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Chinese Officials Cut Corners with Rectangular Running Track

Chinese officials painted a rectangular running track at a stadium as they rushed preparations for a visit by their superiors, state media reported Tuesday.

Pictures posted online showed the running surface had the normal oval shape, but the white lines marking out each runner's lane were angled at 90 degrees.

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Prince Harry Joins Photobomb Craze

Britain's Prince Harry has followed his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II into the photobomb craze, giving the thumbs up in an image of acclaimed New Zealand rugby sevens coach Gordon Tietjens at the Commonwealth Games.

Just days after the queen was snapped beaming in the background as Australian hockey players Jayde Taylor and Brooke Peris took a selfie, the 29-year-old prince popped up as Tietjens was being photographed at the swimming pool.

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'Little Bird' Tells Maduro Chavez is Happy

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says a "little bird" has appeared to him once again to assure him that his late predecessor, Hugo Chavez, is "happy and full of love."

Maduro made the assertion Monday during a ceremony to mark what would have been Chavez's 60th birthday in his hometown of Sabaneta. Chavez died March 5, 2013.

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Koala Survives Terrifying Ride Clinging to Car

Timberwolf the koala was lucky to be alive Monday after surviving a terrifying 88-kilometer (54.5-mile) ride down a busy Australian freeway clinging to the bottom of a car.

The four-year-old male, who survived with nothing more than a torn nail, was struck by the vehicle near Maryborough in Queensland state on Friday.

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Ukraine Rebels Go to the Museum -- for WWII Tanks and Cannons

Visiting a museum may be the last thing on the minds of hardened insurgents in east Ukraine, but a group of them turned up at one in Donetsk -- only to make off with a World War II tank and two howitzers.

"They had written authorisation to take them away," said a bewildered guard from his sentry post outside the immense World War II museum in the insurgent-held city.

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Queen Elizabeth II Pulls Off Epic Photobomb

A photobomb fit for a queen!

The Australian women’s hockey team received a royal photobomb on Thursday when Queen Elizabeth II made an unscheduled visit during the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

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Romanian City Opens Plastic Bottle Bridge in Litter Protest

Timisoara in western Romania on Wednesday inaugurated a 23-meter (75 feet) bridge made of more than 157,000 collected plastic bottles to warn against the devastating effects of litter.

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Sniffing out a Partner at a London Pheromone Party

In a bar in trendy east London, dozens of people mill about, sniffing from plastic bags. But there are no drugs inside -- just slightly smelly T-shirts.

These adventurous single men and women are at a "pheromone party", an alternative dating trend based on the idea that smell plays a key role in the choice of a sexual partner.

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Police Probing Switch of Flags on Brooklyn Bridge

Police are searching for four or five people they believe scaled to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge's two towers in the dead of night, disabled lights illuminating two large American flags and then replaced the flags with bleached-white ones.

The security breach at one of the city's most secured landmarks didn't appear to be the work of terrorists or even a political statement, said the police department's deputy commissioner for counter terrorism and intelligence, but was likely done by people familiar with climbing or bridgework who may even have scaled the bridge before.

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U.S. Man Claims Africa Land, Makes Daughter a 'Princess'

Fathers often see their daughters as royalty. But a few months ago, when Emily Heaton said she wanted to be a princess, her father Jeremiah quickly found her a kingdom.

Many little girls would have been satisfied with the wooden turrets and ramparts of the castle in the community playground of rural Abingdon, Virginia, where the Heatons live. But Jeremiah was thinking bigger.

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