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Italian cheesemakers have developed a microchip as small as a grain of rice to be used in their battle against cheese counterfeiters. The Parmigiano Reggiano Consortium (PRC) said microtransponders installed in over 120,000 parmesan rinds to date are among "new methods" being deployed to help custom

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The owners of a popular 50-acre sunflower field have begged visitors to stop stripping off to take risqué photographs among the flowers. Stoke Fruit Farm in the south of England said there had been at least six incidents of "naked photography taking place" since the end of July, CNN reports.

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A football tournament intended to promote world peace descended into chaos after hundreds of people brawled over political disagreements until riot police were deployed. The annual Canada World Peace Soccer Tournament in Edmonton was called off at short notice due to rain, but hundreds of people gat

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Hikers in the French Alps have been warned they face fines of up to €750 (around £640) if they pick protected flowers on their walks. Thousands of génépi sprigs and edelweiss flowers were seized by French police during a week-long operation earlier this month, with 20 hikers

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A pair of American tourists were left stranded at the top of the Eiffel Tower overnight after drinking too much. The men had tickets to visit the tower on Sunday evening but were found to still be there on Monday morning when staff arrived to open one of the world's most popular tourist attractions.

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Hollywood blockbuster Barbie has been banned in Algeria for allegedly promoting homosexuality. The film – which has generated more than $1 billion at the box office worldwide – has been screened in Algerian cinemas for the past three weeks.

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A restaurant has come under fire for charging diners €20 to slice a birthday cake brought from home. The disgruntled group had already spent €124 (around £106) on pizza in the restaurant in Sicily before asking a waiter to slice their cake.

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A winery which boasted of its "unique process" has been forced to surrender thousands of bottles of wine illegally fermented in the ocean. California-based Ocean Fathoms offered bottles "adorned with barnacles, coral, sea shells and ornate hard shelled tubes formed by annelida sea worms" after under

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A school district in Florida is limiting pupils' exposure to Shakespeare in response to the state's controversial "don't say gay" law. Hillsborough County's public high schools will now only permit students to read specific excerpts of Shakespeare that do not include suggestive or sexual content.

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A car collecting 360-degree imagery for Google Street View led police on a 100mph chase before crashing into a small stream of water. Police in Middletown, Indiana say the car, complete with Google livery and mounted cameras, was seen driving past a high school at more than 100mph, well in excess of

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Litter-picking volunteers unexpectedly discovered a package containing a kilogram of cocaine worth up to £100,000 while cleaning a Cornwall beach. The wrapped package was found by volunteer beach cleaners taking part in an event organised by the 2 Minute Foundation last weekend.

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A notorious Italian mobster has been apprehended after being spotted in a photo of celebrating S.S.C. Napoli football fans in Greece. Vincenzo La Porta, 60, fled Italy 11 years ago and was sentenced in absentia to 14 years' imprisonment in connection with organised crime, tax evasion and fraud offen

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A fast food restaurant manager has been charged after allegedly inventing a fake employee and pocketing their wages for nearly a year. Linda Johnson, 35, a manager at a Wendy's restaurant in Los Angeles, is accused of creating a "ghost employee" named William Bright and clocking him in and out 128 t

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A police force that boasted of having seized a large volume of chocolate and sweets from men who were "acting suspiciously" has been widely mocked on social media. Lewisham Central Policing Team tweeted photos of a large haul of chocolate bars – including popular brands such as Galaxy and Aero

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A real estate agent has incurred a hefty fine of $20,000 (around £12,000) for drinking milk directly from the container while showcasing a house for sale. During a viewing in 2022, the Canadian real estate agent, Mike Rose, became parched and opted to quench his thirst with milk from the selle

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