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Throwing sex toys 'wrong image' for New Zealand: PM

Wellington - Dildo throwing is not a good look for New Zealand and an "appalling way" to behave on the country's national day, Prime Minister John Key said Saturday, angered by an attack on a senior government minister.

Pacific Rim nations sign giant trade deal amid protests

Auckland - The US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership, one of the biggest trade deals in history, was signed in New Zealand on Thursday as protestors demonstrated over fears for jobs and sovereignty.

'Jaws' for real — New Zealand town being invaded by sharks

Oban - Folks in Oban, New Zealand are used to living in the vicinity of sharks, but now they are getting freaked out over the number of sharks that have turned aggressive and started attacking their boats. Locals blame the shark cage diving operators.

Vanuatu polls set to deliver shakeup: Reports

Wellington - The Vanuatu political landscape appeared to be in for a shakeup, reports said Saturday, following a snap election called after more than a quarter of MPs were jailed in a corruption scandal.

Ninth orca whale calf born to local pods, but another whale dies

There's a stampede of orca whales being born into the 3 southern resident pods of B.C. and Washington State with the latest birth confirmed this week. But the news isn't all good as a distressed mother was seen with her deceased calf.

The Onion sells 40% stake to Univision — Really, it did

The largest Spanish language broadcaster in the United States, Univision, has bought a 40 percent controlling interest in the Onion, the satirical online news magazine. No joke and all kidding aside, it's true, the deal was announced today.

Oldest man in the world no longer — Japanese man dies at 112

A Japanese man believed to have been the oldest man on Earth has died. Yasutaro Koide inherited the title just last July upon the death of a fellow countryman and hands the title to a man from China. Koide died at 112 years, 311 days old.

Fossilized and intact baby Chasmosaurus dinosaur a missing piece

The reason fossilized baby dinosaurs are very rarely found is their size and youth. Naturally the bones of the dino young are smaller and far less sturdy and so preservation is far less likely. But while rare, such findings do occur.

Canadian dollar drops below 70 cents U.S., some happy, others not

For the first time in 13 years the Canadian dollar fell below the 70 cent U.S. mark on Tuesday. The country's dollar is falling right alongside world oil prices, which dropped to below $30 a barrel, also on Tuesday.

Alzheimer's Society educates public with #StillHere campaign

The Alzheimer's Society of Canada has launched a social media campaign to educate the public about dementia and support victims and their families. Their message is that life goes on and those with dementia can still contribute.

Legendary superstar David Bowie dies of cancer in New York

The legendary singer David Bowie, he of Ziggy Stardust and many other hit albums, has died. Bowie died Sunday afternoon after a lengthy battle with cancer and social media filled with tributes shortly after it became public knowledge.

U.K. study may have discovered Alzheimer's Disease breakthrough

Scientists from the University of Southampton released results of a study on Friday that they believe is an important next step toward finding a cure for Alzheimer's Disease and other dementia. It involves blocking one of the brain's receptors.

Orca whale dies caught on fishing line, U.K. pod nearly extinct

When Lulu the orca whale was found dead on the beach of a Scottish island last week the public and marine biologists moaned her loss. The pod she was part of — Britain's last of its type — was given little chance of survival; it's now given none.

Beatles are now streaming to the top of the charts: Billboard

The music of The Beatles was at last made available for streaming just two weeks ago, on Christmas Eve, and the results are already in. Billboard reports the songs and albums of the Fab Four are doing well.

Inter-dimensional portal caught on film, Truth or Hoax?

On December 7, 2015 tourists captured on film a swirling inter-dimensional portal in the sky above the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland. An orb is seen entering the portal before it disappears. The question is it truth or a clever hoax?

Halifax man drinks 130-year-old beer found in harbour — Yuck!

A Halifax man drank beer from a 130-year-old bottle of Alexander Keith's found unopened in Halifax harbour by a scuba diver and said the old brew tasted....not so good. Chris Reynolds gave the beer a failing grade but loved drinking it.

Police in U.S. shot and killed nearly 1,000 people in 2015

After a year of compiling statistics on every police shooting in the U.S. the Washington Post has released a final tally. The Post found that in America during 2015 officers shot dead 986 civilians.

Cat video: Amusing feline beats up on a stuffed toy tiger

Okay, so cute cat videos are often the rage on the internet and it has become almost redundant to share them on Facebook or in stories such as this. But the one we have here isn't a cute cat but rather a tough cat video.

Man barely survives vicious attack from pitbulls on Christmas Day

The best thing about ringing in the New Year for Robin Elgie is being alive. The Fort St. John, B.C. man was very nearly killed on Christmas Day when two vicious pitbulls charged into his home in full attack mode.

Wake-up! Vancouver-area hit by 4.9 magnitude earthquake

An earthquake hit the Vancouver, Victoria and Georgia Strait area at about 11:39 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 29. There have been no reports of injuries but it woke some sleepers while others slept right through it.
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