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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

  • Basque separatist group ETA puts dissolution to vote: report
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    Basque separatist group ETA puts dissolution to vote: report

    Basque militant separatist group ETA has put its proposed dissolution to an internal vote, according to extracts of a letter by its leaders published Thursday in Basque newspaper Gara.

  • Ed Sheeran denies he is a married man after wearing a ring at the Brits
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    Ed Sheeran denies he is a married man after wearing a ring at the Brits

    Fiancee and former childhood sweetheart Cherry Seaborn was also at the ceremony.

  • USA end Canada’s golden streak with penalty shootout win the women’s ice hockey final at Winter Olympics 2018
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    USA end Canada’s golden streak with penalty shootout win the women’s ice hockey final at Winter Olympics 2018

    The United States won a dramatic penalty shoot-out in the women's final to strike gold and end Canada's Winter Olympics ice hockey reign in Pyeongchang. USA took the lead in the first period through Hilary Knight. Monique Lamoureux-Morando levelled it up at 2-2 in the third period for the USA and the final went to sudden death overtime where the teams could not be separated.

  • Soul-searching as symbol of 70s Singapore faces demolition
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    AFP

    Soul-searching as symbol of 70s Singapore faces demolition

    The looming demolition of a horseshoe-shaped tower block that symbolised Singapore's growth from a port town to an affluent city-state has sparked soul-searching about whether enough is being done to protect the country's recent history.

  • Justin Trudeau's India tour branded a ‘slow-moving train wreck’ as family is mocked for ‘Bollywood' attire
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    Justin Trudeau's India tour branded a ‘slow-moving train wreck’ as family is mocked for ‘Bollywood' attire

    The week-long visit aimed at enhancing business ties has seen Mr Trudeau and his family frequently appearing before the cameras wearing traditional Indian dress and meeting the press with the “Namaste” greeting. Today, he tried his hand at cricket, taking to the pitch with his children and former Indian captains Kapil Dev and Mohammad Azharuddin in New Delhi. Indian media have been critical of the visit – which started badly with suggestions of a political “snub” when Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who often greets his counterparts on their arrival, sent a junior minister from the agriculture department to meet him at the airport.

  • These Were The Most Popular Baby Names In The 1990s
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    These Were The Most Popular Baby Names In The 1990s

    Baby name trends are an evolving part of our culture.

  • Citymapper smart bus: transport app launches London ride-sharing initiative
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    Evening Standard

    Citymapper smart bus: transport app launches London ride-sharing initiative

    The transport app Citymapper has revealed it is launching a new on-demand ride-sharing service: the Citymapper smart bus. Launched this week, Citymapper is now running a fleet of eight-seater minibuses. It works much as a traditional bus does, picking up its passengers and dropping them off at fixed points on a road network.

  • Parents who thought their baby had died seven years ago find out it is still alive after getting £3,000 orphanage bill
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    Parents who thought their baby had died seven years ago find out it is still alive after getting £3,000 orphanage bill

    The parents had been told that their newborn would not live more than a week.

  • Great Yarmouth secondary school bans 'Meet me at McDonald's' hairstyle
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    Great Yarmouth secondary school bans 'Meet me at McDonald's' hairstyle

    A school has banned a haircut known as the “Meet me at McDonald’s” and warned pupils they may be sent home or placed in isolation until their hair is restyled. In a letter to parents, Great Yarmouth Charter Academy’s headmaster Barry Smith listed “variations on the style often known as ‘Meet me at McDonald’s’” among seven “unacceptable haircuts for boys”. If a child’s hair was not restyled they would “either be sent home to have their hair restyled or placed in isolation until their hair is restyled," he added.

  • Indonesia landslide on Java island kills 5, over a dozen missing
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    Reuters

    Indonesia landslide on Java island kills 5, over a dozen missing

    A landslide on Indonesia's heavily populated island of Java on Thursday killed at least five people and left more than 15 people missing, an official at the country's disaster agency said. The landslide, which struck a village in central Java, also injured 14 people, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia's disaster agency said in a statement.

  • The dark side of daydreaming
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    The Conversation

    The dark side of daydreaming

    Daydreaming may seem like a fun, harmless way to pass time, but evidence suggests that it could be bad for your mental health.

  • Destiny 2: Latest update to game delayed to give developers Bungie more time to make new features better
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    The Independent

    Destiny 2: Latest update to game delayed to give developers Bungie more time to make new features better

    Large parts of an upcoming update to Destiny 2 have been delayed to make them better, developers Bungie have said. New weapons, for instance, needed further work by artists to ensure they are as "super cool" as they needed to be – since the new weapons will be so difficult to get, "it’s more important that each of those rewards live up to the difficulty it will take to earn them". "They have to be super cool, so we’re giving the artists extra time to make sure they are... super cool," Bungie wrote.

  • Stansted airport wants to raise passenger limit by 8 million each year
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    Evening Standard

    Stansted airport wants to raise passenger limit by 8 million each year

    Stansted has sought permission to raise its cap on annual passenger numbers by eight million. The Essex airport wants to make better use of its runway capacity as part of a five-year, £600 million construction project to expand passenger facilities. Some 26 million people travelled through Stansted last year and airport bosses expect it to hit the current annual cap of 35 million in the next four to five years.

  • Tightening grip: French government unveils controversial migrant law
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    Tightening grip: French government unveils controversial migrant law

    President Macron promised to make it easier for young people to claim asylum in France while reforming the system. A new bill was unveiled today by the interior minister Gérard Collomb. It would shorten the deadlines to apply for asylum and double the time during which illegal migrants can be detained. It would also make it easier for minors to obtain asylum. The government says it wants to be both firm and fair on immigration. But will this get in the way of the migrants' basic human rights?

  • Student exam threat as university lecturers strike over pensions
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    Sky News

    Student exam threat as university lecturers strike over pensions

    More than a million students are expected to be affected by industrial action with lecturers at 64 universities walking out over pensions. Picket lines are expected at campuses around the country after negotiations broke down, with lecturers saying cuts would leave them £10,000 a year worse off in their retirement. Senior lecturer Dr Gregory Lane-Serff is one of those striking at Manchester University.

  • Arming teachers in schools is a great idea, President Trump, and because I'm looking forward to it I've worked out all the practicalities for you
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    The Independent

    Arming teachers in schools is a great idea, President Trump, and because I'm looking forward to it I've worked out all the practicalities for you

    This week the President of the United States proposed that we arm American teachers to keep our schools safe. Forgive me if I’m a tad bit slow, but I'm having a little bit of trouble figuring out how this whole “arming teachers” thing is going to work, so I want to try to figure out exactly how it might play out. You know, just so we are all on the same page.

  • A Woman Who Broke Her Neck Doing An Inverted Sit-Up Has Shocked Doctors By Making a Full Recovery
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    Newsweek

    A Woman Who Broke Her Neck Doing An Inverted Sit-Up Has Shocked Doctors By Making a Full Recovery

    When 23-year-old Marcelle Mancuso fell while doing an upside-down—or 'inverted'—sit-up in the gym in São José do Rio Preto, Brazil, in January 2016, doctors feared she would never walk again. 

  • 3 must-try American chicken recipes that'll cure any KFC grievances
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    3 must-try American chicken recipes that'll cure any KFC grievances

    If you haven't heard about the national outcry following the messed up KFC deliveries this week, you must have been on a digital detox. Following reports that people actually went as far as to call the police after delivery vans were held up containing KFC's chicken stock - one thing's for sure, the UK is mad about fried chicken. Forget about KFC and bring that Southern chicken home with these recipes you can make in 15 minutes (or less).

  • European shares drop as earnings flurry fails to lift sentiment
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    Reuters

    European shares drop as earnings flurry fails to lift sentiment

    European shares retreated on Thursday as a flurry of corporate results failed to lift sentiment after a new wave of speculation about faster hikes in U.S interest rates hit Wall Street and Asia and soured risk appetite globally. At 0950 GMT, the pan-European STOXX 600 index was down 0.7 percent, with almost all industry sectors and national bourses falling. "Stock markets are weaker today after the Federal Reserve released the minutes of their latest meeting last night", said David Madden, an analyst at CMC Markets, noting that the sell-off in the U.S. had spilled from there to Asia and now to Europe.

  • Family of missing Liam Colgan believe he may be injured and suffering memory loss after Hamburg stag do
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    Yahoo News UK

    Family of missing Liam Colgan believe he may be injured and suffering memory loss after Hamburg stag do

    Liam's family say it is possible something happened to him in Hamburg that scared him.

  • Teenagers Not Reading Challenging Enough Books, Report Finds
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    HuffPost UK

    Teenagers Not Reading Challenging Enough Books, Report Finds

    GCSE pupils are reading books better suited to youngsters that are three years younger, according to a study.

  • Este Haim finds herself labelled 'mystery drunk woman' at the Brits
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    The Independent

    Este Haim finds herself labelled 'mystery drunk woman' at the Brits

    This year’s Brit awards were cause for celebration. Performances from Stormzy and Kendrick Lamar amazed, rightful winners were chosen, and host Jack Whitehall made some jokes that actually landed.

  • What might an anarchist language look like? I created one, inspired by Ursula le Guin
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    The Conversation

    What might an anarchist language look like? I created one, inspired by Ursula le Guin

    Ursula le Guin gave us an anarchist society on another world; we brought it back to Earth.

  • HRW urges Kuwait to agree new worker safeguards with Manila
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    AFP

    HRW urges Kuwait to agree new worker safeguards with Manila

    Human Rights Watch called on Kuwait to agree to greater protection for migrant workers as a Philippine delegation was due in the emirate Thursday to discuss an outcry over alleged abuses of Filipinos.

  • Dutch prosecutors say won't open criminal case against big tobacco firms
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    Business Insider UK

    Dutch prosecutors say won't open criminal case against big tobacco firms

    Dutch prosecutors on Thursday rejected a call by civil groups, hospitals and the city of Amsterdam to open a criminal case against major tobacco companies, saying the firms had adequately warned smokers of the health risks. The groups filed a formal complaint in 2016 accusing four major tobacco companies of a range of offences, including misleading marketing and causing deaths. "It is the smoker – aware of the health risks – who accepts the considerable chance of any resulting health damage by starting to smoke or, having already started, not choosing to quit," the prosecutors said in a statement dismissing the case.

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