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Police Probe 'No Trousers' Flashmob in Moscow Metro

Russian police on Monday said they were probing a cheeky stunt by a group of passengers on the Moscow metro who stripped down to their underwear as part of a worldwide flashmob. 

Police failed to see the funny side after the group rode the Moscow metro on Sunday wearing warm coats with their boxer shorts or briefs and posted images online as part of the so-called "No Pants Subway Ride" event that originated in the United States.

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Mumbai Police Force-Feed Thief Dozens of Bananas

Indian police successfully deployed an unusual technique to retrieve a gold chain that a thief had swallowed while officers were in hot pursuit -- they force-fed him more than 40 bananas.

The man denied snatching the chain from a woman in the street in Mumbai and swallowed it in a desperate bid to conceal his crime last week, but hospital X-rays suggested otherwise.

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Female Pilot Lands in Sydney after Epic Journey from Britain in 1942 Aircraft

Adventurer Tracey Curtis-Taylor on Saturday completed her epic flight from Britain to Australia, landing her vintage, open-cockpit 1942 Boeing Stearman in Sydney.

"I need a drink," she joked after finishing the final leg of the three-month journey which saw her contend with some treacherous weather in the air and logistical obstacles on the ground.

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Mexico's 'Grand Warlock' Predicts Trump Defeat

Mexico's famed "Grand Warlock" predicted Tuesday that U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump will fail to reach the White House -- but the tycoon shouldn't worry too much: the forecaster often gets things wrong.

With his tarot cards, white-bearded Antonio Vazquez also saw fugitive Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman getting killed and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro falling from power.

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Coca-Cola's Happy New Year Upsets Russians and Ukrainians alike

All Coca-Cola wanted to do was to wish consumers a Happy New Year, but instead it ended up stirring anger in two markets, Russia and Ukraine, over the disputed territory of Crimea.

The Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula was annexed by Moscow in March 2014 and remains a trigger issue in the Russian-Ukrainian crisis today.

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Name of Charlie Hebdo Victim Misspelled on Commemorative Plaque

The name of one of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists killed in the attack on the French satirical newspaper's offices is misspelled on the commemorative plaque to the victims unveiled by President Francois Hollande on Tuesday.

Georges Wolinski's name appeared as "Georges Wolinsky" on the plaque that lists the 11 people shot dead in the attack by jihadist gunmen on the newspaper's then offices in Paris on January 7, 2015.

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Online Flap Forces Review of Asian Games Mascot

Indonesia said Monday it was reviewing a recently unveiled mascot for the 2018 Asian Games after netizens derided what was supposed to be an exotic, jungle-dwelling bird for resembling a chicken.

The country's sports ministry last week revealed a grinning bird of paradise named Drawa as the mascot for the games, which Indonesia will host.

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Briton Faces Jail after Comparing Kyrgyz Delicacy to 'Horse Penis'

A Briton working at a Canadian-owned gold mine in Kyrgyzstan could face up to five years in jail for comparing a local delicacy to a horse penis, officials said Sunday. 

Michael Mcfeat, an employee of Toronto-based Centerra Gold, was detained by police after posting a comment on Facebook which caused a temporary strike at the Kumtor mine, an interior ministry spokesman told AFP.

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Berliner under Probe for Hoarding a Ton of Fireworks

German police Friday found a tonne of fireworks allegedly stashed in cellars by a Berlin resident after they were alerted by neighbors who noticed the man was unleashing an unusually large amount of pyrotechnics on New Year's Eve. 

Neighbors of the 25-year-old man in the eastern Berlin suburb of Hellersdorf called in officers to investigate as he appeared to have an endless supply of fireworks, police said.

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'Rat on a Plane' Forces Air India Flight to Turn Back

A "suspected rat sighting" in the cabin forced an Air India plane carrying more than 200 passengers to return to Mumbai almost three hours into a flight to London, the airline said Thursday. 

Air India said it had decided to turn back the flight "keeping passenger safety in mind", even though the rodent's presence was not confirmed.

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