All creatures great and small flock to Madrid for blessing

All creatures great and small flock to Madrid for blessing

Pet-owners and their furry friends flocked to the Church of San Anton in central Madrid, to receive the traditional blessing on the day of Saint Anthony, the Patron Saint of Animals.
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Spanish villagers HORSE around with bonfires in honour of St Anthony

Spanish villagers HORSE around with bonfires in honour of St Anthony

Dozens of men rode horses through a bonfire in the small Spanish village of San Bartolome de Pinares in the northwest of Madrid. The event was held in honour of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of animals. The age-old tradition, called ‘Luminarias'...
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Make your hair POP! Moscow barber washes clients' hair with champagne

Make your hair POP! Moscow barber washes clients' hair with champagne

A new trend is on the rise after beauty bloggers claimed it can boost shine and reduce frizz - champagne! A Russian barber has now started treating his clients with the beverage as his salon in Moscow.
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Ground control to Major Tom: Inside Crimea’s spaceship hotel

Ground control to Major Tom: Inside Crimea’s spaceship hotel

A new spaceship-themed hotel dubbed 'The Guardian of the Empire' has opened in the Crimean city of Alushta. Visitors are given the chance to experience the intergalactic world, trying out 3D space flight simulators, playing with laser cannons and ...
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Rescue efforts underway after 2 year old falls into 110m borehole

Rescue efforts underway after 2 year old falls into 110m borehole

Over 100 firefighters and other emergency services personnel were deployed in Spain's Malaga province, as efforts continue to rescue a two year-old boy who fell down a 110 metre (360 feet) 25 centimetre (9.85 inch) wide borehole. The rescue operat...
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Sneaky sea lions attempt to snatch diver’s paddles and camera

Sneaky sea lions attempt to snatch diver’s paddles and camera

A group of sea lions in Kamchatka preyed on an innocent diver and attempted to steal his equipment. They left empty-flippered!
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TANKS for helping! This tank will no longer leave planes stranded

TANKS for helping! This tank will no longer leave planes stranded

Moscow’s Domodedovo airport introduced the Armoured Repair and Recovery Vehicle (BREM-1). The tank, based on the T-72 main battle tank, is capable of evacuating aircraft of any size in case of emergency situations. According to the manufacturer, t...
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Tappan Zee Bridge demolished in big bang

Tappan Zee Bridge demolished in big bang

Footage shows the moment an explosion demolished a section of the Tappan Zee Bridge over the Hudson River in the New York City. Explosives were used to remove the eastern part of the former bridge between Westchester and Rockland counties. Opened ...
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Two cute lion cubs make adorable debut at Vladisovstok zoo

Two cute lion cubs make adorable debut at Vladisovstok zoo

A in the Russia’s Far East Vladivostok received two adorable white lion cubs. The rare cubs arrived from Belarus and now are nursed by the zoo’s workers. Due to the rarity of the white lions, the babies have weak immune system and fed every two ho...
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Hangry sea lion hunts for snacks

Hangry sea lion hunts for snacks

A hangry sea lion was spotted "storming" a truck likely carrying seafood in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia. The truck was outside what appeared to a be a fish processing plant. It is common to see packs of sea lions swimming in the area.
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F1's Alonso appears on stage as Toyota announces return of Supra sports car

F1's Alonso appears on stage as Toyota announces return of Supra sports car

Toyota announced the return of its iconic Supra sports car at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. The fifth-generation 2020 GR Supra features 335 horsepower, can go from 0-60mph in four seconds and is expected to retail ...
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Brothers build DIY nazi tank

Brothers build DIY nazi tank

Two enthusiasts – brothers Mikhail and Aleksander Sheptayev, have made a replica of a Nazi-era Panzer III tank. The brothers were granted access to a museum in Moscow to measure an original tank for their design. They hope the project will draw aw...
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Kids get their hands on machine guns to mark Thailand’s ‘Children’s Day’

Kids get their hands on machine guns to mark Thailand’s ‘Children’s Day’

Children played with guns instead of toys as Thailand's military opened up their barracks to mark the country's annual Children's Day in Bangkok.
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Dozens of brave aliens dressed Berliners plunge into icy lake

Dozens of brave aliens dressed Berliners plunge into icy lake

A group of Berliners, dressed up as aliens, took a dip into Orankesee lake as part of a traditional ice swimming carnival. The 80 participants didn’t fear plunging into waters, which were reported to be three degrees celsius.
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Indonesian village transformed into wasteland over trash disposal issues

Indonesian village transformed into wasteland over trash disposal issues

A 1.5km long trail of trash stretches over a river in a village in West Java. The pile up of rubbish, which included discarded plastic and organic waste, was so large it had to be dug out by excavators and carried away by trucks.
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Rescued duck finds budding romance with a dog

Rescued duck finds budding romance with a dog

Woof, a duck that was rescued from the roadside in Omsk, has found a budding romance with a canine. Anastasia Kalmychkova found the duck and took it back to her flat and her two dogs. Although she had her reservations, she didn’t need to worry a...
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Some of the world’s most exclusive car models unveiled at Tokyo Auto Salon

Some of the world’s most exclusive car models unveiled at Tokyo Auto Salon

The Nissan Juke snowmobile, Toyota's GR Supra Super GT Concept, a Custom Nissan R35 GT-R and a Customized Lamborghini Urus, were among the most outlandish cars on display at the 2019 Tokyo Auto Salon.
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Synagogue in Washington arrives on wheels to its new home

Synagogue in Washington arrives on wheels to its new home

The oldest synagogue of Washington DC and the whole District rolled down the 3rd street to its new home, the site of the future Capital Jewish Museum. The massive platform with 12 sets of wheels carried the building one block down the street.
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This 73-year-old pole dancer is proving that age is no barrier

This 73-year-old pole dancer is proving that age is no barrier

Dai Dali is a 73-year-old pole dancer who became a viral sensation in China for her staggering pole dancing performances that seems to defy age-related cliches.
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Ding Dong! Customer service and delivery robots displayed at Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show

Ding Dong! Customer service and delivery robots displayed at Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show

Will the future of delivery and customer service be determined by high-tech companies? China's UBTECH Robotics presented a humanoid customer service robot, which can assist customers in hotels or shopping centres. In order to make the delivery of ...
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Is your Valentine’s about to get a lot cheaper? Chinese scientists turn copper into (almost-) gold

Is your Valentine’s about to get a lot cheaper? Chinese scientists turn copper into (almost-) gold

A research team in the Chinese city of Dalian have managed to turn copper into a material that's similar to gold or silver, via selective hydrogenation reactions. The team, led by Dr. Jian Sun from the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese...
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French Resistance fighter's heir gets back painting looted during WWII

French Resistance fighter's heir gets back painting looted during WWII

A piece of art belonging to French Resistance fighter Georges Mandel was returned to his granddaughter at a press conference at Martin Gropius Bau in Berlin. 'Portrait of a Seated Young Woman’ was among 1,500 found in possession of Cornelius Gurli...
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This scent is inspired by Vladimir Putin

This scent is inspired by Vladimir Putin

A fragrance for men and women ‘inspired’ by the Russian President Vladimir Putin has hit the Russian perfume market. Named ‘Leaders Number One’, the cologne has the notes of lemon, bergamot and blackcurrant, as well as musk and tonk beans. 'Leader...
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Wheelchair bound boy is finally able to ride with cousin after blacksmith constructs special bike

Wheelchair bound boy is finally able to ride with cousin after blacksmith constructs special bike

Lisandro Sona was born with spina bifida and has spent all of his life in a wheelchair. His cousin Simon, with whom Lisandro grew up together, invented a special bike with a wheelchair on board. He shared his idea with a local blacksmith, who late...
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Somali mechanic becomes icon after building DIY tank from scrap

Somali mechanic becomes icon after building DIY tank from scrap

Supporting the idea of playing a constructive role in the development of his country, 27-year-old Somali mechanic Abdullahi Mohamed Ali, built a small tank-style vehicle, using just materials on hand. Ali previously worked as an operator, routing...
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These Three Kings hand out gifts instead of speeding tickets

These Three Kings hand out gifts instead of speeding tickets

Police in Puerto Rico have decided to favour the carrot over the stick on Three Kings' day, handing out gifts instead of speeding tickets. The officers were helped the 'Three Kings' from the Maraguez cathedral. While this is the first year police ...
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Harbin ice contest turns city into magic icy kingdom

Harbin ice contest turns city into magic icy kingdom

A three-day annual competition took place in China's Harbin, transforming the city into a dazzling spectacle of giant ice and snow sculptures. A Russian team from the city of Blagoveshchensk took the first place in the championship. The team from ...
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This dragon-shaped bicycle is made of 22,000 ICE CREAM STICKS

This dragon-shaped bicycle is made of 22,000 ICE CREAM STICKS

A dragon-shaped bicycle made of ice cream sticks was unveiled by its creator Sun Chao in Kaiyuan City. The bike is made out of 22,000 ice cream sticks, and weighs 20.5 kg (45 lbs). It is capable of spitting fire, spraying mist, and can be illumina...
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Russian pensioner transforms car into military vehicle

Russian pensioner transforms car into military vehicle

A pensioner from the Perm region of Russia, has made a DIY All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV). Viktor Sennikov, who has worked as a driver for 40 years of his life and is now retired, turned his compact car into an ATV. It took Viktor almost 18 months to m...
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Cuba: Vintage autos glide through Havana as Classic Car Contest hits town

Cuba: Vintage autos glide through Havana as Classic Car Contest hits town

Over 200 vintage and classic cars drove through the streets of Havana as part of the First Classic Car Contest, to foster the preservation of the historic vehicles. The initiative was organised by Iberostar along with the 'Amigos de Fangio' organ...
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Tokyo ‘sushi king’ buys rare Bluefin tuna for record $3.1m

Tokyo ‘sushi king’ buys rare Bluefin tuna for record $3.1m

An enormous Bluefin tuna was sold for a jaw-dropping $3.1 million (€2.7 million) to a ‘sushi king’ Kiyoshi Kimura. Dozens of people queued outside of the restaurant, where he put his catch on the display. According to the reports, the giant tuna,...
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This hospital is being compared to giant toilet

This hospital is being compared to giant toilet

A hospital building in the southern Chinese city of Nanning has been compared to a giant toilet by internet users. The Guangxi International Zhuang Medicine Hospital features medicine and therapies that are traditional to the Zhuang ethnic group.
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Homeless artist reunited with his family after two years on streets

Homeless artist reunited with his family after two years on streets

Have you ever thought of how people end up homeless? Here’s the story of Sergei, who spent two years on the streets, but was given a helping hand by a kind student who reunited him with his family.
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'Michael 50' exhibition opens onSchumacher's 50th birthday

'Michael 50' exhibition opens onSchumacher's 50th birthday

Fans and representatives of Scuderia Ferrari Clubs from all over Europe flocked to the Ferrari Museum in Maranello for the opening of the "Michael 50" exhibition for the renowned Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher's 50th birthday.
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Meet the cat that thinks it’s a dog!

Meet the cat that thinks it’s a dog!

As the cat versus dog debate rages on, Johanna, from Palermo in Buenos Aires, can lay claim to having the the best of both worlds. Her undeniably feline friend Coco, a male Bengal cat, apparently thinks that it’s a dog and likes to plays canine as...
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Don’t get your phone wet! Chinese students operate shower through new app

Don’t get your phone wet! Chinese students operate shower through new app

Central South University in China has treated its students to a new innovation - letting them operate their dorm's shower using their smartphones. The opinions of the students are split. According to one of the students, the novelty costs addition...
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Muslim family maintains church in Pakistani mountains

Muslim family maintains church in Pakistani mountains

Standing in the mountainous Hazada District town of Nathia Gali is St. Matthew's Church, whose caretakers have passed down custodianship from generation to generation within a single Muslim family for over a century.
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Would you work at -50C? SEE the world’s coldest market

Would you work at -50C? SEE the world’s coldest market

Vendors in the Siberian city of Yakutsk sell frozen, rock-hard fish, meat and berries at a farmers market no matter how cold it gets, as shown by video filmed on Thursday. The market is believed to be the coldest open-air marketplace in the world....
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Chinese artist gives dead leaves a second lease of life

Chinese artist gives dead leaves a second lease of life

A young Chinese artist is giving dead leaves a second lease of life, by carving pictures on them with a knife. As a fashion stylist who never studied painting or sculpture before, Lei learned the unique skill of leaf-carving through self-study, wh...
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A look back at 2018: Ruptly's best coverage in 90 seconds

A look back at 2018: Ruptly's best coverage in 90 seconds

Rounding off another year of ground breaking world events, Ruptly's 2018 coverage has taken its viewers to the forefront of the hottest breaking news. Some of our highlights include clashes at the Palestinian-Israeli border, close-up coverage of t...
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Wolf breeders feed the pack by mouth to build a closer connection

Wolf breeders feed the pack by mouth to build a closer connection

Wolf breeders Xinyue Zhou and Zexi Li feed the wild animals by mouth, in an attempt to build an emotional link with the pack. They breed 13 wolves for films and TV drama shoots in the mountains of Chifeng, in Inner Mongolia.
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Heads will roll on the flour! Spaniards celebrate annual Day of Holy Innocents

Heads will roll on the flour! Spaniards celebrate annual Day of Holy Innocents

Spaniards charge into battle against one another in a mock coup on Holy Innocents’ Day. The revellers, known as Els Enfarinats, take over control of the small town of Ibi, while their opponents, the Casats i Fadrins, try to restore order in the to...
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Bosnian ‘magnetic’ man attaches ceramic plates, metal and plastic to his body

Bosnian ‘magnetic’ man attaches ceramic plates, metal and plastic to his body

A Bosnian man with powers of seemingly “magnetic attraction” presented his unusual ability to stick knives, forks and even plates onto his torso. In addition to his unique ability to attract all sorts of metal, plastic and ceramic objects, he also...
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Stylist makes unique artwork with clients’ hair trimmings

Stylist makes unique artwork with clients’ hair trimmings

A stylist from Taiwan, Allen Chen, has found an unusual way to express himself through art – he uses trimmings from his clients’ haircuts to make quirky paintings. He makes ‘hair dust’ from the trimmings and uses it for his artwork. He also create...
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Chinese scientists create Terminator-inspired miniature liquid metal robot

Chinese scientists create Terminator-inspired miniature liquid metal robot

Inspired by the shape-shifting android from the 1991 blockbuster 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day', Chinese scientists have created a new type of robot powered by liquid metal. The miniature robot is able to move when the voltage of its battery is adju...
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300 tonnes of ICE-stonishing sculptures sparkle at German exhibition

300 tonnes of ICE-stonishing sculptures sparkle at German exhibition

Europe's biggest ice sculpture exhibition opened its doors to the public at the Karls Erlebnis-Dorf theme park. Visitors caught a glimpse of stunning works of ice art by twenty-four sculptors from 14 countries. Artists used 300 tonnes of ice to cr...
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China’s first 3D-printed bridge ready for crossing in Shanghai

China’s first 3D-printed bridge ready for crossing in Shanghai

A 15m-long bridge (49ft) made completely by a 3D-printer was unveiled in a park in the area of Taopu in Shanghai. According to the developers, the Shanghai Construction Group, it took just 35 days to build but the bridge will last for another 30 y...
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Security ROBOT tested in Tokyo train station ahead of 2020 Olympics

Security ROBOT tested in Tokyo train station ahead of 2020 Olympics

Security guards may soon become a relic of the past with new 'security robots' being trialled in Tokyo which can detect and report dangerous situations. The robot can travel autonomously and is armed with a camera, which transmits images back to a...
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