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Cypriot ex-Wife Recounts 'Black Years' with Egyptian Plane Hijacker

The Cypriot ex-wife of an Egyptian accused of hijacking a plane in a bid to see her has said their marriage was hell and he had shown no interest in her or their children since they separated.

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State Dept. Apologizes over Travel Tip for the Less Attractive

The U.S. Department of State issued an apology Wednesday after posting a tweet that seemed to proffer travel advice for those whose looks are less than a perfect 10.

"Some have been offended by our earlier tweet and we apologize that it came off negatively," the Bureau of Consular Affairs posted on its Twitter account, after pulling down the offending message.

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One-pronged Strategy: China's Fosun Vows to Become 'Giant Unicorn'

One of China's biggest private-sector conglomerates is seeking a magical solution to the horns of a dilemma about its future, pledging to "become a giant 'Unicorn' with enormous power".

Fosun International used the word "unicorn" at least 19 times in its annual report, in which it declared net profits of more than eight billion yuan ($1.2 billion).

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'Best Selfie Ever': UK Man Asks for Picture with Egyptian Plane Hijacker

A British man who caused online debate Wednesday after having his picture taken with the hijacker of an Egyptian plane said that he did it to take a "closer look" at his supposed suicide belt.  

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Montenegro Expels 58 Foreign Doomsday Cult Members

Montenegro has deported 58 foreign members of a Japanese doomsday cult, most of them Russians, for lacking the right permits to visit the Balkan country, police said on Tuesday.

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Sri Lanka Cop Critical after Man Bites Genitals

A Sri Lankan police officer was in a critical condition Monday after a man he was trying to arrest over a drunken brawl bit his genitals.

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For Party, French Jew Goes to Synagogue Dressed as Jihadist

A 40-year-old Jewish man tempted fate by walking into a Paris synagogue dressed as a jihadist, carrying a fake rifle and shouting "Allahu Akbar", a police source said Friday. 

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Religious Duel in Japan: Pastor Rock vs. Buddhist Monk Blues

Most days, Lutheran pastor Kazuhiro Sekino preaches to his congregation in a soft voice with religious hymns playing in the background of a Tokyo church.

But as night falls, he hits a smoky stage criss-crossed with whizzing strobe lights, shedding his pious day job in a battle of the bands against a group of Buddhist monks.

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Diners Scatter when Man Drops Giant Python in Restaurant

Los Angeles police say diners scattered when a man dropped a 13-foot python on the floor of a sushi restaurant.

Officer Drake Madison says the man had argued with an employee and stormed out of Iroha Sushi of Tokyo in Studio City on Sunday evening. Madison says a short time later, the man returned with the giant snake, threw it into the dining room and walked out again.

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English Pubs to Open Late for Queen's Birthday

English pubs will be allowed to open longer during the weekend in June celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday, Prime Minister David Cameron told parliament on Wednesday to cheers from MPs.

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