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More than a Million Chinese Chase 19,000 Government Jobs

More than one million people took China's national civil service exam at the weekend in a modern version of an age-old rite, but faced huge odds against clinching one of the few government jobs available.

A total of 1.12 million took the National Public Servant Exam, according to figures from the State Administration of Civil Service figures.

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Slovak Pensioner Opens Stuffed Animal Zoo

A Slovak pensioner has opened a zoo like no other: one filled with dozens of abandoned stuffed animals.

Tibor Marko, a 70-year-old retired construction worker and grandfather, told Agence France Presse the idea behind his inanimate menagerie sprang from his own reluctance to dispose of his adult children's teddy-bears.

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China Thief Sends iPhone Owner Handwritten Numbers

A Chinese thief painstakingly wrote out 11 pages of telephone numbers from a stolen iPhone and sent them to the owner, state media said Monday.

The pickpocket is believed to have taken the Apple handset from Zou Bin when they shared a taxi, the Xinhua news agency said.

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'Zombies' Throw Scare into Mexico City

More than 7,000 "zombies" crammed Mexico City's streets Saturday for the popular Zombie Walk Mexico, celebrating connections with the dead.

Decked out in masks and costumes, participants brought out their best fake blood and makeup for a tongue-in-cheek walk with fear, one of several such events internationally.

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More than a Million Chinese Chase 19,000 Government Jobs

More than one million people took China's national civil service exam at the weekend, officials said, but faced huge odds against clinching one of the few government jobs available.

A total of 1.12 million took the National Public Servant Exam, according to figures from the State Administration of Civil Service figures.

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Australians Set World Record for Christmas Lights

An Australian family has reclaimed their Guinness World Record by stringing up more than half a million Christmas lights around their suburban home.

Guinness World Records official Chris Sheedy confirmed Monday that the Richards family of Canberra set the record for Christmas lights on a residential property with 502,165 twinkling bulbs.

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'Dead' Baby Wakes at China Funeral Parlour Before Cremation

A Chinese baby boy who had been declared dead was saved from being cremated alive when he started crying at a funeral parlor, media reported Thursday.

The parents of the critically-ill boy, who was less than one month old, had agreed to end his medical treatment at Anhui Provincial Children's Hospital in eastern China, hospital sources told Xinhua state news agency.

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Don't Eat Furry Friends, Activists Urge Chinese Diners

Animal rights campaigners have launched a poster campaign urging Chinese diners to turn down cat and dog dishes, with the group calling for the creatures to be considered "friends not food".

The 279 adverts were put up in 14 cities including Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, Hong Kong-based campaign group Animals Asia said.

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Cocaine Haul Worth $48 mn Washes Ashore on Japan Beach

A haul of cocaine with an estimated street value of $48 million has washed ashore on a beach south of Tokyo, reports said Thursday, with authorities suspecting seafaring traffickers.

An elderly local resident found 80 kilograms (175 pounds) of the drug inside backpacks that were tied together and reported it to police, Jiji Press and other media said.

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Boeing Jumbo Jet Lands at Wrong U.S. Airport

Moments after touching down, the pilot of a cargo-hauling Boeing 747 jet seemed confused in his exchanges with air traffic controllers. When told he was 9 miles (14 kilometers) north of his intended destination, he made an unusual admission: "Uh, yes sir, we just landed at the other airport."

His jet had just landed on the wrong U.S. runway — one that just happened to be long enough.

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