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No Nudity Please, We're Singaporeans

Singapore has drastically cut its blacklist of banned books and publications, finally allowing citizens to read an erotic novel first published in the 18th century, but a host of adult magazines remain proscribed.   

It is no longer a crime to own a copy of the historic English text "Fanny Hill" or some anti-colonial and communist publications dating back to Singapore's troubled early years as a republic in the 1960s.

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Australian Phuc Dat Bich 'Honored' after Name Goes Viral

Australian man Phuc Dat Bich, who became an Internet sensation after complaining his Facebook page kept being shut down, says he is honored his name has made people laugh.

The 23-year-old, who is of Vietnamese origin, originally posted a complaint on Facebook in January that it was "highly irritating that nobody seems to believe me when I say that my full legal name is how you see it".

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Babies Crawl, and Bawl, to Finish Line in Japan Race

More than 600 babies in Japan wriggled to the finish line on their hands and knees in the world's largest crawling competition on Monday.

Japanese publisher Benesse organized the one-day event at a shopping mall in Yokohama, southwest of Tokyo, inviting infants aged between six months and one year and four months to participate in the three-meter (10-foot) race.

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Feline Surreal: Belgians Tweet Cat Photos for #BrusselsLockdown

When Belgian police requested social media silence during a series of anti-terrorism raids on Sunday, they might have expected a catty response from the Internet.

In fact people politely complied but with a surreal twist, as thousands tweeted pictures of their feline friends when the hashtag #BrusselsLockdown went viral.

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Giant Kenya Traffic Jam Stretches to Third Day

Kenyan police said Friday they have begun clearing a three-day traffic jam stretching for tens of kilometers on the main highway between the capital and the country's only port of Mombasa.

The snarl-up began on Wednesday amid heavy rains and after vehicles overtook each other to skip road construction on the route between Nairobi and Kenya's second city.

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High Carbon Diet: Russian Governor Offers Coal Reward to Slimmers

A Russian regional governor on Thursday proposed an inventive way to try to convince hefty local residents to lose weight -- offering them prizes of tonnes of coal for slimming down. 

Governor Aman Tuleyev of the  country's main coal-producing Kemerovo region in Siberia told local lawmakers he had been inspired by an earlier plan in Dubai to reward people with gold if they shed weight. 

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Woman Gives Birth in APEC Traffic Chaos

A Filipina gave birth on a Manila sidewalk after getting caught in traffic chaos caused by a regional gathering of world leaders, police said Wednesday.

The sprawling Philippine capital is renowned for its daily tailbacks, but the ongoing Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit has taken the city's congestion to infuriating new heights.

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Mexicans Develop Taste for Mini-Pigs... as Pets

The pet at the end of the leash is tiny, chubby and wears a little sweater as it is paraded down a Mexico City street by its owner. 

But look closer: this is no poodle or chihuahua -- it's a mini-pig, the new pet craze in the capital, where growing numbers are opting for porcine companions over canines.

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Obama Says Presidential Run against Trump would be 'Fun'

U.S. President Barack Obama said running against Donald Trump would have been "fun," in light-hearted remarks published Tuesday that appeared to ridicule the Republican frontrunner's White House campaign.

Obama made the comments in a wide-ranging interview with the men's lifestyle magazine GQ in which the president addresses everything from his passion for basketball to the number of cigarettes he has smoked since arriving at the White House ("zero in the last five years").

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Illegal Urnings: China Grave Robbers Held Ashes for Ransom

Thieves in China stole urns filled with ashes from a cemetery in a bid to extort ransoms from relatives of the deceased, state media said Monday.

The ghoulish scheme was revealed after a woman surnamed Liu was told her late husband's tomb had been ransacked and found his ashes missing, the Xinhua news agency said.

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