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Warm weather cuts short tough Czech Sedivackuv dogsled race
The Sedivackuv Long, one of the toughest dog sled races in Europe, has been cut short by warm weather.
 
Computer defeats human in ancient Chinese game Go
A computer program has beaten a human champion at the ancient Chinese board game Go, marking a significant advance for development of artificial intelligence.
 
A woman shopping in a Bangkok street carrying and talking with an infant on her arm might not catch much attention.
 
"I have a very free schedule": Spain's embattled incumbent prime minister fell prey to a practical joke when an imitator pretending to be Catalonia's new separatist leader managed to speak to him on the phone on radio.
 
Dog bless you: pets head to church in Spain
Dogs, cats, rabbits and even iguanas, many decked out in colorful sweaters to keep warm, trooped into Spanish churches on Sunday for a blessing on the Day of Saint Anthony, patron saint of animals.
 
A seething mass of larvae in the kitchen is not everyone's cup of tea, particularly for squeamish Westerners. But for two young Austrian entrepreneurs, it's a food revolution that can help save the planet.
 
New York reached a deal late Sunday that will almost halve the number of horses licensed to perform carriage rides in Central Park after the mayor called them inhumane to animals.
 
A woman has been arrested for indecent exposure after lying down naked in Paris's Musee d'Orsay in front of Edouard Manet's similarly nude painting of the prostitute Olympia, her lawyer said Sunday.
 
'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.
 
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