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  • Hilly piano stunt a concerto effort

    For days, the Southern California hilltop was alive with the sound of mystery when hikers found a battered upright piano sitting on a graffiti-scrawled concrete slab. But the scene at Topanga Lookout in the Santa Monica Mountains, between...

  • Man's pet lion has five-cub litter

    Man's pet lion has five-cub litter

    It's a baby boom for the owner of a pet lion in central Pakistan. The African lioness named Queen has given birth to five healthy cubs - double the usual two or three-cub litters among lions. Malik Fazal Abbas said he has had four-year-old Queen...

  • Baby 'pet' orangutan rescued from chicken cage takes first steps

    Baby 'pet' orangutan rescued from chicken cage takes first steps

    Buti, a baby orangutan who was left malnourished in a chicken cage before his rescue in Indonesia, has taken his first steps after months of painful physical therapy.    Little Buti was being kept inside a cramped chicken cage when he was found in...

  • Brazilian bus falls through hole into flood waters in Brazil

    Brazilian bus falls through hole into flood waters in Brazil

    A bus fell through a large crater that had formed in a road in northern Brazil and was carried away by rushing flood water on Monday. The passengers were able to escape the doomed bus before it was swallowed up by the massive hole and nobody was...

  • Special delivery for Pope Francis

    Special delivery for Pope Francis

    A pizza maker jumped a barricade and hand-delivered a pizza to Pope Francis during his visit to the southern Italian city of Naples last Saturday, as he was being greeted by cheering crowds on his Popemobile. A video posted online on Sunday,...

  • Computer power 'could heat homes'

    An energy company is joining forces with a tech start-up to harness computing power to heat homes in the Netherlands. Eneco, a Dutch-based energy company with more than two million customers, said it is installing "e-Radiators" - computer servers...

  • Whales die despite rescue bid

    Whales die despite rescue bid

    It was always a race against time to save this pod of pilot whales stranded in Bunbury harbour in Western Australia. Twelve of them have died despite the best efforts of local people and wildlife experts to refloat them. The animals were first...

  • Parents, friends help Indian students cheat

    Parents, friends help Indian students cheat

    Scores of friends and family help Indian students cheat in state exams, viewed as make-or-break tests that could transform the lives of millions growing up in poverty. Yiming Woo reports.

  • Giant stingray found

    Giant stingray found

    A five-metre female giant whiptail stingray was caught in the Mae Klong River in Thailand. Wildlife presenter Jeff Corwin explained his research about the stingray to Sky TV. See below.

  • Rare eagle brings bird's eye view to record flight

    Rare eagle brings bird's eye view to record flight

    It was a world-record attempt aimed at promoting awareness for endangered eagles. Darshan, a rare imperial eagle, took off from the roof of the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, on Saturday with a camera strapped to its back,...

  • Nude Pakistan motorcyclist gets dressing down as video goes viral

    A Pakistani motorcyclist has been arrested in the eastern city of Lahore after police caught him riding naked along a busy road, days after a video of his exploits went viral on social media. Police got word on Saturday that Shehroz Khan, 20, was...

  • Woman fills village with dolls

    Woman fills village with dolls

      A Japanese woman has filled a village with dolls as the population in the area declines. Chris Meyers reports. The taciturn dolls are scattered around the town of Nagoro and vastly outnumber the 35 human residents. They are all creations of...

  • Reports of paper's demise premature

    The historic Nevada newspaper where Mark Twain cut his journalistic teeth is back in publication for the first time in three decades, and its owners plan to uphold tradition by offering more than just real news. The Territorial Enterprise was...

  • Rare giant tortoise births hailed

    For the first time in a century, babies of the endangered Pinzon giant tortoise have been born in the wild in the Galapagos islands, scientists said. An expedition in 1970 found only 19 adult tortoises on the archipelago's Pinzon island, averaging...

  • Owl's reign of terror halted

    A falconer has captured an aggressive eagle owl that terrorised a Dutch town by swooping out of the sky and sinking its talons into people's heads. The bird earned the nickname "terror owl" in Purmerend, 20 kilometres north of Amsterdam where it...

  • Costa Rica volcano awakens after 20 years

    Costa Rica volcano awakens after 20 years

    Costa Rica's Turrialba volcano erupts, sprinkling ash that reached as far as the capital San Jose some 50 kilometres away. Vanessa Johnston reports.  

  • Elephant Day in Thailand

    Elephant Day in Thailand

    Elephants in Ayutthaya, Thailand, north of Bangkok, were treated to a fruit buffet today as elephant handlers known as 'mahouts' celebrated National Elephant Day. The celebration, chaired by Ayutthaya's Govenor Apichart Todilokvech, kicked off...

  • 300-year-old pretzels unearthed

    Two pretzels unearthed during a dig on the banks of the Danube in the German city of Regensburg could be more than 300 years old - and they are little different to the doughy product available today. Dorothee Ott, spokeswoman for the Bavarian...

  • Pakistan seizes Qatari prince's prized falcons for illegal hunting

    Pakistan seizes Qatari prince's prized falcons for illegal hunting

    Wildlife officials in Pakistan fined a Qatari prince and seized two of his prized hunting falcons after he was discovered illegally hunting a rare bird species. The confiscated falcons - which can be worth upwards of $250,000 each - were released...

  • Mass grave unearthed beneath Paris supermarket

    Mass grave unearthed beneath Paris supermarket

      Archaeologists have unearthed a mass grave from medieval times hidden in the cellar of a busy Paris supermarket, discovered during renovation work. Some 150 skeletons were found, set in three parallel rows, neatly arranged in separate burial...

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