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Black Sea rescue attempt blows up

Turkish rescue workers retrieved an inflatable sex doll from the Black Sea after police were notified by panicked residents who mistook it for a woman's body floating offshore.

Police cordoned off a wide stretch of beach and sent a team of divers into the water to rescue what appeared to be a drowning woman.

City to vote for tiny apartments

San Francisco officials will today vote on changing building regulations to allow the construction of the tiniest apartments in America.

The proposal would permit the building of apartments as small as 20.4sqm. Backers of the move say the smaller apartments would provide a cheaper option for the city's many single residents for whom rent has become unaffordable.

The trick is to stop breathing air

Breathing the air in parts of Europe is shortening people's lives by almost two years, a new EU report has found.

The report did not name the worst areas, but said Poland and other industrial regions of eastern Europe had particularly high levels of air pollution. London had the worst air quality of any EU capital.

Four children die in car bomb blast

Four schoolchildren have been killed by a suicide car bomb in Iraq.

The device exploded near a primary school in the centre of the town of Hit, 85 miles west of Baghdad. Six other children were injured in the blast which came a day after the start of the new school year in Iraq.

Death sentence for 14 Islamists

An Egyptian court has sentenced 14 militant Islamists to death by hanging and four others to life imprisonment for attacking army and police forces.

The men, members of a militant group called Tawheed and Jihad, were charged with killing three police officers, an army officer and a civilian in the attacks in the Sinai Peninsula last year.

Thief finds time to steal forty winks

Police in Oregon responding to a burglary call found a 20-year-old man asleep on the kitchen floor of a home.

Officers think he entered through an unlocked door and was in the process of stealing items when he fell asleep. He is charged with burglary, attempted theft, trespassing and criminal mischief.

Irish Independent