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Sri Lankans Urged to Search for President's Missing Macaws

A pair of macaws sit inside an aviary at the President's House in Colombo

Four macaws belonging to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse have escaped his tightly-guarded official residence in Colombo, his office said Wednesday as it appealed for help to trace the colorful long-tailed birds.

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Sex: When Standing Alone Makes you Stand Out

Looking the odd one out may seem like a recipe for mating disaster, but it could make you more attractive to the opposite sex.

So said a study Wednesday which may also explain why fashions change.

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Sanctions-Hit Iran Triumphs in Football's RoboCup

Iran may be lumbered with economic sanctions but that did not stop a local team of robotics experts from sweeping aside German and Dutch rivals in football's RoboCup.

In an event that could be considered just a fun distraction if it weren't for all the hard work involved, the annual tournament drew an international field of competitors last weekend.

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N. Korea Officials 'Target London Salon over Kim Haircut Ad'

British police said Tuesday they had intervened after North Korean embassy officials reportedly told a London hairdresser to take down a discount haircuts advert featuring leader Kim Jong-Un.

Mo Nabbach told the London Evening Standard newspaper that two officials from the Stalinist state's mission took pictures of the M&M Hair Academy in Ealing, west London.

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EU is also 'Porn without Borders', Says Conservative Leader

Improved access to porn movies across Europe's many borders is one of the merits of the European Union, conservative party chief Joseph Daul said Tuesday.

Asked by a local French newspaper how he convinced young voters to go to the polls in May's European Parliament elections, Daul offered freer movement across borders as one convincing argument.

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Captain of Shipwrecked Concordia Thought He Hit 'a Little Rock'

The Italian cruise ship captain on trial for murder after the sinking of the Costa Concordia in early 2012 said on the night of the fateful accident that he believed he had hit only "a little rock", a court heard Monday.

Francesco Schettino, the 53-year-old ex-captain of the ship, was heard giving the description in a telephone conversation recorded by the bridge's "black box" 10 minutes after impact which was played out in the Rome court hosting his trial.

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Philippine Fishermen Demand Bounty for Crocodile

Fishermen in the southern Philippines are demanding a reward for a crocodile they said they caught accidentally, but officials insisted Sunday they would not pay for the reptile.

Authorities in Mlang town on the southern island of Mindanao said they were trying to convince the fishermen to hand over the 2.5-metre (eight-foot) long crocodile to them for safekeeping.

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Taiwanese Tourists Hurt in Japan Deer Rampage

Visitors to one of usually-safe Japan's most celebrated spots are being warned to be on the lookout, after two Taiwanese tourists were injured in a rampage by a wild deer.

The two, both 54-year-old women, took a tumble Sunday morning after being startled by the creature near the railway station in Nikko, an area known for its historic temples, a police spokesman said Monday.

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Croatian Charged over Odd Treatments to Quit smoking

A Croatian pensioner who allegedly choked patients in his bathroom until they fainted in a bid to wean them off cigarettes faces a possible prison term for "charlatanism", prosecutors said on Friday.

With a client list that included a former government minister and a local pop star, 69-year-old Petar Miro Zanki thought he had hit on an unorthodox way of breaking the smoking habit.

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President Obama Attends 'A Raisin in the Sun'

Tickets to watch Denzel Washington on Broadway in "A Raisin in the Sun" are hard to come by, but one man managed it — President Barack Obama.

The president and first lady caught the American masterpiece Friday night at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, where it first opened more than 50 years ago.

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