Vietnamese fireworks fans may have a noiser Tet than usual: the Ministry of Public Security intends to allow individuals to buy and set off "quiet" fireworks for the 2014 Lunar New Year, a first since fireworks were outlawed 18 years ago.
A pigeon stands at the rooftop of a building in Cairo 18 February 2006. (Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images)
The pigeon, named after Olympic gold-medalist Usain Bolt, is expected to be used for breeding more birds. Nine of the 10 most expensive pigeons sold at the auction were paid for by buyers from China or Taiwan.
Toronto mayor Rob Ford in happier times, waving the pan american flag during the Closing Ceremony of the XVI Pan American Games at the Omnilife Stadium on October 30, 2011 in Guadalajara, Mexico. (Dennis Grombkowski/AFP/Getty Images)
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has avoided questions about a video purportedly showing him smoking crack cocaine.
People dressed as chickens stage a dancing protest against animal cruelty on behalf of PETA in front of a McDonald's restaurant at Times Square in New York on October 28, 2010. (EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
“I have to make a lot of calls for work, and I have to tell people that I’m not a man,” Jacqueline Simpson was quoted by the New York Post as saying.