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Man in Malaysia Bitten By Crocodile during Toilet Break

A construction worker was bitten by a crocodile during a toilet break in a river in Malaysian Borneo, but fought off the huge reptile and escaped with his life.

Pai punched the two-meter (6.5-foot) crocodile in the eye after it bit him just above his right buttock, and despite being in incredible pain and soaked in blood managed to summon help, reports said Saturday.

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On The Dark Side, Tourists Haunt Peru's Oldest Cemetery

It was cold and dark, and people clutching lanterns in the moonlight gave a spooky cast to Peru's oldest cemetery, now Lima's oddball hit with locals and tourists.

"It is scary. But we're into it," said a teenage girl clinging to her boyfriend as they walked through darkness and silence interrupted only by visitors' footsteps.

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Higgs Boson Provides a Musical Spin

A decades-long quest for the elusive Higgs boson has sparked a creative rush in music, with compositions ranging from a-capella and rap to a hypnotic symphony.

Tim Blais, a student at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, has notched 7,000 YouTube views in five days with "Rolling in the Higgs," a parody of "Rolling in The Deep" by British soul diva Adele.

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Superstition Thrives in Modern Singapore

Whenever Christina Tang is overseas and returns to her hotel room, she always knocks on the door before entering even if she is the only occupant.

The 25-year-old Singaporean marketing executive said knocking on the door is meant to seek permission from the "good brothers" -- spirits that might have taken over her room while she was away -- for her to stay over for the night.

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German Model Claims Pregnant By Berlusconi

A German starlet known as "Queen Bee" for her organizing role at Silvio Berlusconi's raunchy parties said in an interview on Friday that she is pregnant by the former Italian prime minister.

Asked by investigative daily Il Fatto Quotidiano about the rumor that Berlusconi could be the father of her baby, 38-year-old television actress Sabina Began answered: "It's simple, I only went to bed with him."

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Petition Launched To Save 'World's Worst' Restoration

Ironic art fans have launched a petition to save the "world's worst restoration": a retouched, century-old church painting of Christ that has become an international joke.

Cecilia Gimenez, described as being in her 80s, has won global fame with her horribly botched impromptu attempt to restore an oil painting of Christ crowned with thorns, his sorrowful gaze raised to heaven.

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Robot Cat Doraemon Receives Residency in Japan City

Doraemon, Japan's robot cat from the future, will celebrate turning minus 100 years old by being given official residence of the city where he will be born, a city official told Agence France Presse on Friday.

The electronic blue feline, whose cartoon exploits have captivated children across Asia, is to be given a residency certificate for Kawasaki, a city near Tokyo, on September 3, exactly a century ahead of his supposed birth.

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Baltimore's 'Batman' Just Wants to Help Sick Kids

Batman, the comic book superhero, stalks the night saving Gotham from villains, but Baltimore's Caped Crusader just wants sick kids to feel better -- a mission undeterred by last month's deadly shooting at a screening of the fictional hero's latest movie.

Clad in a heavy leather and neoprene Batsuit, the Baltimore man drove up on a recent day to the orthopedic wing of the east coast city's Sinai hospital in a slick Batmobile -- a perfect replica of the Hollywood one.

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New Zealand 'Runaway Millionaire' Jailed For Theft

A New Zealand man who fled to China after a bank mistakenly deposited millions of dollars into his account was jailed for four years and seven months Friday.

Hui "Leo" Gao and his then-partner Kara Hurring skipped the country when Westpac bank accidentally put NZ$10 million (U.S. $8.1 million) into Gao's account in April 2009 after he requested a NZ$100,000 overdraft.

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Nepalese Man Bites Cobra in Revenge Attack

A Nepalese farmer who was bitten by a venomous snake took revenge by sinking his teeth into the reptile and killing it, police said on Thursday.

Mohamed Salmo Miya was farming near his village 200 kilometers (125 miles) southeast of Kathmandu when he encountered the deadly common cobra, district police chief Uma Prasad Chatrubedi told Agence France Presse.

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