Brave contestants run up a grease-covered pole attached at an angle to a barge in a harbor in Malta during an annual religious festival in the town of St. Julian's. The aim of the gostra competition, which dates back to the Middle Ages, is to snatch flags at the end of the slippery 10-metre (33-foot) pole before falling into the water.
A college librarian in Kentucky has found the 19th-century manuscript of a musical number that gave rise to one of the most widely performed songs in the world, "Happy Birthday to You," University of Louisville officials said on Monday.
More than a century after first-class passengers aboard the ill-fated Titanic ate grilled mutton chops and custard pudding in an elaborate dining room, the ship's last luncheon menu is expected to fetch up to US$70,000 in an online auction, a curator said on Monday.
One migrant is reviled, suspected of killing an elderly couple in Sicily; another has been hailed as a hero, killed after trying to prevent an armed robbery at a supermarket in Naples.
Despite an outcry from preservationists, the prestigious 53-year-old property shuts its doors for a makeover that will give way to a gleaming highrise hotel - the latest heritage building to face demolition in the ultra-modern Japanese megalopolis.
The 9,000-square-metre park (about 2.2 acres) lies in the southwestern Damascus district of Kafr Sousa, atop the ruins of recently bulldozed homes.
As a marriage counselor years ago, Neil Clark Warren saw first-hand how incompatibility led to unhappy matches.
The Finnish city of Oulu hosted the Air Guitar World Championships grand finale on Friday.
Crowds joined in for the traditional “Children’s Day” festivities at London’s Notting Hill Carnival on Sunday.
Oliver Sacks, the neurologist who studied the intricacies of the brain and wrote eloquently about them in books such as "Awakenings" and "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat," died on Sunday at the age of 82, his personal assistant said.