Panda 'fakes pregnancy to get more food'

A live broadcast of a panda giving birth was cancelled when experts discovered the "mother" was faking her pregnancy to get more food.

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Ucas chief joins in on Hogwarts rejection joke

The chief executive of university admissions service Ucas has joined in on an internet prank that shows a student receiving a rejection letter from 'Hogwarts University'. The letter was posted on Twitter by @QuantumPirate as many received their A-Level results.

Ucas politely declines him a place at the fictional institution from Harry Potter due to "the fact that it does not exist". To confuse matters further, Ucas chief Mary Curnock Cook responded: "Of course it's genuine - silly muggles".

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Astronaut tweets picture of 'England' from space

American astronaut Reid Wiseman has tweeted a photo of the UK as seen from the International Space station.

The snapshot shows part of southern Wales near Dale in Pembrokeshire, although the American flight engineer, who has been on the ISS since late May, claims it is a picture of England.

Salmond takes Ice Bucket Challenge and nominates PM

The First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond, has taken the Ice Bucket Challenge in response to an invitation from Alistair Darling.

In return, he nominated Prime Minister David Cameron remarking that he "saw him in a wetsuit the other day so I know he's got the equipment".

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ALEX SALMOND HAS NOMINATED DAVID CAMERON FOR ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE. Over to you, PM. http://t.co/suHCvPby2e

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He was joined by the deputy leader of the Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon.

Man fakes kidnap to stay out partying and avoid partner

A man has been fined for wasting police time after he told his girlfriend he had been kidnapped when in fact he he had been out all night partying at a friend's house in Bolton.

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Police said the man's girlfriend was Credit: PA

Greater Manchester Police said in a statement:

At about 6.30pm on Friday 22 August 2014, a woman called her boyfriend, a 32-year-old man, and was told by the person who answered that he would not be allowed home until he had paid a £50 debt.

A short time later she received a text that said he would be home shortly and when she spoke to him again not long after he said he was being held against his will.

– Greater Manchester Police

The following day police located the man, who told officers it was a "wind up" and was promptly issued with a fixed penalty notice.

One man had even been arrested on suspicion of kidnap.

“Considerable resources and time then went into finding this man, who it transpires made the entire thing up so he could stay out and party," detective inspector Jo Clawson said.

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Police rescue snake from plant pot in Kent

Police in Kent appear to have been called out to rescue a snake trapped in a plant pot.

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Job of the day. Rescuing a grass snake which had woven itself into 2 holes at the bottom of a plant pot and got stuck http://t.co/pywrrG9F1p

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Sevenoaks Police later updated followers with the news that the grass snake had been freed but the plant pot had been destroyed.

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#police update on stuck grass snake. Snake released unharmed. Plastic plant pot did not fare so well. It will be missed.

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