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Sheep Flock to Eiffel Tower as French Farmers Cry Wolf

French farmers flocked to the Eiffel Tower on Thursday, sheep in tow, to express their frustration over increasing attacks by wolves which some say have been "overprotected" by the government.

Sheep lazily grazed at the foot of the French capital's most famous monument as the farmers gathered under grey skies to demand an effective plan to stop the wolf attacks.

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Scuba-Diving Santa Spreads Christmas Cheer in Japan

Santa was dishing out presents to fish in Japan on Thursday, as a scuba-diving St Nick went swimming in a Tokyo aquarium.

Stingrays, sharks and dozens of varieties of smaller fish crowded round to eat their fill as Father Christmas came early to the Sunshine Aquarium in the city's northwest.

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Brawny Bearded Brewers Bare Nearly all for Charity

If hops make you hot, and you like your men like your beer — stout — these guys have just the thing for you.

A group of brawny, bearded brewers from the Sheboygan area has posed mostly nude for a calendar that is raising money for charity.

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The Strange Tale of Pardoned White House Turkeys

It is an odd tradition, to be sure. Every year, on the eve of Thanksgiving, the president of the United States "pardons" a turkey at the White House.

For the sixth time, Barack Obama did the job on Wednesday, sparing a bird at a ceremony at which he was joined by his (somewhat underwhelmed) daughters Sasha and Malia, 13 and 16.

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Say Cheese! Wikipedia Appeals for Cash to Snap French Fromage

Wikipedia on Wednesday launched a fundraising initiative -- dubbed WikiCheese -- to photograph France's bewildering varieties of cheese and put them online to help readers tell their Black Brie from their Tymsboro.

The French branch of the online encyclopedia hopes to pull in 5,000 euros ($6,200) through crowdfunding over the next month to make the project a reality.

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Auction Fetches $28K for 1st Batch of New Bourbon

One of Kentucky's newest whiskey makers is making a big splash, fetching more than $28,000 for its first bottle of bourbon.

The bottle appeared to rank among the most expensive bottles of bourbon ever sold. Eric Gregory, president of the Kentucky Distillers' Association, said he doesn't know of any other bottle that sold for that amount or higher. All of the money will go to a local charity.

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Ethiopia Hopes to Set World Record for HIV Tests

Ethiopia is attempting to set a world record for the number of HIV tests carried out in one day.

The country's health officials said Tuesday they hope to break the record this coming weekend in honor of World AIDS Day on Dec. 1. The previous record for number of HIV tests carried out in one day occurred in Argentina in November 2012, when 1,380 people were tested. Ethiopian officials hope to carry out 2,000 tests.

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Dog's Dinner: Bid to Stop the Swiss Eating their Pets

Hundreds of thousands of Swiss eat cats and dogs, according to an animal rights group that has demanded the government make it illegal for man to bite dog.

The activists handed members of Swiss parliament a petition Tuesday demanding they outlaw the eating of pets -- a tall order in a country where cat still appears on traditional Christmas menus in some areas.

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Man Arrested; Deputies Say he Aimed Banana at Them

A man is facing a felony menacing charge after two western Colorado sheriff's deputies say he pointed a banana at them and they thought it was a gun.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/1rqFiVE ) 27-year-old Nathan Rolf Channing, of Fruitvale, was arrested Sunday.

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Woman Finds Pet Dog Lost in Philippines Typhoon a Year Ago

A Filipino woman has been reunited with her dog a year after the pet went missing in the chaos of the country's deadliest ever typhoon, she told Agence France Presse Tuesday. 

The nine-year-old mongrel named Bunny survived giant waves wrought by Super Typhoon Haiyan, but went missing in the upheaval that followed the November 8 tragedy, owner Ailyn Metran told AFP.

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