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Alaskan Malamute dog Tang Yuan, nicknamed the Sticky Rice Ball, is only 38 days old - but weighs a hefty 20kgs. The fluffy animal is well insulated against the cold and snow in Songyuan, northeast China's Liaoning Province. His owner Wang Xian says he doesn't feed Tang Yuan too much, but his pet just grows very quickly. "A lot of people said I abused the dog for making it so fat, but its fluffy hair makes it look big." (HAP/Quirky China News / Rex Features)

 Alaskan Malamute dog Tang Yuan, nicknamed the Sticky Rice Ball, is only 38 days old - but weighs a hefty 20kgs.  The fluffy animal is well insulated against the cold and snow in Songyuan, northeast China's Liaoning Province. His owner Wang Xian says he doesn't feed Tang Yuan too much, but his pet just grows very quickly. "A lot of people said I abused the dog for making it so fat, but its fluffy hair makes it look big." (HAP/Quirky China News / Rex Features)

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  • James May ‘looks like Jeremy Clarkson’ after cutting off long locks
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    James May ‘looks like Jeremy Clarkson’ after cutting off long locks

    Fans say they are going to struggle to tell the difference between the pair.

  • Oxford University Islamic professor denies rape allegations by French feminist author
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    Oxford University Islamic professor denies rape allegations by French feminist author

    Oxford University Islamic professor denies rape allegations by French feminist author

  • Trump's JFK files release: The stories the US President could be trying to distract us from by clearing assassination files
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    Trump's JFK files release: The stories the US President could be trying to distract us from by clearing assassination files

    Donald Trump's surprise announcement that he intends to allow the release of classified documents on the assassination of John F Kennedy has sparked speculation about his motives. The decision, made against the advice of the National Security Council, has prompted suggestions the president may seeking to distract from a series of negative stories. Some of the Mr Trump's most attention-grabbing tweets have previously diverted attention from mounting controversies.

  • Notorious British jihadist Abu Sa'eed Al Britani may have perished in IS death camp
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    Notorious British jihadist Abu Sa'eed Al Britani may have perished in IS death camp

    He was one of four jihadists that the UK placed on a UN sanctions list, now the only trace of Abu Sa'eed al Britani is his name on a prison wall in an Islamic State death camp.

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    Hikers who went missing in California national park died in 'murder-suicide pact'

    A young couple who went missing in a national park on a hot summer day died in what appeared to be a murder-suicide pact, police say. The bodies of Rachel Nguyen, 20, and Joseph Orbeso, 22, were found in an embrace last week - two-and-a-half months after they went missing in southern California's Joshua Tree National Park on 28 July. Both had gunshot wounds - and based on evidence at the scene, detectives believe Mr Orbeso shot Ms Nguyen, then shot himself.

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    'Eye-watering' price hike for collecting passengers at airports - study

    Parking charges for those picking up and dropping off passengers at some of the UK's busiest airports have been hiked up to "eye-watering" levels, a study has found. Eight of the top 20 airports have increased tariffs this year, according to the research by motoring firm RAC, which advised drivers to "keep goodbyes to a minimum" as five airports raised fees for dropping off departing passengers. RAC spokesman Simon Williams warned the increased charges will be viewed by drivers as "another way of making money out of them".

  • Jeremy Corbyn condemns Clive Lewis comments and denies accusations of misogyny in Labour party
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    Jeremy Corbyn condemns Clive Lewis comments and denies accusations of misogyny in Labour party

    Jeremy Corbyn has condemned a “completely unacceptable” comment made by MP Clive Lewis and denied accusations of misogyny within the Labour Party. It follows the furore over a video in which Mr Lewis told a male actor to “get on your knees b****” at a game show segment of a Momentum event, held alongside the party conference. Mr Corbyn, who had previously avoided talking publicly of the issue, appeared to bow to pressure to speak out on Saturday.

  • Barca want to stay in La Liga amid independence crisis - club president
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    Barca want to stay in La Liga amid independence crisis - club president

    Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu confirmed on Saturday the club wishes to continue playing in La Liga even if Catalonia is granted independence from Spain. The Spanish government is holding a special cabinet meeting to deal with the crisis after Catalonia's president Carles Puigdemont wrote Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy a letter threatening a formal declaration of independence. Bartomeu previously said the club members would be able to help decide Barcelona's future but speaking at the annual general meeting, the president was clear about his preferred option.

  • Billionaire Babis scores big Czech election win, seeks partners to rule
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    Billionaire Babis scores big Czech election win, seeks partners to rule

    Czech billionaire Andrej Babis won a thumping victory in Saturday's election as voters shunned traditional parties and gave a mandate to the anti-establishment businessman pledging to fight political corruption while facing fraud charges himself. Babis's ANO movement got 29.6 percent of the vote, nearly three times as much as anyone else in an election that saw a record nine parties secure seats in parliament's lower house. Babis has promised to bring his business expertise to government.

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    'Don't Touch My Hair' singer Solange Knowles cross as hair touched

    One of Solange Knowles' songs is called Don't Touch My Hair. The journalist who interviewed Solange has also expressed her dismay. "I am publicly disowning the Solange piece London Evening Standard published today.

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    One killed, nine injured in stabbing rampage in Polish shopping centre

    One person has been killed and nine others injured after a man carried out a knife rampage at a shopping centre in southeast Poland. The alleged attacker, a 27-year-old man, attacked people at the VIVO! mall in Stalowa Wola on Friday. Eight people were taken to hospitals in Stalowa Wola, Tarnobrzeg and Sandomierz, most with serious injuries, regional police chief Krzysztof Pobuta said.

  • Israel says it will intensify response to Syrian fire
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    Israel says it will intensify response to Syrian fire

    JERUSALEM/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Five projectiles from Syria set off air raid sirens in Israeli towns on Saturday, prompting the Israeli military to say it would step up its response to stray fire from the Syrian war that has repeatedly spilled over the border. The projectiles crossed into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and the military said it targeted three Syrian artillery guns in response. No damage or injuries were reported in Israel.

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    Fifteen-year-old boy dies after 'horrific' knife attack in Manchester

    A teenager who was stabbed in a "horrific" knife attack has died in hospital. Kyron Webb, 15, was severely injured in the incident in Manchester on Tuesday. Police have launched a murder inquiry after he died on Friday and two teenagers, aged 17 and 16, have been charged with murder.

  • Abortion clinic accused of paying staff bonuses for persuading women to terminate pregnancies
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    Abortion clinic accused of paying staff bonuses for persuading women to terminate pregnancies

    A damning report has accused one of the UK’s biggest abortion providers of paying its staff bonuses for encouraging women to go through with a termination. The clinic said it is “categorically untrue” that staff bonuses are linked to the numbers who proceed with abortions – but the report found a “cattle market culture” where staff felt “encouraged” to ensure women went through with abortions because it was “linked to their performance bonus”. There are 70 Marie Stopes clinics across the UK, where private terminations cost between £546 and £2040 including a consultation, depending on how advanced the pregnancy is.

  • One dead, another missing after oil barge fire off Texas
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    One dead, another missing after oil barge fire off Texas

    At least one person was killed after an oil barge caught on fire. The barge was carrying around 133,000 barrels of crude oil to a refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas. The barge was carrying some 133,000 barrels of crude oil to a refinery in Corpus Christi when the explosion occurred at 4:30 a.m., they said.

  • Family confirms body found in Argentina river was missing activist
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    Family confirms body found in Argentina river was missing activist

    A body recovered from a river bed in southern Argentina was that of a missing activist who disappeared two months ago during a police operation, his brother confirmed Friday.

  • Hikers Rescue Dog Trapped in Abandoned Mine Shaft in Fairplay
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    Hikers Rescue Dog Trapped in Abandoned Mine Shaft in Fairplay

    Three hikers rescued a dog they found trapped in an abandoned mine shaft near Fairplay, Colorado. Portia Scovern shared this video of the rescue and follow-up care on October 18. The dog was underweight and dehydrated when she was found. Scovern wrote her boyfriend had been hiking a week before the rescue and heard something from the cave, but continued on his hike. When the hikers returned, the dog barked, which alerted the group to her existence. They shimmied into the shaft and rescued the dog. The dog’s owner was found following the rescue, and Fox 21 reported the dog went missing on October 4. Credit: Facebook/Portia Scovern via Storyful

  • Catalonia leader Carles Puigdemont: Removing powers 'worst attack since Franco dictatorship'
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    Catalonia leader Carles Puigdemont: Removing powers 'worst attack since Franco dictatorship'

    Madrid's moves to take back some powers from Catalonia are the "worst attack since the dictatorship of Franco". The Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont was reacting to the Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's announcement that he has approved implementing the previously unused Article 155 of the country's constitution to assume control of the region in a bid to thwart secession attempts. Mr Puigdemont said Mr Rajoy had set out to "humiliate" Catalonia in an "attack on democracy".

  • Supermarket sneak: bruised strawberries placed in punnets in war against food waste
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    Supermarket sneak: bruised strawberries placed in punnets in war against food waste

    Supermarket sneak: bruised strawberries placed in punnets in war against food waste

  • Laptops could be banned from checked luggage because of fire risk
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    Laptops could be banned from checked luggage because of fire risk

    Laptops could be banned from checked luggage because of fire risk

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    California judge tosses $417 mln talc cancer verdict against J&J (JNJ)

    A California judge on Friday threw out a $417 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson in a lawsuit by a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer after using its talc-based products like Johnson's Baby Powder for feminine hygiene. The ruling by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Maren Nelson marked the latest setback facing women and family members who accuse J&J of not adequately warning consumers about the cancer risks of its talc-based products. The decision followed a jury's decision in August to hit J&J with the largest verdict to date in the litigation, awarding California resident Eva Echeverria $70 million in compensatory damages and $347 million in punitive damages.

  • Graphic Photos Show Kenneka Jenkins in Freezer That Family Says 'Raise More Questions'
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    Graphic Photos Show Kenneka Jenkins in Freezer That Family Says 'Raise More Questions'

    Graphic photos released Friday allow the public to see for the first time how Chicago teen Kenneka Jenkins was found dead in a freezer, but her family says the images raise more questions than answers.  

  • AHS: Cult previews Evan Peters as Charles Manson
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    AHS: Cult previews Evan Peters as Charles Manson

    An unsettling Family photo.

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    UPDATE 1-Tesla raises borrowing capacity for car leases to $1.1 bln (TSLA)

    Tesla Inc said on Friday it has increased its borrowing capacity for a car lease program to $1.1 billion from $600 million. The move comes as the electric car maker spends heavily to fix production bottlenecks of its new Model 3 sedan. The company increased the borrowing capacity under certain warehouse agreements, the company said in a filing.

  • Madrid poised to activate emergency rule in Catalonia
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    Madrid poised to activate emergency rule in Catalonia

    The Spanish government will announcing special measures on Saturday to impose direct rule on the wealthy region of Catalonia over its bid to breakaway. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s move will reassure King Felipe VI who used a prizegiving ceremony in the northwestern region of Asturias on Friday to indicate support for the government and affirm the unity of Spain. “Spain needs to face up to an unacceptable secession attempt on its national territory, which it will resolve using legitimate democratic institutions, respecting our constitution, adhering to the values and principles of the parliamentary democracy in which we have lived for 39 years,” Felipe said. King Felipe: Catalonia ‘is and will be’ part of Spain https://t.co/EbDQPCSZOz pic.twitter.com/tYoyeX7qKQ— ITV News (@itvnews) 21 octobre 2017 In a show of unity, the main opposition Socialists also back the constitution being invoked in this way for the first time in Spain’s four decades of democracy. Rajoy has called an emergency cabinet meeting on Saturday to pave the way for the unprecedented intervention. “The main goal of these measures is a return to legality because there cannot be a part of a country where law is not applied, where law doesn’t exist,” he said on Friday in Brussels at the end of an EU summit in which European leaders including Germany’s Angela Merkel and France’s Emmanuel Macron had offered him their support. “And at the same time we need to return to institutional normality.” ‘Critical point’ reached in Catalonia: PM Rajoy https://t.co/mq4Q99H2uU pic.twitter.com/KynDLPs4LT— The Local Spain (@TheLocalSpain) 20 octobre 2017 Rajoy didn’t confirm reports that the Spanish government would replace Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont and his whole cabinet or that snap elections in Catalonia in January form a part of the package. with Reuters

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