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Scythian princely tomb discovered in southern Siberia close to two similar sites, better preserved than Egyptian tombs due to absence of looting and favorable weather conditions

Garbage collectors in Turkish capital Ankara opens library filled with discarded books in abandoned brick factory, make 6,000 titles available to public

Belgian train driver Cédric Grumiaux admits to deliberately delaying trains in order to get fired from state-owned SNCB to start better private sector job without one-year notice period, says 70 other drivers used same tactic

Four English amateur rowers believed to have set new world record for fastest Atlantic Ocean crossing by rowing close to 5,000 km from Canary Islands to the Caribbean in 29 days and 15 hours, raised GBP 250,000 for mental health charity

45-year-old Indian Jalandhar Nayak constructs 8 km stretch of road in two years with just pick axe and crowbar to reduce sons' commuting time, local officials to lay remaining 7 km of road and says to pay Nayak for his work, reporter impressed by care not to cut down trees and that road was good enough for cars to travel on

David Bentley Hart: Translations of Paul's letters too influenced by religious interpretation, should focus more on actual text, misunderstanding that Paul taught doctrines of original sin or eternal hell

Flemish socialists propose law change enabling Belgians to be cremated and buried with their pets

German Ulrich Wegener dead at 88, founded elite anti-terror unit GSG-9 and was known as "hero of Mogadishu" after leading 1977 mission in city where 91 aircraft passengers were freed without injury after being taken hostage by four Palestinian terrorists

New Zealanders build sand island to circumvent local New Year liquor ban, mayor as well as police commander hail the creativity

Australia's Prime Minister Turnbull fined AUD 250 because he failed to wear life jacket when he moved his rubber boat 20 meters

Panda craze at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo when giant panda cub Xing Xing is shown to the public for the first time, 2,000 lottery winners allowed to watch the 6-month-old cub through a glass window

François Gabart sets new world record for fastest solo round-the-world navigation with 42 days, 16 hours, 40 minutes and 35 seconds, beats previous record set by countryman Thomas Coville by more than six days

Irish man marries long term friend to avoid inheritance tax, the two neighbours and friends since 29 years are free to date women after ceremony

Surgeon charged with assault after marking two patients' livers with his initials while carrying out transplant operations in Birmingham, pleads guilty and faces maximum penalty of six months in prison

East German village Alwine including road and nine dilapidated residential buildings sells at auction for EUR 140,000 to sole bidder, 16,000 square meter area formerly owned by Europe's oldest fuel briquette factory but people fled as factory closed after 1990 German reunification

Wolverhampton Internet prankster cements his own head inside microwave, friends are forced to use air tubes to help man breathe after which firemen are called in to solve situation

Leonardo's painting Salvator Mundi sold to Saudi prince Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan al-Saud for USD 450 million, will be sent to newly opened Louvre in Abu Dhabi

Pfizer's patent for Sildenafil expires whereby the company releases price-deducted generic version of its own product to handle upcoming competition, the price is expected to decrease by 90 percent in the long run

Tatsuo Horiuchi creates art in Excel, the 77-year-old wanted to start painting after his retirement, but thought that colours and dedicated computer software was expensive and complicated, prefers Excel over Paint since the former has more options and is easier to use

32-year-old Indian goes to emergency room with acute abdominal pain, discovered to have swallowed 150 nails, 263 coins worth INR 2,000 and dog chain made of steel, suffered from depression and had swallowed metal for over a year

Yokozuna Hakuho clinches the Fukuoka tournament victory with one day still to go, admits to feeling some anxiety before the tournament since he had to sit out the last Grand Basho due to injury

Swiss mountain village Albinen offers CHF 25,000 to adults who choose to move there, new residents must be under age of 45 and are required to build house worth at least CHF 200,000

London buses to run on biofuel partially made from old coffee grounds, coffee shops across UK will contribute, expansion planned for regions where drink is popular

Cult leader Charles Manson dead at 83 – was sentenced to death in 1971 for directing seven murders, but sentence turned into life behind bars as California did away with death penalty

Voice actress Hiromi Tsuru deceased at 57, known for the voice of character Bulma in Dragon ball

AC/DC co-founder and guitarist Malcolm Young dead at 64, suffered from dementia the past three years

40-year-old man goes to hospital in Nanchang, China with acute abdominal pain, CT shows eel in descending colon, successfully removed surgically, patient reticent about how it got there

The US Navy confirms that their aircraft were used to draw a male sexual organ above state of Washington, unacceptable behavior that the staff will be held responsible for according to comment

Russian Ministry of Defence tweets supposed evidence for US collusion with ISIS, uses screenshot from mobile phone game AC-130 Gunship Simulator

Thousands of tourists each year mistake the Maishima garbage incineration plant for nearby Universal Studios theme park, built as a fusion of technology, environment and art by Austrian Friedensreich Hundertwasser

Bob Dylan violates practice and retains copyright to his Nobel Prize speach, which is traditionally donated to the Nobel Foundation, launches his own website where he sells a deluxe version for USD 100

Nobel foundation to divest in producers of nuclear weapons, was criticized for hypocrisy after awarding ICAN peace prize, unfortunate timing says executive director Lars Heikensten

Singer, pianist and songwriter Fats Domino dead at 89, famous for hits such as Blueberry Hill and Ain’t That a Shame

Sketch drawn by Donald Trump showing iconic Empire State Building sold for USD 16,000 at auction, part of proceeds will be donated to local radio station WHDD-FM

Inmate sues Oklahoma as he didn't receive medical help with severe erection that he received after ingesting pill from another inmate, at hospital the staff think the inmate should go see an urologist, but is sent back to prison and released for medical reasons

First issue of men's magazine Playboy after passing of founder Hugh Hefner features transgender playmate

Eternal Olympic flame from the '64 games went out four years ago, was hastily re-lit by staff at museum where it's kept, cover-up was initiated to not crush the dreams of the people

World Medical Association approves new physicians' pledge, now also encompasses respect for patient autonomy, colleagues and students, as well as requiring doctors to share their knowledge and take care of their own health

Finnair flight AY666 flies last time to HEL on Friday 13th before changing code to AY954

Icelandic ram Einhyrningur famous for fused-together horns to be sold at auction to raise funds for local charities, said to be loner within herd despite internet fame

German term for "homeland", Heimat, again used by politicians across spectrum after period where it was thought of as regressive and associated with Nazi era, professor says people may think world's become a village they don't want to live in

Chat service AOL Instant Messenger shuts down 20 years after launch, lost dominating position to SMS and competitors

The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2017 is awarded to the English author Kazuo Ishiguro who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world

Tom Petty lead singer for rock band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers dies at 66, finished tour to mark 40-year anniversary with the band just last month

Tom Petty lead singer for rock band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers dies at 66, finished tour to mark 40-year anniversary with the band just last month

Nearly 1% of world's polar bears gather on Wrangel Island off northern Siberian coast where bowhead whale carcass washed ashore

Crowdfunding close to goal to finance 111-year-old WWII-veteran Richard Overton's care at his Austin, Texas home, enjoys 12 cigars per day on his porch, prefers whiskey from Tennessee

Italian woman marries herself, sologamy trend on the rise in countries around the world

Underwear of Adolf Hitler sold at auction for GBP 5,000, found at the Parkhotel Graz in Austria 1938

Barry Casselman: John Ashbery's death removed last of truly significant living American poets, had ability to convey complex philosophical insights without excess academicism and contemporary political attitudes which is even harder for talented poets of today

Legendary middleweight boxer Jake LaMotta dead at 95 due to pneumonia complications, was portrayed by Robert de Niro in Oscar-winning role in memoir-based movie Raging Bull

Fugitive murderer captured after posting a video of himself and his arsenal on Instagram, supplying GPS-coordinates

Over 5,000 disqualified in Mexico City Marathon of which the majority jumped in at various points along the course, no evidence of widespread or systematic timing error causing anomaly according to Marathon Investigation

Actor Harry Dean Stanton dies at 91, known for roles in Twin Peaks and Big Love

Well-preserved 1,100-year-old Viking sword found by reindeer hunter in southern Norway, cold and dry conditions on mountain as well as excellent quality of iron has enabled preservation

Science fiction author Jerry Pournelle dead at 84 after sudden illness, was credited with writing world's first novel entirely on computer and helped popularize conservative flair to science fiction genre, often described his political beliefs as "somewhere to the right of Genghis Khan"

Delta Airlines sends airplane to help evacuate people from San Juan, Puerto Rico, as Hurricane Irma hits the island, uses gap between outer band and core of hurricane to navigate safely

German Oliver Strümpfel beats own beer-carrying world record after carrying 29 steins weighing 70 kg 40 meters, says he trained 200 hours leading up to contest and plans on beating record again next year

Jordan Peterson: Knowledge of archetypes necessary to give meaning and order to life, ignorance leads to rise of extreme and simplistic political ideologies [audio]

Villa Sellgren from 1913 by Finnish architect Uno Ullberg is believed to be Putin's new summer residence - 1,500 square meters have been furnished with a sauna, billiard room and underground spa, located in the Vyborg Bay

Restoration of famous monkey statues at world heritage site Nikko, Japan, causes emotions to flare as the eyes are considered too round and large, expert called in to asses size, shape and faithfulness to the original, states that the enlargement is problematic, government agency that funded the restoration claims it's within the margin of error for manual work

Park on outskirts of eastern Paris opens area for nudists as part of temporary experiment, shows city's open-minded vision for use of public spaces according to deputy mayor

The face of A-bomb surviors, Sumiteru Taniguchi, passes away at age 88, dedicated his life to abolishment of nuclear weapons as spokesperson and leader for the Japanese Hibakusha-movement

Walter Devereux: Oral tradition of folktales sign of healthy society as it maintains connexion between era of origin and contemporary life, today's indifferent and industrial treatment of books sign of decay

Legendary comedian Jerry Lewis dead at 91

German town Staufen with 8,100 inhabitants falling apart after 2007 investment in green geothermal energy, more than 270 buildings fractured after up to 62 centimeter ground rising and more than 45 centimeter sideways moving

Canadian woman loses diamond ring in connection with weed cleaning on family farm in Alberta in 2004, the ring is found 13 years later around a carrot picked by the woman's daughter-in-law

Conservationists find 106-year-old fruitcake in the building in Antarctica, relic of Terra Nova Expedition in the early 1900s, some rancid butter smell but otherwise ok

Minority of post-millennial youth are progressive leftists, born since 1995 most conservative generation in 70 years

Giant inflatable chicken with Trump hairstyle placed outside the White House, similar actions have been taken in the past when protesters demanded the President release tax return details

Singer and guitarist Glen Campbell dead at 81, known for songs such as Rhinestone Cowboy and By the Time I Get to Phoenix

44-year-old Indian man fails running 10,000 km in Mumbai in 100 days as last day's 114 km run was 36 too short – man plagued by infections, fever and fractures and lost 16 kg during project, is already mapping out 40,000 km challenge

Nova Scotia farmer offers two kilograms of bacon as reward for tips leading to culprit who stole USD 1,000 worth of power tools from property this summer, also offers thief opportunity to work around farm in order to make money in an honest way

Man trapped between train and station platform doors in Beijing rescued after commuters rally together to push and tilt train away from platform – train services resumed 20 minutes after incident, according to Beijing Subway

The Malta Heritage Trust will after an eight year long renovation open the British built tunnel system under Valletta, was used to spy on Soviet submarines during the Cold War but was abandoned in 1979 and has been closed since

Two brothers from Turin caught robbing dozens of cash machines dressed up in Trump masks, claim to be inspired by film classic The Jackal

Kosovan soccer player recently signed with Macedonian FC Skopje leaves club as logo contains cross, states his Muslim faith very important to him

Squirrel attacks at least five people in Prospect Park, New York, could be infected with rabies due to its aggressiveness even though rabid squirrels are very rare

Yokozuna Hakuhō wins his 39th Grand Basho, also breaks the all time record of 1047 won matches, now looks forward towards the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo where he hopes to perform dohyo-iri at the opening ceremony

Development and support for legendary Paint to end as Microsoft releases update of Windows 10, is replaced by Paint 3D which will be released in April

Five-year-old girl in London fined GBP 150 for selling lemonade to festival goers without the required license, later receives official apology and fine is withdrawn

Nielsen Music finds that hip-hop is for the first time listened to more than rock in the US, the former subculture now accounts for 25 percent of all US music consumption

Djibouti dissolves national football team after 5-1 loss to Ethiopia due to "never-ending series of bad results", switches focus to youth teams according to new federation policy

Chester Bennington dies at the age of 41, was lead singer of Linkin Park

Citizenship test debate in Switzerland after 25-year-old woman born in country flunks for lacking recycling knowledge as well as neither knowing baseball-golf hybrid hornussen, folk wrestling style schwingen nor any local shops

Winnie the Pooh censored on Chinese social media Sina Weibo, no official reason given but the bear has frequently been compared to president Xi Jinping and the autumn Communist party conference is seen as test of his grip of power

Filmmaker George Romero dead at 77 of lung cancer, director of cult classic "Night of the Living Dead", considered a catalyst for the film's genre

Surgeons who were to perform cataract surgery found 27 contact lenses in woman's eye, the patient thought the discomfort was due to dry eyes and her age

Iranian mathematics professor Maryam Mirzakhani dies at 40 of breast cancer, was in 2014 first woman to win prestigious Fields medal and won two gold medals in the International Mathematical Olympiad as a teenager

Chinese Nobel peace prize laureate Liu Xiaobo dead at 61 from liver cancer, served four prison sentences in total for his calls for political reforms and the end of communist single-party rule, died serving 11 year sentence for subversion

London Underground to swap "ladies and gentlemen" greeting for "hello everyone" to become more gender-neutral and inclusive, mayor Khan says "inclusive transport service is at the heart of TfL's purpose"

"See you again" passes Gangnam Style as most viewed Youtube video, has been played over 2.9 billion times

NASA Juno spacecraft takes images of Jupiter's Great red spot from height of 9,000 kilometers

Melinda Gates optimistic that Pope Francis will change the Church's attitude towards contraception, claiming they share the same basic view of social justice and that it's only a matter of time

Spamusment park to be opened in Japanese city of Beppu, will become reality after successful viral video and crowd sourcing campaign, will have nine ridable attractions, among them a bubble-bath roller-coaster and an onsen merry-go-round

Nine people saved from drowning after Florida beachgoers form 80-person human chain to beat the rip currents

German Spelling Council officially adds capital Eszett to language, ẞ can now be used instead of SS in German passports, conservatives said to refuse to accept the letter due to its unwieldy girth

26-year-old Italian wanted by Interpol since 2011 after disappearing in Palermo found barefoot and disoriented in Madrid, has not been interrogated since he only communicates with hand gestures and incoherent phrases

Florida woman arrested for leaving child for 30 minutes in hot car, complains about high temperature in police car

Bread used to celebrate Eucharist in Catholic church must not be gluten-free according to ruling by prefect of Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments Robert Sarah, question investigated at request of Pope Francis