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Sex Toys 'Safer' than Kids Toys

Fewer sex toys contain dangerous chemicals than children's toys, a Swedish inspection authority said in a report on Monday.

In 2015, the agency found dangerous chemical substances, including lead, in 15 percent of children's toys in Sweden.

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Topless Madrid Protester Grabs Crotch of Trump... Waxwork

A topless protester managed to get so close to Donald Trump on Tuesday that she grabbed his crotch... or rather that of his effigy, the latest addition to Madrid's Wax Museum.

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No Voter ID, No Sex, Urges Kenyan MP

A Kenyan opposition MP has urged fellow women to impose a sex boycott until their men register to vote in August's general election.

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Teen Charged with Murdering 7-Year-Old Girl in Britain

A 15-year-old girl has been charged in Britain with killing a seven-year-old girl who died of her injuries after being found on a playing field, police said Wednesday.

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It's Gonna be Huge: China Factory Hatches Giant Trump Chickens

A Chinese factory is hatching giant inflatable chickens resembling Donald Trump to usher in the Year of the Rooster.

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Snap! Selfie-Seeking Tourist Bitten by Thai Croc

A French tourist was bitten by a crocodile inside a Thai national park as she tried to get close to the fearsome animal to take a selfie, an official said on Monday.

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Indian Tycoon Throws Mass Wedding for Fatherless Brides

An Indian diamond trader has thrown a mass wedding for more than 200 fatherless brides and given each of them gifts worth thousands of dollars, to help poor women start a new life. 

Mahesh Savani performed the Hindu wedding ritual of 'Kanyadaan' -- the practice of giving away one's daughter in marriage -- for 236 fatherless brides from poor families at a mega-wedding event in the western state of Gujarat at Christmas. 

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Sri Lanka's Record Xmas Tree Pruned Due to Work Delays

Sri Lanka surpassed the world record for the tallest artificial Christmas tree Saturday despite building delays forcing organisers to prune the structure by almost half, an official said.

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In Icy Alaska, Footwear Options Abound to Stay Upright

Residents of Alaska's largest city grapple with icy streets up to seven months a year. Fortunately, there are a number of footwear options for staying upright.

A Canadian entrepreneur is offering a new style: boots with a button on the heel that triggers pop-out cleats on the sole. Click the button again and the cleats retract.

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My Ikea Nights: New Craze Irks Swedish Furniture Giant

A new fad that has people hiding out in IKEA stores overnight and walking out the next morning has left the Swedish retailer less than amused.

In Europe, pranksters seeking a thrill have followed in the footsteps of Bram Geirnaert and Florian Van Hecke, two Belgian students who filmed and posted on YouTube a video clip about the night they spent last summer at an Ikea store in Ghent.

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