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Cuban dons full-body cardboard shield against coronavirus - 17 Jun 2020 at 1:08pm - Ever since the novel coronavirus reached Cuba, a tall cardboard box with arms and legs can be seen tottering around a Havana suburb, popping into the bakery or butchers, or browsing the newspaper stand.

Balloon-like object in Japanese sky sets Twitter afire with talk of UFOs, God... - 17 Jun 2020 at 3:48am - The appearance of a mysterious white object in the sky over northern Japan on Wednesday set social media ablaze, with speculation ranging from UFOs to coronavirus and North Korean propaganda.

Thailand's roving dog groomer back in business - 16 Jun 2020 at 11:48am - Volunteer pet groomer Kriengkai Thatwakorn is thrilled to be back helping out stray dogs in Thailand, some in urgent need of a shearing after waiting three sweltering months for a trim.

Animal baby boom at Palestinian zoo after people disappear - 12 Jun 2020 at 1:32pm - Peacocks, ostriches and baboons joined in an animal baby boom at a Palestinian zoo during the coronavirus closure as they let nature take its course free from human distractions.

Police remove emaciated lion from French circus - 11 Jun 2020 at 11:11am - French police have taken away an emaciated lion from a circus in Vironvay, western France, following complaints from an animal rights organization.

Russian chefs in naked lockdown protest after virus strips them of income - 9 Jun 2020 at 9:14am - Russian restaurant owners stripped of their income by the coronavirus lockdown are campaigning for their businesses to be allowed to reopen by posting pictures of themselves naked on social media.

Move over James Bond; India returns alleged bird spy to Pakistan - 29 May 2020 at 3:43pm - Indian police have released a pigeon belonging to a Pakistani fisherman after a probe found that the bird, which had flown across the contentious border between the nuclear-armed nations, was not a spy, two officials said on Friday.

Night at the museum: Australian police arrest German student over break-in - 18 May 2020 at 8:35am - Australian police on Monday charged a German student with breaking into a Sydney museum as security footage showed him allegedly taking selfies next to dinosaur exhibits.

Clawing back normality: Bangkok cat cafe reopens after virus shutdown - 8 May 2020 at 5:20am - As Thailand's capital cautiously reopens many restaurants shuttered over coronavirus fears, the feline "employees" of the Caturday Cafe are back at work.

Five-year-old stopped on U.S. highway wanted to buy Lamborghini, police say - 6 May 2020 at 5:51am - A trooper stopping a car with a suspected "impaired driver" on a U.S. highway on Monday was bemused to find a 5-year-old in the driver's seat, the Utah Highway Patrol tweeted.

Thailand's pet groomer reopens as new coronavirus cases slow - 5 May 2020 at 7:36am - Chewy and Miley, both two-year-old Schnauzer dogs, are getting their hair cut at a groomer in Bangkok for the first time since the new coronavirus outbreak began in Thailand in January.

'Darth Vader' enforces lockdown in Philippine village - 4 May 2020 at 9:02am - Dressed as "Star Wars" characters, local officials in the Philippines are out and about to enforce strict quarantine measures while also handing out relief packages.

President queries Tanzania coronavirus kits after goat test - 4 May 2020 at 7:21am - Coronavirus test kits used in Tanzania were dismissed as faulty by President John Magufuli on Sunday, because he said they had returned positive results on samples taken from a goat and a pawpaw.

Superheroes, from near and far, join Indonesia's coronavirus battle - 4 May 2020 at 1:58am - Volunteers clad as Superman and Spider-Man sprayed disinfectant against the coronavirus on Indonesia's island of Java, flanking a colleague wearing the winged helmet of local superhero Gatotkaca who shouted, "Wear masks, wash hands and stay alert."

Do your bit for farmers and eat more fries, Belgians urged - 30 Apr 2020 at 5:14am - With potato farmers and processors struggling, Belgians are being urged to eat more fries to offset a slump in demand during the coronavirus pandemic.

Sex toy sales take off amid Colombia's coronavirus quarantine - 14 Apr 2020 at 3:02pm - Gerson Monje holds up his cellphone to proudly show off his online sex shop. A red banner reading "sold out!" is plastered across half of the products.

Novelty toilet roll cakes keep Finnish baker in business - 8 Apr 2020 at 11:55am - A quick-thinking Helsinki bakery has saved itself from financial ruin due to the new coronavirus pandemic by creating a cake that looks like a toilet roll.

Eat it: Hanoi chef spreads joy with 'Coronaburger' - 26 Mar 2020 at 1:04pm - You've got to eat it, to beat it: That's the philosophy of one Hanoi chef who is attempting to boost morale in the Vietnamese capital by selling green, coronavirus-themed burgers.

Who let the dogs out? A few Spaniards defy coronavirus lockdown - 25 Mar 2020 at 3:35pm - Under partial lockdown due to the spiraling coronavirus pandemic, Spaniards are allowed to leave home only for essential outings, walking a dog being one of them.

British vicar catches fire waiting for God's answer - 25 Mar 2020 at 1:07am - A British vicar got more than he expected from his first attempt at an online sermon when he leaned too close to a candle on a cross and his sweater caught fire.