In brief: Faggots recipe ban
A Facebook user has told how he was banned from the site for saying: "I like faggots."
English food lover Robert Wilkes (54), a former MoD guard who grew up in Tipton, West Midlands, was recalling his fondness for a classic English dish from his childhood. Mr Wilkes was bewildered when he had his Facebook account shut for 12 hours for using "homophobic language". "Faggot" is offensive US slang for gays.
AXE PRANK BACKFIRES
US police have arrested two 18-year-old men accused of pretending to attack each other with an axe and then using it to threaten passers-by while videotaping their reactions.
Officers went to a petrol station in Vancouver, Washington State, after a report from a couple that a man in motorcycle gear wielded an axe at them after attacking someone with the weapon.
CHAVEZ WALL 'MIRACLE'
Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro said an image of his political idol and predecessor, the late socialist leader Hugo Chavez, had appeared miraculously in the wall of a construction site.
Mr Maduro also accused US-based social network Twitter of colluding with his foes in a "massive attack" on his and other government members' accounts.
CHINA CARD RESOLUTION
China's ruling Communist Party has banned officials from sending or printing new year cards or calendars if they have been paid for with public funds, the latest step in the government's crackdown on waste, extravagance and graft.
"The printing and production are more and more extravagant, and the waste is greater and greater," the central government said on its main website.
US BORDER ARRESTS UP
The US Border Patrol said agents made about 420,000 arrests in the year that ended in September, a 15pc increase from the previous year.
It is the second consecutive year that arrests went up since the Border Patrol recorded a near 40-year low in 2011.
BEING GAY ON DOWNTON
'Downton Abbey' star Rob James-Collier has said it is "easier" playing a gay character in the hit TV drama.
The actor told the 'Jonathan Ross Show': "I actually found it easier. The way I was thinking was that if you kiss a girl you worry about 1) How big is her boyfriend? 2) Is he in the building watching and is he going to kick the s**t out of you? 3) What is my missus going to think of it?