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Pet owners are being asked to register their dog's unique "noseprint" with city authorities in a pilot aimed at reducing pet insurance fraud. The initiative in Hangzhou, in eastern China, requires pet owners to use an app to upload a picture of their dog's nose in exchange for a digital ID card.

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A couple who famously pretended that their six-year-old son was trapped in a runaway weather balloon have been pardoned. Richard and Mayumi Heene were convicted in 2009 for orchestrating the "Balloon Boy" hoax in Colorado, USA, which captivated TV audiences earlier in the year.

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Young couples are increasingly asking lawyers to write social media clauses into their pre-nuptial agreements. Family law firm Fields and Dennis, based in the US city of Boston, said young couples are worried about their online reputations in the event of a divorce.

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City dwellers who relocate to rural France will not be able to complain about the sound of church bells or the smell of manure under a new law. A bill to restrict the ability of urban incomers to take court action over "a little nuisance" has now cleared both houses of the French parliament, The Tim

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Egyptian police have arrested a woman who made "indecent" cupcakes with penis-shaped frosting. Photos of the controversial cakes, some of which had frosting shaped like buttocks and underwear, went viral on social media.

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A teenager who was rapped for supporting Black Lives Matter protests turned the tables on her mother by turning her in for allegedly trying to storm the Capitol. Helena Duke, 18, took to Twitter to highlight footage of her mum, uncle and aunt among the mob of pro-Trump rioters who wreaked havoc earl

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An alleged doughnut thief has been arrested for impersonating a police officer. A shopkeeper in Utah, USA called police after a man wearing a "sheriff's deputy" jacket stole a doughnut and fled in a pickup truck.

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Thieving monkeys at a Hindu temple in Bali know which items their victims value the most and pilfer accordingly, researchers have found. The long-tailed macaques at the Uluwatu Temple seem to be aware that humans are more likely to give them food in return for items such as electronics rather than l

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A pigeon which somehow travelled 8,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean is being hunted by authorities as a possible quarantine risk. Australian officials are trying to capture and destroy the bird as a "direct biosecurity risk to Australian birdlife", Al Jazeera reports.

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Yellow mealworms have become the first insects cleared for human consumption by scientists at the EU's food safety agency. The use of the "whole, dried insect in the form of snacks" and its use as an ingredient in other products "is safe under the proposed uses and use levels", a panel established b

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A woman declared dead by a court is still struggling to undo the ruling more than three years after pointing out she's still alive. Jeanne Pouchain, a 58-year-old from a town near the French city of Lyon, was ruled dead in 2017 during a long-running dispute with a former employee.

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A Stalin-themed kebab shop has been apparently liquidated by state officials less than a week after opening its doors. Police have detained the owner of the controversial Stal'in Doner kebab shop, where food was named after Soviet figures and staff wore NKVD uniforms, The Times reports.

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An Italian pasta maker has apologised after naming a product in apparent tribute to Mussolini's military campaign in Ethiopia. La Molisana has promised to rename the "Abissine" pasta, named after fascist Italy's 1930s colonial war in what was then known as Abyssinia.

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A pair of bungling burglars were arrested after accidentally calling the police on themselves, police have said. Two men in their 40s were arrested in the English city of Stoke-on-Trent after receiving a "suspicious call" on Wednesday night, The Guardian reports.

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French police officers narrowly missed being pelted with stolen wine bottles worth hundreds of euro as they pursued thieves in a high-speed motorway chase this week. The burglars allegedly stole hundreds of bottles of Burgundy Grand Crus wines worth an estimated €350,000 from the wine cell

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