‘Electros’ and ‘Bells Angels’: first biker gangs on electric cycles

Duisburg (dpo) - Authorities are alarmed: the Electros, Germany’s first gang of electric cyclists (or ‘e-bikers’), was founded last weekend. Competing gangs, including the Bells Angels and the E-Mongols, were established in other cities of the Ruhr district around the same time. Police are now concerned about an increase in gang violence.
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Saudi Arabia forces WhatsApp to veil emojis

Riad (dpo) - Over a billion people use WhatsApp – but in ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia, the American messaging service now faces trouble. The Grand Mufti of the Saudi Kingdom issued a fatwa against unveiled emojis as they violate the nation’s own strict interpretation of Islam and therefore must be veiled at once.
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12 pack: Durex introduces a ‘year’s supply’ pack of condoms for married couples

Slough, UK (dpo) - The well-known condom manufacturer Durex has announced the launch of bulk packs of condoms marketed specifically towards married couples. According to the manufacturers, these new packs will contain 12 condoms which are absolutely safe and precisely measured out in number to cater for exactly one year of marital sex.
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Father proud of otherwise good-for-nothing son’s first-rate cannabis farm

Calgary, Canada (dpo) - Frank Milski is very proud: today, the 51-year-old discovered that his son Ben has secretly been cultivating a fully functional cannabis farm. Frank Milski has always thought of his son as a useless loser. Ben had dropped out of school by age 17. Now, though, Frank is truly impressed with Ben’s dedication. After all, the excellent state of the plants is evidence that he puts in a lot of hard work and the ability to run an illegal drug operation accounts for quite a feat of logistics that should not be underestimated.
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Syria announces military support for moderate US rebels

Damascus (dpo) - The Syrian government plans to support the pro-democratic forces within the USA against the authoritarian regime in Washington by military means, as has been announced by President Bashar al-Assad in a speech today.
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USA: black man survives stop-and-search-operation unwounded

Greensboro (dpo) – In the US, there has been a sensational incident again between a Police Officer and an Afro-American citizen. In a stop-and-search operation in Greensboro, North Carolina, 29-year-old Dwayne Harris was apparently neither killed nor brutally beaten up. The American public are puzzled about the Officer’s motives, who idly allowed several opportunities for use of violence to lapse.
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Man falls asleep on recumbent bicycle, wakes up in Bulgaria

Leipzig, Plovdiv (dpo) - This morning, a cyclist from the eastern German city of Leipzig was in for a rude awakening: on an outing on his recumbent bike, the 43-year-old man had fallen asleep and only when he awoke did he realise that he was actually in Bulgaria.
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