Hoop troupe: Croquet an unlikely hit for Vietnam retirees

Best known as a historic pastime among Europe's upper crust, croquet has found an unlikely fan base among Vietnamese retirees eager to fill their diaries and move their limbs. "We don't have to move a lot when playing croquet... and it also exercises our brains," Nguyen Van Tuu told AFP from the dirt pitch in the capital's Soc Son district.

The 17 Weirdest Halloween Costumes Of 2019

A funny "deer in the headlights" couples costume will let people know the state of your relationship in just one glance.

Bear Family Breaks Into Home And Cub Parkours Down The Staircase

Don't worry -- the mama and her young were safely escorted out of the Lake Tahoe home by the BEAR League, a local group that helps bears in sticky situations.

Supertyphoon Hagibis gives new wind to Philippine disco band

For a four-decade-old Philippine disco band, the namesake supertyphoon bearing down on Japan has brought a sudden rush of interest in its macho act.

New Caledonia to hold new independence poll from France in 2020

France's Pacific island territory of New Caledonia will hold a second referendum on independence next year, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said Friday. Voters in a November 2018 poll chose to remain part of France by 57 percent to 43 percent, a result hailed by President Emmanuel Macron as "historic". French since 1853, New Caledonia is a remote island territory in the southwestern Pacific and has around 270,000 inhabitants.

Polish city declares free transport for readers of Nobel laureate

Public transport will be free through the weekend for anyone carrying a book by Poland's newly minted Nobel literature laureate Olga Tokarczuk in her western city of Wroclaw, local officials said Friday. "As soon as we heard the news Thursday that Olga Tokarczuk won the Nobel, we wanted to share our joy with all the residents of our city which recently made the writer an honorary citizen," city hall spokesman Przemyslaw Galecki told AFP.

Ukraine's Zelensky 'breaks record' for world's longest press conference

Volodymyr Zelensky, a popular comedian before he was elected president of Ukraine this spring, promised to bring a fresh kind of politics to the ex-Soviet nation. Around eight hours into the marathon event, Zelensky's first major press conference since coming to power in May, a representative of the agency stood up to deliver the news.

Belgrade's naked 'Victor' statue to be restored

Symbol of Belgrade, the "Pobednik" (Victor) statue, which has overlooked the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers since 1928, was taken down from the city's Kalemegdan fortress Thursday to be restored. Initially, Belgrade commissioned the statue from sculptor Ivan Mestrovic to mark the defeat of the Ottoman empire during the First Balkans War in 1912-13.

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