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Kidnapped twins fight off car thief with toy snake

Seven-year-old twin boys fought off a car thief after he tried to drive away with them and their baby sister in San Antonio, Texas.

Luis and Lucius Lozada were inside the family car parked outside their home when their mother went inside briefly to get a baby bottle.

A man jumped into the car and started driving it away, but one of the twins kicked the car thief from behind, while the other hit him with a toy snake.

The man released the three children about a mile from their home. So far no one has been arrested.

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Portuguese Navy fails during new drone presentation

A video has appeared on YouTube as well as Portuguese news channels, showing the Portuguese Navy crashing a drone in front of the media, along with Portuguese Defense Minister Aguiar Branco.

Yesterday, the minister visited a Navy base in Alfeite to watch a test unmanned aircraft that will soon provide surveillance for the coast of the country - but during the demonstration the aircraft was thrown directly into the river.

According to Portuguese daily newspaper Diário de Notícias, Branco attended the presentation and said before the device was thrown that this "will be highly effective in missions the Navy has to fulfill."

Afterwards the minister was quoted as saying: "This explains why it is always necessary to invest a lot in training at the right time so that the tasks do not fail."

Russian 'ghost car' causes accident at junction

A 'ghost car' apparently appearing from nowhere and causing a crash at a junction in Russia has left observers baffled.

The incident was captured on a Russian dashboard camera and shows a black car strangely appearing at the front of the vehicle in front before driving off.

The driver who filmed the episode then hit the car glanced by the first vehicle.

The video, uploaded two weeks ago, has amassed over 1 million views, with many people unsure how the car appeared there.

North Korean gripe over hair advert reaches Whitehall

Complaints from the North Korean embassy against a hair salon's poster poking fun at their leader's unusual hairstyle has reached the corridors of power in Whitehall.

The Foreign Office confirmed it received a letter of complaint from the North Korean embassy this week
The Foreign Office confirmed it received a letter of complaint from the North Korean embassy this week Credit: ITV News

The Foreign Office has confirmed it received a letter this week complaining about the picture of Kim Jong-Un which was displayed in M&M hair Academy's window in South Ealing.

The advert said: "Bad Hair Day? 15% off all gent cuts through the month of April."

Staff at the west London salon were confronted by two men claiming to be North Korean officials over the marketing stunt earlier this month.

Read: Salon manager forced to destroy Kim Jong-un poster after 'scary' confrontation

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Otter palava: Animal swipes camera and takes selfie

Musa the otter's other hobbies include juggling pebbles. Credit: Owen Humphreys /PA Wire

An inquisitive otter became the latest 21st-century being to take a selfie when it snapped itself with a professional photographer's camera.

Musa, a resident of the Washington Wetland Centre in Tyne and Wear, used a GoPro camera belonging to a Press Association photographer that it found lying on the ground.

Owen Humphreys, 41, said: "I had just put the camera down and the otter came up to the bars and snatched it in both paws. The craze for selfies has gone mad."

Musa's selfie is being hailed as an important breakthrough in ph-otter-graphy.

Edinburgh pandas given help with artificial insemination

The UK's only female giant panda has been artificially inseminated after failed attempts to help her mate naturally.

Tian Tian the panda
Staff's hopes of a pregnancy follow last year's disappointment when the pair did not mate. Credit: PA

Edinburgh Zoo bosses were hopeful that Tian Tian would mate with her intended partner Yang Guang this year.

But after her hormone levels started to fall quickly they turned to artificial insemination, using samples from the male.

Experts say they will not know for certain whether Tian Tian is pregnant until she gives birth, which could be in August or September.

Computer breakdown may force space walk

Astronaut James H. Newman waves during a spacewalk. Credit: Reuters

A computer breakdown at the International Space Station may require a spacewalk by astronauts.

Nasa said a back-up computer on the outside of the orbiting lab was not responding to commands.

The main computer, called an MDM or multiplexer-demultiplexer, is working and the six-man crew is in no danger. But the computers control some robotic functions that would be needed for next week's planned visit by a private SpaceX supply ship.

Mission Control will decide shortly as to whether the computer can be repaired or must be replaced.

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