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'Polar Bear' man lays down ice bath challenge
Buried waist deep in ice for more than an hour wearing nothing but a pair of swimming shorts, the man known in China as "Polar Bear" shivered and laughed at the challenge.
 
Car registration number plate BMW-8888 was auctioned online for a winning bid of NT$890,000 (US$26,572), failing to hit its expected NT$1 million mark, the Directorate General of Highways (DGH) said Thursday.
 
David Bowie's mourners have left flowers, candles and glitter around the world, but fans want one tribute to be made permanent -- a street renamed for the late rocker in Austin.
 
A snake thief smuggled a 61-centimeter-long python from a Portland pet store by stuffing it down his pants.
 
Close Bill and Tony relationship shown in calls
Former U.S. president Bill Clinton and British Premier Tony Blair's political friendship was matched by an easygoing personal relationship that helped them through some tough crises.
 
Dutch cheese makers have been hit by a spate of top-end cheese thefts, prompting a dairy federation to warn farmers Friday to beef up security around their storerooms.
 
A gargantuan gold-painted statue of Communist China's founding father Mao Zedong has suddenly been demolished, apparently for lacking government approval, state media said Friday, days after images of it went viral.
 
Epiphany observed in Orthodox, Catholic nations
Wednesday is Epiphany, a major holiday in much of Orthodox Christianity celebrating the birth and baptism of Jesus. Religious services are held as well as Blessing of Water ceremonies at lakes, rivers and seafronts.
 
'Devilish' dancers invade Ecuador highlands town
The "devils" invade this picturesque highlands town on New Year's Day and take over the streets for six days, donning fearful masks to dance to the rhythms of local bands.
 
Mexico's famed "Grand Warlock" predicted Tuesday that U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump will fail to reach the White House -- but the tycoon shouldn't worry too much: the forecaster often gets things wrong.
 
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