Singapore minister sheepishly admits woolly thinking over cotton

Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing made the error in a video interview on Saturday while attempting to explain tiny Singapore's reliance on foreign trade. It was not long before Chan cottoned on to the error, and said he had a "good laugh" when he realised what he had done. "To any one (especially young children) watching the video -- cotton definitely doesn’t come from sheep, it comes from cotton plants!" he said in a Facebook post.

Paris cafes to get extra terrace space as lockdown eases

Restaurants, cafes and bars in Paris will be able to put more tables outside when they reopen Tuesday after two months of lockdown, allowing them to serve more clients even as their inside dining rooms must remain closed. While other restaurants across France can fully reopen Tuesday, the high number of COVID-19 cases and higher contagion risks in the densely populated Paris region prompted authorities to allow only limited operations for now.

Gibraltar moves to protect its monkeys against coronavirus

Authorities in Britain's tiny enclave of Gibraltar, fearful of a coronavirus epidemic among its famous Barbary monkeys, have banned tourists from touching the animals. The macaques, Europe's only wild population of monkeys, are a popular tourist attraction, and local folklore has it that Gibraltar would cease to be British if the monkeys were to leave the Rock.

Move over James Bond; India returns alleged bird spy to Pakistan

Indian police have released a pigeon belonging to a Pakistani fisherman after a probe found that the bird, which had flown across the contentious border between the nuclear-armed nations, was not a spy, two officials said on Friday.

Monkeys Steal Coronavirus Patient Blood Samples From Lab Tech In India

Eyewitnesses reportedly saw one of the monkeys chewing on a sample collection kit at the top of a tree.

Most childish thing to come out of lockdown is this explanation about touching other people’s balls

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22 Teddy Bears On A Roller Coaster Are Having The Time Of Their Fluffy Lives

The Dutch theme park Walibi Holland put the plush bears onto its Untamed coaster, and it looks like they're loving it.

World's officially oldest man dies in UK aged 112

The world's oldest man, according to the Guinness World Records, has died from cancer in Britain at the age of 112, his family confirmed on Thursday. Bob Weighton, a former teacher and engineer from the central English county Hampshire, died "peacefully" in his sleep at home on Thursday morning, they said. Weighton took up the title of the oldest man in the world in February after the death of the previous holder, Chitetsu Watanabe of Japan.

Rare cognac fetches record price at auction: Sotheby's

Auctioneers Sotheby's said on Thursday that an "exceedingly rare" bottle of Cognac preserved since the end of the 19th century had set a new auction sales price record. The cognac, bought by an Asian private collector, was known as "Grand Frère" -- or the "Big Brother" -- of the trio, the auction house added. Its little sister is housed in the museum of the French cognac distillery Maison Gautier, while its little brother was sold at auction in New York in 2014.


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