Tips for Santa and other odd stories

Oslo – Norwegian reindeer owners have a Christmas safety tip for Santa – put reflectors on his fleet-footed animals so they won’t get hit by cars. About 2 000 reindeer have been fitted this month with reflective yellow collars or small antler tags to cut down on the car crashes that now kill 500 reindeer a year and pose a danger to motorists across Arctic Norway.

Cuban eggs (not cigars) fall foul of US Customs
Miami – A Cuban-American father and daughter face a possible jail term or hefty fines after their attempt to bring 72 unhatched pigeon eggs from Cuba to the United States fell foul of US Customs. The United States maintains a long-running trade embargo against Cuba that prohibits commercial imports from the communist-ruled island and often leads to seizures of illicit shipments of Cuban cigars destined for US connoisseurs.

Is that really Kate?

London – The design for an official commemorative coin to mark the engagement of Britain’s Prince William and Kate Middleton was unveiled this week, but not everyone might recognise the bride-to-be. The depiction, based on photographs of the couple at a sporting event, bears some resemblance to William but less so his fiancée.

Suspect parcel in Berne is Christmas present – police
Zurich – Part of the European Union embassy in Berne was evacuated yesterday after a scare over a suspect package – but it turned out to be a Christmas present, Swiss police said. The parcel was investigated and was quickly declared to be safe, the Berne police said in a statement.

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