Category Archives: OFFBEAT

German woman has quadruplets

A 65-year-old German woman has given birth to quadruplets after undergoing an artificial insemination procedure, Germany’s RTL television reports. It says Annegret Raunigk had three boys and a girl by…

The man who cut out his own appendix

During an expedition to the Antarctic, Russian surgeon Leonid Rogozov became seriously ill. He needed an operation – and as the only doctor on the team, he realised he would…

The metal that brought you cheap flights

It made the age of cheap foreign holidays possible, and for years it was what made margarine spreadable. Nickel may not be the flashiest metal but modern life would be…

Kazakhstan: Villagers put Stalin back on pedestal

Kazakhstan’s last full-size statue of Joseph Stalin has been rebuilt after resourceful villagers clubbed together to raise funds, it’s reported. The statue was toppled not by revolution, but by a…

Tiny islands key to ownership of South China Sea

South East Asia says it’s “seriously concerned” about China’s building of artificial islands in disputed parts of the South China Sea. In response, China says it’s “severely concerned” about the…

107 schools renamed after Peshawar victims

Pakistani authorities have renamed 107 schools after the victims of last year’s massacre at a Peshawar school. More than 60 schools in Peshawar are among the institutions now bearing the…

Film-maker defends India rape film

A British film-maker has defended an interview with a convicted Indian rapist, hours after authorities there launched a slew of legal measures. Leslee Udwin denies claims that she broke a…

Maharashtra bans beef

The Indian president has approved a bill which bans the slaughter of cows and the sale and consumption of beef in the western state of Maharashtra. Anyone found breaking the…

Bill Gates world’s richest person again

Bill Gates has been declared the richest man in the world for the 16th time by Forbes magazine’s annual ranking of global billionaires. The Microsoft founder once again beat Mexican…

Dozens of Australian women ‘supporting terrorism’

Up to 40 Australian women have either taken part in terrorism or supported terrorist groups, officials say. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has said that an increasing number of young women…