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Airport customs officials have foiled an attempt to smuggle a looted Babylonian treasure dating from the second millennium BCE. The antiquity, believed to be worth at least hundreds of thousands of pounds, was identified in a customs declaration as a "carved stone for home decoration" worth just "30

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A lecturer at a top Scottish university was reported to police over an alleged "hate crime" after quoting Trainspotting on Instagram. James Mooney, a film and philosophy lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, screened the cult classic for a delegation of visiting American students last month.

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A man who drunkenly banged on the doors of a closed courthouse after mistaking it for a pub has been fined. Gareth Murphy, 47, was discovered by patrolling gardaí and arrested for being intoxicated in a public place.

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A senior judge has decided to sleep next to a small dairy farm to help resolve a dispute over the sound of cowbells throughout the night. Judge Johannes Nagorsen suggested that he and his colleagues spend a night listening to cows to help bring an end to the farm's long-running dispute with its neig

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It will soon be legal to have sex outside of marriage in the US state of Utah following new legislation. The state legislature voted by 41-32 this week to repeal the misdemeanour crime of fornication.

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A judge who told jurors to acquit a human trafficking suspect because God had told him she was innocent has been disciplined. Judge Jack Robison, a district court judge in Texas, made the remarks during the trial of a woman charged with continuous sex trafficking and the sale or purchase of a child,

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Local authorities would be banned from banning plastic straws for the next five years under a bill proposed by a Florida senator. The law would see the US state slap local authorities with a $25,000 fine if they try to regulate single-use plastics before the completion of a study into the environmen

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Vets are being inundated with cases of dogs that have been ingesting marijuana and getting stoned. Dogs are finding and eating marijuana on the Massachusetts peninsula of Cape Cod, leaving their owners worried.

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A mystery donor handed over €32,000 to tax collectors with a note identifying it as "conscience money". The cheque was one of several anonymous payments received by Revenue over the past three years, totalling €62,562.

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Police have arrested a man who seemed to dip his testicles into another man's salsa in a video published online. The video was allegedly recorded by a delivery driver who was delivering food from a local Mexican restaurant to a customer in the US state of Tennessee.

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A bill to allow drivers to run red lights during low traffic has been approved by US legislators. The proposed law was approved by 39-34 in the Utah House of Representatives.

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A federal US court has been forced to discard a judgment it issued in spite of the judge who wrote it having died. Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit was listed as the author of a majority opinion issued 11 days after his death, CNBC reports.

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A Kim Jong-un lookalike has been deported from Vietnam ahead of a visit this week from North Korea's leader, who is meeting with US President Donald Trump in Hanoi. Howard X, a Hong Kong resident, staged his own summit with Trump impersonator Russell White last week.

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Adventurer Bear Grylls is facing a fine of up to €2,500 after he caught, killed, gutted and boiled a frog for a television show. Grylls, 44, was accused by officials in Bulgaria, where the show was filmed, of violating local laws protecting flora and fauna.

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The cat of late fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld is set to "inherit" some of his $170 million fortune, according to reports. Lagerfeld, the creative director of French fashion house Chanel and Italian fashion house Fendi, died on Tuesday.

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