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Woman Freaks out After Husband Attempts to Flambé Apples
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2018-03-31    0 views
This woman was excited when her husband began making flambé apples on the stove.
Unfortunately, after he poured the flaming brandy over the apples, she started screaming and knocked a fire-filled pot onto the floor.
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Couple Uses Alligator for Baby Gender Reveal
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2018-03-31    0 views
This couple wanted to make their gender reveal party unique and special, so they added an alligator to the mix. After they put a ball in the animal's mouth, broke it open revealing a blue jelly that indicated that they were having a boy.
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Child becomes internet hero after gesture at Moscow governor
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2018-03-23    0 views
This little girl in pink has become an internet hero in Russia.
 
She made a gesture to say “you are killing us” to the governor of the Moscow region.
 
He was trying to calm protesters about health problems from a toxic landfill in the area.
 
Tanya Lozova’s gesture at Gov. Andrei Vorobyov has gone viral. 
 
"It means you have seen it with your own eyes and maybe have smelled the odor [from the landfill] too?“ asked the reporter. 
 
"Yes, yes. I did not have any symptoms, but my cousin had stomach aches and dizziness. I had a little bit of a headache,” said Tanya.
 
The 10-year-old said she wants the landfill to close so that people can breathe "fresh air.”

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Two container ships collide at Pakistani port
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2018-03-20    0 views
A ship brushed against a stationary vessel in Pakistan's southern port of Karachi on Monday, March 19.
 
The container vessel Tolten scraped against the stationary Hamburg Bay as it was berthing. 
 
 
Authorities have launched an effort to retrieve 21 shipping containers that were knocked overboard.
 
It’s not yet clear how damaged the Tolten was, but the Hamburg Bay is expected to set sail soon.
 
 A survey of damage to the Tolten is expected to be completed by Wednesday. 

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Report shows North Korea testing nuclear reactor
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2018-03-16    0 views
Kim Jong Un may still be building up his nuclear arsenal, even with a potential summit with Trump just around the corner.

A new report on Friday said North Korea began testing a nuclear reactor as recently as late February.

Satellite imagery from just two weeks ago showed activity at North Korea's Yongbyon facilities.

The reactor could be used to produce weapons grade plutonium, but Pyongyang already has enough material for multiple nuclear bombs.

This comes after North Korea announced it was willing to abandon its nuclear program.

And plans for talks are moving forward.

Seoul began preparations on March 16 for a summit between Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in.

That meeting's set for the end of next month.

On same day, North Korea's foreign minister touched down in Sweden.

It's a trip that may lay the groundwork for another meeting.

There is rising speculation that this two day visit could have something to do with Kim Jong Un's invitation to Trump.

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Pedestrian bridge collapses in Miami
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2018-03-15    0 views
A pedestrian bridge at Florida International University in the Miami area
has collapsed on the street below.

Several cars are crushed underneath and a number of people are injured.

Several ambulances are seen treating people on the pavement and loading them onto gurneys.

There is no word yet on the cause of the collapse.

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May the force be with Mark Hamill as he receives a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
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2018-03-09    0 views
Hollywood Walk of Fame, was shut down temporarily on Thursday (March 8) when fans gathered to see 'Star Wars' protagonist Mark Hamill get his own star.

Hamill, best known for his role as Luke Skywalker in the ongoing franchise, received the 2,630th star and in 'Star Wars' style, he was joined at the ceremony by the franchise's creator George Lucas, his co-star Harrison Ford as well as the droid R2D2 and two Stormtroopers.

 (SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTOR, HARRISON FORD, SAYING:
"When thinking about today, I'm really sorry that we don't have the other member of our trio here to celebrate with us but I feel her presence."

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Amazon is fixing Alexa’s unsolicited laughter
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2018-03-09    1 views
 "Alexa repeat the last sound" LAUGHS

It's a sound many find creepy - a slew of Twitter users report Amazon's voice-controlled assistant Alexa has been spontaneously laughing at them - for weeks.

But now, Amazon says they know why… and they're working to fix the problem.

Amazon said, "We are changing that phrase to be 'Alexa, CAN you laugh?'

They also said that going forward, Alexa will first acknowledge the question and say 'Sure, I can laugh' before going straight into a cackle.

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Orangutan smokes a cigarette in Indonesian zoo
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2018-03-09    1 views
Viral footage on social media showed an orangutan smoking a cigarette in Bandung Zoo, Indonesia on Sunday (March 4).

The video that was widely shared on Facebook on Thursday (March 6) showed the orangutan retrieving a lit cigarette after a visitor had tossed it inside its enclosure.

The video was captured by an anonymous contributor, who later asked Marison Guciano, of the Indonesia Animal Welfare Society, to help spread awareness of the zoo's conditions.

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Mystery of fate of Amelia Earhart may have been solved
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2018-03-08    0 views
The mystery of the fate of famous aviator Amelia Earhart may have been solved.
 
 In 1932, Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.
 
 And she continued to set records. 
 
Also in 1932, she was the first woman to fly solo, non-stop from one US coast to the other.
 
In 1935, she was also the first person to fly solo across any part of the Pacific.
 
On March of 1937, she first attempted to fly around the globe, but a crash ended that adventure in Hawaii.
 
On July 2 that same year, Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan disappeared while attempting to make the first round-the-world flight along the equator.
 
Earhart's disappearance was one of the 20th century's most enduring mysteries.
 
Now, a leading forensic scientist has given credence to a theory 
 
that Earhart crashed on the Pacific island of Nikumaroro and died there.
 
A skeleton was found on the island.
 
Modern forensic anthropology techniques indicate that it was not male, but a female.
 
According to a team at the University of Tennessee, it was most likely Earhart.

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SOURCE: BRITISH MOVIETONE / UNIVERSAL NEWSREEL / BRITISH MOVIETONE
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Flowers from tanks and helicopters- Russian army marks Women's day
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2018-03-08    0 views
The International Women's day was marked in Russia by the creativity of the military, who staged on March 8 flash-mobs all around the country.

Servicemen formed the number '8' with tanks, drew hearts on snow and even parachuted from the sky to bring Russian women flowers and congratulations.

International Women's Day was started in the early 1900s by labour movements campaigning for women's work rights in North America and across Europe. March 8 is now one of the most popular holidays in Russia

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Police Dashboard Camera Catches Man's Heroic Act to Take Control of Wayward Car
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2018-03-07    0 views

A Dixon, Illinois, man didn’t hesitate to dive through the window of a car that had gone out of control as its driver was having a seizure on Friday, June 2. Randy Tompkins dove in and jammed the car into park, as seen in this police dashcam video.

Dixon Police said a patrol car was driving near the intersection 4th Avenue and North Galena Avenue when officers saw a blue car heading north on Galena and running red lights, veering into the opposite lane of traffic.

Randy Tompkins was heading south and had to reverse his car to keep from getting hit. He stopped his car, got out and dove inside the wayward car. The driver was in the middle of a seizure.

Paramedics took the driver to a hospital to recover, according to police.

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Former Russian spy critically ill in Britain after exposure to unidentified substance
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2018-03-05    0 views
A former  Russian spy is in critical condition.
 
He was taken to intensive care  in the UK on March 4 after being exposed to an unknown substance.
 
The man is 66-year-old Sergei Skripal, according to a source close to the investigation.
 
He is a former spy who was convicted in Russia in 2006 of spying for Britain. 
 
He was granted refuge in the UK after a spy swap between the U.S. and Russia in 2010.
 
Without providing any names, police said a 66-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman were found unconscious on a bench in Salisbury on Sunday. 
 
(SOUNDBITE) (English) WILTSHIRE POLICE'S TEMPORARY ASSISTANT CHIEF CONSTABLE, CRAIG HOLDEN, SAYING:
"They are currently being treated for suspected exposure to an unknown substance. Both are currently in a critical condition in intensive care."
 
Relations between the UK and Russia have been strained since 2006. 
 
That year, former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned in London.
 
A British inquiry said his death was probably approved by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Olympic Bronze medalist snowboards through the streets of Essex
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2018-03-03    0 views
Olympic Bronze medalist Billy Morgan snowboards through Essex, England on Thursday (March 1) with friend and professional skier, Paddy Graham.

The 28-year-old snowboarder, freestyles on handrails and a footbridge as "the Beast from the East" covered the town of Leigh-on-Sea. Morgan was awarded the Bronze medal in the big air event at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang. He was the first ever male to win a snowboard medal for Team GB.

Much of Britain and Ireland were blanketed in snow as freezing Siberian weather dubbed "the Beast from the East" disrupted travel plans for thousands. Temperatures fell to minus 12 Celsius (10 degrees Fahrenheit) in some rural areas while Britain's weather service warned of up to 40 cm of snow in higher areas of Scotland.

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Brazil hiking trail turns underwater paradise after heavy rains
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2018-03-02    0 views
This normally dry hiking trail in Brazil turned into an underwater safari after days of heavy rain. 
 
 
The trail runs through the Recanto Ecologico Rio da Prata reserve in southwest Brazil. 
 
The reserve is part of a farm that caters to ecotourists.
 
This bridge was completely underwater for few days last month. 
 
This happens when it rains over 6 inches at once.
 
The trail was flooded twice in February. However it disappeared in less than 2 days in both cases.
 
The karstic region has a high concentration of calcium carbonates and minerals, which makes the water crystal clear.
 
This water is particularly clear because the entire water basin is protected by the preserve.  

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New square-lipped rhinoceros calf born in Dutch zoo
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2018-03-02    0 views
This is Naomi, the new square-lipped rhinoceros at the Dutch Royal Burgers' Zoo of Arnhem, The Netherlands.

She was born on March 1, one of only 8 rhinos born at the zoo in the last 18 years.

In all the European zoos keeping square-lipped rhinos, the Dutch Royal Burgers' Zoo says only 11 were born last year.

Square-lipped rhinos are also known as “white rhinoceros.”

They face poaching for their horn in their native grasslands of South Africa.

They are considered “near threatened” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN).

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Visitors marvel at frozen cascade of Plitvice waterfall
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2018-03-01    0 views
The famous Croatian waterfall Plitvice froze on March 1 as it dropped to 5° F in parts of the country.
 
According to local media, it's been decades since the big waterfall completely froze.
 
Extreme temperatures brought by the Siberian cold spell covered Croatia in deep snow and ice.
 
But none of that stopped British tourists from visiting Plitvice Lakes National Park.
 
SOUNDBITE (English) Lewis Reed; tourist from Bristol, UK:
"Yeah, it's freezing. It's freezing cold, gloves on and everything. Gloves are not thick enough. On my feet, I've got a lots of socks on, and it's not warm enough. Five layers on, three trousers on and I'm still cold. But it's really nice, it's really nice around here."
 
Reed said that despite being cold, he was happy he came. 

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'It's a lifestyle'- Teens at Florida shooting club defend guns
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2018-03-01    0 views
Reanna Frauens, a lifelong gun enthusiast and a proud member of the Markham Skeet, Trap & Sporting Clays Club, is about the same age as many of the 17 victims killed by a shooter with an assault rifle at a Florida high school about a dozen miles away.

But unlike many of the survivors of the massacre, the 16-year-old sees a nascent, student-led campaign for tighter gun controls as a threat to her rights under the U.S. Constitution.

Her concerns, similar to those voiced by other teens at the club in Sunrise, Florida, are a vivid counterpoint to the views of students who have been lobbying state and federal lawmakers for tighter restrictions on gun ownership.

Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old shooter in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, belonged to one of those clubs before he was expelled from the school.

The young Florida gun enthusiasts suggest it may be premature to forecast a victory for the student-led movement in turning the tide on the gun debate in America. Polls show that previous schools shootings over the last two decades failed to make younger Americans significantly more in favor of gun control than their parents or grandparents.

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Revellers flock to Greek town for a floury, colourful carnival
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2018-02-24    0 views
The small Greek town of Galaxidi was veiled by clouds of coloured flour on Feb.  19, in an annual tradition to mark Shrove Monday and the end of carnival.

Tourists and people from across the country come to Galaxidi, 124 miles  west of Athens, to view or take part in the event, donning goggles and plastic work suits.

Hundreds took part in the messy event, where revellers threw handfuls of flour tinted with food coloring at each other for several hours on the town's quay.

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Archaeologists discover ancient necropolis in Egypt
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2018-02-24    0 views
Egyptian archaeologists have discovered an ancient necropolis containing 40 stone sarcophagi, about 1,000 small statues and a necklace charm bearing the hieroglyphic inscription "happy new year.”

SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE SUPREME COUNCIL OF ANTIQUITIES, MOSTAFA WAZIRI, SAYING:
"On December 31, 2017, I was not here honestly, but a colleague alerted me to a scarab (popular amulet), which carried the words 'Happy New Year' in hieroglyphics. This is a message sent to us from the afterlife. It was sent to us on December 31, 2017. Look at this wonderful coincidence."

The site, which is more than 2,000 years old, is expected to take another five years to excavate.

Egypt's relics are a draw for foreign visitors and authorities hope new finds can help attract more as a way to help revive tourism hit by the unrest that followed the overthrow of former President Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

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Kittens Run Into Glass Door
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2018-02-23    0 views
These cats got a painful lesson in glass doors.
 
After their new owner startled them by walking into the room, they darted for the exit. 
 
Unfortunately for them, half of that exit was covered in glass. 
 
While they must have been frightened, neither cat was seriously injured. 

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Pennsylvania Fire Destroys 25 School Buses
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2018-02-23    0 views
A fire destroyed over two dozen school buses overnight in Pennsylvania. 
 
Parkland schools were closed on Friday, Feb. 23, after the fire at their garage in South Whitehall.
   
People who live near the site reported hearing explosions around the time of the fire. 
 
 The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
  
At least 25 buses were destroyed in the blaze, roughly 25% of the district's fleet. 
 
No injuries have been reported.

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Snap loses $1.5 billion in market value after Jenner tweet
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2018-02-22    0 views
Snap lost about $1.5 billion in market value on Feb. 22. 
 
The drop happened a day after Kylie Jenner criticized Snapchat’s redesign.
  
[“sooo does anyone else not open Snapchat anymore? Or is it just me... ugh this is so sad," Jenner posted to her Twitter account on Wednesday (February 21).]
 
Shares of Snap dropped more than 6% the morning after Jenner’s post. This lead many analysts to believe the two were connected.
 
Earlier this week, Snap responded to a Change.org petition calling for a reversal of  Snapchat’s latest redesign.
 
Snap promised an update in the coming weeks to the 'Friends and Discover' section of the app.

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Golf Cart Supreme Ultimate Wedgie
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2018-02-22    0 views
An innocent leap over a golf cart quickly turned into the worst wedgie of all time. 

Intending to hop over the roof of this golf cart, this guy's shorts get caught and he gets the ultimate wedgie.

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SpaceX launches Paz Earth satellite
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2018-02-22    0 views
SpaceX launched the Paz Earth observation satellite for the Hisdesat company aboard a Falcon 9 rocket.
 
The satellite will collect views of Earth for governmental and commercial organizations and produce roughly 100 images a day, officials said.
 
The rocket is also carrying two test satellites that are flying as secondary payloads.

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South Korea's "Garlic Girls" curlers spawn viral tributes online
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2018-02-21    0 views
This is an imitation of South Korea’s female Olympic curling team.

The team, named the "Garlic Girls” after their hometown, have become an overnight internet sensation. So far, they are 6-1 at the Pyeongchang Games.

Their fairytale run is being celebrated on social media. Fans have posted memes and parody videos with mops and robot vacuum cleaners.

The team has become the first Korean rink to reach the Olympic semifinals after beating the United States 9-6 on Feb. 20.

Team member Kim Yeong-mi said they were clueless about their newfound fame since they turned off their phones to avoid distractions.

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Dad Saves Toddler from Riding Bike into Truck
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2018-02-21    0 views
This dad was proud when his son started riding his bike without training wheels for the first time. After pushing his son forward on his bike, he ran next to him as he pedaled down the street.

However, instead of a peaceful ride, he had to rush forward to stop his son from crashing into a parked car.

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Finland's knitting passion is latest Pyeongchang yarn
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2018-02-14    0 views
The Finnish snowboard team at the Olympics in Pyeongchang are using the soothing effects of knitting when the Olympic pressure becomes too great.

"It's a really Finnish thing to do, so you don't need to talk to anyone while doing it,” snowboard coach Antti Koskinen said.

"It takes all your concentration and effort, and then people realize you're actually doing something important because you're concentrating so hard, so no unnecessary chitchat needed."

Grinning as he continued to knit a blue woolen square, Koskinen said that around half of the 102-strong team is knitting at the games.

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Cincinnati Zoo Shares Some Never-Before-Seen Moments of Baby Hippo Fiona
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2018-02-14    0 views
The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens shared a Valentine’s Day Facebook post of some never before seen moments of their beloved Fiona the hippo in her first few months of life.

In the post, the zoo states “A lot of love went into caring for Fiona and helping her become a healthy happy hippo!” In the video, Fiona can be seen taking a bath and playing with water toys with zookeepers.

Credit: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens via Storyful
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Georgia Firefighters Shoot Water From Hose for Baby Gender Reveal
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2018-02-13    0 views
A firefighter in Decatur, Georgia, and his wife were treated to an unorthodox baby gender reveal on Saturday, February 10, when they held a water hose to reveal the big news.

The department staged the special gender reveal for the couple, using a firehose and buckets filled with both blue and pink water.

A clip shared to the City of Decatur Fire and Rescue YouTube account on February 10 shows the couple embracing while they held the firehouse. Moments later, bright pink water shot into the air, much to the delight on onlookers.

Credit: City of Decatur Fire and Rescue via Storyful
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Tom Hardy waxwork with a 'heartbeat' unveiled for Valentine's Day
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2018-02-08    0 views
Madame Tussauds in London has unveiled a treat for Valentine's Day: a waxwork of hearthrob Tom Hardy with a 'heartbeat' and a warm torso.
The English actor's wax figure has a heartbeat of 60 reps per minute and a core temperature of 37 degrees Celsius. Fans can nestle on a leather sofa with the star and pose for photos.
Some canine fans also took part in a photo opportunity with Hardy, who's well-known as a dog lover.
Several of the dogs came from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, a rescue charity close to Hardy's heart.
Hardy starred in "Dunkirk," "Mad Max" and "The Revenant," for which he was nominated for an Oscar.
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Escaped bear shocked pedestrians
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2018-02-06    0 views
Pedestrians in Basra, Iraq, got quite a shock this morning: A huge bear lumbering across the street. The animal had escaped from a shop where it was being held for sale, according to local news reports.
Onlookers captured footage of the Syrian brown bear ambling through crowded streets of the Persian Gulf port city before it was captured and returned to the shop.
The bear was safely captured and returned to the shop.
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Dog Hugs Owner After Fire Destroys Home
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2018-02-06    0 views
Montague the dog was left hurt and confused after seeing his home destroyed by a fire.
After sifting through the debris with his owner, he wrapped his front legs around her body and placed his head on her chest for a hug.
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Dashcam footage of boulders falling near cars during Taiwan quake
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2018-02-06    0 views
Strong and shallow earthquakes struck off Taiwan's east coast near Hualien County on Sunday night.
A driver's dashboard camera caught several rocks falling from the mountain and crashing on the road.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-6.1 quake's epicentre was 14 kilometres (9 miles) northeast of the city of Hualien, at a depth of just 7.8 kilometres (4.9 miles).
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