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  • New Japanese robot 'social talker'

    New Japanese robot 'social talker'

    The scientist behind a new talking robot in Japan has said people should stop expecting robots to understand them, and instead try to chime in with robotic conversations. Hiroshi Ishiguro's 28cm tall button-eyed Sota, which stands for "social...

  • Mexico uses drones to save porpoise

    Mexico uses drones to save porpoise

    Mexico has begun testing unmanned drones that could help save the critically endangered vaquita marina, the world's smallest porpoise. Fewer than 100 of the shy, elusive porpoises remain, and they are threatened by illegal fishing in the upper Sea...

  • Lego boy heads Braille printer firm

    In Silicon Valley, it is never too early to become an entrepreneur. Just ask 13-year-old Shubham Banerjee. The California schoolboy has launched a company to develop low-cost machines to print Braille, the touch-based writing system for the...

  • The Sun 'ends page 3 topless pin-ups'

    The Sun 'ends page 3 topless pin-ups'

    The Sun appears to have stopped publishing topless pin-ups on page three after 44 years. The UK tabloid has faced pressure from politicians, anti-sexism campaigners and student bodies who claimed it was sexist. No pictures of bare-chested models...

  • Dog rejected 5,000 times finds a home

    A dog who was rejected 5,000 times has finally found a home. Biscuit, a two-year-old mongrel who spent 689 days in Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, has moved in with Gemma and Darren Hunt in Aldershot, Hampshire. They were the perfect match for...

  • Love cloud

    Love cloud

    Jesmond Baldacchino took this picture of what he called The Love Cloud this morning. 

  • Animal blessing in Mexico, Rhinos on the loose in Israel

    Animal blessing in Mexico, Rhinos on the loose in Israel

    This week's animal stories feature a blessing for animals big and small in Mexico, rhinos on the loose in Israel, injured kangaroo joeys on the mend, and bears taking a cool dip at a Rio zoo. Gavino Garay reports.

  • Prized 1882 rifle blended into tree

    Researchers are trying to crack the mystery surrounding the discovery of a weathered, rusted, but once-prized Winchester rifle in the mountains of remote eastern Nevada. The Model 1873 gun, manufactured in 1882, was found leaning against a juniper...

  • Pope Francis - the musical

    Pope Francis - the musical

    Pope Francis' visit to the Philippines takes the stage as Filipino actors and priests re-enact his life in musical-form. Gavino Garay reports.

  • Mother 'set fire to baby in road'

    A woman accused of setting fire to her newborn baby girl in the middle of a road has been charged with murder. Burlington County prosecutors said Hyphernkemberly Dorvilier, 22, of Pemberton Township, New Jersey, was in custody on $500,000 bail.

  • Never too old to fight

    Never too old to fight

    Kateryna Bilyk may look like a usual granny wearing a traditional headscarf. But there is nothing typical about the 67-year-old pensioner. The retired math teacher is now ready to take up arms for Ukraine. And the training was not exactly what she...

  • Pedigree chumps police rug for sale

    Police in Florida had their tails between their legs after a rug ordered for their HQ was found to read In Dog We Trust, instead of In God We Trust. The forest green rug with the sheriff's gold badge was in the entrance area of the building in...

  • Boat chased by a hippo

    Boat chased by a hippo

    This footage of a hippopotamus which suddenly emerged, jaws-like, from the sea behind a boat went viral on YouTube today. The boat, on an African park tour, managed to outrun the animal and no one was injured.  

  • McDonalds tries healthy approach

    McDonalds tries healthy approach

    McDonalds tests new cafe in Sydney where quinoa salad replaces burgers and fries. Julie Noce reports.

  • Seattle dog takes solo trips to the park via city bus

    Seattle dog takes solo trips to the park via city bus

    Every dog has its day - at least on one Seattle bus route. A black Labrador named Eclipse has been riding city buses without her owner to a local dog park, local transportation officials said. Seattle is a pet-friendly city, and dogs are allowed...

  • Swiss clamp down on cross-border pizza delivery

    Switzerland's frugal pizza lovers have had their hopes for a special rule that would have allowed them to keep ordering cheaper pizza delivery from neighbouring Germany dashed. Around a year ago the Swiss customs administration scrapped an...

  • Elephant attacks car

    Elephant attacks car

    No one was injured when an elephant in Khao Yai National Park in Thailand went on rampage and attacked a car.   Park chief Kanchit Srinoppawan said the aggressive behaviour was the result of the mating season. The attack was filmed from inside the...

  • Crocodile bile in beer kills 69

    Crocodile bile in beer kills 69

    Crocodile bile is believed to have been put into traditional beer at a funeral in Mozambique, killing 69 people. The deadly greenish-brown liquid, produced in the liver and stored in the gallbladder, is thought to have been put into beer that...

  • Saudi cleric condemns snowmen as anti-Islamic

    Saudi cleric condemns snowmen as anti-Islamic

    A prominent Saudi Arabian cleric has whipped up controversy by issuing a religious ruling forbidding the building of snowmen, described them as anti-Islamic. Asked on a religious website if it was permissible for fathers to build snowmen for...

  • Cell phone video shows handgun in toddler's mouth in Indiana

    Cell phone video shows handgun in toddler's mouth in Indiana

      An Indiana couple has been charged with child neglect after cell phone video obtained by authorities showed the pair telling a one-year-old baby to put a gun in her mouth.  The baby makes firing sounds, as instructed by her mother, 22-year-old...

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