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'Taco', the polar bear in Chile’s National Zoo is free at last

Santiago - After 16 years of captivity in Chile's National Zoo, Taco the polar bear died. During his confinement the animal endured summer temperatures that often reached 36 C in Santiago, the Chilean capital. Years of protests did not achieve Taco's freedom.

Dutch team finds more remains at Ukraine MH17 crash site

Den Haag - Dutch investigators have recovered more body parts at the MH17 plane crash site in Ukraine after searching a location that was previously inaccessible, the Netherlands announced on Thursday.

Dutch to renew search for body parts, debris at MH17 crash site

Den Haag - Dutch and international investigators will renew their search for body parts and debris at the MH17 plane crash site in restive eastern Ukraine, including at a location previously considered unsafe, the team's chief announced Wednesday.

Seattle airport worker sleeps in cargo hold, plane takes off

While on the job an employee at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle thought he would catch a few extra zzz's on Monday. Where though? Best to grab a spot far from the madding — or traveling — crowd. He picked the wrong spot.

Near disaster at the Paris-Roubaix cycling classic

Roubaix - The Paris-Roubaix cycle road race, Sunday, was the setting for an incredible sequence of events as a number of cyclists cycled around closed barriers at a road/rail intersection just seconds before a oncoming TGV fast train sped through.

Firefighters take 6 hours to move massive 700 pound man from home

A 700-pound New York man needed to go to the hospital on Friday and it took New York City firefighters six hours to move him from his sixth-floor apartment into an ambulance. They had to draw up a plan using ropes and pulleys to get him out.

Man goes on stabbing rampage in Vancouver, shot dead by police

A man armed with a large knife went on a stabbing rampage in Vancouver Thursday afternoon, stabbing at least three persons before being shot dead by police. A woman is in critical condition in hospital.

Prostitutes protest closing Amsterdam 'window' brothels

Den Haag - Hundreds of prostitutes and supporters protested Thursday in Amsterdam against plans to reinvigorate the city's famed red light district by closing some of the windows where sex workers sit to draw clients.

UN court upholds Srebrenica commander's genocide conviction

Den Haag - The Yugoslav war crimes court on Wednesday upheld Bosnian Serb general Zdravko Tolimir's life sentence for genocide at the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, the worst atrocity on European soil since World War II.

ARC pen helps people with Parkinson's Disease improve handwriting

It's a sad fact that motor skills are dramatically impaired for those suffering from Parkinson's Disease. One area that declines is handwriting, which becomes smaller and less clear. That reality may change, however, thanks to a new style of pen.

Dutch wholesaler jailed for selling horsemeat as beef

Den Haag - A Dutch court on Tuesday jailed wholesaler Willy Selten for two-and-a-half years for selling horsemeat passed off as beef during Europe's massive 2013 meat scandal.

Three U.S. swing states support legalizing marijuana, poll finds

A poll released Monday in the U.S. shows that three so-called voting 'swing states,' Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, all support legalizing marijuana for recreational use. In much bigger numbers, they also support medical marijuana.

Law to end use of anorexic models closer to reality in France

France is one step closer to making it illegal for advertising to use extremely skinny models. A bill to forbid anyone with a body mass index below a certain level from modeling passed another stage in parliament Friday.

Chinese villagers write to Dutch PM for return of Buddha statue

Amsterdam - A statue of the Buddha housing a mummified monk, that has been put on display at the Hungarian Natural History Museum in Budapest, has prompted villagers of the statue's place of origin, to send a letter asking for its return.

Record Pay Per View price for Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao

Given it is a once in a lifetime event — unless there should be a rematch of course — maybe boxing fans won't mind the pay per view price of the Floyd Mayweather - Manny Pacquiao fight. A report in the LA. Times today said that price is now set at $89

Palestine joins International Criminal Court

Den Haag - Palestine formally joined the International Criminal Court on Wednesday, a move the Palestinians hope could open the door to the possible prosecution of Israelis for alleged war crimes.

Anne Frank died earlier than thought, new study says

Den Haag - Jewish teenager Anne Frank died in a Nazi concentration camp at least a month earlier than her official date of death, a new study said on Tuesday."New research...

UN court orders alleged Serb war criminal Seselj back to cell

Den Haag - The UN Yugoslav war crimes tribunal on Monday revoked the provisional release of ailing Serb ultra-nationalist leader Vojislav Seselj after he vowed not to return to the court.

Dutch seek BUK missile witnesses in MH17 crash probe

Den Haag - Dutch and international experts probing the MH17 plane crash in eastern Ukraine appealed Monday for witnesses who saw the transport or firing of a BUK surface-to-air missile around the time of the disaster."Investigators are looking at all scenarios.

Justin Bieber escorting Floyd Mayweather to ring at Pacquiao bout

Guess whose coming to the biggest boxing fight in history? And who will be alongside Floyd Mayweather on May 2 when he walks out to the ring in Las Vegas to do battle with Manny Pacquiao? None other than his fellow-celebrity Justin Bieber.
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