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New Zealand Deputy PM Tells of Dildo Protest Fears

New Zealand's deputy prime minister testified Tuesday that a colleague accused of careless driving feared an attack from a dildo-wielding demonstrator when he navigated his car through a throng of protesters.

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Facebook, Apple Logos Removed from Thai Royal Funeral Statue

Apple, Facebook and Google logos have been removed from a giant statue of a mythical beast that will stand inside the sprawling cremation complex being built for Thailand's late king after their inclusion caused an online outcry.

Dozens of palace artisans are working around the clock to produce a dizzying array of sculptures for the funeral of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in October -- a year after the deeply revered monarch's death plunged the nation into mourning.

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All Aboard: Luxury Japanese Train Has Bath and Fireplace

It's got Michelin-starred chefs, solid cypress bathtubs and a cosy snug complete with roaring fire: the Shiki-Shima could hold its own against any five-star hotel. Not bad for a train.

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Girl Barred from Malaysia Chess Competition over 'Seductive' Dress

A 12-year-old girl was barred from a Malaysian chess tournament over her "seductive" dress, her coach has claimed, igniting public outrage against the organisers of the competition in the Muslim-majority nation.

The Malaysian Chess Federation on Tuesday said it would investigate and denied that religious sensitivities had prompted the decision to exclude the young player, as it seeks to curb the public backlash.

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Top Democrat Trolls Trump via Spotify

The U.S. Senate's top Democrat has needled Donald Trump through a playlist on Spotify, selecting songs that pointedly question the president.

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Musicians in Aquariums Make Sounds in a Silent World

Talk about fluid tunes: A group of innovative Danish musicians submerged like fish in an aquarium have created an underwater concerto with instruments specially adapted to resonate in a silent world.

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Sex Prank Gets Canadian off New Zealand List

A Canadian man sent out invitations to a fake swingers' sex party in a desperate attempt to get himself removed from a New Zealand golf club's mailing list.

Ian Campbell from Toronto was accidentally added to the email list for a Friday group at the Russley Golf Club in Christchurch because he has a similar email address to a namesake member.

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YouTube Channel Showing Giraffe Birth 2nd Most Live-Viewed

The long-awaited arrival of April the giraffe's baby has made Animal Adventure Park the second most live-viewed channel in YouTube's history.

April's livestream had more than 232 million live views and 7.6 billion minutes of live watch time since February, second only to League of Legends eSports, which has been around since 2012, YouTube said on Monday.

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Indian Metro Probes Porn Screened at Busy Station

Hardcore pornography that flashed onto a giant screen at one of Delhi's busiest metro stations has prompted red-faced rail authorities to launch an investigation, an official said Sunday, after footage of the incident was shared widely online.

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Man Fined over Graffiti Wedding Proposal Doesn't Regret It

A man who spray-painted a marriage proposal on an Ohio shopping center has been fined for criminal mischief and sentenced to community service but says he doesn't regret it.

After all, she said yes.

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