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​May the force be with… Torbay? English Riviera boasts almost as many Jedi as Muslims
There are nearly as many self-described Jedi Knights as there are Muslims in the picturesque seaside area of Torbay, according to figures from the last UK national census.

29.01.2015 13:40

‘Olympicopolis’: Smithsonian plans new London museum
America’s Smithsonian Institution is planning to open its first international museum outpost in London, as part of its “Olympicopolis” multimillion dollar project in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

28.01.2015 13:41

​#NoMorePage3: The Sun axes topless models
The UK’s top selling newspaper has stopped printing ‘Page 3’ topless models after a run of 44 years, delighting critics of the “sexist” images and angering both fans of the feature, and those who see it as an issue of freedom.

20.01.2015 09:38

Russian Orthodox Christians take chilling plunge to mark Epiphany (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
Hundreds of thousands of people across Russia plunged into freezing waters to mark the Orthodox Epiphany on Sunday. Moscow, in particular, made special arrangements to allow the faithful to cleanse their souls – despite the frigid temperatures.

18.01.2015 22:28

Naked weddings? Ministers moot marriage law reform, including nudist ceremonies
Nudist weddings could soon be on the agenda following a radical shake-up of marriage law ordered by ministers.

13.01.2015 15:32

Right-wing English Defence League thugs attack Russell Brand book group – thinking comedian would be there
A group of right-wing English Defence League thugs gatecrashed a Newcastle upon Tyne book club meeting because they mistakenly thought author and comedian Russell Brand would be present.

13.01.2015 13:21

Russian ‘Leviathan’ wins Golden Globe for best foreign language film
A Russian film, ‘Leviathan’, by renowned director Andrey Zvyagintsev has won the Golden Globe for best foreign language film, for the first time in almost 50 years.

12.01.2015 07:22

Russell Brand and Dizzee Rascal to be studied in UK schools
Pop culture icons Russell Brand and Dizzee Rascal will be studied as texts in English A-levels after September 2015 as the UK exams regulator attempts to update the syllabus to reflect the broader uses of the English language.

08.01.2015 09:52

Orthodox Christians prepare to celebrate Xmas as bitter cold strikes Russia
Teeth-chattering weather descended on Russia on Christmas Eve, with temperatures falling to -25C in Moscow and -35C in the remote region of Yakutia, as hundreds of thousands of believers are expected to attend Midnight Mass in the capital and elsewhere.

06.01.2015 13:50

Sanskrit shocker! Claims of 7,000yo inter-planetary planes shake up Indian Science Congress
Ancient knives so sharp they could slit a hair in two, 24-carat gold extracted from cow dung and even 7,000-year-old planes that could travel to other planets. Those are just a couple of the startling claims made at this week’s Indian Science Congress.

05.01.2015 10:12

​A renaissance for Crimea? Peninsula looks with hope to the future
A few days before the end of 2014, I visited Crimea to see the immediate effects of its re-unification with Russia. I found a peninsula largely content with its historic choice but grappling with a future that, while promising much, won't be easy.

03.01.2015 15:51

'Hands off Pikachu!' China under fire over mass poisoning of Pokemon 'prototype'
China has for five decades carried out a mass poisoning campaign against a tiny rodent believed to be the inspiration for a much-loved Pokemon anime character. But now scientists say the animal is not a pest, and its extermination harms nature.

04.01.2015 12:37