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Sri Lankan church service prints Tupac rap lyrics by accident

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Christmas carols aren’t supposed to have lyrics like “revenge is like the sweetest joy…” but that’s exactly what churchgoers in Sri Lanka saw in booklets at a carol service on December 11. What they expected was the words to the Hail Mary, a common Christian prayer. What they got instead was the profanity-laced lyrics to rap legend Tupac Shakur’s Hail ...

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Snow falls on Sahara desert for first time in 37 years

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This might not be the first place you’d expect to find a festive snowy scene, but incredible images show the Sahara desert looking particularly chilly. It is just the second time in living memory that snow has fallen, with the last occasion being in February 1979. The pictures were taken by amateur photographer Karim Bouchetata in the small Saharan desert ...

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Couple weds after 41 years of dating

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A Texas couple that waited 41 years before marrying says they “saved the best for last.” Bill and Linda Bownds met while Bill was a PE teacher at Linda’s daughters’ school. Linda was recently divorced. They were 30 and 31 at the time. The couple, now in their 70s, don’t have a specific reason for why they waited so long ...

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Babies made from three people approved in UK

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Babies made from two women and one man have been approved by the UK’s fertility regulator. The historic and controversial move is to prevent children being born with deadly genetic diseases. Doctors in Newcastle – who developed the advanced form of IVF – are expected to be the first to offer the procedure and have already appealed for donor eggs. ...

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India doctor to operate on ‘500kg’ Egyptian woman

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An Egyptian woman, believed to be the world’s heaviest woman at 500kg (1,102lb), will soon be flown to India for weight reduction surgery. Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, 36, will be flown on a chartered plane to Mumbai where bariatric surgeon Dr Muffazal Lakdawala plans to operate. The Indian embassy in Cairo initially denied her visa request as she was ...

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Malaysian student who spent 4.6 m on handbags pleads not guilty

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The Malaysian student accused of splurging $4.6 million on luxury items after Westpac mistakenly gave her account an unlimited overdraft has pleaded not guilty. Christine Jiaxin Lee arrived at Sydney’s Downing Centre Court on Tuesday wearing ripped jeans, a Monster energy drink cap and white canvas shoes. The 21-year-old’s lawyer, Hugo Aston, told Daily Mail Australia they would be ‘vigorously ...

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Cleaner in Saudi Arabia showered with gifts after social media mockery

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A cleaner in the capital of Saudi Arabia was given a set of gold jewels and promised thousands of riyals after he was ridiculed on social media when a photo of him staring at a jewelry shop display went viral. An Instagram user had mocked the cleaner, who is from Bangladesh but works in Riyadh, by posting the photo with a caption ...

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Dead stowaway discovered in wheel of plane at South African Airport

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A dead body was found on Wednesday in the wheel well of a Nigerian plane after it landed in South Africa, the airline said in a statement. The body was found on a plane operated by Arik Air, one of Nigeria’s largest airlines, that had departed from the country’s commercial hub of Lagos and landed at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International ...

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Israeli men who refuse divorce to be jailed

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Israeli husbands who refuse to grant a Jewish religious divorce to their wives can now be indicted and face stiff prison sentences, the justice ministry has said. After years of rabbinate control of religious divorces, the ministry said the judiciary was going to get involved in order to “liberate” women. Hundreds or even thousands of women in Israel have been ...

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Man marries cobra he believes is his reincarnated girlfriend

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A man has married his pet snake because he believes his dead girlfriend came back to life as the cobra. The snake was spotted by the man in South East Asia, who said it bore a ‘striking resemblance’ to his former lover. He and the 10ft serpent now spend every day together watching TV, sharing romantic picnics by the lake, ...

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