The pregnant girlfriend of one of the French paratroopers murdered by Mohamed Merah is to be allowed to marry him posthumously, the family's lawyer Gilbert Gollard said Friday.
"We have just obtained from the Elysee (President Nicolas Sarkozy's office) the authorization for Abel Chennouf's girlfriend to marry posthumously," Collard said.Full Story
Egyptian police have arrested a married couple who advertised on Facebook to sexually swap spouses and to host orgies at their Cairo apartment, a security official said on Saturday.
The case involving a 30-year-old accountant and his wife of the same age had been referred to prosecutors, the official said, adding that their Facebook posting had been titled "Wife-swapping."Full Story
Lesson of the day at one New Jersey school: "No hugging."
The principal at Matawan Aberdeen Middle School, which teaches more than 900 children of 11 to 14 years old, has caused a ruckus with his announcement that from now on they are part of a "no hugging school."Full Story
A small Japanese city is looking to hire a trio of "ogres" -- but only if they have a driver's license and basic computer skills -- to boost its profile as part of a post-disaster tourism push.
Oga city, 450 kilometers (280 miles) north of Tokyo, said it will pay about $2,500 a month to people willing to travel around the city dressed as devilish gods known in local folklore as Namahage.Full Story
New Zealand police said Friday that they seized a marijuana vending machine during a raid on a "cannabis club" in Auckland which campaigns for the drug's legalisation.
The vending machine at The Daktory in suburban New Lynn had been set up to dispense one gram (0.035 ounce) bags of marijuana for NZ$20 ($16.2) each, one of the campaigners behind the scheme told AFP.Full Story
An Australian man has been rescued after a three-day ordeal trapped at a remote flooded fishing hut where he was stalked by four-meter crocodiles, a report said Friday.
Terry Donovan, 65, was at the Staaten River Fishing and Wilderness Lodge in crocodile-infested northern Queensland when he became isolated this week, the Cairns Post said.Full Story
A musician from east London will appear on court on Friday after a pit bull-type dog attacked five policemen, three of whom remain in hospital.
Pierre Robinson, 25, will appear in Thames Magistrates Court to face charges under the Dangerous Dogs Act following the incident outside his home in Albert Square, Stratford, in Newhamborough..Full Story
Nearly half of first marriages break up within 20 years, a new government study finds. With those odds, you might wonder: Would we be better off living together first?
The new research, part of a marriage survey of 22,000 men and women, suggests times have changed from the days when living together signaled poor chances for a successful marriage later.Full Story
Three hundred Danes believed a dream lifestyle of champagne and caviar awaited them this week after they were announced billionaire lottery winners -- until they discovered it was a mistake.
All 300 had received an email from the head of the Danish state-run lottery company Danske Spil congratulating them on the astronomical sums they had won, Danske Spil spokesman Thomas Roersig told Agence France Presse.Full Story
A fringe candidate for next month's French presidential election on Wednesday alleged that the Queen of England owes her fortune to drugs money laundered by "Jewish bankers in The City".
Jacques Cheminade, an independent, is one of 10 candidates who has been cleared by France's Constitutional Court to run in the April 22 first round of the battle to unseat incumbent President Nicolas Sarkozy.Full Story