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Lawyer: New York 'Cannibal' Cop Just Has Filthy Mind

A New York police officer accused of plotting cannibalism had no intention of actually eating his victims -- it was all in his mind, his lawyer said Tuesday.

Gilberto Valle, a promising six-year veteran of the New York Police Department, may have sounded scary during extensive online chats with other men about kidnapping and eating up to 100 women, but he was never dangerous, Julia Gatto said in Manhattan federal court.

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Australian 'Dumb Ways to Die' Safety Clip Goes Viral

An online video featuring cartoon creatures killing themselves in a variety of ways as part of an Australian transport safety campaign has gone viral, with almost 12 million YouTube views in a week.

The Melbourne Metro Trains video "Dumb Ways to Die" has been shared widely on social media since being uploaded to YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJNR2EpS0jw) seven days ago and the clip and jingle have been especially popular in Asian countries.

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Stuck in Traffic? No Problem, We Deliver to Your 'Car Step'

A restaurant in the Beirut district took advantage of Tuesday's severe traffic jam, that kept Lebanese drivers stuck in their vehicles for several hours, and sent messages encouraging the stranded citizens to order fast food requests by promising delivery to their 'car step'.

Lebanese drivers were stuck in their vehicles for several hours as Army preparations for Independence Day added severe delays to the usual morning traffic.

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Japan High-Tech Toilet Maker Eyes Global Throne

They are found in more than two-thirds of Japanese households and visitors to the country have marveled at their heated seats, posterior shower jets and odor-masking function.

But for the company that has sold over 30 million high-tech toilets, commonly known as Washlets, global lavatory domination remains elusive, especially among shy U.S. consumers.

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Slovak PM Fico Seeks Owner of Lost Wallet

Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico said Monday he was looking for the owner of a wallet crammed with cash and credit cards he found during his morning jog in the capital Bratislava.

"I found a wallet full of money and credit cards when I was jogging this morning by the Danube river," he told journalists at a press conference.

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New York Cop Pleads Not Guilty to Cannibal Plot

A New York police officer pleaded not guilty Monday to plotting to kidnap, cook and eat up to 100 women.

"Not guilty," Gilberto Valle told a federal judge in Manhattan when asked how he pleaded to one count of kidnapping and one of illegally accessing a restricted computer database.

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Singapore Cabbie Returns $900,000 to Thai Couple

A Singaporean taxi driver has been heralded as a hero after he returned Sg$1.1 million ($900,000) in cash to a vacationing Thai couple who left the money in his cab.

Sia Ka Tian, 70, was shocked to find the money in a black paper bag on the back seat on Monday after he dropped the couple off at a shopping center.

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Burma or Myanmar? Obama Says Both

Some call the country Myanmar, others call it Burma. On his historic trip to the former army-ruled nation on Monday, Barack Obama called it both.

Paying the first visit by a serving U.S. president to Yangon -- or Rangoon -- Obama broke with American tradition by employing the term "Myanmar" after his talks with President Thein Sein.

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Santas Warm Up for Christmas in Sweden's Far North

Christmas cheer came early to Sweden's Arctic mining town of Gaellivare this weekend, where Santas from around the world gathered to compete in one of the world's most important but little known sporting events, the Santa Winter Games.

"We're getting into shape before delivering all the Christmas presents and we want to make all the children happy today," said the only Mother Christmas taking part in the competition, who traveled from France and donned her red suit to compete for the second year in a row.

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Britain Defends Shooting Pigs for Army Medic Training

Britain's Ministry of Defense on Sunday defended its practice of shooting pigs and giving the wounded animals to military surgeons to practice treating common battlefield injuries.

Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals spokesperson Klare Kennett said the training exercises, which take place twice a year in Denmark, were "abhorrent and shocking".

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