Builders get it wrong
Builders sent in to renovate an 18th Century chateau in western France reduced it to rubble instead, according to the Russian owner of the property.
Dmitry Stroskin was shocked to learn that workers who were supposed to tear down an outhouse instead bulldozed his stately pile.
Driver finds €390,000
Vienna's transport authority says a city bus driver checking a bag left behind by a passenger found the surprise of his life – €390,000.
Transit authority spokeswoman Anna-Maria Reich says the driver handed the stash to police, who tracked down the owner, an elderly woman. But the driver has nothing to show for his honesty. Weeks later, the owner has not contacted him to offer a reward.
£1m artwork windfall
Paintings dating back to the 14th Century, which have hung on the walls of a village church in England for around 150 years, have fetched almost £1m (€1.2m) at auction.
The paintings depicting Christ were revealed to be valuable artworks by Italian artist Niccolo di Pietro Gerini after cleaning work was carried out in the 1990s. Until then, the works had hung at St Michael and All Angels' Church in East Sussex.
Bad Santa gets sack
A shopping centre in Maine has sacked Father Christmas after children and parents complained he was rude.
Jessica Mailhiot and her daughter Chantel (6) said when she visited Santa at the Maine Mall in South Portland he was rude and would not let the girl sit on his lap when they said they did not want to buy a $20 (€15) photo.
Portly police targeted
Pot-bellied police in Indonesia's capital have been ordered to exercise.
Anyone over 220lbs must follow the weight-loss programme started because of the growing number of overweight officers, said Jakarta police spokesman Colonel Rikwanto.
According to Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, the apocalypse is near.
In a spoof video promoting a radio station, Ms Gillard provided hair-raising details that she said would come when the world ends this month, as the ancient Mayan calendar predicted.
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