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  • Empathetic robot Pepper to get AI

    Empathetic robot Pepper to get AI

    Japanese telecoms group Softbank is to incorporate artificial intelligence technology from IBM into its empathetic robot Pepper which goes on sale later this month. An AI engine called Watson is already used in health care, travel and insurance...

  • Missing plane found after 54 years

    Missing plane found after 54 years

    Chilean mountaineers say they have found the wreckage of a plane that crashed in the Andes 54 years ago, killing 24 people, including eight members of a professional football team. The group said they came across the wreckage at an altitude of...

  • Baby orangutan Rieke debuts at Berlin zoo

    Baby orangutan Rieke debuts at Berlin zoo

    Berlin Zoo gave the public its first look at Rieke, a baby orangutan that was abandoned by its mother and reared by zoo keepers. Zoo Director Andreas Knieriem told reporters that Rieke has had a dramatic young life. Its mother refused to take on...

  • Brazilian woman thanks her lucky bra after shooting

    Brazilian woman thanks her lucky bra after shooting

      Ivete Medeiros says she's lucky to be alive after getting struck by a stray bullet during a robbery in Belem, Brazil. Her saving grace? Her bra.  "I said to myself 'There's no blood, I wasn't hit' and then a few minutes later I started to feel...

  • Rotting bodies at funeral home

    Rotting bodies at funeral home

    More than 60 rotting bodies have been found in an abandoned Mexican crematorium after neighbours complained to authorities about a foul smell coming from the building. The 61 bodies, most of them male, were discovered in a funeral home near the...

  • Prison no-show man: charges dropped

    Prosecutors have dropped criminal charges against a man who gained national attention in the US last year when it emerged he had avoided prison for 13 years due to a clerical error. Cornealious Anderson was arrested for purse-snatching in St Louis...

  • Boy's family 'staged kidnapping'

    A six-year-old boy's mother, grandmother and aunt have been charged after authorities said they staged his kidnapping because they believed he was too nice to people and they wanted to teach him about possible danger from strangers. The sheriff's...

  • Living to tell the tale

    Living to tell the tale

    A shocking video emerged out of Brazil that showed a nine-year-old boy and his uncle being pulled under water and sucked into a flooded storm drain they were trying to clear of debris. In the cell phone video, which went viral in the South...

  • Remains of sunken town re-emerge in Brazil's drought

    Remains of sunken town re-emerge in Brazil's drought

      The ruins of a town submerged underwater for more than 45 years have re-emerged as water levels dramatically drop with Brazil's worst drought in 80 years.   And former residents like Jose Carlos Almeida, say they have mixed emotions about the...

  • Betting on the Yak in Kyrgyzstan

    Betting on the Yak in Kyrgyzstan

    Kyrgyz yak herders practice age-old tradition, which the government looks to expand. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

  • Anger at Argentine president tweets

    Embattled Argentine president Cristina Fernandez, while on a state visit to China seeking badly needed investment, caused a furore by joking about her hosts' accents on Twitter. She tried to mimic a Chinese accent by switching "r's" with "l's" in...

  • Conrad Hilton 'disrupted flight'

    Paris Hilton's brother Conrad is to appear in court in Los Angeles for allegedly disrupting a flight from London. Conrad Hilton was due before a judge to face allegations that he assaulted and threatened a British Airways flight crew on July...

  • Greek PM gets a tie

    Greek PM gets a tie

    Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi (R) gave a tie as a present to his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras during a news conference at Chigi palace in Rome. The Greek prime minister and his ministers, elected last week, have been attending official...

  • Dog fills his boots, needs surgery

    A dog in the US is recovering after surgery to remove parts of a pair of calf-high leather boots the animal had eaten. The Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Centre in Philadelphia said the four-year-old mixed breed named Vince ate parts of both...

  • Roof ripped off London double-decker

    Roof ripped off London double-decker

    A London double-decker bus which had its roof ripped off when it smashed into a tree on Kingsway in Central London. The roof of the Number 91 bus "came clean off like a knife through butter" in the freak accident. Five people were injured, with...

  • Iceland to build first temple to Norse gods in 1,000 years

    Icelanders will soon be able to publicly worship at a shrine to Thor, Odin and Frigg with construction starting this month on the island's first major temple to the Norse gods since the Viking age. Worship of the gods in Scandinavia gave way to...

  • Watch: Brazil beauty contest loser snatches crown from winner

    A Brazilian beauty pageant took a bizarre turn when the first runner-up snatched the crown off the winner of the Miss Amazonas contest, refusing to accept her loss. Sheislane Hayalla is justifying her reaction by claiming her rival, Carol Toledo,...

  • 'Hogwarts of the east' goes up in China

    'Hogwarts of the east' goes up in China

    A fine arts academy in northern China builds a new building resembling the Hogwarts school from J.K. Rowling's famed Harry Potter series. Gavino Garay reports.

  • Balloon feat pilots land off Mexico

    Two pilots in a helium-filled balloon have landed safely off the coast of Mexico after a nearly 7,000-mile long trip across the Pacific Ocean. Troy Bradley, of Albuquerque, and Leonid Tiukhtyaev, of Russia, landed off Baja California, about 300...

  • Run-in as owl swoops to conquer

    A flying fiend which has been attacking joggers in an Oregon park is a notorious barred owl, experts say - a species the US government is spending millions to kill. One runner who was attacked in Salem on January 13 said he thought he was having a...

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