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Meet the 7-feet-tall dog vying for world’s tallest title

Say hello to Rocko, a Great Dane hoping to set the Guinness World Record as the tallest dog in the world. Only two-years-old, Rocko is already 7-feet-tall and weighs about 167-pounds, according to reports. We had no idea he was going to be this freakishly large, says Jessica Williams, Rockos human, on the CCTVNews Facebook page. She and her boyfriend Nick Helms got Rocko when he was eight-we...


Stage is set for Syria peace talks as opposition arrives in Geneva
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Stage is set for Syria peace talks as opposition arrives in Geneva

A delegation from Syrias main opposition group arrived in Geneva on Saturday to join UN-mediated peace talks, demanding President Bashar al-Assads government be made to comply with a UN resolution on humanitarian aid and human rights. We are keen to make this negotiation a success, opposition spokesman Salim al-Muslat told reporters as the delegation arrived from Riyadh, ending weeks of uncerta...


Syria’s Kurds leave Geneva after not being invited to talks
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Syria’s Kurds leave Geneva after not being invited to talks

An official with Syrias largest Kurdish group says senior members of their party have left Geneva after not being invited to take part in indirect negotiations aiming to end Syrias civil war. The talks began here Friday with a meeting between the UN envoy and the Syrian government delegation. Kurdish official Nawaf Khalil says Saleh Muslim, the co-president of the Democratic Union Party or P...


China Shandong: Miners rescued after 36 days
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China Shandong: Miners rescued after 36 days

Four Chinese miners who had been trapped underground for 36 days have been rescued, Chinese state media say. The men were trapped by a cave-in at a gypsum mine in eastern Shandong province on 25 December. Chinas CCTV showed dramatic footage of one of the men appearing on the surface and then being taken to hospital. In all, 29 people were initially trapped by the collapse: 15 have now been resc...


Zika vaccine may be ready for emergency use this year: developer
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Zika vaccine may be ready for emergency use this year: developer

A vaccine for the Zika virus, which has been linked to severe birth defects in thousands of infants, could be ready for emergency use before year-end, one of its lead developers said on Thursday, a timetable well ahead of estimates by U.S. officials. Canadian scientist Gary Kobinger, part of a consortium working on the vaccine, told Reuters in an interview that the first stage of testing on hum...


Syria peace talks derailed as opposition stays away
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Syria peace talks derailed as opposition stays away

The Syrian opposition said it will not attend peace talks due to begin in Geneva on Friday, derailing the first attempt in two years to hold negotiations aimed at ending the five-year-long war. An opposition council convening in Riyadh said its delegation would certainly not be in Geneva on Friday, saying it had not received convincing answers to its demands for goodwill steps including an end ...


Leonardo DiCaprio meets pope to talk about environment

There have been 13 popes named Leo in the history of the Roman Catholic Church but perhaps none of them was as famous as the Leo who entered the Vatican on Thursday Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio. DiCaprio, who is known as Leo, was received by Pope Francis, the Vatican said, without giving details. But the one-line announcement was enough to send photographers and television crews scrambl...


North Korea activity points to possible space launch: US officials

The United States has seen increased activity around a North Korean missile site, suggesting preparations for a possible space launch in the near future, US officials told Reuters on Thursday. The finding was revealed as Washington shows growing concern that Pyongyang could use space technology to enhance its missile capability and while United Nations Security Council members discuss fresh sa...


Zika virus: WHO sets up emergency team for 'explosive' outbreak
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Zika virus: WHO sets up emergency team for 'explosive' outbreak

The World Health Organization has set up a Zika emergency team after the explosive spread of the virus. Zika has been linked to thousands of babies being born with small brains in Brazil. WHO director general Dr Margaret Chan said Zika had gone from a mild threat to one of alarming proportions and was having a heart-breaking impact. The team will meet on Monday to decide whether Zika shou...


The privileged world of Thailand's supernatural dolls

A craze for eerily lifelike supernatural dolls has swept Thailand in recent months. Their name, luk thep, literally translates as child angels and people believe they bring good fortune and they are pampered by their owners as if they were children. But the privileges lavished upon them have also drawn a backlash and warnings from Thai authorities. They get blessings from Buddhist monks ...


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