Spider bite 'worse than child birth
A grandmother who was taken to hospital after being bitten by a garden spider has described the pain she suffered as being "worse than childbirth".
Jean Stirziker (69) had to undergo treatment on her hand at Blackpool Victoria Hospital after she was nipped by the tiny spider that was hiding in her gardening glove.
Chocolate bar that won't melt in sun
Chocolate-maker Cadbury has developed a temperature-tolerant Dairy Milk that does not melt in hot weather.
The bar can withstand 40C heat for more than three hours. But American food group Kraft, which owns Cadbury, said the product will only be sold in warmer countries because there is "no market" for it in the UK.
Toxic cough syrup kills 13 addicts
At least 13 people have died in Pakistan after drinking cough syrup suspected of being toxic. Police said they were all drug addicts who took the medicine in an attempt to get high.
They died at various hospitals in the eastern city of Lahore.
Picasso camera sells for €1.68m
A camera used by a photographer who documented the life of artist Pablo Picasso has sold for a world-record price of €1.68m.
The Leica m3d belonged to David Duncan, a former photographer for 'Life' magazine and a close friend of Picasso. Manufactured in 1955, the camera is one of only four made.
Cost of that festive present up by 6pc
Seven swans, six geese and five golden rings are on the list of Christmas gifts that cost more than they did a year ago.
And all 364 items repeated throughout 'The Twelve Days Of Christmas' carol will cost 6.1pc more this year at $107,300 (£83,000), according to an annual US Christmas Price Index.
Army faces 1,000 sex abuse claims
A retired judge will examine sex abuse claims by more than 1,000 Australian military personnel going back to the 1950s.
The earliest case relates to the alleged abuse of a 13-year-old navy trainee in 1951, while the most recent was said to have happened last year.
Cartel buries 19 victims in grave
Nineteen bodies have been discovered in Mexico's northern border state of Chihuahua, including 11 apparently long-dead men and eight others who were tortured and killed in recent days by drug gangs.
Yesterday officials said that the male victims were apparently buried two years ago.