The bond between the Sicilian mafia and American crime families is as strong as ever, it has emerged. Decades after their links were immortalised in The Godfather trilogy, police have swooped in on members of a major crime family.
A state-approved dating app has been released in Iran to stem the tide of divorces. Hamdan, which means "companion" in Persian, claims to find matches "only for bachelors seeking permanent marriage" and just one wife.
A rooster who prevailed in a legal battle for the right to crow has become the subject of an opera celebrating rural life. Le Coq Maurice opened at a farm theatre in France on Sunday and was inspired by the tale of a noisy bird and his irritated neighbour on the Atlantic coast island of Oléro
Music with more than 120 beats per minute has been banned in gyms in South Korea in order to stem Covid infections. Officials said the move was intended to prevent people from breathing too fast or splashing sweat on others.
A group of alleged fraudsters who dressed up as cardinals in order to dupe people out of millions of euros have been caught in an undercover police operation that saw officers themselves disguised – as priests. The accused were said to have tricked victims into meetings at the pontifical Grego
A millionaire socialite is facing jail after admitting to a £1.1 million fraud over a pumpkin sculpture she never owned. German socialite Angela Gulbenkian agreed to sell the 81-kilogram pumpkin, by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, to Hong Kong art collector Mathieu Ticolat.
A dramatic police chase ended when the suspect pulled into a McDonald's drive-thru and attempted to order food. Police began to tail Johanna Gardell, 38, after she allegedly stole a pickup truck and struck a number of vehicles with it.
A millionaire couple have agreed to hand over £4 million allegedly generated through the so-called "Azerbaijan laundromat". Suleyman Javadov and Izzat Khanim Javadova have been under investigation by the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA) for years.
A part-time footballer lost a £55,000 personal injury claim after scoring a remarkable goal on live television with his allegedly injured foot. Callum Saunders, 33, scored from more than 40 metres away, near the halfway line – but his accomplishment turned out to be an own goal.
Dogs who flunked out of police academy because they were too timid, unfit or reluctant to bite people have been put up for auction. A police academy in Liaoning, a north-eastern province of China, will put 54 dogs up for sale later this week, CNN reports.
Restaurants must provide recyclable containers to diners who want to take food home under a new rule to curb food waste which has come into effect in France. Long seen as a practice associated with inferior US cuisine, restaurants will now be legally obliged to furnish doggy bags upon request. Only
A man has been arrested after jumping out of a passenger jet during take-off, injuring himself in the process. The man, who has not been named, apparently decided to make a late exit from the flight after an on-board altercation.
A wanted man was arrested after giving police officers a fake name – which happened to be the name of another wanted man. Ernest McBride was arrested in Mexico after giving his name to police as Brian Andrews, who is wanted in Florida in connection with a fatal road traffic collision.
Two nude sunbathers who had to be rescued after being startled by a deer and getting lost in a forest have been fined. The two men had to call for help after they got lost in the Royal National Park in New South Wales, Australia, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.