Train roof riders to get brush off
Indonesia has come up with a bizarre plan to deter commuters from riding on train roofs -- swat them with brooms drenched in putrid gloop.
Railway official Ahmad Sujadi says the contraptions will be installed at select crossings and anyone still defying the roof-riding ban risks being "whipped".
Miss Piggy to ham it up at the Baftas
Miss Piggy has been announced as the official red carpet host at the Bafta Film Awards this year.
The star of 'The Muppets' will meet best actor nominees George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Gary Oldman and Jean Dujardin at the Orange British Academy Film Awards 2012, to take place at the Royal Opera House in London's Covent Garden on Sunday.
Doh! Iran bans Simpsons dolls
Iran has banned dolls of 'The Simpsons' cartoon characters, who join Barbie and others on a toy blacklist.
A spokesman noted that any doll on which genitals are distinguishable, as well as dolls of adults, are banned.
Gun enthusiast shoots himself
A weapons fan is recovering after accidentally shooting himself in the leg at a gun show in Georgia, US.
Charles Lake was leaving the show at the Savannah Civic Centre when he fired into his leg while loading a pistol he had just bought.
Welch separates from husband
Denise Welch fought back tears as she revealed on live TV she had separated from husband Tim Healy.
The actress, who recently won 'Celebrity Big Brother', confessed on chat show 'Loose Women' that they had split "some time ago". The couple have two children.
Holden: 'family is now complete'
Amanda Holden has assured fans she is feeling "fabulous" and declared: "Our family is complete."
The 'Britain's Got Talent judge' (40) had been in a critical condition following the birth of her second daughter Hollie a fortnight ago, spending several days in intensive care.
The hole of fame awaits top digger
Over a thousand people gathered on the outskirts of Tokyo, shovels and ladders in hand. Their goal: to dig their way to victory in the Japan all-national hole-digging competition, and claim the coveted Golden Shovel.
The annual contest, now in its 12th year, offers awards for the deepest hole, the most creative hole and the most original costume worn during the digging.
Australia's PM dismisses plot
Embattled Australian prime minister Julia Gillard insisted she will lead her unpopular government to victory at elections next year despite persistent reports that foreign minister Kevin Rudd was plotting to overthrow her in an internal power struggle.
Speculation that Mr Rudd will soon move against the woman who ousted him as prime minister in 2010 is dominating political reporting in Australia and destabilising Ms Gillard's government, which opinion polls suggest is heading for electoral defeat.
No end in sight to UK's big freeze
The treacherous weather conditions gripping Britain look set to continue with temperatures likely to plummet to -9C, forecasters have said.
As the road and rail network struggled with the freezing conditions, travellers were warned of dangerous driving conditions in central and northern England as small showers turn to ice.