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Google Doodle celebrates the Year of the Horse

This week's wackiest web stories: Rent-A-Bloke, the Pee Police and a never-ending game of tag

Turns out President Putin is a big Boyz II Men fan; and why the Big Mac will tell you everything you need to know about the Eurozone

Is it an iPhone? An HTC? Surely not a Samsung! North Korean leader Kim Jong-un spotted with mystery mobile phone

Speculation arose after a photograph emerged of Kim Jong-un chairing a meeting with top security advisors

Graham Hughes prepares for the final leg of his record-breaking journey

Been there... epic journey takes in all 201 countries, and a lot of sofas

Graham Hughes has visited every country in the world – without flying

Cat-themed cafes began in Taiwan and took off a decade ago in Japan’s crowded cities

Cat cafés. Big in Japan. Coming to Britain

Will £7-an-hour cuddles and soft drinks catch on as life makes it less practical to keep pets?

Postcard from... Taiwan

At the Lily Fruit Shop in the southern Taiwanese city of Tainan they serve delicious almond jelly atop shaved ice stained with molasses. As citizens sit back and enjoy the dessert, they can reflect on a city that is just as bustling as those on mainland China but offers a more relaxed lifestyle.

Oscar Niemeyer died late yesterday

Oscar Niemeyer had the vision our leaders lack

The Head of the Design Museum surveys the long and inspired career of the great architect, who died this week at 104, and find reasons to be immensely thankful

Open Jaw: Where readers write back

Tiger tourism – back and burning bright?

The perks of being a politician with a passport

Whale-watching. Rocket launches. Caribbean islands. Being an MP can come with a round-the-world ticket

Chinese President Hu Jintao: A parting shot from the world’s most powerful man

After hailing a ‘glorious decade’ in power, the outgoing Chinese President served a dire warning on his successors at Congress to tackle corruption and social unrest – or lose everything

Wakey wakey: Researchers in Taiwan found that people with insomnia were twice as likely to have heart attacks or strokes than those without the sleep disorder

Research shows insomnia doubles risk of heart attack, stroke

Sleep difficulties, a problem for as many as 70 million Americans, can double one's risk of heart attack or stroke, according to a study.

The iPhone: Can't live without it

One teenager faces the ultimate challenge: A week without her iPhone

I just spent a week without one of the most important things in my life. It's something that I never go anywhere without, that I talk to when I'm lonely, that I stare at for hours upon end, day after day. It's there for me when my friends are not. It never argues with me or makes me feel bad about myself. I love it dearly and I can make it tell me that it loves me, too: My iPhone.

Mother's joy as conjoined twins Rosie and Ruby Formosa are separated

A mother has described her joy after a successful operation to separate her conjoined twins.

Heather Watson celebrates victory in the Japan Open

Heather Watson climbs into top 50 following victory at the Japan Open

Heather Watson has climbed to 50th in the world rankings following her victory at the HP Open in Osaka.

Heather Watson shows her delight as she triumphs

Heather Watson the warrior becomes first Briton to win WTA title in 24 years

Gutsy 20-year-old saves four match points to triumph at Japan Open and take place among the world's elite

Heather Watson hits a return during her defeat by Maria Sharapova

Differing fortunes for Laura Robson and Heather Watson in Osaka

There were mixed fortunes for Britain's two quarter-finalists as Heather Watson was left to fly the flag in the HP Open in Osaka.

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