In today's news roundup, Russian voters approved changes that could allow Vladimir Putin to lead the country until 2036, Mississippi finally drops a flag that many consider racist, and a man in Turkey goes paragliding - on his couch.
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Among the more unusual news stories recently…Prague holds an outdoor dinner at a 550 yard (500 meter) table, a contest app keeps players' fingers glued to their screens for days, and a Berlin transportation company wants smelly riders.
Scientists have been surprised and impressed with the long-distance travel of two birds recently, a common cuckoo who flew from southern Africa to Mongolia, and an eastern curlew, who flew from Australia to China.
A surprising activity has become popular among cyclists in recent months. It's called "Everesting" - riding up and down a hill until you've ridden "up" enough to have reached the top of Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain.
In 2019, Robert Julian-Borchak Williams was wrongly arrested for stealing five watches from a store. Though he didn't do it, he was arrested after his face was "recognized" by a computer system. Now he's making a complaint against the Detroit police.
Scientists have discovered that massive amounts of microplastics are falling into remote areas in protected US national parks every year. The tiny bits of plastic are carried there by winds and rains.
A second election has brought Malawi a new president - Lazarus Chakwera, who took nearly 60% of the vote. In Poland, the lack of a clear winner in Sunday's voting means the country will hold a runoff election on July 12.