The Calabrian mafia has allegedly been converting cocaine into “coal” to avoid alerting the authorities when importing the product from Colombia. The supposed scheme emerged after 65 people were arrested, including two police officers.
A nearly 140-year-old copy of writings by Friedrich Engels, the lifetime brother-in-arms of Karl Marx, has been returned to a library decades after it went missing. The 1883 collection of Engels' writings went missing in the 1960s after being borrowed from the city library in Mönchengladbach in
A police officer rapped by a judge for drinking a can of Coca-Cola while appearing in court by video link has been ordered to distribute 100 cans to local lawyers. The officer, who was giving evidence to Gujarat High Court in western India, was spotted sipping from the can at the start of the hearin
A courthouse dramatically went into lockdown after suspicious packages on its doorstep were reported to police – which turned out to be from Taco Bell. Police set up a perimeter around the federal courthouse in Tuscaloosa, Alabama after employees raised the alarm, blocking adjacent streets to
Hundreds of people have volunteered to be locked up in a brand-new prison as part of a test run for the facility. The new prison in Zurich, Switzerland, has capacity for 241 remand prisoners, but authorities decided to test the facility on local volunteers before it opens in April, Swissinfo reports
The greatest hits of Barry Manilow have been weaponised against protesters by authorities in New Zealand. Anti-vaxxers have set up camp outside the country's parliament, which has started playing music on a loop through its speakers in a bid to disperse them.
A right-wing US politician with a penchant for conspiracy theories has been widely mocked after appearing to confuse the Nazi Gestapo with "gazpacho" – a chilled Mexican soup. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has faced social media bans for promoting antisemitic conspiracy theories, excoriated "Nan
A security guard has been sacked after defacing a valuable Russian painting by drawing eyes on its blank-faced figures with a ballpoint pen. The guard took a pen to Anna Leporskaya's avant-garde painting Three Figures on his first day working at the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center in the city of Y
Jurors in a high-profile criminal case in Quebec have been supplied with cannabis to pass the time until they reach a verdict. The jury has been sequestered while considering kidnapping charges brought against a local businessman. The jurors are staying in a hotel and will not be allowed to return h
A priest dubbed “Don Euro” because his flock had unknowingly funded his lifestyle of swingers’ parties, diamonds, luxury holidays and the services of sex workers has been jailed for extortion. Luca Morini, who has been defrocked by the Vatican, was sentenced to seven-and-a-half yea
Charles Darwin stole his theory of evolution from a Scottish naturalist, a criminologist has said. Dr Mike Sutton says his research proves “overwhelming” similarities between On the Origin of Species and the work of Perthshire-raised Patrick Matthew.
Two TV judges walked off the set of The Masked Singer after the disguised contestant was revealed to be former Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, according to reports. The show sees a panel of four judges try to guess the identity of a performer wearing a unique costume, with celebrities and politicians al
Security officers at the Pentagon, in Arlington, Virginia, yesterday caught an unlikely intruder – a lone chicken. Animal welfare officials were called to pick up the wayward fowl after it was "caught sneaking around the security area at the Pentagon".
A scheme to allegedly smuggle thousands of coconuts filled with liquid cocaine into Europe has been foiled by Colombian authorities. The shipment of 19,780 coconuts was seized in Cartagena, a major port in the north of Colombia, shortly before it was due to leave for the Italian port of Genoa, The T
The studio behind children's TV phenomenon Peppa Pig is suing a Vietnamese rival over its cartoon about a childlike wolf. Vietnamese-owned Sconnect's Wolfoo cartoon, which has become a massive YouTube hit, has drawn some comparisons to Peppa Pig in terms of its format and characters.