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Anne Sewell

Digital Journalist based in Fuengirola, Malaga, Spain. Joined on Jun 13, 2010
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Foul-smelling beer withdrawn from sale in Norway

The smell of the beer was compared by consumers to, well, human flatulence, to put it politely. Customers complained about the foul odor and Mack brewers was forced to withdraw the brew from stock.

Rome man begs police to take him to jail due to house arrest hell

Rome - It seems house arrest isn't quite what it's cut out to be. A 37-year-old Italian man has begged the Rome police to put him in jail, after suffering nearly three months of constant fighting with his wife while under house arrest.

Norwegian cyclists hospitalized after drinking soap detergent

Oslo - The makers of a certain new clothes washing detergent are seriously considering changing their labeling after six thirsty Norwegian cyclists were hospitalized after drinking the product, thinking it was a sports drink.

Two Moroccan children found hiding under camper van in Tarifa

Tarifa - Two Moroccan children, aged eight and nine, were found by police in Tarifa, Spain, hanging on to the undercarriage of a camper van as they attempted to sneak into the country.

Wild ginseng poacher heads to jail as Feds crack down

Bryson City - Billy Joe Hurley, 46, of Bryson City, North Carolina was broke and quite simply just trying to make a living. Unfortunately he chose to continue to illegally poach wild ginseng, putting the species at risk, despite several arrests and warnings.

Rubble Bucket Challenge raises awareness for Palestine (video)

Gaza - Following the massive success of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a journalist based in Gaza decided to launch a "Rubble Bucket Challenge" in support of the people of Gaza who have suffered from the recent Israeli air strikes.

'Plaza de marihuana': Police uncover huge plantation in bullring

It seems some people found a much better use for a bullring in Almogía in southern Spain. Unfortunately for them, they were caught growing thousands of marijuana plants instead of the usual "corrida" or bullfight.

Zara withdraws 'Holocaust' shirt for kids from stock

Zara, the large Spanish clothing manufacturer, was called to task for selling a navy-and-white striped shirt for children featuring a gold, six-pointed star on the front, strongly resembling the uniforms worn in the Nazi concentration camps during WWII.

Ice bucket challenge using fire fighting plane goes wrong

Girona - Many people think that the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has gone way too far, and they could well be right. A Belgian man, taking part in an Ice Bucket Challenge with a spectacular difference, has been injured and is currently in hospital in Girona, Spain.

Animals in Madrid theme park enjoy treats in the heat (Video)

Madrid - Summer in Spain can get pretty hot and the animals in Madrid's Faunia animal theme park feel the heat too. To help them keep their cool, zookeepers have come up with some novel frozen treats for the animals.

Robbers foiled in 'Ocean's Eleven' style bank job in Elche, Spain

Elche - Thieves were foiled when they attempted a sophisticated "Ocean's Eleven" style bank robbery in Elche in eastern Spain. It took them some time and a lot of ingenuity to dig a tunnel to the bank's vault, but they got caught in the final act.

King of Morocco mistaken for people smuggler off Ceuta shores

Ceuta - In a rather embarrassing incident, Spain's Civil Guard apprehended King Mohammed VI of Morocco while he was enjoying a summer boat trip in waters more commonly used by drug smugglers and human traffickers. Faces were red and apologies have been made.

Jonathan Kluth: Making great music with everyday things (Videos)

Berlin - Jonathan Kluth is an upcoming musician and singer with an excellent and very unusual sound. Hailing from Berlin in Germany, Kluth's great music includes his voice, his guitar, a violin, a piano, his car and everyday items in his own kitchen.

Danish tourist gets hit with €600 fine for dousing ciggy on beach

Alghero - Smokers beware when visiting beautiful Sardinia in Italy. A Danish tourist at the beach recently stubbed out her cigarette in the sand and got hit with a €600 fine for her bad habit.

Swiss tourists having sex on the run fined for no seat belt

Ibiza - Earlier in August on the swinging island of Ibiza there were three married couples from Switzerland, merrily having sex in the back of a van as it drove along. Police officers stopped the van and a routine breathalyzer test did not go quite as expected.

Aspiring singer fakes kidnapping to finance CD

Barcelona - A 22-year-old woman from Barcelona, Spain was arrested Thursday after allegedly faking her own kidnapping in the Dominican Republic. Apparently she needed to raise money to record a CD and hoped her father would hand over the necessary cash as a ransom.

Drunk Segway driver a first for Norwegian police

Oslo - Police in Norway have had a novel experience as they arrested their very first drunk driver on a Segway machine. The Norwegian government had only recently lifted a ban on the vehicles when the incident occurred.

Burial site for Black Death victims a first in Spain

Barcelona - When the Black Death plague hit Spain back in the 14th century, the population reportedly plummeted from around six million to a mere 2.5 million people. However, the first mass grave from that period has only now been discovered, in Barcelona.

Spanish psychologist suggests suicide as an option for pedophiles

San Sebastian - Javier Urra, a leading psychologist in Spain, admitted to guests at a book seminar held in San Sebastián, northern Spain on Monday, that he has recommended suicide to various recurring pedophiles and rapists who were his patients.

German Chancellor Merkel to walk Spanish pilgrimage with PM Rajoy

Santiago De Compostela - German Chancellor Angela Merkel is gearing up for a hike in the next few days, when she will join Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy for at least part of the famous "Camino de Santiago" (Way of St James) pilgrimage in north-western Spain.
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