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Osaka Police Hide 81,000 Crimes to Clean up Image

Osaka police have admitted they did not report more than 81,000 offenses over a period of several years in a desperate bid to clean up the region's woeful reputation for street crime.

The revelation came earlier this week when embarrassed authorities said they had kept the data out of national crime statistics between 2008 and 2012.

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Polish '#eatapples' Twitter Campaign Bites Back at Russian Sanctions

Poles launched a Twitter campaign on Thursday urging countrymen to "#eatapples to spite Putin" a day after Russia slapped an embargo on Polish produce in retaliation against Western sanctions.

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India Hires Masked Monkey Men to Combat Macaque Menace

India has hired a group of monkey impersonators to scare the real marauding animals away from parliament and other key buildings in the nation's capital, officials said Thursday.

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China Cultural Revolution 'Hero' to Make $30 Mn from IPO

A former Cultural Revolution role model who shot to fame in 1970s China for submitting a nearly blank exam paper is poised to enjoy the fruits of capitalism as his company lists on the stock market.

Zhang Tiesheng's stake in Liaoning Wellhope Agri-Tech Joint Stock will be worth more than 189 million yuan ($30 million) after it lists on the Shanghai exchange, according to company filings.

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U.S. Spy Agency Patents Car Seat for Kids

Electronic eavesdropping is the National Security Agency's forte, but it seems it also has a special interest in children's car seats, Foreign Policy magazine reported Wednesday.

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U.S. Gourmet Burger Spot Puts Donut in its Place

It's a marriage made in gourmet burger heaven: a five-ounce, all-beef patty dripping with cheddar cheese and fried onions -- served between a glazed donut.

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Woman Strips Naked to Hug Mandela Statue in S.Africa

A woman stripped naked in Nelson Mandela Square in Johannesburg and caressed a huge statue of the liberation hero as astonished bystanders looked on, local media reported Wednesday.

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Ticket me Elmo? NYC Mulls Law for Impersonators

New York City officials are turning up the heat on Elmo, Cookie Monster and Statue of Liberty impersonators — Times Square costumed characters who often demand money for posing in photos with tourists.

The city wants to rein in a summertime spike in badly behaving characters, such as the Spider-Man accused of punching a police officer recently.

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Rebel Chief in East Ukraine Bans Swearing

A top rebel chief in east Ukraine has banned fighters from swearing, saying it "spiritually demeans us and will lead our army to defeat,” according to a document published on a Twitter account used by insurgents.

Igor Strelkov, the self-declared defense minister of the unrecognized Donetsk People's Republic said swearing in public places by rebel gunmen would be considered "a serious disciplinary infraction".

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Elegant Louvre Garden in Paris Infested with Rats

Rats are on the rampage in the elegant garden of the Louvre Museum, so bold they romp on the grass in broad daylight, defying death threats from sanitation workers and scaring tourists.

The hot weather in Paris has brought many picnicking visitors to the garden, whose garbage is a feast for the rats. And they're getting help from animal lovers who dig up poison and feed them water.

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