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UK Spotter Credited with Breaking News of Trump's Iraq Trip

A British aviation enthusiast was credited Friday with breaking the news of U.S. President Donald Trump's secret visit to Iraq over Christmas after snapping photos of his plane over northern England.

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Egypt Jails Woman for 'Sexually Harassing' Monkey

An Egyptian court has sentenced a 25-year-old woman to three years in prison for "sexually harassing" a monkey in the country's north, state daily Al-Ahram reported Friday.

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Legal Marijuana Industry Had Banner Year in 2018

The last year was a 12-month champagne toast for the legal marijuana industry as the global market exploded and cannabis pushed its way further into the financial and cultural mainstream.

Liberal California became the largest legal U.S. marketplace, while conservative Utah and Oklahoma embraced medical marijuana. Canada ushered in broad legalization , and Mexico's Supreme Court set the stage for that country to follow.

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On Christmas Eve, Trump Questions Child about Belief in Santa

Fielding a phone call from a seven-year-old on Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump put himself on Santa Claus's naughty list by raising doubts about his existence.

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102-Year-Old Great-Granny Becomes 'Oldest' Skydiver

A 102-year-old great-grandmother is believed to have become the world's oldest skydiver after plunging 14,000 feet (4,300 metres) through the South Australian sky.

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Egypt Probes Images of Naked Couple Atop Pyramid

Egyptian authorities have launched an investigation into images of a naked couple on top of the Great Pyramid that sparked uproar in the conservative Muslim country, an official said Tuesday.

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Supermarket Finds Cocaine in Bananas Shipped to Poland

Grocery clerks in Poland have discovered bricks of cocaine hidden among bananas shipped from Ecuador to a local supermarket chain, police said on Monday.

"We've confiscated over 160 kilograms (350 pounds) of what appears to be cocaine that was shipped from Ecuador," officer Dawid Marciniak, a spokesman for Poland's national police headquarters, told AFP.

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Duterte Defends Need to 'Power Nap' after Summit No-Shows

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday made light of his penchant for daytime dozes after his office said "power naps" had caused the gruff leader to miss a number of key meetings at a Singapore summit.

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Rare Diamond Fetches $50 Million in Price-Per-Carat Record

An exceptionally rare 19-carat pink diamond has fetched $50 million (44 million euros) in Geneva on Tuesday, setting a new price-per-carat record for a stone of its kind, auction house Christie's said.

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Trump Tweets Himself as Star of Own Iran Sanctions Movie

"Game of Thrones" fans are primed for the final season, but starring Donald Trump? Well not quite, though the president had a laugh at Iran's expense Friday by posing in a GoT-style picture.

"SANCTIONS ARE COMING," reads the mock movie poster Trump tweeted Friday, echoing the HBO swords-sex-dragons-and-zombie series' signature line: "winter is coming."

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