Investigations were under way Thursday into who lobbed Vegemite sandwiches at the Australian prime minister as she toured a Queensland school.
Julia Gillard tried to play down the prank on Wednesday at Brisbane's Marsden state high school. "One kid thought he might just be a little bit naughty," the prime minister said.Full Story
The Philippines on Wednesday banned people from carrying large amounts of cash and buying alcohol in controversial efforts to curb rampant vote-buying and violence before elections next week.
The shock money ban means banks are not allowed to hand over more than 100,000 pesos ($2,400) to customers until after Monday's mid-term elections, the Commission on Elections announced.Full Story
A heat wave is threatening to take the bloom off one of the world's largest garden festivals, as more than one million colorful tulips in Canada's capital began wilting Tuesday.
More than 100 heat records were broken across the country, according the weather office, while Ottawa posted a near-record 27 degrees Celsius (80.6 Fahrenheit) just as the Canadian Tulip Festival was getting underway.Full Story
An Irish naturist was ticked off after his stroll in the hills of Provence in southern France caused consternation amongst the nuns at a local priory, police said Tuesday.
"We got several calls from one of the nuns of the Congregation of St-Jean who was quite concerned to see a completely undressed man walking around close to the priory," a spokesman for the local gendarmerie said.Full Story
A company that specializes in "Made in France" underwear has raised nearly 19,000 euros ($25,000) from enthusiastic investors banking on its next titillating creation -- sweet-smelling underpants for men.
The so-called "Indomitable" briefs will be manufactured by "Le Slip Francais", a company set up in 2011 by 27-year-old Guillaume Gibault, who decided to bank on a trend for all things made in France to sell underwear.Full Story
Three women dressed up as nuns were caught at a Colombian airport trying to smuggle cocaine taped to their bodies, police said Tuesday.
The women were caught Saturday after arriving on Colombia's Caribbean island of San Andres on a flight from Bogota.Full Story
The first words of the young Austrian woman who emerged in 2006 after eight years held captive in an underground bunker were eerily similar to those of Amanda Berry when she called police in Ohio on Monday.
"My name is Natascha Kampusch. You must have heard of my case," she told incredulous police more than 3,000 days since disappearing on her way to school.Full Story
A man in Russia's second city of Saint Petersburg climbed one of its lifting bridges before evading police by plunging into the water, in a death-defying stunt that stopped traffic, officials said Monday.
Police in the city said they have launched a probe as photos of the unidentified daredevil, holding a red flare and hanging from the top of the bridge as it swung upwards, went viral on the internet.Full Story
A Chinese city is using dogs to predict earthquakes, an official said Tuesday, after state-run media reported that neighbors were complaining of nightly false alarms -- in the form of barking.
China is regularly hit by seismic tremors. Around 200 people were left dead or missing by a quake in Sichuan province last month, and hundreds of thousands have been killed in major disasters in the past.Full Story
The heavy metal-loving governor of Indonesian capital Jakarta has surrendered a guitar that was a gift from U.S. band Metallica to anti-corruption authorities, an official said Tuesday.
A beaming Joko Widodo appeared on TV last week strumming the maroon bass guitar gifted to him by Metallica's Robert Trujillo, which was autographed and bore the words "Giving Back!.. Keep Playin' That Cool Funky Bass!".Full Story