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If you put all the books you own on the street outside your house, you might expect them to disappear in a trice. But one man in Manila tried it - and found that his collection grew.
Hernando Guanlao is a sprightly man in his early 60s, with one abiding passion - books.
They're his pride and joy, which is just as well because, whether he likes it or not, they seem to be taking over his house.
Guanlao, known by his nickname Nanie, has set up an informal library outside his home in central Manila, to encourage his local community to share his joy of reading.
Lord Lucan's son breaks silence over father's disappearance
Lord Lucan's son has spoken for the first time about the mysterious disappearance of his father 38 years ago following the murder of family nanny Sandra Rivett.
In his first in-depth interview about the murder, George Bingham insisted he was certain his father was not the killer.
But he said that he did hope his father had been involved in some way as it would make him "feel better" about his disappearance.
Dutch citizen Maria Petronella has been battling with Campello local police for the return of her car, almost five years after it was first impounded.
The saga of the Porche 911 started when the previous owner of the vehicle was preparing to drive it to Amsterdam after selling it to Mrs Petronella.
He was stopped at a routine checkpoint by the local police and after a search of the vehicle officers found an out-of-date 'padrón certificate and would not believe that the man was no longer a resident in Spain.
By Tom Cain
Prince' Wiliam's chopper plucks drowning girl from rip tide. He captained an RAF helicopter which plucked the 16-year-old to safety after she and another girl were swept out by a rip tide.
The five-strong Sea King crew had just returned to base from another mission when they were sent to two girls in distress.
Holidaymakers on the beach could only watch as the teens fought the strong tide at Silver Bay on Anglesey, North Wales.
Master Aircrew Harry Harrison was winched into the water to rescue the elder girl, who had been bodyboarding.
A Frenchman who lost all his limbs in an electrocution accident has completed a swim to link five continents. Philippe Croizon said he wanted to be an inspiration to other disabled people
Using tailor-made flippers, Philippe Croizon finished his quest by crossing between the US island of Little Diomede and Great Diomede in Russia, joining Asia and the Americas.
The 44-year-old has swum three other straits since May.
Reaching shore, he said the icy waters had been a challenge.
Three Ryanair flights approaching Valencia airport in Spain had to call mayday emergencies because of low fuel -- two of them within three minutes of each other, it has emerged.
All three Ryanair aircraft had been diverted from Madrid, about an hour's flight time from Valencia, because the Spanish capital was beset by serious thunderstorms two weeks ago.
It meant that other aircraft which were flying into Valencia, some of them also diverted from Madrid, had to remain in a holding pattern and give priority to the Ryanair flights to land.
A woman in Listowel, Co. Kerry turned up to a charity shop in great distress stating that she had accidently left €5,000 in the toe of an old pair of boots which she had donated to the store the week before. The woman maintained she had used the boots to stash €5,000 and had accidently left them at the charity shop amongst several other items of clothing and shoes which she gave to the store.
The Santiago Pub Crawl tours around Barrio Bellavista attempt to pass on the knowledge of a variety of different bars and nightclubs for different tastes. It wasn’t to mine.
I’ve been on a lot of these organized pub crawls in Europe, and some have been better than others. Generally, the idea is that you can see the most interesting bars and meet people who speak English. These bars are typically either unusual or popular.
It could easily be mistaken for a community in Jamaica. The smell of jerk chicken whiffed through the air from blackened jerk pans while black, green and gold clothing and souvenirs adorned the stalls.
This may not be a real Jamaican community, but organisers of Festival Jamaica 2012 certainly came close to recreating one within six minutes walk of the Olympic Park here where hundreds of thousands will be gathered daily to watch the games.
We all wondered who would light the torch - and in the end the organisers sprang a surprise as seven teenage athletes lit copper petals - brought in by each of the 204 countries - which converged in spectacular fashion to form the cauldron in the middle of the Olympic Stadium.
Outside the fireworks were equally impressive and could be seen for miles.