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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)

Pictures of the week: From an explosive air show to a dodgy waxwork of Pelé

Here's our pick of the pictures from around the world this week

  • Tony Blackburn on Keith Chegwin and his 'drink problems'
    News
    Sky News

    Tony Blackburn on Keith Chegwin and his 'drink problems'

    Radio DJ Tony Blackburn has paid tribute to his great friend, TV presenter Keith Chegwin, who has died aged 60, and says he will miss his childish sense of humour. Cheggers was a great friend of mine and I can't believe he's gone.

  • Max Clifford dies after collapsing in prison: PR guru was denied medical treatment, family claim
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    The Telegraph

    Max Clifford dies after collapsing in prison: PR guru was denied medical treatment, family claim

    Max Clifford dies after collapsing in prison: PR guru was denied medical treatment, family claim

  • US, S. Korea, Japan start missile-tracking drill, irking China
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    AFP

    US, S. Korea, Japan start missile-tracking drill, irking China

    The US, South Korea and Japan carried out joint exercises Monday to track missiles from North Korea, as China warned that such manoeuvres fuel tensions following nuclear-armed Pyongyang's longest-range test launch to date.

  • Ryanair pilots in Dublin vote in favour of industrial action
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    Reuters

    Ryanair pilots in Dublin vote in favour of industrial action

    Pilots employed directly by Ryanair in Dublin, its second largest base, have voted overwhelmingly in favour of taking industrial action in a growing dispute over the airline's collective bargaining system, the IMPACT trade union said on Monday. The Irish airline, Europe's largest by passenger numbers, is trying to recover from a damaging wave of flight cancellations caused by crew rostering problems, while pilots at fewer than a third of its 87 bases have accepted an offer to increase pay. Several unions across Europe have been preparing for industrial action in a demand for better conditions at Ryanair with its pilots in Italy due to stage the company's first ever strike by pilots later this week.

  • Seeking music edge, Apple buys song recognition app Shazam
    News
    AFP

    Seeking music edge, Apple buys song recognition app Shazam

    Apple said that song recognition app Shazam has consistently been one of the most popular items on its App Store

  • Celebrities rally around bullied schoolboy Keaton Jones
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    Sky News

    Celebrities rally around bullied schoolboy Keaton Jones

    Celebrities including Chris Evans, Snoop Dogg and Mark Hamill have offered support to a young boy being bullied at school. Keaton Jones' mother recorded a video of him crying after he asked her to pick him up because he was scared to go to lunch, because he is being picked on. Keaton, from Tennessee, said: "Just out of curiosity, why do they bully?

  • News
    Sky News

    Manhunt after three children die in Salford house fire

    Police have begun a murder inquiry after three children died in a suspected arson attack on a house in Salford. Firefighters from three local stations were called to the family home in Jackson Street, Worsley, at 4.58am this morning and a 14-year-old girl - named locally as Demi Pearson - was declared dead at the scene. Nearby Harrop Fold School - where Demi was a pupil - tweeted a statement from executive headteacher Drew Povey.

  • News
    Sky News

    The Last Jedi: First reactions to the new Star Wars

    In the UK, critics are getting ready for the first screenings of the new Star Wars film. In Los Angeles, California, the world premiere of The Last Jedi has led to a Twitter storm of positive comments, respecting the review embargo imposed by Disney and not revealing any spoilers. Have a lot to process, but WOW," wrote The Hollywood Reporter's Ryan Parker.

  • New York Subway bomb: Bangladeshi suspect 'armed with pipe device and battery pack' in 'Isil-inspired' attack
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    The Telegraph

    New York Subway bomb: Bangladeshi suspect 'armed with pipe device and battery pack' in 'Isil-inspired' attack

    New York Subway bomb: Bangladeshi suspect 'armed with pipe device and battery pack' in 'Isil-inspired' attack

  • Nasa to hold major announcement after artificial intelligence makes planet-hunting breakthrough
    News
    The Independent

    Nasa to hold major announcement after artificial intelligence makes planet-hunting breakthrough

    Nasa is holding a major press conference after its planet-hunting telescope made a new breakthrough. The Kepler space telescope is operated by Nasa to discover other earths, some of which could support life. Very little further information was given about the announcement, which will take place on Thursday.

  • Majority of people support total ban on UK ivory sales
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    Evening Standard

    Majority of people support total ban on UK ivory sales

    The majority of British people back a total ban on ivory sales in the UK to tackle elephant poaching, according to a poll. Environment Secretary Michael Gove announced plans in October to bring in legislation which would prohibit the trade of “antique” items. Existing rules prohibit the sale of raw ivory of any age but allow worked or carved items produced before March 3, 1947 to be sold in the UK.

  • 'I'm A Celebrity': Amir Khan Shoots Down Iain Lee Bullying Accusations In Tense 'Extra Camp' Exchange
    News
    HuffPost UK

    'I'm A Celebrity': Amir Khan Shoots Down Iain Lee Bullying Accusations In Tense 'Extra Camp' Exchange

    ‘I’m A Celebrity’ stars Amir Khan and Iain Lee shared an uncomfortable exchange on ‘Extra Camp’, after the boxer confronted him about accusations he’d bullied him.

  • Keith Chegwin dies aged 60 after battling lung condition
    Press Association video

    Keith Chegwin dies aged 60 after battling lung condition

    TV presenter Keith Chegwin has died at the age of 60 following a long illness, his family have said. The star, best known for hosting children's game show Cheggers Plays Pop, died at home after battling a progressive lung condition.

  • EU rebuffs Netanyahu call on Jerusalem
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    AFP

    EU rebuffs Netanyahu call on Jerusalem

    The EU's diplomatic chief Monday bluntly rejected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's suggestion that Europe would follow the US in recognising Jerusalem as the Jewish state's capital, saying there would be no change to its stance on the holy city.

  • Golden Globes: Kevin Spacey replacement Christopher Plummer nominated
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    Sky News

    Golden Globes: Kevin Spacey replacement Christopher Plummer nominated

    Christopher Plummer has been nominated for a Golden Globe after re-shooting a role played originally by Kevin Spacey. Spacey was dropped from All The Money In The World by director Ridley Scott after a string of abuse accusations were made against him by several men. The nod by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) - the body which nominates the Globes - has received a wave of support on social media.

  • News
    Business Insider UK

    Baby milk maker orders global recall over salmonella fears

    French baby-milk maker Lactalis has ordered a global recall of millions of products over fears of salmonella bacteria contamination. The company, one of the largest dairy products group in the world, says it has been warned by health authorities in France that 26 infants have become sick since Dec. 1. Spokesman company Michel Nalet told The Associated Press on Monday that the "precautionary" recall both in France and abroad affects "several million" products made since mid-February.

  • Cameron, 10, Planning To Play The Drums After Getting Bionic Hand
    News
    HuffPost UK

    Cameron, 10, Planning To Play The Drums After Getting Bionic Hand

    A boy’s Christmas wish to be able to use both his hands will be granted following a charity appeal.

  • Rural areas attract the most drink-drivers, study finds
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    AOL

    Rural areas attract the most drink-drivers, study finds

    A recent study by the Press Association has found that more motorists are charged with drink-driving in largely rural areas.

  • David Davis says he doesn't have to be clever or 'know that much' to be Brexit secretary
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    Business Insider UK

    David Davis says he doesn't have to be clever or 'know that much' to be Brexit secretary

    David Davis says he doesn't have to be clever to manage Brexit. Brexit Secretary told LBC he just has to stay "calm" in negotiations. LONDON — David Davis believes he doesn't have to be "clever" or "know that much" in order to be Brexit Secretary.

  • Rare Barbastelle bat found living in London for the first time in 50 years
    News
    Evening Standard

    Rare Barbastelle bat found living in London for the first time in 50 years

    A rare species of bat has been discovered in London for the first time in over 50 years. The Barbastelle bat, which has already disappeared from some countries, was discovered in Hainault Forest Country Park. Static bat detectors set-up in the Old Farm Buildings detected the creature which is entirely absent from Scotland and Northern Ireland.

  • No news, just snooze: Japan's paper deliverers enjoy press holiday
    News
    The Guardian

    No news, just snooze: Japan's paper deliverers enjoy press holiday

    Tokyo commuters read an extra edition of a newspaper about Emperor Akihito’s plans to abdicate in 2019. There is a good chance that Japan’s light sleepers have at times been stirred by the purr of an approaching moped, followed by the squeak of a brake and footsteps on the street. The sounds punctuate the pre-dawn routine of the paper delivery worker, whose job it is to bring news, in strictly analogue form, to tens of millions of households.

  • The first flushable pregnancy test is set to hit shelves next year
    News
    Evening Standard

    The first flushable pregnancy test is set to hit shelves next year

    Taking a pregnancy test is one of the most personal things a woman can do and yet, there’s no real way to make it discreet currently. Lia is a company bringing the first flushable pregnancy test to the market. “It's been the same stick test since 1987, and that's kind of crazy,” co-founder Bethany Edwards explained to the crowd at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin.

  • Mazda reveals limited-edition MX-5 Z-Sport roadster
    News
    PA Motoring

    Mazda reveals limited-edition MX-5 Z-Sport roadster

    Just 300 examples of Mazda’s new MX-5 Z-Sport will be made available and all will feature a 2.0-litre engine, cherry red roof, BBS alloy wheels and sand leather upholstery

  • Europe's migrant crisis: the ghosts of Sid
    News
    AFP

    Europe's migrant crisis: the ghosts of Sid

    Exhausted from being stuck in Serbia for months, dozens of young migrants survive in appalling conditions in Sid, a small town bordering European Union member Croatia, which they try to enter every day.

  • ‘I messed up’: Josh Homme makes emotional apology after kicking female photographer during gig
    News
    Evening Standard

    ‘I messed up’: Josh Homme makes emotional apology after kicking female photographer during gig

    Josh Homme has issued an emotional apology after he was filmed kicking a camera out of a photographer’s hand during a concert. The Queens of the Stone Age frontman admitted that he had “messed up” and was “truly sorry” for lashing out at Chelsea Lauren, who said she spent the rest of the evening in the ER. A video of the incident went viral following the band’s show at the Forum in LA on Saturday night, prompting calls for a public apology.

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