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Noodles Spice up China-Japan Tensions

Wearing a camouflaged flak jacket at a counter shaped like a Chinese aircraft carrier, the manager of Beijing's Diaoyu Islands Malatang Noodle Shop insists nevertheless that Japanese "friends" are welcome.

The two countries are at loggerheads over the East China Sea islets which Tokyo controls and calls Senkaku and Beijing claims as Diaoyu. Both sides repeatedly send ships and aircraft to the area.

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French Court Rules Baby Names 'Nutella' and 'Strawberry' in Bad Taste

A French court has blocked parents from naming their baby girl Nutella after the hazelnut spread that is a staple in Gallic households, arguing it would make her the target of mockery.

A registrar recording the baby's birth last September flagged the unusual name to local prosecutors who took it to a family court judge, the prosecutor's office told Agence France-Presse, confirming a story in the Voix du Nord newspaper on Monday.

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Modi Mocked for Wearing Suit Printed with His Own Name

Narendra Modi's daring fashion choices have won plaudits in the past, but the Indian leader's decision to wear a suit with his own name printed all over it sparked a barrage of mockery on social media.

The rare sartorial misstep involved a pin-striped suit Modi wore for his one-on-one meeting with visiting U.S. President Barack Obama on Sunday.

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British PM Brushes off Hoax Call by 'Wasted' Prankster

British Prime Minister David Cameron insisted Monday that "no harm was done" by a hoaxer who called him on his mobile phone pretending to be the head of spy agency GCHQ.

He spoke as it emerged that before the prank the man thought to be responsible had bragged that he had also called GCHQ despite being "off my face" on alcohol and drugs.

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Suspected Burglar Falls through Ceiling, Lands near Police

Authorities say a man's plans to break into a Houston store fell through, after he crashed through the ceiling and landed in front of police.

Houston police say the man climbed a tree and onto the roof of a Family Dollar store early Sunday morning, then managed to break a hole in the roof and enter the building.

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Naked Violinist Sues over Arrest in Portland Last Year

A Hillsboro, Oregon, man arrested after playing a violin while naked outside the federal courthouse in Portland last year is suing police.

The Oregonian reports ( that 25-year-old Matthew T. Mglej claims authorities used excessive force and violated his First Amendment rights. He named the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and Portland Police Bureau as defendants in a lawsuit filed last week, and he's seeking $1.1 million in damages.

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Rhino Rodeo as Bizarre Cahill Memes Trend

Australia's Tim Cahill is celebrating his Asian Cup heroics by retweeting a series of bizarre memes of himself, from floating in space to rodeo-riding a rhino, sparking a social media trend.

Copycat followers have jumped on the hashtag #cahilling -- featuring a photo of the Socceroos sharp-shooter scoring his outrageous bicycle kick against China in the quarter-finals -- poking fun of celebrities from Justin Bieber to Chuck Norris.

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Tanzanian Man 'Beheaded and Cooked' after Adultery Claims

A local leader in Tanzania was attacked and beheaded by a gang of men, who then cooked some of his body parts, allegedly following accusations of adultery, police said Sunday.

The attack took place on Friday night in the southern Katavi region of the east African nation, local police chief Dhahiri Kidavashari said, naming the dead man as 31-year old Richard Madirisha.

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Bulgarian Customs Seize Two Million Baby Eels

Bulgarian customs seized two million endangered baby eels concealed in the luggage of two Chinese men arriving from Spain, officials said Friday.

The tiny baby eels, or elvers, are seen by some as a specialty, fetching 500 euros ($560) per kilo in Europe and up to 1,300 euros in Asia, the customs agency said.

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In Bike-Loving Colorado City, Ambulances Get Racks for Rides

Showing how much one Colorado city loves its bikes, cyclists who go to the hospital by ambulance no longer have to leave their rides behind.

Poudre (POO'-dur) Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, home of Colorado State University, has equipped all 14 of its ambulances with bike racks after encountering increasing numbers of cyclists who had bicycle accidents or medical emergencies while riding.

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