Exorcism and prayer are among the most important tools used by police against drug gangs and criminals, Colombia's top police official has said. Flanked by crucifixes and other Catholic symbols decorating his office, police chief General Henry Sanabria told local media that he had "seen" and "felt"
Italy is to ban flour made from crickets, locusts and insect larvae from being used in pizza and pasta. Though insect-based foods have been approved by the European Union and are being talked up as a new eco-friendly superfood, the Italian government is concerned about the country's cuisine being as
A trademark dispute between Jack Daniel's and a dog toy branded "Bad Spaniels" has gone to the Supreme Court of the United States. The whiskey distillery claims that its brand is being harmed by the plastic chew toy, which is shaped like one of its distinctive whiskey bottles.
Prison officials in the US have been left red-faced after two inmates tunnelled their way to freedom using a toothbrush in scenes reminiscent of The Shawshank Redemption. Prisoners John M. Garza, 37, and Arley V. Nemo, 43, used "primitive-made tools constructed from a toothbrush and metal object" to
A police sniper rifle dramatically landed on the St Patrick's Day parade in Buffalo, New York after being blown over by a gust of wind. Buffalo Police said it is continuing to investigate the circumstances in which a sniper rifle fell from a building and landed within feet of parade spectators, WGRZ
Members of the public have a right to be rude at town hall meetings and can compare town officials to Hitler if they want to, a US court has ruled. Local officials in Southborough, Massachusetts have been left disappointed by a new ruling from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court which struck do
A major US city has scrapped a twinning agreement it inadvertently struck with a self-declared micronation led by a wanted sex offender. In January, a delegation from the self-declared "United States of Kailasa" met with the mayor of Newark, New Jersey and signed a sister-city agreement at a public
Giving someone the middle finger is a "God-given" right which belongs to "every red-blooded Canadian", a judge has ruled. Judge Dennis Galiatsatos said it is "not a crime to give someone the finger" as he dismissed a criminal harassment charge brought against a man in Quebec following complaints fro
A prominent YouTuber who was elected to the Japanese parliament is to be expelled after failing to turn up to a single session since his election eight months ago. Yoshikazu Higashitani, also known as "Mr. GaaSyy", became famous online for his celebrity gossip videos before being elected to the Japa
An American woman caught smuggling cannabis into Jamaica told officials she did it to prove to her friends that the US product is superior. Courtney Elizabeth Baker, 37, was caught with seven parcels containing three ounces — around 85 grams — of cannabis when she arrived at Sangster Int
Northern soul fanatics have warned thieves who stole £250,000 worth of rare vinyl records that they have "nowhere to hide". The rare collection of records was stolen from the home of Birmingham DJ Ted Massey after a gig in Nottingham last month, The Times reports.
A big cat found wandering the streets of a US city was found to have a taste for something stronger than catnip — cocaine. Dog wardens in Cincinnati, Ohio were called out to the city's Oakley neighbourhood following reports of a "leopard" up a tree.
A man has taken revenge on his adulterous ex-wife by marrying her lover's wife. In retaliation for his wife eloping with her lover, the mononymous Neeraj, from the Indian state of Bihar, got his own back by marrying the wife of the man with whom she had had a long-running affair.