Funny old world: The week's offbeat news

From Shakira skewering her ex to a boozy cure falling flat... Your weekly roundup of offbeat stories from around the world.

- Shakira Pique-s her ex -

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, particularly when that woman is the self-styled Colombian "she wolf" Shakira.

The pop diva laid into her ex, retired Barcelona defender Gerard Pique, and his new girlfriend in a new song which was listened to 34 million times in just 17 hours.

Shakira, 45, took no prisoners as she eviscerated the 35-year-old footballer for leaving her in June for a younger woman, 23-year-old Clara Chia.

"You swapped a Ferrari for a (Renault) Twingo, a Rolex for a Casio," she sings in "BZRP Music Session #53".

"Lots of gym work, but work your mind as well," she added in a catty aside.

"I wouldn't go back to you, even if you cried or begged me ... I was out of your league and that's why you are with someone like you," she added in a swipe at Chia.

The track's release Thursday was accompanied by an airplane dragging a banner containing a line from the song: "A she-wolf like me is not for someone like you."

It is the third song in which Shakira has roasted the Catalan since their separation.

She wants to move with their two children to Miami but has been ordered to stand trial in Spain for evading 14.5 million euros worth of taxes.

"You left me the in-laws as my neighbours, with the press at the door and a debt to the treasury," sings Shakira, who denies any fraud.

"You thought you hurt me and you made me tougher, women don't cry any more, they bill..."

- Taxing times -

Shakira is not the only one who has been having trouble with their taxes.

Andorra's finance minister resigned after he was accused of not paying 60,000 euros on a family business.

Eric Jover Comas tried to make the best of it by congratulating the tiny country's tax inspectors who caught him for "doing their work so well".

- ...And breathe -

A hotel guest in Shanghai was so angry when his laptop went missing that he drove his sports car into the lobby, smashing anything that got in his way.

The 28-year-old lost his head after arguing with hotel staff. Shocked onlookers screamed at the driver and tried to smash the car's window to grab the keys.

"Are you crazy?" they shouted before the convertible came to a stop after slamming into a door frame.

The missing computer was later found outside the hotel.

- Hard to swallow -

It was too good to be true... A flurry of enthusiastic reports celebrating the news that "Drinking beer can help protect you from Alzheimer's disease" have fallen flat as a stale lager.

As AFP Fact Check proved, the Italian scientific study on which the reports were based merely suggested that hops -- which are used to flavour beers -- could have a potential to counter the amyloid proteins that may cause the disease.

Unfortunately, too many beers actually increase your chance of getting the degenerative condition -- just as any link, no matter how tenuous, between beer or wine being good for you regularly impairs journalistic judgement.

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