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British embassy cat in Jordan appointed chief mouser

AMMAN At the British embassy to Jordan, a former rescue cat is settling into his new position as chief mouser - as a traditional well established in the ministries of London goes global.

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India gives 'king of sweets' a geographical tag to end bitter rivalry

KOLKATA, India India has awarded a "geographical indications" tag to rosogolla, the king of Indian sweets, after a years-long battle between two neighboring states over the ownership rights.

Nov 14 2017

Suitcase of sapphires and other gems worth 1 million pounds stolen from London train

LONDON British police were hunting for an unidentified man on Tuesday after a suitcase containing 1 million pounds ($1.3 million) worth of gems was stolen from a luggage rack on a train at London's Euston station.

World, Nov 14 2017

Australia 'brings a smile' with Ferry McFerryface, but not everyone gets the joke

SYDNEY In the grand tradition of Britain's Boaty McBoatface, Australian authorities are christening one of the ferries crossing Sydney's world famous harbour Ferry McFerryface, but some union workers aren't amused.

ArtsNov 14 2017

Kenya craftsmen to build boat out of plastic waste

LAMU, Kenya The beaches of Kenya's idyllic Lamu island are dotted with traditional Swahili stone and coral houses, mansions built by European royalty, the odd donkey and, increasingly, tidal lines of plastic trash.

Environment, Nov 10 2017

'That's art?' Baby turns heads in Manhattan auction house window

NEW YORK A sculpture of a baby sleeping in an unusual New York City exhibit has Park Avenue window-shoppers alerting auction house staff that a child has been “forgotten in the display.” | Video

Arts, U.S.Nov 10 2017