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Birds Hit by Cars Are, Well, Bird-Brained

What's the difference between birds that get killed by cars, and those that don't? 

The dead ones tend to have smaller brains, scientists who performed 3,521 avian autopsies said Wednesday.

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Sweden Hotel Offers Refund -- Only if You Divorce

A Swedish hotel chain said Sunday it is offering guests a refund -- but with strings attached: you only qualify if you get divorced in the year following your stay.

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That's Not Grandad! Corpse Confusion in Austria

The grieving family just wanted to see the body one last time before his cremation. But peeking into the coffin for the final farewell they got a shock: it was someone else.

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New Zealand Parrot Has 'Infectious Laugh'

Researchers have found that New Zealand's kea parrot has the avian equivalent of an infectious laugh -- a call that when heard prompts others to drop everything and have some fun.

Kea live in alpine areas and are renowned in New Zealand for being intelligent and mischievous, often called "the clown of the mountain".

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Face Recognition Flushes out China's Toilet Paper Crooks

A years-long crime spree by Chinese toilet paper thieves may have reached the end of its roll after park officials in southern Beijing installed facial recognition technology to flush out bathroom bandits.  

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'Meteor' Causes Panic in Pakistan's Mountainous North

A suspected meteor lit up the skies above Pakistan's mountainous north late Wednesday, officials said, with panicked residents reporting a mysterious light whizzing past and the sound of multiple, powerful blasts.

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Trio Ordered to Clean Dubai Zoo over Cat Killing Video

The ruler of Dubai on Wednesday ordered three men accused of feeding a cat alive to two dogs and filming it to clean the city's zoo for three months.

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Turkey 'Expels Dutch Cows' amid Diplomatic Crisis

Turkey's red meat association has ordered a consignment of prize Dutch cattle to be sent back to the Netherlands, saying it no longer wants to farm the cows due to the diplomatic crisis between the countries. 

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Israeli Patient Burns Nurse Alive at Clinic

An elderly man burnt a nurse alive at a clinic in central Israel on Tuesday after apparently being dissatisfied by the treatment he had received, police said.

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Dubai Arrests Man behind Video of Cat Fed Alive to Dogs

Police in Dubai have arrested a man who was behind a gruesome video showing a cat being fed alive to dogs as a punishment for eating birds, local press said Tuesday.

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