Mining giant Rio Tinto said it has unearthed a "remarkable" 12.76 carat pink diamond in Australia, the largest of the rare and precious stones ever found in the resources-rich nation.
Named the Argyle Pink Jubilee, the huge rough stone was found at Rio's pink diamond operations in the Kimberley region of Western Australia and would take 10 days to cut and polish, the miner said on Wednesday.Full Story
"Miss" is officially out in France. The office of French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said Tuesday the term would be struck from official documents, along with that of "maiden name" or "married name" for women.
The prime minister's office said it would be writing to all ministries and regional senior officials to ask them to ban such wording.Full Story
The vice president is hitting the road — to what the White House wrote as "Road Island," mistakenly spelled R-O-A-D instead of R-H-O-D-E.
A release outlining Joe Biden's plans for the week showed him traveling to Providence in misspelled "Road Island" on Thursday for a campaign event. The vice president is scheduled to visit Boston and Manchester, N.H., on the same day. No misspellings there.Full Story
Seven people have been arrested in southern Taiwan for allegedly kidnapping dozens of race pigeons for ransom, police said Wednesday.
The suspects were accused of setting traps along the racing routes to capture the pigeons and demanding up to Tw$5,000 ($165) in ransom per bird from the owners, said the Criminal Investigation Bureau.Full Story
Carnivorous fish attacked bathers in a river in southern Brazil, leaving about 20 of them with bite wounds on their hands and feet, a news website said Monday, citing lifeguards.
The unusual attack occurred Sunday when a school of palometas, a species of piranhas, surprised hundreds of tourists bathing at a beach in Toropi, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul.Full Story
A Berlin taxi driver told a German newspaper Tuesday how he witnessed history in the making when the man due to become Germany's next president was told the news in the back of his cab.
Russian-born Vadim Belon, 44, told Bild he just saw an older grey-haired chap with a suitcase when he picked up Joachim Gauck at the capital's Tegel airport late Sunday and set off to take him where he wanted to go.Full Story
An Indonesian maid was allegedly raped twice by a neighbor, who then cut and strangled her before throwing her out of the window of a second-story flat, according to media reports.Full Story
A Swede pulled from a snowed-in car claiming he had not eaten for two months had lived in the vehicle since mid-2011, media reported, as experts said the "miraculous survival" was theoretically possible.
The emaciated 44-year-old man, whose name has not been disclosed, was pulled from a totally snow-covered car parked deep in the woods near the northern Swedish town of Umeaa last Friday.Full Story
A small but growing number of teens and even younger children who think they were born the wrong sex are getting support from parents and from doctors who give them sex-changing treatments, according to reports in the medical journal Pediatrics.
It's an issue that raises ethical questions, and some experts urge caution in treating children with puberty-blocking drugs and hormones.Full Story
Police in Nepal said they had cracked down on members of the public using cannabis at a major Hindu festival where the drug is smoked legally by thousands of holy men to honour a Hindu god.
The wandering mystics -- known as sadhus -- use an ancient legal loophole to smoke marijuana during a night of celebrations in honor of Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction, but ordinary Nepalis are not permitted to join them.Full Story