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Cooked-Up Phone Claim Brings S. Korea Prison Term

A South Korean who cooked his mobile phone in a microwave and then claimed compensation from the maker Samsung Electronics was Friday jailed for one year for extortion.

The 28-year-old surnamed Lee received about five million won ($4,500) in compensation from Samsung after claiming his phone exploded while being charged.

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British Tourist Catches US Baby Falling From Balcony

A toddler was saved during a potentially deadly fall from a fourth-floor balcony at an Orlando hotel after landing in the arms of a British tourist, police said Thursday.

Helen Beard, 44, told police she was in the pool of the Econo Lodge Inn & Suites when she saw the small girl dangling from the balcony.

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Russia's Medvedev Lets Loose in Youtube Dance Video

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev was shown dancing awkwardly to a pop song in a video spreading across Russian Internet on Wednesday that he said showed a reunion of his university class.

The brief clip uploaded on YouTube by an unidentified person showed the Russian leader in a suit jacket and jeans stepping and waving his hips alongside several other people to a perestroika-era hit song "American Boy" with a concentrated expression on his face.

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Iguana, Turtle or Mega-Rodent: Colombian Easter Fare

Green iguana, slider turtles and the world's largest rodent, capybara: it's not a trip to the zoo. It's what's for traditional Easter dinner in Colombia.

"This is the season we have them all coming in," said nutritionist Carolina Rangel, at a center for confiscated animals in the Colombian capital. She showed Agence France Presse about 30 confiscated "outlawed" slider turtles, common here and in Venezuela, as well as a rogue green iguana officials picked up on a bus.

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3D Porn Film Beats Avatar at Hong Kong Box Office

A Hong Kong movie billed as the world's first 3D porn film has broken the city's first-day box office record previously set by Hollywood blockbuster Avatar, the porn movie's publicist told Agence France Presse on Thursday.

"3-D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy" notched up HK$2.8 million ($360,000) on its first day last week, outpacing director James Cameron's science fiction epic which drew HK$2.6 million, The film has grossed more than HK$15 million since its release, she added.

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South Korean Cuts Finger in Protest Against Japan

A South Korean almost severed his own finger Thursday in a solo protest against Japan's renewed claims to disputed islets, police told Agence France Presse.

The 47-year-old identified only by his surname Choi shouted "Japanese ambassador apologize!" outside the Japanese embassy, with his left little finger almost severed, an officer told AFP.

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Study Shows Attractive Men Have Long... Ring Fingers

The longer a man's fourth or ring finger is compared to his index finger, the more likely he is to be judged attractive by women, according to a study released Wednesday.

The results, published in the British Royal Society's journal Biological Sciences, unveil intricate links between foetal exposure of males to hormones, the development of certain physical traits, and what turns on the opposite sex.

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Crepaway Launches ‘The Art of Peace’ in Sodeco

What may well have been a long lost concept for some recently became an inspiring concept-party for many. ‘The Art of Peace’ was the beautiful theme behind the opening of Crepaway’s newest branch in once war torn Sodeco. Crepaway poetically declared world wars to be over by recycling all prominent war icons and clichés into entertainment art that celebrated peace.

Crowds marched on through the new branch’s open doors, greeted by a monumental war tank transformed to resemble a 70s hippie van. Floral patterns and mushy messages covered the docile war machine, now turned into a picture perfect opportunity. Once everyone gathered it was time for the feast. For Crepaway knew pretty well that hunger was the real route of all-evil. Guests soon discovered that Crepaway burgers were the bomb. And as the peaceful reloaded on fires, notorious war icons made their appearance. Hired performers dressed as celebrity warheads played their roles, entertained the crowds, and marked the party’s history.

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Billion-Dollar Phone Bill Sent to French Distillery

The manager of a French distillery in the renowned Burgundy wine-making district was sent a sobering phone bill for 716,414,273 Euros (1.02 billion dollars).

"It's so enormous when you see it written down, you can't believe it, so several of us had a look," said Gerard Chaussee, who runs the Maison Vedrenne making various luxury spirits in Nuits-Saint-Georges in eastern France.

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Tipsy Irishman Pays Price For Moving Beehive

An Irishman who decided to climb a ladder and move a beehive after downing a few beers has paid the price, being stung more than 60 times.

Andrew Short, an amateur beekeeper in Australia, returned home from the Melbourne Comedy Festival Monday evening in high spirits and thought he'd move a hive from his back yard to the roof of his house.

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