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Santa Claus dives into hot climate issue in Paris aquarium - 4 Dec 2019 at 11:26pm - In a change of scene, Santa Claus is donning flippers and a diving mask along with his traditional red-and-white outfit to scuba dive in a Paris aquarium as he teaches kids about global warming and climate issues during the festive season.

'The ducks have won': French court says they may keep on quacking - 20 Nov 2019 at 1:41pm - The ducks on a small French smallholding may carry on quacking, a French court ruled on Tuesday, rejecting a neighbor's complaint that the birds' racket was making their life a misery.

Philippine students turn littered dog poo into bricks - 20 Nov 2019 at 10:35am - A group of secondary school students in the Philippines has found a way to convert poo from stray dogs into a mixture for bricks, aiming to rid city streets of excrement and potentially even lower construction costs.

Poppy-stealing pigeon offers poignant reminder of war anniversary - 8 Nov 2019 at 5:27am - A pigeon has been pinching poppies from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Australia's national war memorial in Canberra and using them to build a colorful nest in the lead-up to Remembrance Day commemorations.

Bolivia's Morales a dictator? Apple's Siri says so (in Spanish) - 6 Nov 2019 at 1:18pm - With political tension mounting in Bolivia over contested elections, Apple Inc's Siri appeared on Wednesday to briefly take the side of anti-government protesters often terming long-standing President Evo Morales a "dictator."

Dying for a better life: South Koreans fake their funerals for life lessons - 6 Nov 2019 at 9:03am - A South Korean service is offering free funerals - but only to the living.

The race to eat Bangkok's 'biggest burger', a 10,000-calorie challenge - 31 Oct 2019 at 8:55am - A Bangkok burger joint has become an internet sensation after YouTubers started challenging each other to eat its biggest meal - a near 6kg (13 pound) patty covered in fried onion rings, bacon and mayonnaise.

'Something novel': Chinese cafe dyes pups to look like pandas - 30 Oct 2019 at 8:22am - Would you like your dog transformed into a panda?

Australia's Chris the sheep, the world's woolliest, dies - 22 Oct 2019 at 3:20am - An Australian sheep who made headlines in 2015 for the record-breaking weight of his fleece has died, according to the carers of the Merino named Chris.

Sheep take over streets of Madrid for annual migration - 20 Oct 2019 at 9:43am - Sheep replaced traffic on the streets of Madrid on Sunday as shepherds steered their flocks through the heart of the Spanish capital, following ancient migration routes.

Bosnia's lady in red plans for the afterlife - 18 Oct 2019 at 6:47am - Zorica Rebernik has spent her life in red and plans to stay that way -- even after she dies.

Australia bars entry to Vietnamese woman for failing to declare raw pork - 15 Oct 2019 at 2:35am - Australia has refused entry to a Vietnamese woman for failing to declare 10 kg (22 lb) of raw pork, seafood and poultry on arrival in Sydney, its first expulsion under a more strict biosecurity law, authorities said on Tuesday.

Supertyphoon Hagibis gives new wind to Philippine disco band - 12 Oct 2019 at 12:40am - For a four-decade-old Philippine disco band, the namesake supertyphoon bearing down on Japan has brought a sudden rush of interest in its macho act.

Squirrels' stash of winter walnuts causes car chaos - 9 Oct 2019 at 4:02am - Squirreling away supplies for winter took on a whole new meaning for a couple in the United States, after they discovered a hoodful of walnuts and grass in their car.

A 70-year-old biking grandmother conquers Bolivia's 'Death Road' - 7 Oct 2019 at 9:12am - Bolivia´s "Death Road" might seem an odd place for a septuagenarian grandmother on two wheels.

Owners present pets to Philippines priest for blessing - 6 Oct 2019 at 10:52am - Elaborately dressed cats and dogs and even a palm-sized sugar glider were among the animals blessed outside a Philippine mall on Sunday in celebration of the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and World Animal day.

Italian astronaut to watch World Cup match from space - 3 Oct 2019 at 7:33am - Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano will be cheering on his team from space when they take on South Africa in their pivotal Rugby World Cup clash.

China's 'national flag baby' raises flag, captivates millions - 28 Sep 2019 at 1:08am - Feng Jianhan, 9, puts on his olive-colored army uniform, cap and white satin gloves each morning, and goosesteps across his living room.

Loo and behold! Japan's high-tech toilets bemuse fans - 24 Sep 2019 at 6:29am - Japan may not win their home Rugby World Cup but they have already proved themselves world beaters when it comes to toilets.

From tree to chair without the carpentry: UK couple grows furniture - 23 Sep 2019 at 2:03pm - On a two-acre field in England's Midlands, Gavin and Alice Munro are taking sustainability to the next level: they harvest trees which they train to grow into chairs.