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Man Charged with Rape after Receiving 'Gift' of U.S. Teen

The authorities in Pennsylvania have charged a man with raping a teenage girl with whom he fathered two children after receiving her as a "gift" from her parents, U.S. media said Saturday.

Police arrested Lee Kaplan, 51, in the town of Feasterville -- around 20 miles (30 kilometers) northeast of Philadelphia -- on Thursday on charges including statutory sexual assault and corruption of a minor, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

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'Crazy' Argentine ex-Minister Demands Cocaine in Court

An Argentine former cabinet minister arrested while trying to hide suitcases of cash and jewels at a monastery shouted and asked for cocaine during his first court appearance Thursday, media reports said.

Jose Lopez, a former deputy minister for public works, appeared nervous, hit himself on the head and cried out that he wanted cocaine, court sources told news channel TN and newspaper La Nacion.

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Five Arrested for Training Child to Pretend He was President's Son

Bolivia has arrested five people for allegedly coaching a boy to pretend he was President Evo Morales' son, and paying his family, in a soap opera-style scandal that has riveted the country, officials said Saturday.

"The boy was told his entire education would be paid for, that he would be given a plot of land, in addition to as much as $15,000 to the boy's parents," top prosecutor Ramiro Guerrero told reporters.

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Japanese 'Naked Restaurant' to Ban Overweight Diners

Japan's first "naked restaurant" opens in Tokyo next month with draconian rules of entry -- podgy prospective diners will be weighed and ejected if found to be too fat.

Following the lead of establishments in London and Melbourne, "The Amrita" -- Sanskrit for 'immortality' -- also has strict age restrictions, with only patrons between 18 and 60 allowed in, after they check in their clothes and put on paper underwear provided by the restaurant.

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Australia to Trial Ground-level Traffic Lights for Smartphone Users

Ground-level traffic lights for pedestrians constantly looking down at smartphones are set to be trialled in Sydney as Australian authorities seek to drive down the road death toll.

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Leopard on the Loose Sparks Alarm in Nepal's Capital

A wild leopard sparked alarm in Nepal's capital on Wednesday after it spent hours wandering through a residential neighborhood before being sedated and captured.

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Kangaroo Ruptures Australian Woman's Breast Implants

A kangaroo jumped onto a woman cycling in South Australia, rupturing her breast implants and using her as a "little airbag", she told local media Tuesday.

Sharon Heinrich, 45, was on the Riesling Trail in the Clare Valley with her friend when the "cute" kangaroo she nicknamed "Skip" jumped from an embankment and landed on her, she told local newspaper the Northern Argus.

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Thai Man on Mend after Toilet Encounter with Penis-Biting Python

A Thai man who fought off a three-meter (10-foot) python that bit his penis while he was squatting on the toilet is recovering, hospital staff said Saturday.

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Polish Grandpa Heads from New York to Portugal... in a Kayak

A Polish grandfather left New York Sunday on his third solo trans-Atlantic crossing in a kayak, aiming to arrive in Portugal in time to celebrate his 70th birthday on firm ground in September.

Aleksander Doba paddled off from the tip of Manhattan after doing interviews and posing for selfies with a crowd of some 100 onlookers.

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G7 Leaders Take Time Out to Let the Love in

A meeting of G7 leaders awkwardly transformed into an out-take from a romantic comedy as Barack Obama professed the group's "love" for Germany's Angela Merkel, who in turn found time to give Italy's premier a playful squeeze.

In between talks focused on the global economy and terrorism, the US president on Friday assured a German photographer that the less-than-expressive Merkel was tops in his book.

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