in titters.

Dedicated to research on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a $46 billion dollar plan linking China's restive west to the Arabian Sea, the newly inaugurated Research and Development International (RANDI) organisation has been widely pilloried because its acronym sounds like "whore" in Urdu and Hindi.

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'Grave-Robbing' Thai Monk Detained and Disrobed

A 65-year-old Buddhist monk  being held by police is accused of looting graves for skulls to be used in black magic rituals, authorities said Tuesday.

The monk, who was disrobed on April 19, allegedly raided two cemeteries near the northeastern city of Udon Thani with accomplices.

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HSBC Sorry for Website Porn Link

Banking giant HSBC apologised for a website blunder on its Hong Kong page which directed unwitting visitors to a pornographic site, reports said Tuesday.

In a statement published on Monday, the bank said the link to the external website had been removed from its community projects page and made an apology.

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NY Woman Tackles Pothole Problem by Planting Pansies there

An upstate New York woman has taken on the post-winter pothole problem in her hometown by filling in the eyesores with pansies.

After months of severe weather left the streets of Schenectady pocked with pavement craters and city public works crews scrambling to fix them, some residents began filling in the holes themselves.

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Ohio Woman's Search for Birth Mother Leads to Co-Worker

A 38-year-old woman's quest to find her birth mother ended in a surprising place - the company where she works.

WKBN-TV in Youngstown reports http://bit.ly/1ztZr15 that La-Sonya Mitchell-Clark requested records that were made available recently by the Ohio Department of Health. She learned her mother's name is Francine Simmons. She looked her up on Facebook and saw that she worked at InfoCision, the teleservices company where she works.

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New England Aquarium Offering Penguins 'Honeymoon Suites'

The New England Aquarium wants its endangered African penguins to get a little steamy.

Aquarium experts are playing matchmaker behind the scenes to encourage eight pairs of African penguins to breed more chicks.

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Aussie PM Downs Beer in a Few Seconds, Sparking Debate

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott was caught on video downing a beer in a few seconds at a Sydney pub, prompting comparisons to another drink-chugging former leader and sparking a debate on social media.

The video, reportedly recorded on Saturday night, showed the leader knocking back a glass of Australia's Victoria Bitter in about six seconds as a large crowd surrounding him yelled "scull" repeatedly.

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Colorado Law Enforcement Switches Message to Safe Pot Use

Breaking from decades of "Just Say No"-type messaging about marijuana use, Colorado law enforcement officials are starting a new campaign designed to promote safe marijuana use.

The revised campaign starts this weekend, when tens of thousands are expected at public rallies and concerts in observation of the 4/20 marijuana holiday. A few things to know about the new effort, along with some backstory:

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Highway Abuzz with Millions of Bees after Big Truck Tips

A tractor-trailer carrying millions of honeybees overturned on a highway north of Seattle early Friday, scattering hives and sending white-suited beekeepers scrambling to save as many insects as they could.

The truck had just merged onto Interstate 5 around 3:30 a.m. when it tipped on its side, dumping its load of 448 hives, or about 13.7 million bees, Washington State Patrol Trooper Travis Shearer said. The driver, a 36-year-old man from Idaho, was not hurt.

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