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Facebook hails US presidential race as 2015's top topic
The U.S. won't elect a president until next year but the debate over the crowded field of candidates jostling for the Oval Office emerged as the hottest topic on Facebook this year.
 
When crew members of a passenger plane reported sparks coming from an engine while taxiing at an airport in southern China, eight fire trucks responded within minutes. Then they covered the wrong plane with white foam.
 
Mahjong masters clack tiles in glitzy Macanese casino for int'l contest
In a ballroom of a glitzy casino hotel, the clatter of plastic tiles turned into roaring applause as the winner was determined for an international mahjong competition late Sunday following a weekend-long wrangling over square tables.
 
Russian Orthodox priests pose for pics with pet cats in hit calendar
In a rare venture into popular culture, bearded Russian Orthodox priests have posed as models for a glossy 2016 calendar -- cuddling their pet cats.
 
Estonian President Ilves takes spin as DJ in campaign for kid's charity
Estonia's bow-tie loving President Toomas Hendrik Ilves took a spin as a DJ Thursday night, wowing crowds at a popular Tallinn venue with classic rock hits as part of a novel charity drive.
 
Christmas tree sets record with 518,838 lights
An Australian set his third Christmas-themed world record in as many years Friday by illuminating a tree in downtown Canberra with 518,838 twinkling lights.
 
British photographer McCullin says wars now harder to cover
Award-winning British war photographer Don McCullin, who will be celebrated at next year's Photo London festival with a special exhibition, spoke Friday about the growing difficulties in covering conflicts.
 
Skiing in New Mexico: New owners upgrading Taos resort
When it comes to skiing, the southwestern U.S. state of New Mexico has long been the stepchild of sorts to its northern neighbor, Colorado, and its abundance of larger, snowier mountains and well-developed towns and resorts.
 
South Korea's 'webtoon' craze making global waves
Seoul office worker Park Sun-min constantly checks his smartphone -- trawling for updates on an insect apocalypse, ghost soldiers haunting the inter-Korean border, and a supermarket worker's struggle to form a trade union.
 
For chocolate lovers with cash to burn, a gold-coated Kit Kat bar will hit stores in Japan later this month, but at an eye-watering 2,016 yen (US$16) a finger it will only be available for the lucky few.
 
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