'Upside Down’ House Attracts Tourists To South African Town

Visitors take pictures of themselves in rooms that have sofas and chairs hanging from the ceiling.

French mayor defends Smurf rally after outcry over virus

The mayor of a small French town on Tuesday defended hosting a record-breaking gathering of 3,500 people dressed as Smurfs at the weekend, after accusations that the event increased the risks of spreading the coronavirus. "We must not stop living... it was the chance to say that we are alive," mayor Patrick Leclerc of Landerneau in western France told AFP.

Flouting the fever: Love in the Time of Coronavirus

Some in Paris, seen by its fans as the capital of romance, seem happy to flout the advice against physical contact and put their quest for love first. On Camille's second date with Olivier, who she met via dating app Tinder, he offered her a sip from his drink at a Paris movie theatre.

Dutch PM breaks own coronavirus handshake rule

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte was caught shaking hands on television just moments after telling the country to avoid the traditional greeting to halt the spread of coronavirus. "We'll do it again," added Rutte, before trying out the elbow-tap recommended to avoid transmission of the virus -- and then putting his arm around Dissel's shoulder to lead him offstage. Rutte had earlier set out to the nation the new steps that public health authorities recommended to curb its spread.

'Military training' as China's footballers ordered to stay trim, beat virus

Chinese football clubs and national teams must undertake "spring military training" to defeat the coronavirus and help fulfil President Xi Jinping's dream of making the country a force in the sport, officials said. Matches in China are indefinitely suspended over the outbreak but the football association has issued detailed orders, telling clubs how long players must train each week, what exercises they must do and even how slim they must be.

Armed gang steals $15 million in Chile airport heist

Heavily armed thieves stole around $15 million from an armored security truck at Chile's Santiago airport on Monday, one of the biggest heists in the country's history. The gang arrived in the airport's cargo area aboard two vehicles, police colonel Oscar Figueroa told reporters. Police prefect Jorge Sanchez said the booty consisted of $14 million and one million euros.

I put a spell on you: Hong Kongers vent political anger with ritual

Hong Kongers are seizing on an ancient ritual to relieve their frustration after months of political upheaval, turning to 'villain hitting' to curse troublesome people. Although a year-round tradition, villain hitting, also known as a petty person beating, is considered more effective on Jing Zhe –- the year's first thunder according to the lunar calendar, which fell this week.


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