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Cop Stops Google Driverless Car for Moving Slow

Google playfully posted a photo of a motorcycle cop pulling over one of it self-driving cars on Thursday for riding along at a cautious pace.

"Driving too slowly?" the self driving car team asked rhetorically in a message that accompanied a picture on its Google+ social network page.

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Indonesian Motorbike Taxi App to Ban Smelly Drivers

Life is about to get a little easier for Indonesians who use motorbike taxis to weave through Jakarta's notorious traffic-choked streets -- a new ride-hailing app is promising to ban smelly drivers.

UberJEK, the latest in a series of smartphone-based motorbike taxi-booking services in the metropolis, has pledged to only hire drivers who pass a "body odour test" as it goes on a recruiting drive before starting operations next year.

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Japanese Man Hid in Gutter to Peep up Skirts

A man in Japan who hid in a drain for five hours, allegedly to snap photos up women's skirts, was given away when passers-by spotted his hair sticking out of a grate, police and reports said.

Yasuomi Hirai, 28, allegedly squeezed himself in a section of a gutter 28 centimeters (11 inches) wide, with his head under a piece of iron grating, a police spokesman said Wednesday.

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'Stressed' French Priest Smashes Statue of Jesus

A French village priest who smashed a statue of Jesus in his church has blamed the stress and fatigue of his job for an act which shocked his congregation.

Jean-Jacques Le Roy, 55, a priest in Plestin-les-Greves in Brittany, shouted out "one less!" as he threw the statue to the ground last Thursday during a visit by a sacred art commission.

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Study: For a Happier Life, Give up Facebook

Always envious? Got a non-existent social life and struggle to concentrate? All this might be down to Facebook if you believe a study showing those who go a week without using the social network feel happier than others.

Carried out by the Happiness Research Institute, the study involved a sample of 1,095 people in Denmark who were divided into two groups, half of whom continued using Facebook while the others stopped. 

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Central America: Where Wearing the Wrong Sneakers Can be Fatal

Wearing a particular brand of sneakers or a certain haircut can be a fatal style decision in Guatemala, El Salvador or Honduras -- three Central American nations struggling with a vicious gang pandemic.

Looks that would be ordinary elsewhere have been appropriated by the criminal gangs as their signs on the streets, where armed turf battles have made these countries some of the deadliest places in the world, outside of actual war zones.

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Soldier in Suicide Bomber Costume Prompts Alert at U.S. Base

A U.S. Army base went on alert after a soldier dressed for Halloween as a suicide bomber with a simulated explosives vest tried to get onto the compound.

The prank unfolded Friday night at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, which is home to U.S. Army airborne and special operations forces.

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Japan's Ghosts and Ghouls on the Prowl for Halloween

Tokyo was bracing for a night of macabre revelry on Saturday as party-goers flocked to buy wacky costumes for the evening's Halloween celebrations.

For the normally reserved Japanese, Halloween is an excuse to let their hair down as they dress up as blood-spattered ghouls, fluffy animal characters or foxy nurses at pumpkin-decorated parties across the country.

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Obamas Welcome Trick-or-Treaters at Annual Halloween Event

The White House on Friday welcomed flocks of costumed children to its annual Halloween event where President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, gave out candy and fruit bars.

A toddler dressed as the pope who was being pushed in a "popemobile" caught Obama's attention as he and the first lady walked the South Lawn, baskets of goodies in hand for costumed trick-or-treaters.

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No Tricks: Halloween all the Rage in Japan as Costume Play

For the usually reserved Japanese, Halloween has become the perfect excuse to act wild in strange outfits.

The spooky celebration is consuming the energy, fashion sense and wallets of people for the entire month of October, not just kids but also adults on the prowl with colorful parades, costume parties and pumpkin-inspired desserts, dress-up and decor everywhere.

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