Santa Claus dives into hot climate issue in Paris aquarium
In a change of scene, Santa Claus is donning flippers and a diving mask along with his traditional red-and-white outfit to scuba dive in a Paris aquarium as he teaches kids about global warming and climate issues during the festive season.

 
'The ducks have won': French court says they may keep on quacking
The ducks on a small French smallholding may carry on quacking, a French court ruled on Tuesday, rejecting a neighbor's complaint that the birds' racket was making their life a misery.

 
Philippine students turn littered dog poo into bricks
A group of secondary school students in the Philippines has found a way to convert poo from stray dogs into a mixture for bricks, aiming to rid city streets of excrement and potentially even lower construction costs.

 
Poppy-stealing pigeon offers poignant reminder of war anniversary
A pigeon has been pinching poppies from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Australia's national war memorial in Canberra and using them to build a colorful nest in the lead-up to Remembrance Day commemorations.

 
Bolivia's Morales a dictator? Apple's Siri says so (in Spanish)
With political tension mounting in Bolivia over contested elections, Apple Inc's Siri appeared on Wednesday to briefly take the side of anti-government protesters often terming long-standing President Evo Morales a "dictator."

 
Dying for a better life: South Koreans fake their funerals for life lessons
A South Korean service is offering free funerals - but only to the living.

 
The race to eat Bangkok's 'biggest burger', a 10,000-calorie challenge
A Bangkok burger joint has become an internet sensation after YouTubers started challenging each other to eat its biggest meal - a near 6kg (13 pound) patty covered in fried onion rings, bacon and mayonnaise.

 
'Something novel': Chinese cafe dyes pups to look like pandas
Would you like your dog transformed into a panda?

 
Australia's Chris the sheep, the world's woolliest, dies
An Australian sheep who made headlines in 2015 for the record-breaking weight of his fleece has died, according to the carers of the Merino named Chris.

 
Sheep take over streets of Madrid for annual migration
Sheep replaced traffic on the streets of Madrid on Sunday as shepherds steered their flocks through the heart of the Spanish capital, following ancient migration routes.