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Albanian artist builds portrait of Mother Teresa with staples
An Albanian artist has built a portrait of Mother Teresa using staples, in a call for European countries to stop raising fences to shut their borders to refugees.
 
Swedish Xmas goat burns again on decoration's 50th anniversary
Sweden's Christmas Goat -- a giant decorative goat made of straw and wood -- didn't last long on its 50th anniversary.
 
Japan skating rink slammed for freezing 5,000 dead fish
A Japanese skating rink that froze 5,000 dead fish into the ice as an attraction for visitors has been forced to close after receiving a barrage of criticism.
 
Japanese police are offering noodle discounts to elderly citizens who hand in their driving licenses, promising them cheaper ramen soup in exchange for improved road safety.
 
Town in Thailand lays on a banquet of fruit fit for a monkey
It is a feast fit for a monkey king. On Sunday the central Thai town of Lopburi put on a five-star banquet for its hundreds of macaque inhabitants, sparking a mass simian food fight.
 
Evil begone!
"Gammaduwa shanthikarma" is a ritual done by Sri Lankans to invoke the gods to be safe from sadness and undesirable events of life and to bring peace and prosperity to all humankind and the country, chasing away the evil out of the mind. The ritual is performed only by menfolk from dusk to dawn accompanied by Sri Lankan traditional drums, flamed fire sticks and low-country dancing.
 
Pennsylvania state inmates are no longer being punished with the baked brown slabs known as food loaves.
 
99-year-old woman named  America becomes US citizen
At age 99, a woman named America has become a U.S. citizen.
 
When you've got to go, but you're out there in space, zipped up in a spacesuit, with no toilet in sight and a crew of other astronauts around, what do you do?
 
His final turkey pardon
President Barack Obama, with his nephews Aaron Robinson, front, and Austin Robinson, and National Turkey Federation Chairman John Reicks, pardons the National Thanksgiving Turkey, Wednesday, Nov. 23, during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. This is the 69th anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation.
 
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