French police say thieves raided the hotel room of a representative of Swiss jeweller Chopard and made off with jewels.
A life-size "Barbie Dreamhouse" designed to show off Barbie's Malibu lifestyle is set to open in Berlin today.
Silencing a noisy cockerel and supplying Olympic tickets were among the unusual requests made to British consular staff abroad last year.
A pensioner has celebrated her 99th birthday by abseiling from the top of an 11-storey building.
Doris Long, from Hayling Island, Hampshire, took part in the fundraising event off the 110ft (35m) high University of Portsmouth's Mercantile House in aid of The Rowans Hospice in Waterlooville.
It is the 13th major abseil for Ms Long who took part in her first such challenge at the age of 85. In 2012, Ms Long broke her own Guinness World Record for the oldest person to abseil.
A United Nations food agency is pushing a new kind of diet high in nutritional value and good for the environment - edible insects.
The Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) hailed the likes of grasshoppers, ants and other members of the insect world as an underutilised food for people, livestock and pets.
A new report says two billion people worldwide already supplement their diets with insects.
Eva Ursula Muller, Director of Forestry Economics Policy and Product Division at FAO, "While most edible insects are gathered in forests, the UN says mechanisation can ratchet up insect-farming production".
"In the West people don't eat insects yet, even though in some restaurants we can already see them. But once we have developed better technologies for farming insects, they have really a large potential for becoming a major food source," she added.
An Australian building earmarked for demolition put up more of a fight than anticipated when a controlled explosion failed to topple it.
The silo, once a barley storage facility for a beer brewer, was left standing at an angle for about 40 minutes after a blast using 100kg of explosives proved insufficient.
The demolition team in Redbank, near Brisbane, tried pushing and digging to bring the building down, before a giant jackhammer finally did the job.