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Fan Fined after 'Bending it Like Beckham'

A football fan was fined £305 ($506) on Monday after “bending it like Beckham” when he ran onto the pitch and cheekily took a free kick during Tottenham's 1-0 win at West Ham last month.

Jordan Dunn, a 22-year-old from Kent, earned internet notoriety when he invaded the Upton Park turf just before Tottenham's Christian Eriksen was about to take a set-piece in the second half of the Premier League clash.

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Raucous Roosters Ruin Croatia Tourist Spot

Raucous roosters are driving tourists from a quiet Croatian holiday spot with their incessant cock-a-doodle-doos, a local newspaper reported Monday.

The annoying poultry -- who apparently crow not only at dawn, but around the clock -- sparked a spate of booking cancellations in the Stomorska resort on the island of Solta, the daily Jutarnji List quoted a tourist agency owner as saying.

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Cuba Cracks Down on Goods in Travelers' Luggage

Cubans braced Monday for a clampdown on the flow of car tires, flat-screen televisions, blue jeans and shampoo in the bags of travelers who haul eye-popping amounts of foreign-bought merchandise to an island where consumer goods are frequently shoddy, scarce and expensive.

Hundreds of thousands of Cubans and Cuban-Americans fly to and from the island each year thanks to the easing of travel restrictions by the U.S. and Cuban governments over the last five years. Their Cuba-bound checked baggage has become a continuous airlift that moves nearly $2 billion of products ranging from razor blades to rice cookers. The baggage carousels at Cuba's airports often look like they're disgorging the contents of an entire Wal-Mart or Target store. Many families bring special trailers to carry the bags of their returning family, which often weigh many hundreds of pounds and include items such as bicycles and flat-screen TVs.

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Indian Start-Up Launches Shoes that Show You the Way

"Wizard of Oz" heroine Dorothy only had to click her ruby red slippers together and they would spirit her home to Kansas.

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New Village Toilets a Small Step for Poor Indian Women

Decorated with marigolds and ribbons, 108 toilets unveiled in a tragedy-hit village are a small step in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's push to end open-air defecation for impoverished Indian women.

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Japan Porn Queens Raise Thousands of Dollars from 'Boob Aid'

A group of Japanese porn actresses raised tens of thousands of dollars at the weekend by having their breasts squeezed by fans at a "Boob Aid" charity event for AIDS prevention.

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Community Service Eyed for Brooklyn Bridge Stunt

A judge is suggesting a Russian tourist who climbed the Brooklyn Bridge be sentenced to community service — like cleaning a bridge.

Yaroslav Kolchin was arrested Sunday after he climbed to the top of the bridge to take pictures. He was charged with reckless endangerment, trespassing and disorderly conduct.

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Egg-Throwing and Road Rage as Scotland Campaign Heats Up

Insults, egg-throwing and rage: the campaign ahead of Scotland's independence referendum is heating up, even forcing an intervention by British Prime Minister David Cameron.

"There's nothing wrong with a bit of heckling but throwing things isn't necessarily part of the democratic process," Cameron said on Friday, after a "No" campaigner was pelted with eggs.

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Ex-Myanmar Beauty Queen Accused of Stealing Crown

Myanmar's first international beauty queen has absconded with her $100,000 crown after being stripped of her title for being rude and dishonest, organizers said Friday.

May Myat Noe's photograph was blacked out on the Miss Asia Pacific World website, the word "dethroned" stamped alongside her name.

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Italian PM Hands Out Ice Cream in Response to Magazine Cover

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi handed out ice creams to journalists at his official residence Friday in a lighthearted response to a cover of the Economist weekly showing him on a sinking ship, cone in hand.

Shortly after presiding over a cabinet meeting, Renzi called a press conference where a master ice cream maker had been called in to help him with the stunt.

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