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Frenchman to attempt Nice-Corsica crossing on pedal-powered airship
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French balloonist Stephane Rousson tested his pedal-powered airship on Friday (February 16) ahead of an attempt at crossing the Mediterranean Sea from Nice to Calvi in northern Corsica sometime in September or October this year.

Rousson says he is the only person to pilot such a flying machine, which requires a thorough understanding of its sensitive aerodynamics to achieve the 175 kilometre journey from coast to coast.

The slightest change in wind or temperature could end up being catastrophic for the pilot as it would destabilize the whole structure.

The airship looks like a small zeppelin, which Rousson calls a 'zeppy', and is equipped with a bicycle-like structure, two propellers and a twenty metre long, helium filled balloon.

In September 2008, Rousson tried to cross the English Channel but only managed to travel 35 kilometres after eight hours of pedalling, according to a timeline on his website.

Ten years later, Rousson said he is prepared to try another journey, though his success may depend more on mother nature than his own determination.

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Canine couture highlights the Year of the Dog
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2018-02-19    0 views
Fashion designer and self-professed "pet couturier" Anthony Rubio has showcased his canine couture and womenswear fall-winter 2018 collection as part of New York Fashion Week.

The show took place at the historic Angel Orensanz Center in the Lower East Side of Manhattan - the oldest surviving synagogue building in New York City, dating from 1850.

Designer Rubio says his collection was inspired by Asian influences, celebrating the 2018 lunar year, the Year of the Dog. He used sequins, crystals and glass bead-work to create "a kaleidoscopic experience."

Highlights of the show included a sheer vest modeled by a two-month-old Leonberger called Wolverine and a Native American fashion coat worn by a three-month-old puppy Pomsky, GreyShoes, who opened the show. A Pomsky is a cross between a Pomeranian and a Siberian Husky.

Rubio's goal is to raise awareness and advocacy for animal rescue, pet adoption and pet population control. He also includes dogs that are up for adoption in his fashion shows, though some are already Instagram stars.

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Israel successfully tests advanced missile defence system
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2018-02-19    0 views
Israel says it has successfully tested its advanced missile defense system capable of defending against ballistic missile threats outside the atmosphere.

The Defence Ministry says Monday's successful mission test of the Arrow-3 interceptor is "a major milestone" in Israel's ability to defend itself "against current and future threats in the region".

Two previous tests of the system were recently called off.

Arrow-3 is part of the multi-layered system Israel is developing to defend against both short and mid-range rockets fired from the Gaza Strip and Lebanon, as well as Iran's long-range missiles.

It includes Iron Dome, David's Sling, and the Arrow-2 systems.

It was developed by Israel Aerospace Industries and US aviation giant Boeing, and became operational in January 2017.

Israel has already deployed Arrow to counter Syrian missiles.

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Bury Police Officer Jumps Into River to Save Drowning Man
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Bury Police Officer Jumps Into River to Save Drowning Man
Greater Manchester Police released video on February 19 showing a dramatic rescue by an officer in Bury, who jumped into the River Irwell to pull a distressed man to safety.
Video from PC Mohammed Nadeem’s bodycam shows him entering the water as the man in the river struggles to stay afloat. The camera is submerged for the rescue itself and, at the end of the video, the rescued man can be heard struggling for breath.
Nadeem told the Bury Times of his pride after the incident, which had earned him the nickname “the Hoff.” Ironically, he also admitted, “I’m not a great swimmer.”
“I got to the scene and there was a man next to the river bank on his phone,” Nadeem told the Bury Times.
“I tried to speak to him to find out who he was and if I could help him, but he ignored me and didn’t really talk. At that point two more vehicles parked up, with two sergeants, a PCSO, and a police officer, to see if they could help and get him from where he was. As we were doing this he fell into the river. I then went to the river bank, which was a good nine or 10ft drop and got into the water.”
Supt Rick Jackson of GMP’s Bury Borough, said: “Without hesitation, PC Nadeem dived off an eight-foot drop into freezing, deep and fast moving water. The man is now safe and receiving the treatment he needs. I’d like to personal commend PC Nadeem’s actions which were a prime example of why people join the force – to protect people and make sure they are away from harm."


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Mexican navy arrests suspected drug runners at high sea
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2018-02-16    0 views
Suspected drug traffickers were apprehended by the Mexican Navy after a chase through the high Pacific seas off Acapulco on Thursday (February 15).

A Mexican Navy airplane spotted a suspicious boat some 310 kilometres (193 miles approx.) off the coast, and alerted a naval team that intercepted the craft and arrested seven people and confiscated bundles of suspected cocaine.

Mexico is under increasing pressure to combat drug trafficking after more than 25,000 murders were recorded last year across the country as rival drug gangs increasingly splintered into smaller, more blood-thirsty groups.

Acapulco is the biggest city in the southern state of Guerrero, which is one of Mexico's most lawless and a centre of opium poppy production. Violence in the state has also been fed by turf wars over the distribution of drugs like cocaine and methamphetamine.

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Terror, heroism in 911 calls from climbing death
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2018-02-16    0 views
More than three hours of 911 calls reveal terror and heroism as fellow climbers tried to save a man who plummeted 1,000 feet (304 meters) on Oregon's tallest peak.

The first thing that Braton Jurasevich noticed as he headed down Mount Hood toward his fallen fellow mountain climber was the blood _ a lot of it.

The critically injured climber, who would later be identified as Miha Sumi, was sprawled on the icy slope, not moving after plummeting down Oregon's tallest peak.

Sumi would be pronounced dead at a Portland hospital hours later after being airlifted on Tuesday, but when Jurasevich arrived he was still alive.

The calls were released by Clackamas County sheriff's dispatch late Wednesday after The Associated Press made a public records request.

"I'm the only one with eyes on the individual right now and I'm still 200 feet above the climber. He is not moving. I'm working my way down on a bad spot. I came across blood. There's a big blood trail," he tells the 911 dispatcher at the beginning of a call released by the Clackamas County sheriff's department late Wednesday.

As Jurasevich inched closer to Sumi, huge chunks of ice and large rocks broken loose by the warm sun careened past, making rumbling sounds in the background. A terrified Jurasevich tells the operator he's not an experienced climber and doesn't know what he's doing, but will stay with Sumi until help arrives.

Other climbers did CPR on Sumi for 90 minutes before the airlift.

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McDonald's Changes the Happy Meal
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2018-02-16    0 views
McDonald's is taking another stab at creating a healthier happy meal for kids, banishing cheeseburgers and chocolate milk.

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Drone rescues two teenagers from Australian surf
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A drone helped save two teenage swimmers struggling in powerful surf on the Australian coastline on Thursday (January 18), in what the local authorities called a "world first".

Just before midday local time, a member of the public spotted the 16 and 17-year-old boys caught in a rip current in rough seas off Lennox Head, a beach popular with surfers about 750 kilometres (466 miles) north of Sydney.

A Westpac Little Ripper Lifesaver drone was quickly launched and directed to the boys' location, where it deployed a life raft then used by the pair to get back to safety. The call for help just so happened to have sounded as a group of nearby lifeguards were undergoing training in the use of drones.

Government officials, including New South Wales Deputy Premier John Barilaro, called the incident a "world first", local media reported, adding that it was also significantly quicker to get to the location using a drone.

Australia, whose 24 million people live mostly on the coast, had 291 drowning deaths in the year ending June 30, 2017, a small increase over the prior year but a decline on a per capita basis, according to the Royal Life Saving Society.

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Dramatic dash cam footage shows tow truck driver narrowly escaping being run over
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Dramatic dash cam footage showed the moment a vehicle crashed into a towed car in icy weather in Detroit on Wednesday (January 17).

The video, shared on Twitter by the Michigan State Police, showed a tow truck driver check on a vehicle parked on a highway shoulder near a ramp. Then another vehicle was seen entering on the right side, crashing into the parked car, flipping in the air and finally landing on the towed car and tow truck. The tow truck driver escaped to the middle of the highway to avoid being crushed.

A police officer was seen rushing to the tow truck driver to get him away from the busy traffic.

Michigan State Police used the tweet to remind drivers to slow down in bad weather and to give police a lane. Local media reported that the tow truck driver, the police officer and the two drivers involved in the accident were uninjured.

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Dog Makes 'Miracle' Escape After Avoiding Crusher Blade in Garbage Truck
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2018-02-15    0 views
‼️ CALL FOR INFORMATION ‼️
Just last week our Inspectors were called to the Willowbank landfill in Ipswich after a dog was found alive, believed to have been wrapped in a plastic bag with his feet bound. We have since sighted CCTV footage of the small dog, now nicknamed Tippie, fighting for his life inside the garbage truck. In this footage, he can be seen desperately trying to survive as he is forced to ride the torrents of rubbish and debris being continually dropped on top of him.

“How he survived is nothing short of a miracle,” said RSPCA Qld spokesperson Michael Beatty. “Everyone originally thought that he had been tied up and thrown in a bag, but it’s now apparent that he was badly entangled in debris. It appears that he was hurled in with the bin contents and then whirled around with the rubbish as the crusher blade comes down again and again. No one can believe he’s still alive.”

Tippie is now in RSPCA care and his owner has been visiting him. RSPCA QLD is calling on anyone who may have any information regarding this incident to contact the Animal Emergency Hotline on 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625).


Dog Makes 'Miracle' Escape After Avoiding Crusher Blade in Garbage Truck
A dog made a “miracle” escape from a garbage truck in Ipswich, near Brisbane, in February after almost being crushed by a compactor.

The RSPCA, who on February 14 published CCTV footage of the escape, said the dog was found alive at Willowbank landfill. The animal welfare group is appealing for more information about the animal, who had been nicknamed Tippie.

“How he survived is nothing short of a miracle,” said RSPCA QLD spokesman Michael Beatty.

“Everyone originally thought that he had been tied up and thrown in a bag, but it’s now apparent that he was badly entangled in debris. It appears that he was hurled in with the bin contents and then whirled around with the rubbish as the crusher blade comes down again and again. No one can believe he’s still alive.”

Credit: RSPCA Queensland via Storyful
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Two-year-old boy saved by teenager from metro train tracks
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A two-year-old boy who jumped onto the train tracks at a Milan metro station was saved by a teenager on Tuesday (February 13) who jumped off the platform in order to lift the child to safety.

Closed circuit video released from the metro station showed the child run from his mother who was seated on the platform and jump onto the tracks. As the mother and other passengers moved forwards to see what had happened to the boy, an eighteen-year-old teenager threw off his rucksack and immediately jumped down to pick up the child and place him safely onto the platform. The teenager who was later named as Lorenzo Pianazza also found time to pick up the child's toy from the track stopping to briefly check the monitor for the next train, which he said was reading ninety seconds before arrival.

The child, who was later named as Mohamed, was taken to hospital for a check-up but suffered no injuries.

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Sharks Swimming Through School of Fish.mov
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This guy traveled to the Maldives to see the sharks in the ocean. When he walked onto the beach one morning, he spotted several sharks swimming through a large school of fish near the shore.

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Dog Says Goodbye to His Friend
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This dog was sad that his doggy friend was no longer going to be able to play with him. He said his last goodbyes as he helped bury him at his funeral.

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Guy Skates Across Reflection of Clouds on Frozen Lake
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When this guy traveled to the Stockholm Archipelago in Sweden, he decided to skate on the frozen lake. As he raced across the ice, the clear reflection of the frozen lake made it look like he was flying through the clouds.

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Halfpipe triple gold medallist White calls harassment allegation "gossip"
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Shaun White dismissed the sexual misconduct allegations made against him in a 2016 lawsuit as "gossip" and hurried away from reporters trying to ask him more about the allegations Wednesday, just hours after winning his third gold medal in the men's half-pipe.

White has been the world's dominant snowboarder for more than a decade, winning gold medals in 2006, 2010 and again this year, completing a comeback after finishing fourth in 2014.

As White was competing, many on social media resurfaced the details from the lawsuit by a former drummer in White's rock band, the Bad Things. Lena Zawaideh said White sexually harassed her and refused to pay her wages after he fired her. The lawsuit was settled in May for an undisclosed amount.

White was asked if the allegations might tarnish his reputation.

"I'm here to talk about the Olympics, not gossip," he said. "I don't think so."

Reporters attempted to follow up about the lawsuit, but US Snowboarding and Freeskiing Event Director Nick Alexakos shut them down.

White immediately left the stage following the conference while reporters continued to question him.

"I have to get to the medal ceremony," he said while being ushered away by Alexakos.

Phone calls and an email to Zawaideh's attorney from the lawsuit were not immediately returned.

In the lawsuit, Zawaideh said White repeatedly sexually harassed her, forced her to watch pornography and told her how to get her hair cut.

The Bad Things signed with Warner Bros. Records in 2013. The rock group released a self-titled album in January of 2014 and toured briefly.

Praise for White's performance in Pyeongchang gained attention on social media at a time when #MeToo and other movements are calling for more accountability about harassment and abuse.

American Olympic snowboarder Shaun White has apologised after referring to a sexual misconduct lawsuit filed against him in 2016 as "gossip" during a news conference following his historic gold medal in the men's half-pipe.

White issued the apology on NBC's "Today" show on Wednesday. He says he used "a poor choice of words to describe such a sensitive subject" and he's "truly sorry."

White won an unprecedented third half-pipe gold medal Wednesday. While he did, many on social media resurfaced the details from the lawsuit filed by a former drummer in White's rock band who said White sexually harassed her and refused to pay her wages after he fired her. The lawsuit was settled in May.

White was asked in the news conference if the allegations might tarnish his reputation and said, "I'm here to talk about the Olympics, not gossip and stuff."


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Guy's Kayak Breaks in Half in Rapids
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This guy was hiking through a trail in British Columbia, Canada with his friend when they encountered a river with raging rapids. He safely crossed the makeshift bridge; however, his friend was not so lucky. His friend slipped off the bridge and nearly got taken away with the rushing waters. Luckily, his friend held on for dear life as he quickly pulled him onto dry land.

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US Olympian Shaun White sorry for "poor choice of words"
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1. SOUNDBITE (English) Savannah Guthrie, TODAY Show Anchor:

"In a lawsuit that was filed against you a couple of years ago by your former drummer, it's been resurfacing. Do you have anything you want to say about that and kind of clear the air?"

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Shaun White, Snowboarder:

"Yeah, of course, you know, I'm truly sorry that I chose the word 'gossip' - it was a poor choice of words to describe such a sensitive subject in the world today. And you know, I'm just truly sorry and I was so overwhelmed with just wanting to talk about how amazing today was and share my experience, but uh, yeah."

3. SOUNDBITE (English) Savannah Guthrie, TODAY Show Anchor:

"You were talking about it - the news conference earlier, you were asked, you referred to it as 'gossip'. It's difficult and it's - you know I take no pleasure in asking it, but is there anything you want to say. I mean do you feel that you learnt something from that, are you acknowledging...?"

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Shaun White, Snowboarder:

"Yeah, you know I've grown as a person over the years and it's amazing. I mean, you've known me for a long time now. It's amazing how life works and twists and turns and lessons learnt, so you know, every experience in my life I feel like it's taught me a lesson. And I definitely feel like I'm a much more changed person than I was when I was younger and yeah, I'm just, I'm proud of who I am today and I'm... yeah."

STORYLINE:

American Olympic snowboarder Shaun White has apologised after referring to a sexual misconduct lawsuit filed against him in 2016 as "gossip" during a news conference following his historic gold medal in the men's half-pipe.

White issued the apology on NBC's "Today" show on Wednesday. He says he used "a poor choice of words to describe such a sensitive subject" and he's "truly sorry."

White won an unprecedented third half-pipe gold medal Wednesday. While he did, many on social media resurfaced the details from the lawsuit filed by a former drummer in White's rock band who said White sexually harassed her and refused to pay her wages after he fired her. The lawsuit was settled in May.

White was asked in the news conference if the allegations might tarnish his reputation and said, "I'm here to talk about the Olympics, not gossip and stuff."

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Cat Falls off Bed While Cuddling with Husky
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This orange cat tried to get comfortable with a husky by cuddling next to it on the bed. However, there wasn't enough room for the both of them and the cat wound up accidentally falling off the bed.

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Flynn the bichon frise fetches top prize at Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
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A bichon frise named Flynn was crowned "best in show" at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday (February 13), wagging his tail to triumph over nearly 3,000 dogs entered in the world-renowned contest for pure-bred canines.

The diminutive, fluffy white winner edged out six other finalists, including the No. 2 "reserve best in show," a giant schnauzer named Ty, at the end of the annual two-day event at Madison Square Garden in New York City's midtown Manhattan.

The remaining five finalists selected over two days as top dogs in their respective canine categories were a borzoi, a pug, a border collie, a Sussex spaniel and a Norfolk terrier.

More than 2,880 dogs representing 201 breeds and varieties competed in this year's Westminster Kennel Club contest, touted by organizers as America's second-oldest sporting event after the Kentucky Derby.

The victor receives the coveted Best in Show trophy, a media tour and the lure of higher breeding fees - all rewards for the winner's patience while enduring seemingly endless blow dryer blasts and tugs from combs and brushes.

Dogs in the Westminster show compete in a total of seven groups.

Flynn represented the non-sporting category. The other groups consisted of hounds, terriers, toy, herding, working and sporting dogs, each judged by characteristics specific to their breeds.

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Guy Saves Friend From Rapids
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This guy was hiking through a trail in British Columbia, Canada with his friend when they encountered a river with raging rapids. He safely crossed the makeshift bridge; however, his friend was not so lucky. His friend slipped off the bridge and nearly got taken away with the rushing waters. Luckily, his friend held on for dear life as he quickly pulled him onto dry land.

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U.S. woman found with eye worm previously known only in cattle
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26-year-old woman from Oregon becomes first human to have her eye infected with 14 of these tiny worms previously only seen in cattle.

An Oregon woman has become the first person worldwide known to have had an eye infestation by a tiny worm species previously seen only in cattle that is spread by flies that feed on eyeball lubrication, U.S. government researchers said on Monday.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention scientists said 14 translucent parasitic worms of the species Thelazia gulosa, all less than half an inch (1.27 cm) long, were extracted from the 26-year-old woman’s eye over a 20-day period before her symptoms dissipated.

This species of Thelazia worm was previously seen in cattle throughout the northern United States and southern Canada, the researchers reported in a study published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. They said the study indicates that North Americans may be more vulnerable than previously understood to such infections.

If the worms remain in a person’s eye for a prolonged time, they can cause corneal scarring and even blindness, according to the researchers.

“Cases of eye worm parasitic infections are rare in the USA, and this case turned out to be a species of the Thelazia that had never been reported in humans,” said study lead author Richard Bradbury, who works with the CDC’s Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria.

Bradbury said previously it was thought there were only two different species of these eye worms that infected humans worldwide, and that Thelazia gulosa is now the third.

The researchers said the woman noticed a small, translucent worm in her left eye after experiencing irritation. Her frequent outdoor pastimes during the summer months exposed her to the infection, they added.

She was from the city of Gold Beach, located on Oregon’s coast along the Pacific Ocean about 40 miles (65 km) north of the California border.

Previous cases of such eye worm infections have been reported worldwide, predominantly in Europe and Asia and in rural communities with close proximity to animals and with poor living standards, the researchers said.

Eye worms are found in a variety of animals including dogs, cats and certain wild carnivores.


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Daughter- Popular crooner Vic Damone dies in Florida at 89
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2018-02-12    0 views
Family members say crooner Vic Damone has died in Florida at the age of 89.

Damone's mellow baritone brought him million-selling records and sustained a half-century career in recordings, movies and nightclub, concert and television appearances. Frank Sinatra once said he had "the best pipes in the business."

Victoria Damone told The Associated Press in a phone interview Monday that her father died Sunday at a Miami Beach hospital from complications of a respiratory illness. Damone had been living in retirement in Palm Beach with his fifth wife, Rena Rowan, who died in November 2016.

Damone's hit singles included "Again," "You're Breaking My Heart," "My Heart Cries for You," ?On the Street Where You Live" and, in 1957, the title song of the Cary Grant film "An Affair to Remember."

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Daring racer drives up stairs to Heaven's Gate in China
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STORY: Formula E driver Ho-Pin Tung achieved a daring feat in China when he drove a Range Rover car up one of China's most well known landmarks at Tianmen Mountain.

The Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver started out by driving along the 11.3km Tianmen Mountain Road (known as the Dragon Road) in Hunan province before arriving at the foot of the stairs leading to Heaven's Gate.

Chinese racer Pin Tung was then faced with the daunting climb of 999 steps leading to the natural arch of Heaven's Gate.

Pin Tung was successful in his climb, breathed a sigh of relief at reaching the top of the stairway and celebrated becoming the first vehicle to ever achieve the feat.

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Female giraffe enjoys Valentine's Day flowers at ZSL London Zoo
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STORY: Zookeepers treated a female giraffe trio to an all-girl Valentine's Day treat at ZSL London Zoo on Friday (February 9).

Ellish and her girlfriends, Margaret and Mollie, enjoyed flowers presented in a heart-shaped wreath, ahead of February 14.

The zoo's giraffe keeper, Louise Jackobson said that like all ladies, the giraffes "love to receive a bunch of flowers", especially on such an event.

But the flowers did not last long, according Jackobson: "Led by queen bee Ellish, the single ladies used their dexterous elongated tongues to tug the pretty petals off the heart-shaped wreath in a matter of moments -- just like when they tug vegetation and flowers off the very tops of trees to eat."


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Spectacular Lightning Storm Flashes Above Surfers Paradise
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The Q1 building in Queensland, Australia, was reportedly left smouldering after being hit a number of times by lightning during a dramatic storm on February 11.

The lightning came as Queensland was hit by severe weather: a man was reportedly electrocuted when his house was hit by lightning and more than 113,000 homes in the region were left without power.

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A spectacular storm lit up the skies above Surfers Paradise, Queensland, on February 11. Fire crews were called to the Q1 building after it was struck multiple times by lightning.

The thunderstorm ravaged the coastal city and caused widespread power outages, Gold Coast Bulletin reported.

This video, taken by Cassandra Lowe, shows the storm illuminating Surfers Paradise on Sunday night.

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