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  • London animals weigh in, Peruvian penguin aprehended

    London animals weigh in, Peruvian penguin aprehended

    The London zoo weighs their animals, rescued lions arrive in Colorado, and Peruvian police apprehend a penguin in this week's animal wrap. Sean Carberry reports.

  • Eight-year-old driver surprises police in Minnesota

    Eight-year-old driver surprises police in Minnesota

    A Minnesota State Police Officer had quite a surprise when he pulled over a car and a little kid in his pajamas was driving. The officer had a slow speed chase with a white car which ended when the car was driven into a driveway. An eight-year-old...

  • It's a boy! US National Zoo's surviving newborn panda is male

    Giant pandas Mei Xiang and Tian Tian have another son, Washington's National Zoo has announced. The zoo said the surviving panda cub is male and the son of its male panda Tian Tian. Mei Xiang gave birth to twins on Saturday but the smaller cub,...

  • Santa Claus spared bankruptcy

    Finland's Santa Claus Office has avoided bankruptcy thanks to the help of a new owner. Lapland Safaris Group said it had bought a majority of shares in Dianordia Oy, the company behind the Santa's office attraction in Lapland, and cleared its tax...

  • Mind the bridge...

    Mind the bridge...

    Police issued this surveillance video showing a delivery truck slamming into a bridge in Westwood, Massachusetts. The incident happened on August 22 - the latest in a series of incidents involving the low-clearance - but clearly marked - East...

  • Man kills friend while testing 'bullet-proof' vest

    A man who killed a close friend in the UK while "testing" what both thought was a bulletproof vest has lost his bid to appeal against his seven-year jail sentence. Lorry driver Ian Catley fired a shotgun at Philip Harper in a farmer's field near...

  • Video - Champion Bolt knocked down by Segway

    Video - Champion Bolt knocked down by Segway

    Usain Bolt stormed to the World Championship sprint double but a  runaway segway proved more problematic.   A TV cameraman was trailing Bolt's celebrations when the wheel of his segway rolled up on to a camera track, changing the vehicle's...

  • Video: Sinkhole in China swallows five people

    Video: Sinkhole in China swallows five people

    A sinkhole in China has swallowed five people in dramatic scenes that were captured on video. A provincial broadcaster says four people were injured in the incident on Saturday in the provincial capital of Harbin. The surveillance camera footage...

  • Deadly black widow spider hitches ride from California to the UK

    Deadly black widow spider hitches ride from California to the UK

    A deadly black widow spider which hitched a 5,000-mile transatlantic ride in a Volkswagen camper van is now safely secured behind alarmed glass. The female spider was discovered when the camper van's British owners took it for a tune-up after...

  • Kenya group hopes IVF can save white rhino

    Kenya group hopes IVF can save white rhino

    These two female northern white rhinos are quite literally among the last of a dying breed. There is just one other female and one other male left on the planet. They're considered extinct in the wild. Three of them live under armed guard at a...

  • Bristol vet saves Norwegian dog's life after 2,400-mile round trip

    A golden retriever is set to make a full recovery after being driven on a 2,400-mile round trip through eight countries to undergo a lifesaving operation in the UK. Pelle, from Oslo, Norway, was diagnosed with an intrahepatic portosystemic liver...

  • Japanese 112-year-old is world’s oldest man

    Japanese 112-year-old is world’s oldest man

    A Japanese 112-year-old has been formally recognised as the world’s oldest man by Guinness World Records. Yasutaro Koide, who lives in the central Japanese city of Nagoya, received the formal designation today as family and city dignitaries...

  • Asian tiger mosquitoes spotted in Paris

    Asian tiger mosquitoes, known to carry deadly diseases including dengue fever and chikungunya, were spotted in Paris for the second year running this summer, a local French health agency said. The striped insects were detected by a visitor to the...

  • Topless Times Square women will not be tolerated, New York mayor warns

    Women who pose nearly naked for photos in exchange for cash in Times Square will not be tolerated, New York City's mayor Bill de Blasio has warned. The practice seems to be on the rise at the busy tourist attraction. Many of the women wear only...

  • Dunking tomatoes in hot water before they ripen makes them taste better

    Tomatoes sold in supermarkets can be made to taste better by dunking them in hot water before they ripen, a study has found. The research could result in tomatoes bought from stores being as flavoursome as those straight off the vine. Typically...

  • Parrot accused of foul talk

    Parrot accused of foul talk

    This Indian parrot has a mouth on him - at least that's what this woman, named Janabai, told police in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Janabai claims the parrot's owner, her own stepson, Suresh, has trained the parrot to abuse her when she passes...

  • Batman impersonator dies in US ‘Batmobile’ crash

    A man known for dressing as Batman to visit children in hospital has died in a crash on a US road after his Batmobile had engine trouble. Police say 51-year-old Leonard Robinson of Maryland was checking the engine of his Batmobile while standing...

  • Donald Trump bombarded Diana with flowers after divorce

    Donald Trump bombarded Diana with flowers after divorce

    Donald Trump bombarded Diana, Princess of Wales with flowers after her divorce, a broadcaster has claimed. Selina Scott said the billionaire businessman saw the Princess as "the ultimate trophy wife", but that he gave Diana "the...

  • Cuban chefs visit Miami to learn new culinary tricks

    Cuban chefs visit Miami to learn new culinary tricks

    Chefs from Cuba visit some of Miami's best restaurants to hone their skills, as relations between the two countries slowly warm. Sean Carberry reports.  

  • Cristiano Ronaldo's sister makes bid to be Eurovision singer

    Cristiano Ronaldo's sister, Katia Aveiro, has launched a Twitter campaign asking fans to back her bid to represent Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest. The football star's 38-year-old sibling began her musical career in 2005 under the stage...

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