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Michael Jackson memorabilia seized from the vice president of Equatorial Guinea will be used to help pay for Covid-19 vaccines for the country, US authorities have said. Obiang Mangue was required to sell the memorabilia, as well as a $30 million California mansion and a Ferrari, as part of a 2014 s

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A couple who wanted to name their newborn son "Vladimir Putin" have been refused permission by Swedish authorities. The couple, who live in Laholm in south-western Sweden, submitted the name to authorities but were told it could "cause offence" or "distress" to their child.

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Funeral directors in the UK have been ordered to display a standardised price list in their windows and on their websites. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) gave the funerals sector three months to implement changes to make it easier for families to arrange a funeral within their budget.

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A lawyer was arrested after dressing up as Michael Myers from the Halloween horror movie franchise and strolling around with a bloody knife. Texas attorney Mark Metzger said he was "pranking" his home town of Galveston by wandering on the beach in the scary costume, the Galveston Daily News reports.

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A middle-aged Liverpudlian spent three nights in a maximum-security jail after being mistaken for one of Italy's most-wanted mafia bosses. Prosecutors apologised to the 54-year-old, named only as Mark, after he was arrested at gunpoint at a restaurant in the Hague and taken blindfolded to jail, Dutc

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Police conduct rules in Utah have been revised to explicitly ban sexting or masturbation while on duty. The gap in the rulebook was discovered by the Utah Peace Officer Standards and Training Council in a number of recent cases of officer discipline, FOX13 reports.

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The Pope sent 15,000 ice creams to inmates at two Rome prisons in an act of charity this summer. The Office of Papal Charities said on Tuesday that it "has made small evangelical gestures to help and give hope to thousands of people in Rome's prisons".

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Police officers in an intense armed stand-off were left stunned after an unrelated woman suddenly sailed through the scene on a golf cart while stark naked. Officers in Dunedin, Florida had surrounded a building where suspect Myles Abbott – who had already accidentally shot himself in the leg

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The mayor of Rome has reported a neighbouring regional government to criminal prosecutors over its alleged failure to prevent wild boar invading the capital city.

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A medical committee's decision to refuse a kidney donation from a convicted criminal has been overturned by a court on the basis there is no such thing as a "criminal kidney". A judge in the southern Indian state of Kerala said the organ transplant authorisation committee should not have examined th

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French police and gendarmes have been told off for inappropriate online behaviour on the likes of Tinder and TikTok. One gendarme who posed in his uniform in his Tinder profile and wrote "if you have to be screwed by the forces of order, you might as well consent and enjoy it", was suspended.

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Three French police officers have been arrested after crashing their car when one of them jokingly used a Taser on the driver. The officers were finishing their shift and driving back from Tourcoing to nearby Roubaix, both near the border with Belgium, at the time.

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A neo-Nazi terrorist has been ordered to read classic novels in lieu of a prison sentence. Judge Timothy Spencer QC told 21-year-old Ben John to swap his extremist literature for the works of Jane Austen and William Shakespeare.

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A solicitor has been suspended after being caught using a disabled blue badge she was not entitled to. London lawyer Nina Koushi was caught parking in a disabled space in November 2019, just months after qualifying as a solicitor, the Law Society Gazette reports.

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A couple have been ordered to pay over £22,000 to their son after they binned his massive porn collection. An expert in porn valuation told a court that the destroyed collection was probably worth $30,441.54 (around £22,139), MLive.com reports.

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